Saints snatch victory

  • Last Updated: April 6 2014, 18:31 BST

A review of the weekend's action so far in the Tetley's Challenge Cup fourth round.

St Helens: Beat Huddersfield
St Helens: Beat Huddersfield

St Helens are through to the last 16 of the Tetley's Challenge Cup after snatching a controversial 17-16 victory over Huddersfield in a pulsating fourth-round tie at the John Smith's Stadium.

The Super League leaders were heading for their first defeat of the season when Huddersfield led 16-8 after 65 minutes but the dismissal of England forward Brett Ferres for a 'spear' tackle turned the game.

Winger Tom Makinson scored his second try a minute later and that set the scene for Australian scrum-half Luke Walsh to steal the show in a frantic finish.

Walsh added a touchline conversion to cut the gap to two points, levelled the scores with a 75th-minute penalty and then slotted over a drop goal with just 60 seconds left on the clock.

Warrington continued their fine recent record in the Tetley's Challenge Cup with a thrilling 28-24 win at Hull KR.

Ryan Atkins touched down for a double as the Wolves, winners of this competition in three of the past five seasons, recovered to win after conceding the first two tries of the match.

Converted scores for Ben Cockayne and Adam Walker fired the Robins into a 12-0 lead and left Warrington with an uphill task.

Tries from Atkins and Joel Monaghan before the break helped reduce the margin to 14-10 at halfway, before Rhys Evans and Ade Gardner traded scores early in the second period.

Atkins' second on 62 minute, though, put Warrington ahead for good and Roy Asotasi followed him over to open up a 10-point gap.

Omari Caro crashed over with four minutes left to set up a tense finale, but Warrington held on to ensure their place in the fifth round.

Leeds began their bid for their first Challenge Cup success since 1999 with 11 tries in a thumping 60-6 victory over West Yorkshire rivals Wakefield.

It was a sloppy start by the Rhinos but they soon clicked into gear and showed why their backs are widely considered the best in the country.

Wakefield failed to cope with Leeds' offloading game and fast tempo as Carl Ablett, Ryan Hall and Rob Burrow each crossed twice and Mitch Achurch, Liam Sutcliffe, Joel Moon, Tom Briscoe and Danny McGuire helped themselves to a try apiece.

Luke Gale scored a hat-trick as Bradford temporarily put aside their Super League troubles to ease into the fifth round of the Tetley's Challenge Cup with a 60-6 success over Oldham.

Gale scored an impressive 28 points in total as new owner Marc Green was able to celebrate victory in his first home game at the helm as the Bulls saw off their Kingstone Press Championship 1 opponents.

Centre Justin Carney score a hat-trick and made another as Castleford eased into the Challenge Cup fifth round following a 48-10 victory at Batley.

Carney twice finished off flowing moves down the left in this first cup meeting between the sides for 32 years.

Widnes overcame a scare to move into the fifth round of the Tetley's Challenge Cup at the expense of a game Halifax side, after a 34-10 win.

The Championship outfit led 10-6 at the break, but the superb Kevin Brown inspired the Vikings to what eventually was a comfortable win - at least as far as the scoreboard suggested.

Alson on Sunday, Doncaster beat Hemel 60-18, Featherstone saw off the Crusaders 66-0, Hunslet beat Workington 27-10, Keighley beat Barrow 54-28, Leigh won 28-22 at Rochdale and Swinton edged out York 31-28.

Sheffield Eagles ran in 12 tries as they demolished Championship One club London Skolars at Owlerton Stadium.

Forward Jack Blagbrough, who is on a season-long loan from Huddersfield, led the way with a hat-trick of tries as Sheffield, who won the Cup at Wembley in 1998, booked their place in Sunday's fifth-round draw.

Quentin Laulu-Togagae scored two tries for the Eagles and others came from Michael Knowles , Misi Taulapapa, James Davey,

Loto Tagaloa , Jordan Burke, Pat Walker and Matt Garside, while Dom Brambani kicked 11 conversions.

Martyn Smith scored two second-half tries for the Skolars, with others coming from Courtney Davies, Louis Robinson and Lloyd O'Connor , with Matthew Bradley kicking four goals.

Teenage winger Joe Burgess marked his Challenge Cup debut with four of Wigan's 10 tries as the holders beat Championship part-timers Dewsbury 58-6 to book their place in Sunday's fifth-round draw.

The 19-year-old touched down twice in the first nine minutes of the fourth-round tie at the Tetley's Stadium to give the Warriors a flying start but they were kept scoreless for the next 39 minutes by their plucky hosts.

However, the Rams faded badly in the final quarter, allowing their visitors to plunder 30 points in the last 17 minutes.

The only disappointment for the Warriors was an injury to England winger Josh Charnley, who hobbled out of the action midway through the first half.

Dan Sarginson, Iain Thornley (2), Matty Smith, George Williams and Blake Green grabbed Wigan's other tries, while Dale Morton was the only player to cross for Dewsbury.

Catalan Dragons ran out 40-24 winners against the London Broncos to march through to the fifth round.

Leon Pryce rolled back the years to inspire the Dragons to only their second win of the year and keep the Broncos winless for 2014.

Pryce opened the scoring in the fourth minute and further tries came from Louis Anderson (2), Thomas Bosc, Daryl Millard, Antoni Maria and Morgan Escare.

Denny Solomona, Mason Caton-Brown, Iliess Macani and Nick Slyney scored London's tries.

On Thursday, Salford heeded owner Marwan Koukash's warning to shape up as they knocked Hull out of the Challenge Cup with a thrilling 37-36 golden-point win at the KC Stadium.

The draw for the fifth round of the Tetley's Challenge Cup is:

Wigan v Hunslet

Leigh v Featherstone

Leeds v St Helens

Warrington v Doncaster

Salford v Widnes

Bradford v Catalan Dragons

Swinton v Keighley

Castleford v Sheffield Eagles

Ties to be played on the weekend of April 26-27.


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