Knights snatch late win

  • Last Updated: April 7 2013, 19:07 BST

A review of Sunday's action in the Tetley's Challenge Cup.

Super League teams enter the competition on Monday
Super League teams enter the competition on Monday

York City Knights scored a last-minute try to avoid a Tetley's Challenge Cup upset at the hands of St Helens amateur team Blackbrook at Langtree Park.

The Knights were heading for defeat in the third-round tie when they trailed 24-20 before Tommy Carr scored from the last play of the match to level the scores for a second time and he kicked his fifth goal to snatch a 26-24 victory.

Blackbrook's exit means that no amateur team will be represented in the fourth-round draw, when the 14 Super League clubs enter the competition.

Leigh Miners Rangers were the only other amateur team to go close to causing a shock when they led Kingstone Press Championship club Barrow 12-6 at half-time thanks to tries from Sean Pendlebury and Scott O'Brien, both converted by Jonathon Youds.

However, the Raiders ran in second-half tries through James Dandy, Sean Casey, Jack Spencer and Daniel Toal to clinch a 28-12 victory and spare their blushes.

Sheffield Eagles, who won the Cup in 1998, were the day's biggest winners, running in 19 tries in a 112-6 demolition of Leigh East at the Don Valley Stadium.

Half-back Corey Aston, son of Eagles coach Mark Aston, scored twice on his debut, while centre Menzie Yere claimed a first-half hat-trick as Sheffield led 64-6 at the break and added two more tries in the second half.

Batley demonstrated the gulf between the Championship and Championship One with a 72-0 win over Gateshead Thunder, where half-back Tom Hemingway scored 32 points with two tries and 12 out of 12 conversions.

Papua New Guinea international Jess Joe Parker scored four of his side's seven tries as Whitehaven gained a 38-32 win over London Skolars.

Hunslet disposed of Oldham and Halifax defeated newcomers Oxford but Hemel Stags and the University of Gloucestershire will represent Championship One in Monday's draw after overcoming amateur opposition.

Toulouse will carry French hopes alongside Catalan Dragons after gaining a 56-18 win over Swinton on Saturday but Carcassonne went down 24-16 at Workington.

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