23rd February 2017, 11:47 | ChallengeCup

Ladbrokes Challenge Cup Third Round preview

Ladbrokes Challenge Cup Third Round preview



Siddal v Toronto Wolfpack – 13.00 (BBC Sport)

Streamed live on BBC Sport, all eyes will be on Toronto Wolfpack this Saturday when they play their first ever competitive match against National Conference League winners Siddal.

The Wolfpack are the first transatlantic side to compete in the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup and are keen to highlight their ambition this season by staging a strong cup run.

Toronto’s side boasts eight players with previous Super League experience including captain Craig Hall, Andrew Dixon, James Laithwaite and 2005 Challenge Cup winner Richard Whiting.

Former New Zealand international Fuifui Moimoi is also expected to play and Canada internationals Rhys Jacks and Tom Dempsey could feature.

Siddal head into the game as underdogs and will be looking to spoil Toronto’s big occasion.

The club overturned a 10-0 half-time score to beat Pilkington Recs 34-10 in the last round and are aiming to make the fourth round for the second consecutive season.

Toronto's Paul Rowley is looking for his side to win their first ever competitive fixture

National League Champions Siddal are aiming for the fourth round


Wests Warriors v Haydock – 14.30

An eighth division side is guaranteed a place in the fourth round for the first time in Challenge Cup history when Wests Warriors face Haydock.

The fixture is the latest chapter in London-based Wests’ remarkable rise since their formation in 2014.

The London Men’s League champions produced one of the shocks of the second round beating Featherstone Lions 26-0 away from home.

Haydock also impressed in the last round beating BARLA National Cup winners Thornhill Trojans 30-20.

New River Stadium, the home of London Skolars, will host the match with a big crowd expected.

Hemel Stags v London Skolars – 14.00

League 1 rivals Hemel Stags and London Skolars meet at Pennine Way in an all London derby.

The Skolars head into the game full of confidence following last Sunday’s 24-16 win over South Wales Ironmen in the League 1 Cup and are looking to build momentum ahead of their first league game against Toronto next weekend.

Meanwhile, Hemel head coach Troy Perkins will be after a response from his side following a dismal second-half display which saw the Stags lose 48-12 in the League 1 Cup to University of Gloucestershire All Golds.

Other all-League 1 ties see Newcastle Thunder host Workington Town, South Wales Ironmen face Oxford and Coventry Bears travel to Hunslet.

Elsewhere, Fryston Warriors will be aiming to upset the odds against Keighley Cougars and National Conference League sides Egremont Rangers and Myton Warriors are looking to show their worth against League 1 sides York City Knights and Doncaster.


The full schedule of Ladbrokes Challenge Cup Round 3 fixtures is as follows –

Saturday, February 25

Siddal v Toronto Wolfpack (1.00pm, live on BBC Sport)

West Hull v Whitehaven (2.00pm)

Wests Warriors v Haydock (2.30pm)

Fryston Warriors v Keighley Cougars (3.00pm)

Newcastle Thunder v Workington Town (5.00pm)

Sunday, February 26

Barrow Raiders v Rochdale Mayfield (2.00pm)

Hemel Stags v London Skolars (2.00pm)

South Wales Ironmen v Oxford (3.00pm)

Doncaster v Myton Warriors (3.00pm)

University of Gloucestershire All Golds v North Wales Crusaders (3.00pm)

York City Knights v Egremont Rangers (3.00pm)

Hunslet v Coventry Bears (3.00pm)

Tickets for the 2017 Ladbrokes Challenge Cup final at Wembley Stadium on Saturday, August 26 can be purchased by calling the Rugby League Ticket Office on 0844 856 1113 or by visiting rugby-league.com/tickets.