8th March 2019, 15:39 | ChallengeCup

Four games to watch in the Coral Challenge Cup Third Round

Four games to watch in the Coral Challenge Cup Third Round

We take a look at four key ties coming up in the Coral Challenge Cup this weekend.

Doncaster v Coventry Bears – Friday 7:45pm

The Coral Challenge Cup Third Round kicks off tonight as two of League 1’s in-form sides Doncaster and Coventry go toe-to-toe at the Keepmoat Stadium.

Coventry, who reached the Fifth Round last year, won their first two league games this season, including against the much fancied Newcastle Thunder.

The Dons are also two from three in the league so far, with impressive victories over Newcastle and Workington Town.

Hosts Doncaster will fancy their chances in this one, having not lost in their previous four meetings with the Bears.


Thatto Heath Crusaders v Rochdale Mayfield – Saturday 2pm Live on BBC Sport website

The stand-out tie on Saturday sees two of the National Conference League’s strongest sides go up against each other live on the BBC Sport website.

Both these sides made winning starts to the 2019 Premier Division season, with St Helens’ based Thatto Heath victorious in Cumbria at Egremont, whilst Mayfield won away at Underbank Rangers.

2017 NCL Champions Thatto Heath have talented hooker Sean Kenny in their ranks, who was part of the Salford Red Devils team who won the £1m Game in 2016.

The winner of this tie will be one of four guaranteed community sides that will be in Tuesday’s Fourth Round draw.


Hunslet v West Bowling – Saturday 3pm

This tie on Sunday pits professionals against amateurs as Bradford's West Bowling travel to south Leeds.

Bowling were Yorkshire Men's League champions in 2016 and secured promotion from National Conference League Division 3 a year later.

Despite a quiet 2018 which saw them finish eighth in NCL Division 2, they began their 2019 campaign in fine form last weekend as they recorded a 72-0 home demolition of Askam, who finished fourth in the league last year.

Semi-professional Hunslet will provide a stern test, however, as Gary Thornton's men have won two from two in Betfred League 1 this year and sit top of the third tier - 34 places above their visitors this weekend.

The south Leeds side backed up their impressive 20-18 win at Doncaster in round one with a 58-0 home defeat of West Wales Raiders on Sunday.


Workington Town v Siddal – Sunday 3pm Live on Our League

The Our League cameras travel to Derwent Park on Sunday afternoon as Siddal look to cause a Challenge Cup upset at League 1 side Workington.

Siddal are a team who traditionally go well in the competition, and memorably ran professional side Toronto Wolfpack close in the Canadian side’s very first competitive game back in 2017.

Workington though, coached by six-times Challenge Cup winner Leon Pryce, are one of the strongest sides coming in to the Third Round. 

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