15th April 2019, 13:42 | ChallengeCup

Coral Challenge Cup | Talking Points

Coral Challenge Cup | Talking Points

Ahead of the 6th Round draw for the 2019 Coral Challenge Cup – which will be live on Sportsday on the BBC News Channel from 6:30pm this evening – we take a look at some of the talking points from Round Five. 

Halifax cause an upset

The 5th Round of the Coral Challenge Cup got underway in typical cup fashion as Halifax caused an upset on Thursday evening against Super League side London Broncos. 

‘Fax have won five of their opening nine games in the Championship this season, however a victory London – who have settled well into life in the Super League – definitely took a few by surprise. 

Halifax last qualified for the Sixth Round in 2017, but eventually fell to fellow Championship side Featherstone Rovers.

Can Halifax go one further in 2019?

Thatto Heath go down battling 

Thatto Heath Crusaders have offered the story of the 2019 Coral Challenge Cup thus far, but their remarkable run came to an end this weekend at the hands of Championship side Dewsbury Rams.  

It wasn’t without a fight, however.  

The National Conference Premier Division outfit went into the break level at 10-10. However, Dewsbury’s quality proved too much in the end as they ran out 10-36 victors, keeping the Crusaders scoreless in the second half.

Who will Dewsbury face in Round Six? 

Lowest ranked side left

Following Thatto Heath’s exit from the Coral Challenge Cup, it means that League One Doncaster are now the lowest ranked side left in the competition after their impressive win over Championship outfit Batley on Sunday afternoon. 

Doncaster entered the competition in Round Three and had already earned victories over fellow League One side Coventry Bears and amateur opponents Featherstone Lions before this weekend. 

The Dons now have the potential of drawing Super League leaders St Helens with 30 places currently separating the clubs.

Can Doncaster continue their cup heroics in the 6th Round? 

Golden Point drama

Trailing 8-26 with 15 minutes remaining, it looked as though Featherstone Rovers were on route to book their place in the 6th Round draw, however Bradford Bulls had different ideas mounting a fantastic comeback which culminated with a brilliant forty-metre Jordan Lilley drop-goal in Golden Point.

The Bulls managed to score three quickfire tries in the final seven minutes of the game through Dalton Grant, Jordan Lilley and David Foggin-Johnston with Elliot Minchella’s last-minute conversion ensuring extra-time. 

Bradford are five-time winners of the Coral Challenge Cup, last coming away with the crown in 2003. This will be their first appearance in the Sixth Round since 2014. 

How far can the Bulls go in 2019?

Best of the rest 

Elsewhere, Hull Kingston Rovers survived a scare against Leigh Centurions thanks to a late Craig Hall try. Salford Red Devils and Leeds Rhinos both earned comfortable victories on Friday night against Rochdale Hornets and Workington Town, respectively. Widnes Vikings also booked their place in Round Six with a 44-12 win against York City Knights.

 

The Coral Challenge Cup Sixth Round Draw will take place this evening (Monday 15th April) on Sportsday on the BBC News Channel from 6:30pm.

Tickets for the 2019 Coral Challenge Cup final at Wembley Stadium on Saturday, August 25 can be purchased by calling the Rugby League Ticket Office on 0844 856 1113 or by visiting www.rugby-league.com/tickets– Our League members get 5% off all tickets!