15th March 2020, 18:19 | ChallengeCup
Nick Rawsthorne’s injury-time try saw Hull KR avoid a Coral Challenge Cup shock with a 22-19 win over battling Leigh Centurions in the fifth round.
The Betfred Championship outfit led 19-18 at the hooter but Rawsthorne won it for the home side as he went over in the corner.
Scrum-half Mikey Lewis converted three of Rovers’ four tries while Kane Linnett got his first try of the season to cap a fine performance from the second row.
Leigh had led 12-0 through tries by Adam Higson and Ben Hellewell but three tries in eight minutes from Linnett, Shaun Kenny-Dowall and Will Dagger put the Betfred Super League side in front by half-time.
Liam Hood’s try tied the game at 18-18 and Josh Woods kicked a drop goal to edge Leigh back in front, but Rawsthorne touched down to seal a dramatic win.
Wakefield Trinity beat Bradford Bulls 17-14 on Friday as Reece Lyne scored the winning try with 10 minutes left.
Joe Westerman and Alex Walker scored Trinity’s other tries while Jordan Lilley and Rowan Milnes went over for the Bulls.
The other two Super League teams entering at this stage met on Wednesday as Toronto Wolfpack beat Huddersfield Giants 18-0 with two Ricky Leutele tries converted by Gareth O’Brien, who added three penalties.
Matty Marsh scored four tries and Jason Bass three as York City Knights enjoyed the most emphatic win on Sunday, 70-12 over Rochdale Hornets.
Connor Robinson crossed twice and kicked 18 points, while there were also scores for Chris Clarkson, Reiss Butterworth, Will Sharp and Ben Johnston. Lewis Sheridan scored both Rochdale tries, each converted by Sam Freeman.
Newcastle Thunder beat Dewsbury Rams 38-30 in a televised thriller at Kingston Park.
Kieran Gill and Quentin Laulu-Togagae gave Newcastle an early 10-0 lead before Michael Knowles pulled a try back. The two sides traded scores twice more before half-time, Ashley Gibson and Bob Beswick keeping Newcastle 20-18 ahead despite the efforts of Paul Sykes and Connor Scott.
Adam Lawton and Mikey Woods put Newcastle 30-18 up just after the hour mark but the Rams, who had beaten Whitehaven 22-16 on Wednesday to reach this stage, levelled with eight minutes remaining as Martin Reilly and Will Oakes crossed and Sykes added his fourth and fifth conversions.
Alex Clegg’s try proved decisive, with Reece Dean slotting his third conversion and adding a last-minute penalty.
Widnes Vikings beat Swinton Lions 32-16 with tries from Jake Spedding, Jack Johnson, Kenny Baker, MacGraff Leuluai, Deon Cross and Joe Lyons. Mike Butt scored two tries and Lewis Hatton one for the Manchester side.
Joel Farrell and Corey Makelim scored two tries apiece as Sheffield Eagles beat Workington Town 34-18. Ryan Millar, Oliver Davies and Izaac Farrell scored Sheffield’s other tries while Carl Forber, Fuifui Moimoi and Blain Marwood crossed for Workington.
Jake Sweeting, Ben Blackmore and Dane Chisholm scored two tries each in Featherstone Rovers’ 46-6 rout of Hunslet on Friday.
Coral Challenge Cup Fifth Round Results:
Wednesday, March 11
Huddersfield Giants 0-18 Toronto Wolfpack
Friday, March 13
Featherstone Rovers 46-6 Hunslet
Wakefield Trinity 17-14 Bradford Bulls
Sunday, March 15
Hull KR 22-19 Leigh Centurions
Newcastle Thunder 38-30 Dewsbury Rams
Sheffield Eagles 34-18 Workington Town
Widnes Vikings 32-16 Swinton Lions
York City Knights 70-12 Rochdale Hornets