23rd April 2017, 19:19 | ChallengeCup
Hat-trick for 17-year-old debutant Jack Walker as Leeds beat Doncaster
Jack Walker enjoyed a dream debut as Leeds cruised into the last 16 of the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup with a 64-28 fifth-round victory over part-timers Doncaster.
The 17-year-old full-back, whose skull cap provides him with a permanent reminder of the fractured skull he suffered early in his career, ran in a sparkling first-half hat-trick of tries to earn the man-of-the-match award and put his side into a 44-4 lead.
That ensured the back-to-back winners in 2014 and 2015 became the first team into the hat for Tuesday's sixth-round draw, although the League 1 club caused some cause for concern for their Super League hosts with a spirited fightback that brought them five second-half tries.
Jack Walker, 17 years old, Leeds Rhinos debut, scores a first half hat-trick 🙌 pic.twitter.com/x7Nmq0chHz— The Challenge Cup (@TheChallengeCup) April 22, 2017
Hull KR defeat Super League strugglers Leigh in Challenge Cup
Kingstone Press Championship leaders Hull KR dumped Betfred Super League strugglers Leigh out of the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup with a deserved 23-10 win at the Sports Village.
Former Leigh half-back Jamie Ellis was instrumental for the Robins, who surrendered an early 10-0 lead before finishing the game strongly with Ryan Shaw scoring a second try in the dying minutes.
Toronto Wolfpack experienced defeat but demonstrated they can mix it with the big boys after going down 29-22 to 12-man Salford.
The Canadian newcomers threatened to pull off an upset when latest signing Ryan Brierley scored on his debut to put Toronto 16-12 in front after 26 minutes of their Ladbrokes Challenge Cup fifth-round tie at the AJ Bell Stadium.
The Red Devils then had winger Justin Carney sent off for dissent but they rallied to see off Paul Rowley's men and secure their place in Tuesday's sixth-round draw.
A Luke Waterworth try five minutes from time helped Kingstone Press Championship strugglers Swinton Lions cause a Ladbrokes Challenge Cup shock in a 28-24 win over Huddersfield Giants at the John Smith's Stadium.
The Lions, just one place above the relegation zone in rugby league's second tier, and forced into fielding three debutants by injuries, trailed three times and looked like their brave effort would be in vain when Izaac Farrell converted Oliver Roberts 66th-minute try to give the Giants a 24-20 advantage.
But Swinton, who had previously led 10-6 and 22-18, refused to give up on their dream and Waterworth's winner was little more than they deserved in a nip-and-tuck contest which could have gone either way.
Josh Hardcastle doubles up as Featherstone ease through
Winger Josh Hardcastle scored a brace of tries as Featherstone Rovers completed a comfortable 30-4 Ladbrokes Challenge Cup fifth-round victory over Oldham Roughyeds at the LD Nutrition stadium.
The home side went ahead through Hardcastle's 12th-minute opener - while Cory Astonadded the conversion - and Richard Moore crossed over six minutes later as Oldham went into the break 10 points down with no reply.
The visitors held onto a small glimmer of hope to pull the score back as Scott Turner's try four minutes into the second half reduced the deficit, but Championship rivals Featherstone had other ideas.
Ian Hardman and James Lockwood crossed over in quick succession around the hour mark as Aston kicked both goals on target, while the home side went further ahead with Hardcastle's second an effort from John Davies, with eight minutes remaining, putting the score beyond doubt for Jon Sharp's men.
Dewsbury Rams needed a drop goal from substitute Lewis Fairhurst in golden-point extra-time to edge neighbours Batley Bulldogs 23-22 in the fifth round of the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup at the Tetley's Stadium.
Macauley Hallett opened the scoring early with the first try of his brace as the Bulldogs took the lead five minutes in. But Josh Guzdek struck back for the home side before Hallett claimed his second midway through the first half, which Cain Southernwood converted.
Batley's Tom Lillycrop added his side's third score - with Southernwood again on target with a goal - as the visitors moved 16-4 ahead before Paul Sykes reduced the deficit for the Rams.
Guzdek bagged his second try on the half-time hooter with Sykes converting to bring Dewsbury back into it.
The home side took the lead for the first time when Aaron Brown crossed over after 54 minutes and Sykes converted before scoring another goal three minutes later.
Dominic Brambani crossed over for the Bulldogs and Southernwood claimed two more points late on to level the scores after 80 minutes and then Fairhurst's drop goal meant the Rams will be in Tuesday's sixth-round draw.
Luke Cresswell scored four tries and Shane Toal added three as Barrow Raiders saw off York City Knights 50-28 in an entertaining clash.
Declan Hulme, Nathan Mossop and Tom Walker also scored for Barrow, who pulled clear in the second half after being given a good game by York in the opening 40 minutes.
Hulme needed only five minutes to open the scoring, but David Johnston replied for the hosts. Barrow looked to be pulling clear as Toal got his first of the afternoon and then Lewis Charnock converted Mossop's 19th minute try to make it 16-6, but York replied through Nev Morrison and then, after Cresswell's first try, again through Joe Porter to make it 20-18 at the break.
James Haynes' try put York in front early in the second half as they led 28-20, but Barrow's response was ruthless as Cresswell scored three quick tries and Toal added another to put Barrow back in control, and they did not let up a second time.
Halifax ran in six tries as they cruised to a 36-12 away win over Whitehaven in the fifth round of the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup.
Ben Kaye crossed twice while Adam Tangata, James Saltonstall, James Woodburn-Hall and Shane Grady also scored, and Steve Tyrer kicked six goals.
Tangata and Saltonstall had put the visitors 12-0 up before Elliot Miller replied for Whitehaven in the 28th minute, and Pauk Cook replied to make it 12-4.
But Halifax's dominance showed as Woodburn-Hall and Grady scored two tries in the space of four minutes, putting the game out of reach for Whitehaven as they went in at the break trailing 24-6.
Kaye further stretched Halifax's lead before Jessie Joe Parker got a late consolation for the hosts.
However, Kaye would have the final word as Halifax romped into the six round.
Former Great Britain and England players Chris Joynt and Keith Senior will conduct the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup sixth round draw on Tuesday, April 25 (from 6.30pm).
The draw will be broadcast live on BBC News Channel’s Sportsday programme.