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21st February 2020, 18:17 | ChallengeCup

Coral Challenge Cup Fourth Round Preview

Coral Challenge Cup Fourth Round Preview

The BBC Sport cameras will be in attendance as as Unberbank Rangers face Bradford Bulls away from home, 1pm kick off on Sunday, as the Holmfirth outfit go in search of a huge upset.

Underbank overcame West Wales Raiders 30-8 on the road in the last round and were rewarded for their lengthy round trip with a plum tie at the five-time Cup winners.

The Betfred Championship Podcast spoke to Head Coach Richard Knight ahead of the game.

"We've had a great experience in the Cup so far," he said.

"It was tough to travel to Wales like we did but I'm really pleased for them to get to the fourth round and get a dream tie at Bradford and an opportunity to appear on the TV as well.

"Bradford have won the competition five times, we've probably only played in it five times! They're an excitable bunch as it is but they're seriously looking forward to this one

"We're got a really committed squad," he added.

"We only have one senior team so we operate across the same 25 blokes - that's how we've done it for a number of years now so it's a great reward for all their efforts."

The Rangers club was founded way back in 1884 and they had never faced professional opposition until the last round in Wales, and Knight says he's looking forward to the test against Bradford, as well as the occasion.

He said: "The club's been going longer than Rugby League itself so for us to get a day in the spotlight is huge. We've never played a professional team before this year, to win that game then get a team like Bradford away is amazing.

"It'll be a great day for the sponsors, fans and the players to test themselves against professional opposition as well - it's brilliant for the club and everyone involved."

Players from the club's entire junior section - u6s, u8s, u9s, u10s and u13s - will be making the trip across to Dewsbury on Sunday, as well as a number of supporter coaches.

"All kids are stoked to walk out as mascots," Knight added.

"For the past 12 years I've been trying to get us to this round but we've always failed - there's a real buzz about the town and the club. It's going to be a great day out - I wouldn't be surprised to see as many supporting Underbank as Bradford on Sunday!"

In a double-header of live action on Sunday, York City Knights travel to face London Broncos live on Our League, 3pm kick off, in the first meeting between the clubs since 1995.

The pair have had mixed fortunes in the league so far this year but remain strong favourites to secure play-off spots come the end of the season.

But the Fourth Round action gets underway tonight as Leigh Centurions host Batley Bulldogs, 8pm kick off.

The Betfred Championship duo are both former winners of the Challenge Cup - with Batley crowned the Cup's first-ever winners in 1897 - and come into the tie on the back of strong league wins - Leigh overcoming York 34-0 at home, as Batley were 20-10 winners at home to Swinton Lions.

Elsewhere, the competition's other two remaining community clubs are in action on Saturday as Siddal host Newcastle Thunder and Leigh Miners Rangers head to Swinton Lions.

Siddal will be hoping to recapture the form which saw them stun Thunder on home turf back in 2016 when they ran out 30-4 winners.

But both sides are much-changed from coaching staff to players from that tie four years ago and League 1 promotion-hunting Thunder will be out for avenge their last trip to Chevinedge.

And Swinton will know all about their opposition on Saturday as they have trained together a number of times with Miners in pre-season - Lions Assistant Coach Allan Coleman is a former Head Coach at the club.

In a twist a fate, Coleman's teenage son, Calum, could be set to line up in the halves for Miners in Saturday afternoon's clash at Heywood Road.

Also on Saturday, League 1 Barrow Raiders travel to Championship big guns Featherstone Rovers in search of a Cup upset, as Sheffield Eagles and Halifax will battle it out in South Yorkshire for a place in Round Five.

Five more fixtures are taking place on Sunday aside from the broadcast action; The British Army - the final services team remaining in the Cup this year - face a trip to League 1 Rochdale Hornets in arguably the pick of the ties.

The Army have reached this stage of the Challenge Cup for the first time, and Rochdale will be hoping to avoid defeat against an Army side whose Cup run has caught the imagination.

An all-Championship tie also takes place in Whitehaven on Sunday as Dewsbury face a trip to the Recreation Ground, and there's a pair of all-League 1 ties to finish off Round Four with Hunslet hosting North Wales Crusaders and Workington Town at home to Doncaster.

All fixture details can be found HERE.