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28th February 2020, 12:50 | ChallengeCup

Coral Women's Challenge Cup | First Round Preview

Coral Women's Challenge Cup | First Round Preview

The Coral Women’s Challenge Cup begins this weekend with teams vying for a spot at Bolton in June to kick-off an exciting triple-header alongside the Coral Challenge Cup semi-finals. 

Keighley Albion made it all the way to last year’s quarter-finals – and now under the banner of Keighley Cougars – are set to begin their Cup journey once more as they travel to Boston to face the Royal Air Force Ladies. The game is set to be streamed live on the Rugby Football League’s Twitch page from 2pm on Sunday.

Alongside an impressive Cup run which ended at the hands of the Betfred Women’s Super League side Wakefield Trinity, Keighley also had a massively successful league campaign topping League One with 12 wins from their 16 outings before beating Cutsyke 12-52 in the Grand Final. 

Fellow Armed Forces representatives the British Army face a long trip North as they prepare to take on Durham Tigers. 

The British Army lifted silverware in 2019 as they won the Women’s Challenge Shield with a dominant 40-4 victory over Women’s Super League side York City Knights at the LD Nutrition Stadium. They also knocked off Featherstone Rovers on route to the final as well as earning a victory over Huddersfield Giants in the Women’s Challenge Cup. 

The final fixture in Round One sees Wigan St Patricks welcome Whitley Bay Barbarians with two of last year’s League One sides doing battle.  

St Pats won six of their 14 league fixtures in 2019 but exited the Women’s Challenge Cup at the hands of Championship winners Warrington Wolves. The Wigan-based side progressed to the semi-finals of the competition back in 2017. 

As for the Barbarians, they won five of their 14 League One fixtures and will be looking for their first-ever Challenge Cup victory.  

Hull Kingston Rovers, Rochdale Hornets, Cutsyke, East Leeds and Halifax were handed byes to the Second Round of the Women’s Challenge Cup.  

Coral Women’s Challenge Cup Round One Fixtures:

RAF Ladies v Keighley Cougars (2pm) – LIVE on Twitch

Durham Tigers v British Army (2:30pm)

Wigan St Patricks v Whitley Bay Barbarians (2:30pm) 

Tickets for the 2020 Coral Women’s Challenge Cup and Coral Challenge Cup semi-final triple-header at the University of Bolton Stadium are now available here.