Round One Challenge Cup round-up

Josh McAllister
Challenge Cup

There were wins for the British Army, Royal Navy and West Hull in the opening round of the Challenge Cup.

The Royal Navy’s 60-0 away win over Bridgend Blue Bulls kick-started this year’s cup competition on Friday night.

There were a further 12 games on Saturday afternoon, including three televised.

Scotland’s only representative in Edinburgh Eagles fell to a 24-38 home defeat to York Acorn.

Ireland’s Galway Tribesman also suffered a 10-36 defeat to Pilkington Recs. The Tribesmen had led 10-8 at the break. But Pilks were able to turn the game around in the second half, with unanswered tries from Jordon Morris, his second, Karl Ingham, Owain Abel and Ian Stanley saw them home.

Thatto Heath Crusaders, who have enjoyed success in the cup in recent times, have been knocked out by Lock Lane.

Live Challenge Cup

Streamed live on The Sportsman, Rochdale Mayfield defeated Wigan St Patricks 36-22.

The British Army came from 10-0 behind at Orrell St James to claim an 18-10 victory to progress to the second round.

The side’s best in the competition came in 2020, reaching round four before falling short against Rochdale Hornets.

They will will face the Royal Navy in the second round.

In the final hame of the weekend, Stanningley edged past Bentley 22-16 in front of the Our League cameras.

Full report: Galway 10-36 Pilkington Recs overturn half-time deficit to avoid upset


Bridgend Blue Balls 0-60 Royal Navy

Orrell St James 10-18 British Army

London Chargers 22-16 Ellenborough Rangers

Edinburgh Eagles 24-38 York Acorn

West Hull 46-6 Upton

Thornhill Trojans 24-6 Royal Air Force

Featherstone Lions 6-56 Hunslet Club Parkside

Jarrow Vikings 10-52 Wests Warriors

Leigh Miners Rangers 36-22 Milford Marlins

Rochdale Mayfield 36-22 Wigan St Patricks

Galway Tribesman 10-36 Pilkington Recs

Siddal 28-0 Great Britain Police

Lock Lane 18-10 Thatto Heath Crusaders

Bentley 16-22 Stanningley

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