Challenge Cup round-up: Wakefield survive Bradford scare, Toronto beat high-flying Huddersfield & Newcastle shock Dewsbury

There were a few upsets in Round Five of the Challenge Cup. 

Toronto became the first side to book their place in the next round as they beat Huddersfield 18-0 at the John Smith’s Stadium.

The impressive Ricky Leutele scored both tries inside the first 10 minutes for the Wolfpack, with Gareth O’Brien adding 10 points from the boot.

Wakefield survived an almighty scare as they edged past Bradford 17-14 at the Mobile Rocket Stadium.

The Bulls did lead 14-7 at one stage with tries from Jordan Lilley and Rowan Milnes coming in either half. However, Alex Walker reduced the gap to just one point with his first Wakefield try, before centre Reece Lyne completed the turnaround inside the final 10 minutes.

Featherstone eased into the last 16 of the competition with a comfortable win over League 1 leaders Hunslet. 

Jake Sweeting, Dane Chisholm and Ben Blackmore all crossed twice, while there were further scores for Sam Ottewell, Josh Hardcastle and Conor Carey. Ben Heaton got the visitors’ only try of the game with 13 minutes to go.

Hull KR were reliant on a last-gasp Nick Rawsthorne try as they won 22-19 and broke the hearts of Leigh. 

Josh Woods thought he had won it for the Centurions, his drop-goal putting them 19-18 ahead with 10 minutes remaining. However, Rawsthorne’s last-minute score, in addition to Kane Linnett, Shaun Kenny-Dowall and Will Dagger’s earlier efforts, ensured the injury-hit Robins progressed.

York booked their place in the next round after thrashing Rochdale 70-12 at Featherstone’s Millennium Stadium.

Matty Marsh scored four for the hosts, Jason Bass bagged a treble and Connor Robinson scored twice, amassing a personal tally of 26 points. There were also tries for Chris Clarkson, Reiss Butterworth, Will Sharp and Ben Johnston.

Newcastle produced the upset of the round after toppling Championship Dewsbury 38-30.

First-half tries from Kieran Gill, Quentin Laulu-Togagae, Ashley Gibson and Bob Beswick gave the hosts a slender lead. The two sides exchanged scores in the final quarter, but scores for Adam Lawton, Mikey Wood and Alex Clegg ensured Simon Finnigan’s side moved into the last 16.

Widnes produced yet-another strong second-half showing to move into the next round at the expense of Swinton. 

It was evenly poised at 10-10 at the break, but second-half touchdowns for Kenny Baker, MacGraff Leuluai, Deon Cross and Joe Lyons wrapped up a 32-16 win for Tim Sheens’ side.

Finally, Sheffield remain on course for a visit to Wembley for the second time in as many seasons after beating Workington 34-18.

Joel Farrell and Corey Makelim both scored twice, while there were further scores for Ryan Millar, Oliver Davies and Izaac Farrell.

Challenge Cup Round Five results:

Featherstone Rovers 46-6 Hunslet

Huddersfield Giants 0-18 Toronto Wolfpack

Hull KR 22-19 Leigh Centurions

Newcastle Thunder 34-30 Whitehaven

Sheffield Eagles 34-18 Workington Town

Wakefield Trinity 17-14 Bradford Bulls

Widnes Vikings 32-16 Swinton Lions

York City Knights 70-12 Rochdale Hornets


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