Semi-professional rugby league’s newest competition got underway this weekend.
The iPro Sport Cup, so-called following a new sponsorship deal announced late last week, features the 14 League One clubs plus East Leeds and West Hull, who were invited to make up the numbers for a straight knock-out competition.
West Hull had the honour of hosting the first ever game in the new competition, going down 36-10 to North Wales Crusaders on Saturday afternoon, while Newcastle Thunder celebrated their first competitive game since the club’s re-branding by beating Oxford 56-20.
Of the six games on Sunday, five were settled by convincing margins, with only Barrow’s 16-14 win over Gloucestershire All Golds proving remotely competitive.
League One new boys Coventry Bears, rugby league’s newest semi-professional club, went down 42-6 at Oldham.
The draw for the second round took place live from Craven Park after the Barrow game, by Gary Broadbent and Louise Scarr.
iPro Sport Cup second round draw:
iPro Sport Cup first round results: