Underbank Rangers coach “super proud” of their Challenge Cup run

Underbank Rangers coach Richard Knight hopes their Challenge Cup run will spur them on to reach the National Conference League Grand Final this year. 

The Holmfirth-based amateur club fell short to a 22-0 defeat to Championship outfit Bradford in the fourth round of the Challenge Cup on Sunday.

Underbank’s team of plumbers, school teachers and landscape gardeners knocked out League 1 opposition West Wales in the third round.

Rangers coach Richard Knight said: “I’m super proud. We talked a lot about the history of our club, waiting 135 years for the chance to come up against a team like Bradford Bulls.

“You couldn’t really tell which was the professional team and which was the amateur team. Our try-line defence was unbelievable.

“We didn’t get any 50-50 calls but the lads stuck in there throughout the game. We competed for massive chunks of the game.

“It’s really pleasing but there is a bigger picture for us – we want to win the (National Conference) Grand Final this year and the confidence we will get from this competition will be awesome.”

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