Cumbrian Sides To Welcome Super League Opposition After Challenge Cup Draw

By Robert Haile

The sixth round of the Challenge Cup has been drawn and Cumbrian sides will welcome Super League opponents.

Whitehaven beat fellow Championship side York City Knights at the LEL Arena while Barrow Raiders sealed their place in the hat with a win on the BBC against Workington Town.

Having got through on the BBC Barrow will be hoping that it is two in a row as their game against the Huddersfield Giants has been chosen along with all Super League tie Leeds Rhinos game against Castleford Tigers.

In other all Super League ties Wigan Warriors face Salford Red Devils and Warrington Wolves host Wakefield Trinity.

Championship side Sheffield Eagles will host Super League side Hull FC while Featherstone Rovers travel to Catalan Dragons and Hull KR host Leigh Centurions in the other Super League Championship ties.

While Whitehaven’s tie with cup holders St Helens will be streamed on The Sportsman it has caused some controversy with the time of the game, Saturday March 26 at 2pm.

The area around Whitehaven is hot bed of rugby league with four amateur clubs in the National Conference League all within 20 minutes of the town.

On Saturday Egremont Rangers and Wath Brow Hornets are both at home in the Premier Division with a 2:30pm kickoff and Kells and Hensingham travelling to away games, fans will be torn as who to watch with former players playing for Whitehaven.

Either way Cumbrian rugby league has been given a platform.

Challenge Cup Sixth Round Fixtures

Barrow Raiders v Huddersfield Giants

Catalans Dragons v Featherstone Rovers

Hull KR v Leigh Centurions

Leeds Rhinos v Castleford Tigers

Sheffield Eagles v Hull FC

Warrington Wolves v Wakefield Trinity

Whitehaven v St Helens

Wigan Warriors v Salford Red Devils