Ladbrokes Challenge Cup: Wath Brow welcome French opposition

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The Ladbrokes Challenge Cup third round takes place this weekend with a number of tasty ties to look forward to.

There are some derbies to enjoy with York City Knights hosting York Acorn and Rochdale Mayfield welcoming Rochdale Hornets but arguably the standout out tie of the round sees French outfit Toulouse Olympique travel to England to take on Wath Brow Hornets.

As sponsors we’ll be helping the Hornets roll out the red carpet for their continental visitors after making the tie the Ladbrokes Feature Match for the round.

This means that the Cleator club will be given the glamour treatment, with Super League legends, cheerleaders and the £5k Half-Time Crossbar Challenge all rolling into town.


Hornets boss Ian Rooney remembers travelling to France to take on Toulouse over a decade ago and is relishing the chance to return the favour.

“We travelled to play in Toulouse 11 years ago so we’re really looking forward to welcoming them to Cleator Moor next weekend,” he told the News & Star.

“These games will be really tough. We know we’re not going to win the iPro Cup or the Challenge Cup but we’ve decided to play these games because we’re not entering the Conference Cup.

“It’ll be a great day for the club and our supporters and it’ll be a real talking point for us in the future being the first amateur side to host Toulouse in this competition.”

You can get that #ChallengeCupFeeling by following @Ladbrokes on Twitter for the latest behind-the-scenes footage from the Third Round feature game between Wath Brow Hornets and Toulouse Olympique!

Here’s what happened when Shaw Cross Sharks took on Castleford Lock Lane in the last feature game…


This weekend’s Ladbrokes Challenge Cup Third Round fixtures:

Pilkington Recs v London Skolars
Kells v Hemel Stags
Siddal v Newcastle Thunder
Rochdale Mayfield v Rochdale Hornets
Featherstone Lions v South Wales Scorpions
Wath Brow Hornets v Toulouse Olympique XIII
West Hull v Doncaster RLFC
York City Knights v York Acorn
Hunslet Hawks v Barrow Raiders
North Wales v University of Gloucester All Golds
Oxford RLFC v Lock Lane
Keighley Cougars v Coventry Bears

All odds and markets correct as of the date of publishing.

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James Curtis

After studying for a degree in journalism and gaining his NCTJ, James contributed to a wide range of papers, online publications and broadcasters including the South London Press, Press Association and Sky Sports News before joining the Ladbrokes News team.