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Bridgend handed Cumbrian trip in Challenge Cup

7th January 2016, 14:24

Bridgend handed Cumbrian trip in Challenge Cup

Bridgend Blue Bulls have been given a tricky away tie at Cumbrian side Egremont Rangers in the first round of the Ladbrokes Rugby League Challenge Cup.

Bridgend Blue Bulls have been given a tricky away tie at Cumbrian side Egremont Rangers in the first round of the Ladbrokes Rugby League Challenge Cup.

 

The competition, that ends at Wembley Stadium in August, is the oldest rugby knock-out tournament in the world but it the Blue Bulls’ first foray into the competition.

 

And for the Welsh League champions, it’s the longest journey anyone will have to face in round one. A 625-mile round trip will almost certainly mean that the Bridgend side will have to make a weekend of it.

 

Stephen Smith, Bridgend Blue Bulls team manager, said: “It was great to experience the live draw at Wembley Stadium. As we were one of the last teams to be drawn, it was unbelievably tense waiting to see our number.

 

“This is a fantastic opportunity for the club so over the next few weeks, both players and staff will be working extremely hard to get into the second round. It will be a long trip but an amazing experience. We’ll be going all out to win and maybe give the people of Bridgend a home tie in the next round.”

 

The match will be played on the weekend of January 30/31. The second round is due to take place on the weekend of February 13 /14 with nine winning teams progressing to face sides from Kingstone Press League 1, including North Wales Crusaders and South Wales Scorpions, in the third round (February 27-28).

 

Full first round draw: London Chargers RL v Shaw Cross Sharks, Thatto Heath Crusaders v Hunslet Club Parkside, Aberdeen Warriors v Northumbria University, Stanningley v Pilkington Recs, Normanton Knights v Distlington, The Army v Siddal, West Bowling v Lock Lane, Leigh Miners Rangers v Underbank Rangers, East Leeds v Oulton Raiders, Millom v University of Hull, The Royal Navy v Featherstone Lions, Widnes West Bank v Rochdale Mayfield, Wath Brow Hornets v The Royal Air Force, Hull Dockers v Thornhill Trojans, Egremont Rangers v Bridgend Blue Bulls, West Hull v Great Britain Police, Kells v Nottingham Outlaws, York Acorn v Sharlston Rovers.