26th March 2012, 19:28
Challenge Cup Fourth Round draw made
North Wales Crusaders and South Wales Scorpions have both been handed
North Wales Crusaders and South Wales Scorpions have both been handed tricky ties in the Fourth Round of the Carnegie Challenge Cup.
The Crusaders, in their first year of existence in their new entity, will travel to holders Wigan Warriors while the Neath-based Scorpions will entertain Championship high flyers Halifax.
For the Crusaders it will mean the possibility of taking on Welsh internationals Gil Dudson and Ben Flower while Wigan assistant coach Iestyn Harris will certainly relish entertaining the Welsh newcomers.
North Wales Crusaders chief executive Jamie Thomas said: "The challenges just keep coming for the club. After starting from scratch in December, taking on the Championship 1 favourites in our first game and losing narrowly, taking on Toulouse in the third round of the Cup and winning, this is an Everest of a challenge. I don't think anyone would expect us to go to Wigan and even get close to them but our boys will give them everything. The one thing that has seen this club through to this stage is its heart and that will be what we take to the DW Stadium next month."
Halifax have won both of their Championship games so far and only lost one game in their Northern Rail Cup group matches to easily qualify for the quarter-finals so they will prove tough opponents for the Scorpions at The Gnoll.
South Wales Scorpions coach Dave Clark said: "This will be a tough draw for us but one that we will relish. There are four all Super League ties that have been drawn out in this round so it means that whoever wins out of our clash will have a great opportunity of going even further in the competition. I'm sure Halifax will be relishing the tie as much as we are and we look forward to hosting them, giving them a warm Welsh welcome and hopefully we can pull off a shock."
The ties will be played on the weekend of April 14th/15th.
London Broncos v Dewsbury Rams
Widnes Vikings v St Helens
Leeds Rhinos v Wakefield Trinity Wildcats
Whitehaven v Salford City Reds
Featherstone Rovers v Castleford Tigers
Hull FC v Huddersfield Giants
Wigan Warriors v North Wales Crusaders
Swinton Lions v Gateshead Thunder
Hull Kingston Rovers v Catalan Dragons
Bradford Bulls v Doncaster
South Wales Scorpions v Halifax
York City Knights v Sheffield Eagles
Keighley Cougars v Warrington Wolves
Leigh Centurions v Rochdale Hornets
Oldham v Barrow Raiders
Hunslet Hawks v Batley Bulldogs