Featherstone handed stiff Challenge Cup test at rivals Bradford

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FEATHERSTONE ROVERS will travel to Kingstone Press Championship rivals Bradford Bulls in one of the top ties of the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup fourth round.

It will be the sides’ first meeting since the final game of last year’s Championship campaign when Jon Sharp’s Rovers sealed a place in the Qualifiers – at Bulls’ expense – with a 20-0 home win. Batley Bulldogs face a trip to Toulouse Olympique, where they were hammered 44-6 in the opening round of this season’s Championship. Dewsbury Rams will be confident of progressing at home to League One side Newcastle Thunder, but Hunslet – of League One – were handed a tough trip to Championship Halifax.

Meanwhile, Featherstone’s Championship game against Sheffield Eagles at Wakefield on Sunday, March 12, will kick-off at 7,30pm, after the Betfred Super League clash between Wakefield Trinity and Salford Red Devils (3pm).

The full draw for the Challenge Cup fourth round – to be played over the weekend of March 18/19 – is Hull KR v Sheffield Eagles, Swinton Lions v London Skolars, Bradford Bulls v Featherstone Rovers, Toulouse Olympique XIII v Batley Bulldogs, Oldham v Haydock, University of Gloucestershire All Golds v Doncaster, Whitehaven v Oxford, York City Knights v Rochdale Hornets, London Broncos v Toronto Wolfpack, Dewsbury Rams v Newcastle Thunder, Halifax v Hunslet, Barrow v Keighley Cougars.