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Alleged salary cap breaches...

THE independent audit of the 2005 Salary Cap returns for both the engage Super League and the LHF National League One has been completed.

Harrison quits as England coach

SALFORD City Reds boss Karl Harrison has stepped down as England coach after two years in charge.

Challenge Cup Quarterfinal Previews

THIS weekend Superleague takes a break for the quarterfinals of the Challenge Cup Competition. There are eight teams left in this knock out comeptition, and the quarterfinal match ups are: Huddersfield v Salford, Hull Kingston Rovers (NL1) v Warrington, Leeds v Harlequins, St Helens v Les Catalans.- - - - -HUDDERSFIELD GIANTS v SALFORD CITY REDSSalford City Reds have not won at Huddersfield Giants since 2001 when they had a 32-24 Super League victory. The only Salford survivors from that match are Stuart Littler (2 tries), Andy Coley (1 try), Malcolm Alker (1 try) and Paul Highton. Since then Salford have lost on all five trips to Huddersfield, including 32-18 a few weeks ago. Alker and Highton also played when Salford won 22-14 at Huddersfield the last time the two teams met in the Challenge Cup, in 1999.Last semi-final appearance:Huddersfield v St. Helens Lost 6-46 At Halliwell Jones Stadium, Warrington ? 2004Salford v Sheffield E. Lost 18-22 At Headingley, Leeds ? 1998Previous RL Challenge Cup meetings:1898-99 (R4) Salford 8 Huddersfield 01899-00 (3) Salford 6 Huddersfield 51901-02 (4) Huddersfield 6 Salford 91914-15 (3) Huddersfield 33 Salford 01956-57 (2) Salford 2 Huddersfield 61958-59 (2) Salford 15 Huddersfield 21960-61 (2) Salford 13 Huddersfield 51969-70 (2) Huddersfield 0 Salford 0Replay Salford 11 Huddersfield 51976-77 (1) Salford 25 Huddersfield 21977-78 (2) Huddersfield 13 Salford 31999 (5) Huddersfield 14 Salford 22- - - - -HULL KINGSTON ROVERS v WARRINGTON WOLVESHull Kingston Rovers are aiming to become only the second English lower division* club to reach the semi-finals of the Powergen Challenge Cup during the Super League era. Widnes are the only club to have done it, losing 24-14 to St. Helens in 1996, the first year of Super League. Before Super League, the last club from outside the top division to reach the semi-finals was Oldham in 1990 when they lost 10-6 to Warrington. Hull K.R. and Warrington have not met since 1993-94 when Rovers were last in the top division. Warrington won away 26-10 to complete a League double. Rovers had a 13-11 home victory the previous season. Their last appearance in the quarter finals was in 1998 when they lost 46-18 at London Broncos.*French club Toulouse reached the semi-final last year and were beaten by Leeds Rhinos.Last semi-final appearance:Hull K.R.v Leeds Drew 24-24 Elland Road, Leeds ? 1986Replay Won 17-0 Elland Road, Leeds ? 1986Warrington v Wigan W. Lost 18-30 At Halton Stadium, Widnes ? 2004Previous RL Challenge Cup meetings:1904-05 (F) Warrington 6 Hull K.R. 0 At Leeds1911-12 (R2) Hull K.R. 3 Warrington 3Replay Warrington 3 Hull K.R. 01912-13 (2) Warrington 13 Hull K.R. 61927-28 (2) Hull K.R. 0 Warrington 51931-32 (1) Warrington 4 Hull K.R. 21948-49 (1)* Warrington 17 Hull K.R. 7Hull K.R. 5 Warrington 281949-50 (1)* Hull K.R. 2 Warrington 12Warrington 24 Hull K.R. 41979-80 (3) Hull K.R. 23 Warrington 111988-89 (3) Hull K.R. 4 Warrington 30* Two legs- - - - -LEEDS RHINOS v HARLEQUINS RLChallenge Cup meetings between these two teams invariably inspire memories of the last final to be played at Wembley in 1999. Then Leeds cantered to a record final victory of 52-16. None of the players is still in either club?s first team squad. Harlequins had a 32-24 ?home? win last season in a match that was played in Perpigan, but their last win at Headingley was 18-6 in 2000. Leeds beat them 32-12 in last year?s quarter-final at Headingley.Last semi-final appearance:Leeds v Toulouse Won 56-18 At Galpharm Stadium, Huddersfield ? 2005Harlequins v Castleford Won 33-27 At Headingley, Leeds ? 1999Previous RL Challenge Cup meetings (Harlequins formerly London Broncos):1998-99 (F) Leeds 52 London B. 16 At Wembley2003 (R5) Leeds 21 London B. 122005 (6) Leeds 32 London B. 12- - - - -ST. HELENS v CATALANS DRAGONSAlthough the clubs have not met in the Challenge Cup before, St. Helens had a 70-6 fourth round win at Union Trezeiste Catalan in 2003. The Saints also had a 34-20 win at Catalans Dragons earlier this season in the engage Super League. They are aiming for a sixth successive semi-final, having won the Cup twice and been beaten finalists once since 2001.Last semi-final appearance:St. Helens v Hull FC Lost 8-34 At Galpharm Stadium, Huddersfield ? 2005Catalans: NoneNo previous RL Challenge Cup meetings

Challenge Cup: Round Five Previews

THE fifth Round of the 2006 Powergen Challenge Cup takes place this weekend. Superleague and National League One competitions have the weekend off while the final 16 teams battle for places in the Quarter Finals of this prestigous knock-out cup competition.

G.B. training squad announced

THE Great Britain Training squad has been announced:1. Burrow, Rob ? Leeds Rhinos 2. Carney, Brian ? Newcastle Knights 3. Cunningham, Keiron ? St Helens 4. Deacon, Paul ? Bradford Bulls 5. Ellis, Gareth ? Leeds Rhinos 6. Fielden, Stuart ? Bradford Bulls 7. Gardner, Ade ? St Helens 8. Gilmour, Lee ? St Helens 9. Gleeson, Martin ? Warrington Wolves 10. Graham, James ? St Helens 11. Harris, Iestyn ? Bradford Bulls 12. Higham, Michael ? Wigan Warriors 13. Hock, Gareth ? Wigan Warriors 14. Horne, Richard ? Hull FC 15. Johnson, Paul ? Bradford Bulls 16. King, Paul ? Hull FC 17. Langley, Jamie ? Bradford Bulls 18. Long, Sean ? St Helens 19. Lynch, Andy ? Bradford Bulls 20. McGuire, Danny ? Leeds Rhinos 21. Morley, Adrian - Sydney Roosters 22. Newton, Terry ? Bradford Bulls 23. O?Loughlin, Sean ? Wigan Warriors 24. Peacock, Jamie ? Leeds Rhinos (Vice-Captain) 25. Pryce, Leon ? St Helens 26. Raynor, Gareth, Hull FC 27. Roby, James ? St Helens 28. Sculthorpe, Paul ? St Helens (Captain) 29. Senior, Keith ? Leeds Rhinos 30. Sinfield, Kevin - Leeds Rhinos 31. Walker, Chev ? Leeds Rhinos 32. Wellens, Paul ? St Helens 33. Wild, Stephen ? Huddersfield Giants 34. Wilkin, Jon ? St Helens 35. Wood, Paul ? Warrington Wolves 36. Yeaman, Kirk ? Hull FCThere are seven players within this 36-man squad who have not previously been capped at Great Britain level.They are: Ade Gardner, James Graham, Gareth Hock, Jamie Langley, Andy Lynch, James Roby and Kirk Yeaman.Ade Gardner and Jamie Langley were included in the 2005 mid-season Great Britain squad which took part in a training camp at the University of Bath.As part of preparations for the ?XXXX? Test against New Zealand (27.6.06), the Great Britain squad will take part in two training days in May and early June prior to going into camp on Sunday, 25th June 2006. Brian Carney and Adrian Morley will not be available for these training days in May and early June but will be considered for selection for the ?XXXX? Test against New Zealand.The Great Britain team is sponsored by Gillette.The ?XXXX? Test: Great Britain v New Zealand, Tuesday 27th June 2006 (KO 8pm) at Knowsley Road, St Helens RLFC.

C Cup R4: Wigan v Wakefield

WIGAN cast aside their engage Super League blues with a dramatic fightback to clinch a place in the last 16 of the Powergen Challenge Cup courtesy of a 32-22 win over Wakefield.One-time Cup kings Wigan, bottom of the table after winning just one of their opening seven games, looked to be heading out of the famous knockout tournament when they trailed 22-6 just before half-time.But they got their act together, inspired by skipper Sean O?Loughlin and the experienced Dennis Moran, to run in 26 unanswered points and book their place in Tuesday?s fifth-round draw.The win will lift the pressure on coach Ian Millward but increase the gloom at Belle Vue, where the Wildcats let slip a 21-0 lead against Warrington a week earlier.Wigan, who gave a debut to 18-year-old prop Eamonn O?Carroll, now have seven weeks to prepare for their next Cup task and will be hoping this result can kick-start their League campaign, starting with another trip to Belle Vue next Friday. Wakefield, who like Wigan were without five regulars through injury, made good use of the stiff breeze to build a 16-point lead but the turning point came just before the break thanks to an act of petulance.The Wildcats had defended stoically to force a handover near their own line but full-back Colum Halpenny, with an eye on half-time, tossed the ball away to waste time and was rightly penalised by referee Karl Kirkpatrick.Wigan ran the ball and full-back Chris Ashton took Bryan Fletcher?s pass to go through a gap in the home defence for a try which gave his side a lifeline.Ashton had earlier gifted Wakefield a score when he failed to gather Jamie Rooney?s grubber kick and substitute Paul White pounced for his second try in five minutes.White had finished off a fine break by fellow substitute Mark Applegarth to grab his first while scrum-half Sam Obst scored one try with a jinking run and created another for second rower Jamie Field with a pinpoint kick.Wigan created several chances, particularly through the darting runs from dummy half by Mick Higham, but ruined most of them through slipshod handling in the difficult conditions.Higham scored the other first-half try, his first for the Warriors, after Sean O?Loughlin?s kick had eluded Wakefield centre Jason Demetriou.But it was a different story in the second half as O?Loughlin and Moran seized the initiative.O?Loughlin went over within 90 seconds of the restart, brushing off the attempted tackle from Field, and when Moran successfully chased his own kick to the line it brought the scores level.Rooney tried to break the deadlock with a drop goal which sailed wide and Wigan edged in front for the first time on 65 minutes with a penalty from Tickle after Field had been punished for interference at the play-the-ball.Wakefield left winger Semi Tadulala crossed on 68 minutes but was brought back for a forward pass earlier in the move and, at the other end, Wigan?s Pat Richards dropped the ball with the line open.The tie was finally settled through another comedy of errors, with Tadulala failing to clear the danger caused by Moran?s kick and centre David Vaealiki pounced on the loose ball to score.Wakefield: (22) 22Tries: Field, Obst, White 2Goals: Rooney 3Wigan: (12) 32Try: Higham, Ashton, O?Loughlin, Moran VaealikiGoals: Tickle 3, Godwin, Richards 2Wakefield: Halpenny, Buchanan, Demetriou, Whittle, Tadulala, Rooney, Obst, Griffin, March, Korkidas, Elima, J. Field, Betham. Replacements: White, Wrench, Applegarth, Catic.Wigan: Ashton, Calderwood, Vaealiki, Richards, Dallas, Brown, Moran, Seu Seu, Higham, Hargreaves, Tickle, Fletcher,O?Loughlin. Replacements: Prescott, O?Carroll, Godwin, Tomkins.Referee: K Kirkpatrick (Warrington)Att: 3,123

C Cup R4: Quins club Toulouse

HARLEQUINS bounced back from the shock of conceding a converted try in the opening 35 seconds to easily book their passage into the fifth round of the Powergen Challenge Cup with a 48-6 win over Toulouse.

C Cup R4: Leeds blast past Leigh

LEEDS opened their Challenge Cup campaign by outclassing Leigh to romp to a routine victory at the Coliseum by 36-12.Last year?s runners-up were kept at bay by their National League One opponents but took control with first-half tries from Kevin Sinfield, Lee Smith, Keith Senior and Gareth Ellis.Further tries from Smith, youngster Ashley Gibson - the Rhinos? only change to their starting line-up - and Richard Mathers wrapped up a safe passage into Tuesday?s fifth round draw.Aaron Heremaia and Misili Manu restored some pride for the hosts with each touching down in the final 18 minutes.Two hours of rain before kick-off left a lot of surface water on the Coliseum pitch and both sides struggled to get to grips with the conditions in the early stages.Leigh had an opportunity in the seventh minute when Chris Feather?s attempted offload gifted them possession outside the Leeds 20 but captain Julian O?Neill was unable to find a gap on the right.And around the quarter-hour mark Leeds began to peg the home side back.Leigh defended doggedly but eventually hooker Matt Diskin managed to prise an opening for Sinfield to stroll into and touch down under the posts before adding the extras.The boisterous home crowd were doing their best to unsettle Leeds? star-studded line-up and were given more cause to voice their opinion when referee Steve Ganson refused to give a knock-on against Leeds 30 metres from their own line.And from the same set of six, Leeds advanced on the right before Diskin fed Mathers and the full-back?s cut-out pass to the left wing allowed Smith to stroll in for a 27th-minute score.Sinfield converted and Leeds reinforced their dominance in the 35th minute when Ali Lauitiiti laid the ball off to Senior, who bundled his way over from close range.The pair then combined again in the 39th minute, with Lauitiiti?s offload giving Senior the chance to charge down the left.The Great Britain centre was stopped 20 metres out, but after play switched to the right, Ellis touched down from Rob Burrow?s grubber kick.Sinfield?s third goal made it 22-0 but not even the interval could revive the Centurions as within four minutes of the restart, Danny McGuire created the space for Smith to saunter through for his second try.McGuire was again the provider six minutes later after Ellis? break and offload, and 19-year-old Gibson, playing right centre, capped his first senior start by pouncing on McGuire?s kick wide to score.Leigh finally got themselves on the scoresheet in the 62nd minute after Paul Rowley?s break set up the field position.O?Neill kicked into the in-goal area for scrum-half Heremaia to touch down before adding the extras.Mathers was then found in acres of space in the 71st minute to stroll over on the left, while Manu touched down after a 90-metre sprint in the final minute.Leigh (0) 12 Tries: Heremaia, Manu Goals: O'Neill 2 Leeds (22) 36Tires: Smith 2, Senior, Gibson, Ellis, Mathers, SinfieldGoals: Burrow, Sinfield 3Leigh: Grix, Manu, Grundy, Hughes, Greenwood, O?Neill, Heremaia, R. Bibey, Rowley, C. Hill, Taylor, Glassie, Roberts.Replacements: Halliwell, Sykes, Wilson, Stevens.Leeds: Mathers, Donald, Gibson, Senior, Smith, McGuire, Burrow, Peacock, Diskin, Feather, Kirke, Ellis, Sinfield.Replacements: Lauitiiti, Scruton, Bailey, McAvoy.Referee: S Ganson (St Helens)Att: 3,917

C Cup R4: Salford ease past Dewsbury

SALFORD overcame some fierce resistance from National League Two part-timers Dewsbury to march into the last 16 of the Powergen Challenge Cup by 32-4.The Reds, who are flying high in the engage Super League after winning five out of their opening seven matches, led 16-0 at the interval.Salford opened the scoring when ex-Wigan star David Hodgson crossed out wide to notch his fifth try of the season following a knock-on from Reds old boy Darren Rogers.Salford extended their lead on 29 minutes after clever handling from half-backs Luke Robinson and John Wilshere ? deputising for the absent Andrew Dunemann ? to send Andy Coley charging over to open up a 10-0 lead.Moments later Hodgson scored a fine solo try after picking up a loose ball inside his own half before weaving in and out of the Dewsbury defence to complete his brace.But National League Two promotion favourites Dewsbury ? without the injured Kevin Crowthers, who dislocated his shoulder at Doncaster last week ? fought back in the second half.Ex-Salford player Bryn Powell crossed in the corner to narrow the gap but any hopes of a Rams upset though were dashed as Mitch Stringer, on his first appearance this season, stepped out of some weak tackling to score.In the final 10 minutes Salford ran riot and bagged further tries through Simon Finnigan and Kevin McGuinness, on his return after a serious knee injury, as Dewsbury?s resistance crumbled.Salford (16) 32 Tries: Finnigan, Hodgson 2, Coley, McGuinness, Stringer Goals: Wilshere 4 Dewsbury (0) 4Goals 2 PowellSalford: Fitzpatrick, Hodgson, Moule, Littler, Langi, Wilshere, Robinson, Baldwin, Alker, Highton, Coley, Brocklehurst, Finnigan.Replacements: Myler, Clayton, Stringer, McGuinness.Dewsbury: Tillotson, Rogers, Mack, Maun, Powell, F. Maloney, Finn, Watene, Greenwood, D. Maloney, Kelly, W. Jowitt, M. Walker.Replacements: Chapman, Bretherton, Harvey, Southwell.Referee: G Hewer (Wakefield)Att: 1,899

C Cup R4: Wolves hit Scolars for ten

WARRINGTON Wolves comfortably progressed through to the next round of the Powergen Challenge Cup with a 10-try rout of National League side London Skolars at the Halliwell Jones Stadium by 52-10.

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