NATIONAL League Widnes stunned Super League Castleford by 14-4 to claim a place in the last 16 of the Powergen Challenge Cup at the windswept Halton Stadium.
POWERGEN Challenge Cup holders Hull fell at the first hurdle after being overpowered by Super League champions Bradford 23-12 in a scrappy fourth-round tie in an Odsal mudbath.
CATALANS Dragons cruised through to the fifth round of the Powergen Challenge Cup with a crushing 12-try, 66-0 win over amateurs Thornhill Trojans in Perpignan.The National Conference League side were no match for the French professionals and wilted early in the second half at the Stade Jean Laffon.After a spirited first-half display by the Trojans, the Dewsbury side were put to the sword as the Super League outfit ran in six tries in the first 18 minutes of the second period.Catalans had claimed the lead when Mark Hughes crossed after just two minutes, but Thornhill limited them to further scores from Jamal Fakir and Lionel Teixido to trail just 14-0 at the break.The second half was a different story as Freddie Zitter, Gregory Mounis, Sean Rudder, Remi Casty, Bruno Verges and Chris Beattie went over in quick succession.Hughes, Zitter and Casty each claimed a second try as Catalans wrapped up a comfortable win.Michael Dobson weighed in with five goals and Laurent Frayssinous kicked four.Thornhill found chances few and far between, although strong centre Andrew Bostock caused some problems and created one opportunity for Johnny Campbell, only for the winger to drop the ball.Catalans Dragons: Guigue, Zitter, Hughes, Wilson, Verges, Rudder, Dobson, Beattie, Rinaldi, Fellous, Fakir, Guisset, Mounis.Replacements: Frayssinous, Casty, Touxagas, Teixido.Thornhill: Holmes, Copley, Davies, Bostock, Campbell, Morley, L. Haigh, Folan, Pachniuk, Carruthers, Roberts, Woodcock, Broadhead.Replacements: Redgwick, Naylor, Lee, S. Haigh.Catalans Dragons: (14) 66.Tries: Hughes 2, Fakir, Teixido, Zitter 2, Mounis, Rudder, Casty 2, Verges, Beattie.Goals: Dobson 5, Frayssinous 4.Thornhill: (0) 0.Referee: Robert HicksAtt: 850
PAUL Wellens ended a difficult week on a high with two tries as St Helens booked their place in the Powergen Challenge Cup fifth round with a 56-6 win over Doncaster.
THE Powergen Challenge Cup fourth round has thrown up an unexpected but potentially enthralling clash between Super League's bottom two sides.
BRADFORD'S hopes of winning the Powergen Challenge Cup were ended by eventual winners Hull last year and the Bulls will feel this draw could have been kinder.
DEWSBURY side Thornhill Trojans are the only amateur team through by right to Monday?s Powergen Challenge Cup fourth-round draw.The Trojans knocked out professional opposition for the second time in seven years when they beat Workington 16-12 at Dewsbury on Saturday.There were no shocks among Sunday?s 11 ties, although five have still to be played after falling victim to the ice and snow.Super League side Catalans Dragons will be joined in the draw by fellow countrymen Toulouse, who reached the semi-finals in 2005 but were made to fight all the way by little Blackpool.Toulouse won 58-18 at Bloomfield Road in the corresponding tie 12 months ago but this time it took them 77 minutes to clinch an 18-10 success.The Frenchmen scored tries through Cedric Olieu, Cedric Gay and Trent Clayton, with captain James Wynn kicking two conversions and a penalty.Blackpool responded with tries from Steve Ormesher and Liam Bretherton, who also added a penalty.French Championship leaders Pia crashed out at Whitehaven on Friday night and today Limoux lost 24-10 at Batley, who never looked back after scoring two tries in the first seven minutes.Stand-off Neil Roden laid on both scores for centre Steve Jones and full-back Craig Lingard and also touched down himself in the first half.The two Russian representatives both experienced heavy defeats, with Lokomotiv Moscow going down 64-4 to National League Two newcomers Celtic Crusaders and Strela Kazan losing 80-0 to Leigh, who were in Super League last season.Crusaders made the perfect start when man of the match Tony Duggan scored the first of his four tries after only two minutes and half-back partner Luke Young kicked the first of 10 goals.Lokomotiv were at their best in the first 20 minutes and scored their only try when Sergey Dobrynin forced his way over.At Hilton Park, lively stand-off Carl Forber led the way for Leigh with a hat-trick of tries and five goals.Elsewhere, winger Wayne McHugh scored five tries, four of them in the first 32 minutes, as Featherstone beat Skirlaugh 36-14 and young full-back Richard Tillotson ran in a second-half hat-trick in Dewsbury?s 68-0 rout of Bradford Dudley Hill.New Oldham coach Steve Deakin helped his side stave off the threat of an upset against local rivals Saddleworth, and National League clubs Doncaster, Hunslet, Hull KR and Widnes also triumphed over amateur opposition.