Challenge Cup QF Draw and R5
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Arch-rivals St Helens and Wigan will meet in a mouth-watering quarter-final of the Powergen Challenge Cup next month.

The tie, a repeat of last year?s final which Saints won 32-16 at the Millennium Stadium, will be held at Knowsley Road on Sunday June 26.

St Helens will be looking to reproduce that success but they lost 22-20 to the Warriors on Good Friday and were also beaten by their derby foes in the 2002 final at Murrayfield.

Super League champions and leaders Leeds were handed a home tie with London Broncos, a team they beat 64-6 at Headingley a month ago. Their tie is a repeat of the last Wembley final in 1999.

London coach Tony Rea, whose assistant Rohan Smith is the nephew of Rhinos boss Tony Smith, said: ?Funnily enough, I had a feeling it was going to be Leeds. It?s a great draw for us, a fantastic opportunity.?

Hull have been paired with Leigh at the KC Stadium and Toulouse, who are only the second French team to reach the last eight, were given a home tie with Widnes.

Powergen Challenge Cup quarter-final draw:

Leeds v London St Helens v Wigan Toulouse v Widnes Hull v Leigh

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London Broncos made a mockery of their dismal away form to power their way through to the last eight of the Challenge Cup with a win at Salford. Salford coach Karl Harrison admitted his side were ?flat? in the 26-12 home defeat.

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Leigh Centurions survived a mighty scare against National League One side Halifax, the visitors led until midway through the second half. Coach Darren Abram praised his side's character after they safely negotiated the tricky challenge before running out 40-20 winners.

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Life in Super League may be difficult for Widnes Vikings but coach Frank Endacott was glad of a handsome 50-8 Challenge Cup win over onal League One's Barrow to give his Super League strugglers some much-needed confidence.

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Bradford coach Brian Noble was left rueing another bad first half as the Bulls crashed out of the Challenge Cup after a 26-24 fifth-round defeat at Hull. Hull?s Paul Cooke was one of Hull's tryscorers and insists his side do not fear anyone.

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Leeds coach Tony Smith admitted the thumping 70-0 scoreline against French outfit SM Pia to reach the Challenge Cup sixth round had flattered the Rhinos. The reigning Super League champions ran in 13 tries without reply against their outclassed opponents, who battled gamely to the final whistle.

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Wigan coach Denis Betts revealed he was ?never worried? after watching the Warriors sneak through to the last eight of the Challenge Cup with a last-gasp 16-10 win over Union Treiziste Catalane at the JJB Stadium. Wigan were five minutes from making an embarrassing exit from this year's competition as they trailed 8-4, however scrum-half Dennis Moran created scores for Stephen Wild and then Kevin Brown in the last play of the game.

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St Helens assistant coach Dave Rotheram admitted the charged atmosphere at Knowsley Road added to the occasion as he watched his side triumph 62-0 over National League Two's York in the Challenge Cup fifth round. ?York put us under pressure but Keiron Cunningham led the way with some superb tackles and he harassed their kickers.?

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French side Toulouse progressed to the Challenge Cup final eight, with a 32-18 home win against National League One's Doncaster. The visitors raced to a 10-0 lead, however a hatrick of tries to centre Fabrice Estebanez was part of a spirited comeback by the French side in front of 1,945 fans.

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Thanks to www.superleague.co.uk for another great article.

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