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The fifth round of the Powergen Challenge Cup got underway on Friday night when Leeds Rhinos easily overcame Rochdale Hornets with a 12-try romp at Headingley Carnegie Stadium. Scott Donald scored a hat-trick for his new club. The match also saw the welcome return of the home team?s skipper Kevin Sinfield.
Leeds Rhinos 66(Donald 3, Williams 2, Ablett 2, Walker, Mcguire, Scruton, Feather, Millard tries; Burrow 6, Sinfield 3 goals) def. Rochdale Hornets 0. Att: 4,717.
At the Willows Wigan's miserable season continued when Salford City Reds knocked them out. Tries by Sean Rutgerson, Stuart Littler and Aaron Moule gave the hosts a 16-0 lead with Pat Richards scoring the visitors consolation, who now must concentrate on Super League survival.
St Helens won the tie of the round by easily disposing of a very disappointing Bradford Bulls. Man of the match Sean Long ran the show as the Saints made intelligent first use of the wind and driving rain to kill the game off with four tries before half-time and added three more after the break to clinch victory.
The rest of the round went with the formbook as all the Super League teams won their games pretty comprehensively. National League leaders Hull K.R. are the only team left from outside Super League, they go in to the hat when the quarterfinal draw takes place early Monday morning.
Harlequins RL 82 (Purdham 2, Worrincy 2, Dorn 2, Weisner 2, Hartley, Randall, Mbu, Gafa, Hopkins, Bradley-Qalilawa tries; Purdham 13 goals) def. Barrow 8 (Nixon, J Finch tries). Att: 10,000.
Hull K.R. 44 (Smith, Rivett, Barker, Fisher, Murrell, J Goddard, Cockayne, Netherton tries; Couturier 3, Murrell 3 goals) def. Featherstone Rovers 16 (Wray, Dickens tries; Dickens 2 goals). Att: 2,432.
Warrington Wolves 46 (Briers, Grose, Clarke, Sullivan, Wood, M Gleeson, Swann tries; Briers 6, Noon goals) def. Whitehaven 2 (Rudd goal). Att: 4,751.