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Two Russian sides, and four French sides will all compete in Round Three of the 2004 Powergen Challenge Cup as the start of the semi and full time professional clubs enter the competition. Dynamo Moscow who recorded their first and Russian Rugby League?s first ever victory in the tournament last week over West Bowling (22- 18), will have a tough task against National League One side, Rochdale Hornets, whilst Locomotive Moscow will take on Chorley who finished second in National League Two this year.
UTC will be considered favourites out of the non-British sides to make an upset, however Hull KR at home will be no easy feat for the top French side, whilst Pia take on Barrow, Villenueve face the unpredictable York City Knights and Limoux go into the clash against Gateshead with a chance.
The full Round three draw is as follows:
Sharlston Rovers v Dewsbury Rams London Skolars v Rochdale Mayfield Hull Kingston Rovers v UTC Swinton Lions v East Hull Featherstone Rovers v Castleford Lock Lane Barrow Raiders v Pia Hunslet Hawks v Featherstone Lions Thatto Heath Crusaders v Whitehaven York City Knights v Villeneuve Elland v Leigh Centurions Ince Rosebridge v Batley Bulldogs Bradford Dudley Hill v Keighley Cougars Oldham v Castleford Panthers Halifax v Wath Brow Hornets/Oulton Raiders Chorley Lynx v Locomotiv Moscow Doncaster Dragons v West Hull Leigh Miners Rangers v Sheffield Eagles Crosfields v Workington Town Gateshead Thunder v Limoux Rochdale Hornets v Dynamo Moscow