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Challenge cup 3rd round

Salford City Reds v Warrington Wizards

Bank Quay Bulldogs v Hunslet Hawks

Tasty; any chance either of them?

The Big Boys come in next time.

The draw in full is:

 

Sheffield Eagles v Lezignan XIII

 

York City Knights v Halifax

 

Leeds Metropolitan University v Doncaster

 

Blackpool Panthers v Featherstone Rovers

 

Wath Brow Hornets v Swinton Lions

 

Rochdale Hornets v York Acorn

 

London Skolars v Queens

 

Bank Quay Bulls v Hunslet Hawks

 

British Army v Oldham

 

Leigh Centurions v Featherstone Lions

 

Batley Bulldogs v East Hull

 

Wigan St Pats v Workington Town

 

Keighley Cougars v Toulouse XIII

 

Gateshead Thunder v SM Pia XIII

 

Celtic Crusaders v Lokomotiv Moscow

 

Mayfield v Barrow Raiders

 

Widnes Vikings v Skirlaugh

 

Oulton Raiders v Dewsbury Rams

 

Salford City Reds v Warrington Wizards

 

Leigh Miners Rangers v Whitehaven

 

 

 

Matches will be played on 8th/9th March 2008

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Salford City Reds 66-10 Warrington Wizards

 

Salford City Reds made the first tentative steps towards a first possible Wembley appearance in almost 40 years with an expected points deluge against plucky conference side Warrington Wizards.

 

On another bitterly cold Willows evening Head Coach Shaun McRae resisted the temptation to rest his stars wholesale and only added a smattering of fresh faces to his line-up with promising young Jason Walton making a try-scoring debut.

 

The continued emergence of winger Andy Ballard from last season's Under 21s is what is exciting the Salford faithful as he took his season's try tally to four, adding another excellently taken score in the second half to his first half four-pointer, and his ability to kick goals from anywhere, regardless of condition saw him add a further nine to his mounting tally leaving Ballard with a personal haul of 26 points for his evening's work.

 

In truth, from the point when the Reds scored their first try in the opening seconds the dreams of a monumental cup upset were shattered, but it looked as though the record books may be troubled as the Reds raced into a 34-0 lead after only 26 minutes, but the Wizards' players stepped up and only went in at the break 40-0 behind despite being visibly shattered.

 

They emerged once again for the second half and produced probably the two biggest cheers of the night with two well-taken scores from Shaw, one converted by Mellor but these were sandwiched either side by a continuing flow of Salford tries.

 

The game was played in great spirit, with oocasional glimpses of what the Reds are capable of in what realistically turned out to be the mismatch everybody expected, but for the Warrington Wizards and Mr Shaw in particular it will be a night to remember and a Challenge Cup tie to tell the grandkids about.

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