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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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