2009 Challenge Cup - Round 5

Round 5

The sixteen teams remaining after Round 4 were randomly paired against each other, in a draw held at RAF Leeming on 7 April involving AVM Chris Davison, Director of the RAF Sports Board, and Barrie McDermott, former Leeds and Great Britain and Ireland player.

All matches will be played on 9–10 May. The match between Gateshead Thunder and Oldham Roughyeds was due to be played at the Gateshead International Stadium, since Gateshead were the home team, however the match was rearranged to be played at the Darlington Arena due to a fixture clash between a playoff match for Gateshead F.C., who share the stadium with the rugby league side, and an athletics meeting. This is the first ever professional rugby league match to be held inside County Durham.

The first match of this round was a repeat of a Super League fixture only thirteen days earlier. Wakefield took the initial lead, scoring ten points in six minutes, before Wigan levelled the game by the 24th minute. An early drop goal by Danny Brough edged Wakefield ahead by one point before Wigan scored their third try to lead 11–16 going into half time, following a successful conversion by Pat Richards. Wakefield scored their only try of the second half after 51 minutes, before Wigan scored two more tries to win the game by a margin of eleven points.

Oldham also started off taking the initial lead before losing to the Gateshead Thunder. Tommy Goulden gave the visitors a lead of six points following a successful conversion, and this gave them a 4–6 lead at half time following a Gateshead try which was unsuccessfully converted. Four tries and three goals from Gateshead after the break handed them a twenty-two point lead, and two tries and a goal from Oldham were not enough to restore the deficit. A final Gateshead try ended the game with a firm 18 point margin in favour of Gateshead.

The first game ever to be concluded via the golden point rule was played at The Jungle. Halifax earned a ten point lead through a try and two goals, one of which a penalty. Castleford replied with a converted try, before Halifax kicked another penalty goal to lead 6–12. The home side again scored a try, which was converted, before Halifax kicked another penalty goal before half time. Halifax scored first with a try after the break, before Castleford scored another of their own. Another try for Halifax was countered with three Castleford tries, one of which was successfully converted to give them a 30–22 lead. Two converted Halifax tries put them into the lead by four points with ten minutes to play, but a try from Brent Sherwin on the 74th minute levelled the game at full time. Sherwin also scored the drop goal three minutes into extra time to send Castleford through after an historic fixture.

Huddersfield won their early morning kick-off against Rochdale despite two late tries from the away side. Luke Robinson opened up the scoring on six minutes to score the first of five first-half tries for Huddersfield, to which Rochdale had no reply. Huddersfield scored again after 44 minutes to put themselves 32 points to nil ahead, before two converted Rochdale tries lowered the deficit to twenty points. Shaun Lunt finished the game off five minutes from full time with a try that was successfully converted to provide himself with a hat-trick, and to give Huddersfield a comfortable win.

Like Oldham and Wakefield had done the day before, Featherstone took the initiative before losing to the opposition. Featherstone took a four point lead thanks to a try which was unsuccessfully converted before Warrington scored twenty ] first-half points with four tries and two conversions. Chris Hicks converted his own try shortly after the break to put Warrington 4–26 into the lead before Featherstone replied with what was to be their final try. Warrington proceeded to run in five tries before full time, all of which were converted by Hicks, to win the game by almost a half-century of points.

Salford had lost three of their previous matches prior to this round's fixture, but this did not stop eight Salford players touching down for tries as they delivered the widest winning margin of the round away to Batley. Eight tries and eight goals, seven of which made up John Wilshere's ten goal match tally, scored by Salford went unanswered as Batley went into half-time fighting a 48-point deficit. Two further converted tries from Salford, including Mark Henry's fourth try, came before Batley's only try of the afternoon, which was not converted. Luke Adamson touched down two minutes from full time to give a winning margin of 62 in favour of Salford.

Of the four Co-operative Championship sides facing Super League opposition on the Sunday, Sheffield came closest to winning, with Hull Kingston Rovers having to regalvanise themselves to prevent a Sheffield come-from-behind victory. Sheffield only scored one converted try in the first forty minutes compared to the Rovers' four tries and three goals which had given them a sixteen-point advantage going into half time, but Sheffield struck back quickly after the break with a converted try in the 41st minute. Sheffield scored again fifteen minutes later with a converted try to put them only four points behind, before Shaun Briscoe went over the try-line and Michael Dobson converted to restore a ten-point advantage. Sheffield scored another try to lower the gap to four points again, but a late Rovers try in the 77th minute ended the game to advance them through to the quarterfinals instead of Sheffield.

In a repeat of the 2007 Challenge Cup Final, St. Helens overcame French opposition in the outfit of the Catalans Dragons to reach the quarterfinals and maintain their four year unbeaten cup run. Two tries within ten minutes gave an eight-point advantage to the home side before Thomas Bosc kicked a penalty to reduce the lead to 8–2. Catalans scored a converted try in the 21st minute to level game, before two tries and a goal for St Helens meant an 18–8 half time scoreline. Catalans failed to score at all in the second half, whilst to the contrary, St Helens ran in four tries, two of which were scored by Paul Wellens. All of the second half tries were converted by Sean Long to give the home side a winning margin of 34 points.

Home Score Away Match Information
Date and Time Venue Referee Attendance
Wakefield Trinity Wildcats 17 – 28 Wigan Warriors 9 May, 14:30 BST Belle Vue Phil Bentham 4,883
Gateshead Thunder 34 – 16 Oldham Roughyeds 9 May, 15:00 BST The Darlington Arena James Child 929
Castleford Tigers 34 – 34 Halifax 9 May, 18:00 BST The Jungle Steve Ganson 5,595
Castleford win 35-34 in extra time via the golden point rule.
Huddersfield Giants 38 – 12 Rochdale Hornets 10 May, 11:30 BST Galpharm Stadium Gareth Hewer 2,859
Featherstone Rovers 8 – 56 Warrington Wolves 10 May, 13:30 BST Chris Moyles Stadium Ian Smith 3,127
Batley Bulldogs 4 – 66 Salford City Reds 10 May, 15:00 BST Mount Pleasant Jamie Leahy 1,298
Hull Kingston Rovers 34 – 24 Sheffield Eagles 10 May, 15:00 BST New Craven Park Thierry Alibert 4,955
St. Helens 42 – 8 Catalans Dragons 10 May, 15:15 BST GPW Recruitment Stadium Ben Thaler 7,176
Average attendance: 3,853

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