Carnegie Challenge Cup Second Round Draw

The draw for the second round of the Carnegie Challenge Cup has been completed on board HMS Illustrious with the Royal Navy landing an exciting home tie against Conference Premier side Leigh Miners Rangers.

This tie will be played on the Royal Navy’s home ground in Portsmouth and elsewhere the RAF are away at Conference Premier side East Hull and the British Army travel to Oulton Raiders who also play in the Conference Premier.

Last season’s NCL Premier champions Thatto Heath will host Millom while 2011 Rugby League Conference National champions Huddersfield Underbank Rangers host Wath Brow Hornets.

The draw took place in the hangar of HMS Illustrious, the Royal Navy’s High Readiness Helicopter and Commando Carrier, whilst at sea off the North Coast of the UK.

Steve McNamara and the Challenge Cup Trophy were flown out to the ship by an RAF Sea King helicopter based at RAF Boulmer.

The draw took place in the Ship’s hangar, with one of the Army’s Apache Strike Helicopters forming an impressive backdrop.

The home teams were drawn by the Commanding Officer of HMS Illustrious, Captain Martin Connell and the away balls were drawn by England Head Coach Steve McNamara.

The second round ties will be played on the weekend of March 10 and 11.


The Carnegie Challenge Cup second round draw is as follows:

East Hull v RAF

Siddal v West Hull

Hull Dockers v Kells

Oulton Raiders v British Army

Royal Navy v Leigh Miners Rangers

Hunslet Warriors v Wigan St Patricks

Huddersfield Underbank Rangers v Wath Brow Hornets

Thatto Heath v Millom

York Acorn v Skirlaugh

Hunslet Old Boys v Blackbrook

Saddleworth Raiders v Myton Warriors

Egremont Rangers v Ince Rose Bridge

Leigh East v Bradford Dudley Hill

Sharlston Rovers v Wigan St Cuthberts


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After dominating the first hour of the game, Skolars withstood a determined Welsh comeback to record a victory in Neath.

Joe Mbu made just two changes to the previous week’s 17. Ben Bolger returned to Broncos, with Austen Aggrey coming onto the bench, whilst Chris McNamara replaced John Paxton in the centres.

Lewis Fox scored early on for the Scorpions when they established an overlap down the right hand side, but Louis Robinson crashed over for his first try for Skolars to level the scores. Skolars then forced an error and the resultant possession saw Lamont Bryan race through the defence to touchdown. Centre Joe Price weaved through the defence on the left to record his first try after returning to the club after several seasons with Ealing Trailfinders.

Skolars’ discipline was good for most of the game, conceding just three penalties. Two of those came in quick succession and it took an intercept from Rob Thomas to keep the Scorpions out. Skolars then attacked and a cut-out pass from Andy McLean found Ade Adebisi on the wing to put them 22-6 up at half-time.

The continued their dominance after the break, a Rob Thomas break was continued by James Anthony and Dylan Skee, before Thomas rejoined the move to score. He almost scored again soon afterwards, Chris McNamara also went close and Ade Adebisi was held up over the line.

When Scorpions kicked out the full on the sixth tackle, Skolars attacked again. Bryan bust through the defence with Skee finishing off and adding a fifth goal.

Last season’s games against the Scorpions were close run affairs and it was no surprise that the Scorpions would fight back. Nathan Mossop scored two tries, between which Andy McLean intercepted on 40 metres to score Skolars’ seventh try. A fast move down the left flank saw Alex Pope score soon after for the home side and the marign was down to 14 points with 13 minutes remaining.

Skolars should have made the game safe when Lameck Juma had space on the wing, but with a large in goal area for rugby union at The Gnoll, he overshot the dead ball line and was denied a try.

David James scored for Scorpions at the other end, but with two minutes remaining they weren’t going to get any closer, although that try and Jamie Rooney’s fifth conversion ensured they picked up a bonus point and slipped ahead of Skolars in the Pool A table.



18 Rodney Peake

8 David James

17 Lewis Fox

23 Alan Pope

11 Ashley Bateman

2 Jamie Rooney

14 Scott Leatherbarrow

16 Joe Burke

19 Nathan Mossop

25 Alstair McDonald

22 Chris Vitalini

20 Jamie Acton

4 Phil Carleton


Subs (all used)

1 Steve Parry

5 Neil Dallimore

24 Callum Wilkinson

7 Lewis Reece


Tries: Fox (9), Mossop (60,64), Pope (67), James (78)

Goals: Rooney 5/5



1 James Anthony

2 Ade Adebisi

3 Chris McNamara

4 Joe Price

5 Lameck Juma

6 Andy McLean

7 Dylan Skee

8 Louis Robinson

9 Neil Thorman

10 David Williams

11 Alex Bate

12 Matt Thomas

13 Lamont Bryan


Subs (all used)

14 Rob Thomas

15 Austen Aggrey

16 Martyn Smith

17 Olly Purslow


Tries: Robinson (12), Bryan (16), Price (24), Adebisi (35), R Thomas (44), Skee (55), McLean (61)

Goals: Skee 5/7


Penalty count: 3-10


Half-time: 6-22

Referee: George Stokes


SCORING SEQUENCE: 6-0, 6-6, 6-12, 6-18, 6-22, 6-28, 6-34, 12-34, 12-38, 18-38, 24-38, 30-38

London Skolars are delighted to announce that we have received confirmation that our annual Friday Night Lights Fixture, to be played on Friday 24th August, will be televised live on Premier Sports.

This year’s opponents are Whitehaven and the match is being played, once more, on the eve of the Challenge Cup Final.

Full details will follow in due course

Students from Oxford and Cambridge universities will battle it out at the 2012 Rugby League Varsity match on Thursday 8th March at 7.30pm which, this year, takes place at Richmond Athletic Ground.

Tickets are available for the pre-match dinner at £60, which includes a ticket to the game. Anyone interested should contact

Match only advance tickets are available by calling 0844 856 1113 and are priced at £8 for adults and £4 for concessions. Tickets are also available on the gate at £10 for adults and £5 for concessions.

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