BBC to show Challenge Cup and Super League until 2016

The RFL is delighted to announce that it has agreed a new contract that will see BBC Sport remain as the principal broadcaster for Rugby League’s oldest and most prestigious knockout competition, the Carnegie Challenge Cup, for the next five years.

The deal ensures that the Carnegie Challenge Cup final will continue to be broadcast live on BBC1 until 2016. The BBC will also broadcast live matches in the fourth and fifth rounds, quarter-finals and semi-finals for the duration of the contract.

RFL Chairman Richard Lewis said: “It gives me great pleasure to confirm that the Challenge Cup will remain on the BBC for the next five years.

“The Challenge Cup has a rich heritage and I am delighted that the competition’s long association with the BBC is to continue.

“The visibility and profile afforded by the sport’s presence on the BBC and the BBC iPlayer is hugely important and we look forward to working with the BBC as they showcase all the excitement and drama from the Carnegie Challenge Cup and Stobart Super League.”

The 2011 Carnegie Challenge Cup final, Wigan Warriors v Leeds Rhinos was watched by an average TV audience of 1.61m people, a 19 per cent increase on the corresponding figure from 2010.

Viewing figures for the new-look BBC Super League Show, which has been screened nationally on BBC2 (and via channels 977 and 978 on the Sky platform) in regular slots throughout 2012, are more than double what they were in 2011.

BBC Director of Sport, Barbara Slater said “The BBC has been the proud broadcast partner of the Challenge Cup for over half a century so we’re delighted to be continuing our long and successful relationship with the RFL. Rugby League forms a key part of the BBC’s rights portfolio and through our new four year deal we’re look forward to ensuring this prestigious and fiercely contested  tournament reaches an ever growing audience.”

After an indifferent set of results in week one all four Skolars sides were in action gain on Saturday with the 12’s, 14’s and 16’s playing at home whilst Neil Thorman took his 18’s team to play the newly named Barking & Dagenham Bulldogs.

Skolars 18’s were considerably smaller in the forwards than Bulldogs but players playing out of position showed a lot of heart. The game started with Barking & Dagenham taking an early lead with back to back scores. Skolars hit back before half time with a try though the middle by Gavin Dilworth, and a successful kick from Jack Avery. Skolars trailed at half time 24-6.

In the second half players Skolars had a few players who were playing through injures. With some good push Louie Sutherland was able to dummy through the line and score, with another successful conversion. Throughout the game Skolars had four players come off the field. Another try was then scored by Sahid Kpaka straight under the sticks, even though he was playing with a dead leg he picked up in a previous training session. Unfortunately it was then Bulldogs u18s turn to score back to back tries, making the end score 36-18. There were a few contenders for man of the match. Louie Sutherland constantly taking the ball forward, Kamil Bydon for great enthusiasm and effort going forward in attack. Also Jack Clover and Aita Kuniyoshi for their top display in defence. But man of the match goings to Sahid Kpaka for fighting through injury and always making himself available to run the ball.

After last weekend’s poor performance against the Brentwood Elvers, Skolars under 16s looked to improve against the tough Croydon Hurricanes.  From the kick off it was clear that Skolars had improved dramatically with a solid defensive effort.  In attack the Skolars looked very inventive and Ahmet Kobra and Anthony Barry gave the team some great go forward in the pack.  Tuoyo Egodo was a revelation in the halfs, spraying the ball around the pitch and making numerous line breaks.  He was rewarded with the first, and second try of the match giving Skolars a 10 point lead.  The Hurricanes struck back before half time, giving them a 16 – 10 lead at the break.  The second half got off to a solid start but Croydon’s superior fitness showed through with Skolars only scoring one try in the second half, through hat trick hero Tuoyo Egodo.  The final score was 44 – 14 but the performance was vastly improved.  Man of the match was second row Shae Osinakie who tackled everything above the ground and put in some solid meters in attack.

Skolars 14’s gained their first victory of the season with a 26-6 win over Newham whilst the 12’s went down 26-4 to Croydon with Josh Clarke scoring for the hosts.

Skolars 66-16 win over North Wales Crusaders set a number of records for the club in the professional era.

It’s the first time that 10 different players have scored tries for the club in the same game. Strangely, two players who didn’t score were Austen Aggrey and Ade Adebisi, who are the club’s top two try scorers.

The 50 point margin was a club record, beating the previous best of 46 in the 68-22 win against Gateshead Thunder in 2010. It’s the first time that the club has scored 40 points before half-time.

Dylan Skee’s final conversion saw him break his own club points scoring record. His two tries and nine goals gave him a 26 point haul, bettering the 24 he scored against Rochdale Hornets last season.

The win put Skolars into fourth place in the league, though with just two games played there is still a long way to go in Co-operative Championship 1. Oldham and Barrow are the only sides that remain unbeaten.

The reserves side also put in an impressive performance, beating St Albans Centurions 44-18 in a pre-season friendly.

After last week’s disappointing start to the Co-operative Championship 1 league campaign, Skolars clicked with a 12 try performance that saw them record their record winning margin in a league game.

Skolars got off to a brilliant start with two tries in the first four minutes. A Dylan Skee 40-20 in the first set of six established the tone and he cut through the defence to open the scoring. Andy McLean’s bomb on the next set was fumbled and there was no stopping Lamont Bryan as he stampeded through the defence.

North Wales made some good yards in attack, but spilt possession under pressure from the Skolars defence. Matt Thomas broke through to set up John Paxton’s try and when McLean’s long pass put Joe Price over, Skolars were 22-0 up.

The visitors had travelled south on Saturday and had stayed overnight in Watford, so the journey was not a reason for their sluggishness. Skolars gave them few opportunities to attack. When they did so, Skolars were often able to force errors.

Rob Massam got close the Skolars line, but it wasn’t long before the try scoring continued at the other end. Neil Thorman ducked under the defence to go over the line from dummy half, before McLean pushed out a short pass for Alex Bate to score his first try for the club. A Bryan run saw Price cross the line, but the ball was dislodged. Skolars put the ball out to the left again straight afterwards from Brad Hopkins to score on his debut.

Skolars might have exceeded a point a minute had James Anthony clung onto the ball with a open line in front of him after a break from Austen Aggrey on the stroke of half-time, but 40 nil was the biggest scoreline Skolars have enjoyed at half-time at this level.

The visitors looked more determined after the break and at times showed why they had pushed Barrow so close in the opening game. Jono Smith was often difficult to stop and he managed to get the ball out of a tackle for Danny Hulme to score, to the delight of a large and vociferous travelling contingent. Two penalties in rapid succession saw the Crusaders attack again. McLean’s attempted intercept gave them extended possession and Lee Hudson nipped over from dummy half.

When Hulme made a 60 metre break on the next set, a few Skolars fans were thinking back to last Easter when a 26 nil lead against Gateshead turned to a 26 all draw. But Skolars ability to gain good yardage was always going to give them regular opportunities to attack the line.

Chris McNamara had a try disallowed for a double movement, but when Jonny Walker was sin-binned for a high tackle, Skolars were clinical scoring three tries whilst they had superior numbers. McNamara scored out wide. Ade Adebisi made a break from deep with Matt Thomas finishing off and Rob Thomas used his power to crash over soon afterwards, just reward for a strong performance up front.

That made it 10 tries from 10 different try scorers for the home side, though that run was broken when Skee scored his second try after a Bryan break. Crusaders were still prepared to play positively and Hulmes’ darting run saw him touchdown for his second try.

Skolars had the final say with Hopkins scoring down the middle. That gave Skee an easy kick for his ninth goal of the game, breaking his own points scoring record in a game for Skolars in the pro era and both sets of fans cheered the announcement of his last goal. His 2 tries and 9 goals gave him a 26 point haul, beating his own record of 24 set last year against Rochdale Hornets. The winning margin of 50 was also a record for the club.

The Mall, Wood Green Shopping City Man of the Match award was won by Lamont Bryan.

 

LONDON SKOLARS

1 James Anthony

2 John Paxton

3 Joe Price

4 Chris McNamara

5 Ade Adebisi

6 Andy McLean

7 Dylan Skee

8 Rob Thomas

9 Neil Thorman

10 David Williams

11 Alex Bate

12 Matt Thomas

13 Lamont Bryan

 

Subs (all used)

14 Olly Purslow

15 Austen Aggrey

16 Martyn Smith

17 Brad Hopkins

 

Tries: Skee (2, 72), Bryan (4), Paxton (12), Price (15) Thorman (26), Bates (36), Hopkins (39,79), McNamara (57), M Thomas (60), R Thomas (62)

Goals: Skee 9/12

 

CRUSADERS

1 Danny Hulme

2 Adam Walsh

3 Tommy Johnson

4 Ron Massam

5 Kris Wilkes

6 Andy Mosedale

7 Jamie Durbin

8 Jonny Walker

9 Lee Hudson

10 ChrisTyrer

11 Anthony Morrison

12 Leon Brennan

13 Jono Smith

 

Subs (all used)

14 Billy Sheen

15 Iwan Brown

16 Aaron McCluskey

17 Ian Cross

 

Tries: Hulme (46,76), Hudson (50)

Goals: Johnson 1/2, Brennan 1/1

Sin-bin: Walker (56) – high tackle

 

Penalty count: 7-11

 

Half-time: 40-0

Referee: Tom Crashley

Attendance: 535

 

SCORING SEQUENCE: 6-0, 10-0, 16-0, 22-0, 28-0, 34-0, 40-0, 40-4, 40-10, 44-10, 50-10, 54-10, 60-10, 60-16, 66-16

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