Castleford Tigers and Wakefield Trinity both miss out on sixth-round byes as new Challenge Cup opponents revealed
CASTLEFORD Tigers and Wakefield Trinity will both have to negotiate new sixth-round ties following the redraw for the Challenge Cup on Wednesday evening.
The Tigers will play Hull FC while Trinity are set to face Catalans Dragons, as the other six Super League clubs involved in the draw received a bye into the quarter finals.
If Castleford win their sixth-round clash, they will face Wigan Warriors in the last eight while Trinity will play Salford Red Devils if they are successful against Catalans.
It was announced yesterday that the Challenge Cup sixth round and quarter finals would be redrawn after the remaining Championship and League 1 clubs were forced to pull out of the competition after their respective campaigns were cancelled.
Castleford were set to play York City Knights while Wakefield had been handed a local derby with Featherstone Rovers.
The Rugby Football League insisted that redrawing was the fairest way to move forward after six clubs, five from the lower tiers and Toronto Wolfpack, were forced to withdraw.
A statement read: "The 2020 Coral Challenge Cup has been reshaped because of the unique set of circumstances caused by the Covid-19 pandemic – with the 10 Super League clubs remaining in the competition to be included in a redraw for the sixth Round and the quarter finals later this week.
"Following the withdrawal from the competition of Toronto Wolfpack and the five Betfred Championship and League 1 clubs who had earned places in the last 16, the RFL Board was faced with an unprecedented set of circumstances.
"Having considered all the options, and having received the support of the BBC and Coral, the RFL Board decided that a redraw of the sixth round is the best and fairest way of proceeding.
"The road to the 2020 Coral Challenge Cup Final, which has been rescheduled for Saturday October 17, will begin with two sixth round ties to be played at the John Smith’s Stadium in Huddersfield on Saturday August 22 – with both shown live on the BBC.
"The remaining six Super League clubs in the competition will receive a bye to the quarter finals on the weekend of September 18-20, to be televised by the BBC and Sky Sports."