TORONTO WOLFPACK will be licking their lips at the prospect of facing the Salford Red Devils after they were drawn together in the fifth round of the Challenge Cup. The Canadian club, playing their first season of professional rugby league, turned over the London Broncos 30-26 in Ealing last Friday night and will now travel to the AJ Bell Stadium at the end of April.
The Wolfpack boast a perfect four from four record in their inaugural season. They began life in the cup, overcoming a tough Siddal in filthy conditions, and went on to defeat London Skolars and Whitehaven before their victory over Championship Broncos.
“It’s a fabulous tie; we’ll look forward to that”, Director of Rugby Brian Noble told the BBC, “they’re a top-six Super League team who are playing really well and have a smattering of stars. We’re clearly the underdogs but we want to put a marker down.” Salford have been in good form in the Super League and will represent a serious step up in class for Toronto.
Elsewhere, Leigh Centurions will host recently relegated Hull KR, while Leeds and Huddersfield were given relatively straightforward home ties against lower league opposition in the form of Doncaster and Swinton respectively. The other standout tie of the round will be at the Tetley’s Stadium, where Dewsbury Rams will face neighbours Batley Bulldogs. Ties will be played on the weekend of 22-23rd April with at least one game streamed on the BBC website.