CHALLENGE CUP DRAW – Round 6

Toronto Wolfpack have drawn League One side Newcastle Thunder in the sixth round of the Challenge Cup, with the fixture set to take place at Kingston Park, Newcastle, UK. All round six Cup ties are scheduled for the weekend of 4/5 April, which is the weekend after the current RFL suspension due to the COVID-19 pandemic is due to be lifted.

Eight Super League teams have entered the competition in round six, with a total of 16 Clubs remaining in the hunt for a place in the Wembley Stadium Final, one of the most prestigious days in the UK sporting calendar.

Newcastle Thunder are the sole third-tier Club left alive in the Cup, having put together a string of strong performances since commencing their campaign in the third round. They are led by Head Coach Simon Finnigan, who was with the Wolfpack as Assistant Coach since the team’s inaugural 2017 season until March of 2019. Keighley Cougars were the first to stand in their way but fell to Newcastle in a tight contest that ended with the two separated by just four points. Siddal ARLFC came next, with Newcastle registering a 20-point triumph, fighting their way into a fifth round clash against second-tier side Dewsbury Rams.

Playing in front of their home fans for the first time during their 2020 Cup run, Newcastle took on Dewsbury in a classic that saw a total of 68 points scored. The Thunder led all the way and managed to hold on to record a thrilling eight-point win.

Inaugural Wolfpack squad member Bob Beswick was integral for Newcastle against Dewsbury, with his try helping to set up the sixth round clash against his former Toronto side. A veteran of almost 400 professional fixtures, Beswick played for the Wolfpack from 2017-2019 and is still one of the Club’s most-loved squad members.

He is not the only former Wolfpack player set to take on old friends, with Quentin Laulu-Togaga’e also in line to feature for Newcastle against Toronto. QLT played 34 games for the Wolfpack across 2017 and 2018, scoring 22 tries during his time with the Club.

Toronto and Newcastle have previously met twice on-field, with both encounters taking place in 2017 during the Wolfpack’s debut season in the third-tier league. Toronto travelled to Kingston Park for their maiden meeting and departed with an 18-point triumph. Fittingly, both Beswick and QLT registered tries during Toronto’s win.

The pair faced-off again during the fourth round of the 2017 postseason, this time at Lamport Stadium. Toronto earned a 50-point victory on the back of a hat-trick from Liam Kay and a double to QLT on their way to claiming the League 1 title and promotion to the Betfred Championship.

Further details surrounding the upcoming Challenge Cup sixth round fixture between Toronto and Newcastle will be released in the coming weeks, as the situation remains uncertain and ever changing. Fans are advised to stay across the Wolfpack’s social media and website to stay up to date with the latest news.

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