The draws for the third and fourth rounds of the Betfred Challenge Cup 2024 took place today as twenty-two semi-professional sides from the Championship and Championship one joined the remaining community sides who still have a hope of qualifying for the sixth round and a game against a Super League side.
The draw was held at Widnes to commemorate forty years since they won the trophy beating Wigan by 19-6 on the final. The draw was conducted by two Widnes winners that day, brothers Mike O´Neill and Steve O'Neill.
The complete draws were as follows;
1. Sheffield Eagles v. Newcastle Thunder
2. Batley Bulldogs v. Workington Town
3. Bradford Bulls v. North Wales Crusaders
4. Cornwall v. York Acorn
5. Hunslet v. Keighley Cougars
6. Halifax Panthers v. Whitehaven
7. Stanningley v. Wath Brow Hornets
8. Swinton Lions v. West Hull
9. Siddal v. Wakefield Trinity
10. Dewsbury Rams v. York Knights
11. Lock Lane v. Hunslet ARLFC
12. Widnes Vikings v. Doncaster
13. Hammersmith Hills Hoists v. Wests Warriors
14. Rochdale Hornets v. Midland Hurricanes
15. Barrow Raiders v. Oldham
16. Thatto Heath Crusaders v. Featherstone Rovers
Winners 2 v. Winners 14
Winners 5 v. Winners 16
Winners 4 v. Winners 7
Winners 3 v. Winners 12
Winners 8 v. Winners 15
Winners 9 v. Winners 11
Winners 6 v. Winners 13
Winners 10 v. Winners 1
All games in the third round will be played over the weekend of the 10th and 11th February with the fourth round taking place on the 24th and 25th of February. One game from each round will be streamed free to air by the BBC, with a second being shown free to air on YouTube by The Sportsman.
Super League clubs enter the fray at the sixth round stage against the remaining four semi-professional or community clubs after the fifth round is completed. The final will be played at Wembley Stadium on the 8th June 2024.