2015 Challenge Cup

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2015 Ladbrokes Challenge Cup
Duration9 Rounds
Number of teams78
Highest attendance80,140
Rhinoscolours.svg Leeds v HKRcolours.svg Hull Kingston Rovers (Final)
Lowest attendance87
New South Wales colours.svg Gloucestershire v Skirlaugh (3rd Round)
Broadcast partnersBBC Sport
Sky Sports
WinnersRhinoscolours.svg Leeds Rhinos
Runners-upHKRcolours.svg Hull Kingston Rovers
Lance Todd TrophyTom Briscoe

The 2015 Challenge Cup, (also known as the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup[1] for sponsorship reasons) was the 114th staging of the rugby league tournament for teams in the European Super League, the British National Leagues and a number of invited amateur clubs.

The defending champions Leeds Rhinos[2] retained the trophy beating Hull Kingston Rovers 50-0 at Wembley Stadium on 29 August 2015.[3]

First round[edit]

The draw for the first round of the 2015 Challenge Cup was held on 8 January 2015 at Wembley Stadium and featured 40 amateur teams from around the United Kingdom including two student teams, all three armed services and the police. Home teams were drawn by Martin Offiah and the away teams drawn by Brian Noble.

Fixtures for the first round were mostly played over the weekend of the 31 January – 1 February 2015.[4] Three fixtures were postponed until the following weekend due to bad weather forcing the postponement on the original date.

Home Score Away Match Information
Date and Time Venue Referee Attendance
British Army 8 – 20 Wath Brow Hornets Saturday 31 January 2015, 13:30 Aldershot Military Stadium L Staveley
Royal Air Force 0 – 48 Siddal RLFC Saturday 31 January 2015, 13:30 RAF Cranwell J Smith
Walney Central 28 – 8 Hunslet Parkside Saturday 31 January 2015, 13:30 Central Drive R Webb
Loughborough University 16 – 42 Hunslet Warriors Saturday 31 January 2015, 14:00 Loughborough University C Hancock
Oulton Raiders 60 – 6 Scarborough Pirates Saturday 31 January 2015, 14:00 Oulton Community Sports Club C Straw
Normanton Knights 34 – 16 Myton Warriors Saturday 31 January 2015, 14:00 Queen Elizabeth Drive L Moore
Royal Navy 32 – 14 Saddleworth Rangers Saturday 31 January 2015, 14:00 United Services Recreation Ground J Stearne
East Leeds 12 – 20 Kells RLFC Saturday 31 January 2015, 14:00 Easy Road B Pearson
Egremont Rangers 28 – 0 Wigan St Judes Saturday 31 January 2015, 14:00 Gillfoot Park J Callaghan
Widnes West Bank 14 – 10 South West London Chargers Saturday 31 January 2015, 14:00 Ted Gleave Sports Ground A Mulligan
Hull Dockers 10 – 6 Leigh Miners Rangers Saturday 31 January 2015, 14:00 The Willows Club M Mannifield
Elland RLFC 26 – 0 Leeds Beckett University Saturday 31 January 2015, 14:00 Greetland Community Centre T Hudson
Lock Lane 64 – 0 Sharlston Rovers Saturday 31 January 2015, 14:00 Hickson's Arena A Bentham
Skirlaugh Bulls 27 – 20 Aberdeen Warriors Saturday 31 January 2015, 14:00 Eastside Community S&S Club S Race
West Hull 14 – 12 Thatto Heath Crusaders Saturday 31 January 2015, 14:00 West Hull Community Park G Dolan
Valley Cougars 27 – 22 Leicester Storm Sunday 1 February 2015, 14:00 Treharris RFC J Jones
Great Britain Police 0 – 38 Rochdale Mayfield Sunday 1 February 2015, 14:30 Arthur Miller Stadium, Stanningley T Grant
Nottingham Outlaws 4 – 50 Blackbrook A.R.L.F.C. Saturday 7 February 2015, 13:30 Nottingham University Sports Field C Etchells
Featherstone Lions 46 – 10 Queens RLFC Saturday 7 February 2015, 13:30 The Mill Pond Stadium S Ansell
Shaw Cross Sharks 18 – 16 York Acorn Saturday 7 February 2015, 14:00 Shaw Cross Club S Race
Source:[5]

Second round[edit]

The draw for the second round was made on Monday 2 February at the Oulton Raiders club. The draw was made by two players who played in the 2014 final. Home teams were drawn by players Ryan Hall of Leeds Rhinos and away teams by Oliver Holmes of Castleford Tigers.[6]

Following the conclusion of the first round ties; two clubs, Rochdale Mayfield and Hull Dockers, were reported to the Rugby Football League's Operational Rules Tribunal for each fielding an ineligible player. The Tribunal found both clubs guilty of the offence and disqualified them from the competition. The teams they defeated in the first round, Great Britain Police and Leigh Miners Rangers, were reinstated into the cup and played in the second round.[7]

Home Score Away Match Information
Date and Time Venue Referee Attendance
Skirlaugh ARLFC 30 – 16 Royal Navy 14 February 2015, 13:00 Eastside Community S&S Club J Jones
Siddal RLFC 12 – 31 Featherstone Lions 14 February 2015, 13:30 Brighouse Rangers RFC L Moore
Hunslet Warriors 8 – 24 West Hull 14 February 2015, 14:00 The Oval B Pearson
Wath Brow Hornets 27 – 12 Lock Lane 14 February 2015, 14:00 Trumpet Road S Race
Leigh Miners Rangers 26 – 18 Walney Central 14 February 2015, 14:00 Leigh Miners Welfare S&S Club A Mulligan
Kells RLFC 52 – 6 Blackbrook A.R.L.F.C. 14 February 2015, 14:00 Old Arrowthwaite M Mannifield
Elland RLFC 16 – 4 Egremont Rangers 14 February 2015, 14:00 Greetland Community Centre G Dolan
Oulton Raiders 48 – 0 Valley Cougars 14 February 2015, 14:00 Oulton Community Sports Club J Smith
Widnes West Bank 38 – 16 Great Britain Police 14 February 2015, 14:00 Ted Gleave Sports Ground J Callaghan
Normanton Knights 12 – 4 Shaw Cross Sharks 14 February 2015, 14:00 Queen Elizabeth Drive L Staveley
Source:[8]

Third round[edit]

The draw for the third round was made on 17 February 2015 at Heritage Quay, University of Huddersfield. Round three saw the 14 Kingstone Press League 1 professional teams joining the competition to create a pool of 24 teams for the draw. The draw was made by previous Lance Todd Trophy winners Alex Murphy and Mal Reilly. Ties were played over the weekend of 7/8 March 2015.

Home Score Away Match Information
Date and Time Venue Referee Attendance
Elland ARLFC 14 – 26 Featherstone Lions 7 March 2015, 14:00 Greetland Community Centre S Mikalauskas 350
Wath Brow Hornets ARLFC 4 – 26 Gthundercolours.svg Newcastle Thunder 7 March 2015, 14:00 The Clubhouse W Turley 400
Oulton Raiders 8 – 34 Normanton Knights 7 March 2015, 14:00 Oulton Community Sports Club J McMullen 1,200
Leigh Miners Rangers 32 – 28 West Hull 7 March 2015, 14:30 Leigh Miners Welfare S&S Club J Smith 350
Skolscolours.svg London Skolars 4 – 86 Swintoncolours.svg Swinton Lions 7 March 2015, 15:00 New River Stadium A Gill 165
Kells ARLFC 12 – 29 Rochdale colours.svg Rochdale Hornets 7 March 2015, 17:00 Recreation Ground (Whitehaven) T Grant 587
Barrowcolours.svg Barrow Raiders 36 – 22 Cougscolours.svg Keighley Cougars 8 March 2015, 14:00 Craven Park G Hewer 929
Scorpions.png South Wales Scorpions 4 – 20 Yorkcolours.svg York City Knights 8 March 2015, 14:00 Parc Dyffryn Pennar, Mountain Ash C Campbell 247
NWCrucolours.png North Wales Crusaders 60 – 12 Widnes West Bank 8 March 2015, 14:30 Glyndŵr University Racecourse Stadium D Merrick 523
Hemelcolours.png Hemel Stags 10 – 22 Oxfordcolours.png Oxford Rugby League 8 March 2015, 14:30 Pennine Way A Sweet 125
Oldhamcolours.svg Oldham R.L.F.C. 46 – 6 Coventrycolours.png Coventry Bears 8 March 2015, 15:00 Whitebank Stadium T Crashley 256
New South Wales colours.svg Gloucestershire All Golds 66 – 4 Skirlaugh ARLFC 8 March 2015, 14:30 Prince of Wales Stadium J Roberts 87
Source:[9][10]

Fourth round[edit]

The draw for the fourth round was made on 10 March 2015 at the Provident Stadium, home of the Bradford Bulls. The draw was made by Leeds Rhinos' Jamie Peacock and Hull F.C.'s Leon Pryce. The 12 winners of the third round ties were joined by the 12 Kingstone Press Championship teams. Ties were played over the weekend of 21/22 March 2015.

Home Score Away Match Information
Date and Time Venue Referee Attendance
Featherstone Lions 8 – 58 Yorkcolours.svg York City Knights 20 March 2015, 20:00 Big Fellas Stadium S Mikalauskas 1,200
Leigh colours.svg Leigh Centurions 64 – 12 Broncoscolours.png London Broncos 20 March 2015, 20:00 Leigh Sports Village M Woodhead 2,448
Normanton Knights 6 – 78 Batley colours.svg Batley Bulldogs 21 March 2015, 14:00 Belle Vue A Gill 851
Leigh Miners Rangers 32 – 6 Oxfordcolours.png Oxford Rugby League 21 March 2015, 14:30 Leigh Sports Village C Campbell 787
Haven colours.svg Whitehaven 12 – 36 Fevcolours.svg Featherstone Rovers 21 March 2015, 17:30 Recreation Ground C Kendall 525
Barrowcolours.svg Barrow Raiders 16 – 56 Faxcolours.svg Halifax 22 March 2015, 14:00 Craven Park T Crashley 956
NWCrucolours.png North Wales Crusaders 40 – 12 Doncaster colours.svg Doncaster 22 March 2015, 14:30 Glyndŵr University Racecourse Stadium W Turley 416
Ramscolours.svg Dewsbury Rams 28 – 18 Gthundercolours.svg Newcastle Thunder 22 March 2015, 15:00 Tetley's Stadium D Merrick 703
Bullscolours.svg Bradford Bulls 74 – 6 Workingtoncolours.svg Workington Town 22 March 2015, 15:00 Provident Stadium C Leatherbarrow 2,412
Swintoncolours.svg Swinton Lions 30 – 12 Rochdale colours.svg Rochdale Hornets 22 March 2015, 15:00 Park Lane, Sedgley Park J Bloem 300
Sheffeagles colours.svg Sheffield Eagles 44 – 20 Oldhamcolours.svg Oldham R.L.F.C. 22 March 2015, 15:00 Keepmoat Stadium A Sweet 484
New South Wales colours.svg Gloucestershire All Golds 10 – 28 Hunsletcolours.svg Hunslet Hawks 22 March 2015, 15:00 Prince of Wales Stadium J Roberts 137
Source:[11][12]

Fifth round[edit]

The draw for the fifth round was made on Tuesday 24 March 2015 in Hull. The four clubs who finished the 2014 Super League season in 9th to 12th places; Hull Kingston Rovers, Salford Red Devils, Hull F.C. and Wakefield Trinity Wildcats respectively; joined the 12 winners from the fourth round in the draw. The draw was made by ex-players Johnny Whiteley (home teams) and Phil Lowe (away teams). Ties were played over the weekend 17–19 April.

Home Score Away Match Information
Date and Time Venue Referee Attendance
Wcatscolours.svg Wakefield Trinity Wildcats 44 – 16 Faxcolours.svg Halifax 17 April 2015, 19:30 BST Belle Vue J Cobb 2,062
Leigh colours.svg Leigh Centurions 22 – 18 Redscolours.svg Salford Red Devils 18 April 2015, 14:35 BST Leigh Sports Village P Bentham 6,358
Leigh Miners Rangers 14 – 44 Yorkcolours.svg York City Knights 19 April 2015, 14:00 BST Leigh Sports Village G Hewer 1,191
NWCrucolours.png North Wales Crusaders 12 – 38 Fevcolours.svg Featherstone Rovers 19 April 2015, 14:30 BST Glyndwr University Racecourse Stadium D Merrick 617
Hunsletcolours.svg Hunslet Hawks 16 – 31 Ramscolours.svg Dewsbury Rams 19 April 2015, 15:00 BST South Leeds Stadium C Leatherbarrow 536
Bullscolours.svg Bradford Bulls 30 – 50 HKRcolours.svg Hull Kingston Rovers 19 April 2015, 15:00 BST Provident Stadium M Thomason 4,538
Sheffeagles colours.svg Sheffield Eagles 12 – 34 Hullcolours.svg Hull F.C. 19 April 2015, 15:00 BST Bramall Lane G Stokes 1,620
Batley colours.svg Batley Bulldogs 46 – 14 Swintoncolours.svg Swinton Lions 19 April 2015, 15:00 BST Fox's Biscuits Stadium C Kendall 443
Source:[13][14]

Sixth round[edit]

The draw for the sixth round took place live on Sportsday on the BBC News channel on 20 April. The eight winners from this weekend’s fifth round ties joined with the top eight First Utility Super League teams from 2014 in the draw to produce eight ties that will be played over the weekend of May 16–17. Home teams were drawn by Shaun Edwards and the away teams by Nathan McAvoy.

Home Score Away Match Information
Date and Time Venue Referee Attendance
Ramscolours.svg Dewsbury Rams 10 – 52 Wolvescolours.svg Warrington Wolves 15 May 2015, 20:00 BST Tetley's Stadium M Thomason 1,771
Saintscolours.svg St. Helens 46 – 6 Yorkcolours.svg York City Knights 15 May 2015, 20:00 BST Langtree Park C Leatherbarrow 3,241
Wigancolours.svg Wigan Warriors 12 – 16 HKRcolours.svg Hull Kingston Rovers 15 May 2015, 20:05 BST Leigh Sports Village R Silverwood 4,677
Rhinoscolours.svg Leeds Rhinos 48 – 16 Giantscolours.svg Huddersfield Giants 16 May 2015, 14:30 BST Headingley Carnegie Stadium P Bentham[a] 8,133
Hullcolours.svg Hull F.C. 40 – 14 Castleford colours.svg Castleford Tigers 16 May 2015, 15:00 BST KC Stadium J Child 6,750
Wcatscolours.svg Wakefield Trinity Wildcats 30 – 36 Leigh colours.svg Leigh Centurions 17 May 2015, 14:15 BST Belle Vue B Thaler 3,859
Widnes colours.svg Widnes Vikings 26 – 22 Batley colours.svg Batley Bulldogs 17 May 2015, 15:30 BST Select Security Stadium J Cobb 3,866
Catalanscolours.svg Catalans Dragons 37 – 34 Fevcolours.svg Featherstone Rovers 16 May 2015, 18:00 BST Stade Gilbert Brutus R Hicks 1,300
Source:[9][15]

Quarter finals[edit]

The draw for the quarter finals was made live on BBC Two on 17 May after the Wakefield Trinity Wildcats v Leigh Centurions game. The four ties that will be played over 25–28 June. The draw was conducted by former players Neil Fox (Wakefield Trinity) and Tony Barrow (Leigh). Barrow drew the home teams and Fox, the away teams.

Home Score Away Match Information
Date and Time Venue Referee Attendance
HKRcolours.svg Hull Kingston Rovers 32 – 26 Catalanscolours.svg Catalans Dragons 25 June 2015, 20:00 BST KC Lightstream Stadium P Bentham 6,073
Hullcolours.svg Hull F.C. 6 – 24 Rhinoscolours.svg Leeds Rhinos 26 June 2015, 20:00 BST KC Stadium J Child 9,261
Wolvescolours.svg Warrington Wolves 34 – 24 Leigh colours.svg Leigh Centurions 27 June 2015, 15:00 BST Halliwell Jones Stadium R Silverwood 10,119
Saintscolours.svg St. Helens 36 – 20 Widnes colours.svg Widnes Vikings 28 June 2015, 16:00 BST Langtree Park R Hicks 8,806
Source:[16][17]

Semi finals[edit]

The draw for the semi finals was made live on BBC Two on 28 June after the St. Helens v Widnes Vikings game. The two ties were played on 31 July and 1 August. The draw was conducted by former Great Britain and St Helens player Paul Sculthorpe and former footballer turned television presenter Chris Kamara.

Home Score Away Match Information
Date and Time Venue Referee Attendance
Rhinoscolours.svg Leeds Rhinos 24 – 14 Saintscolours.svg St. Helens 31 July 2015, 20:00 BST Halliwell Jones Stadium B Thaler 11,107
HKRcolours.svg Hull Kingston Rovers 26 – 18 Wolvescolours.svg Warrington Wolves 1 August 2015, 12:45 BST Headingley Carnegie Stadium R Silverwood 13,049
Source:[18]

Final[edit]

The final was played at Wembley Stadium on 29 August 2015, between the 1980 winners Hull Kingston Rovers, in their first final since 1986, and the 12 time winners and holders, the Leeds Rhinos.

Home Score Away Match Information
Date and Time Venue Referee Attendance
HKRcolours.svg Hull Kingston Rovers 0 – 50 Rhinoscolours.svg Leeds Rhinos 29 August 2015, 15:15 BST Wembley Stadium B Thaler 80,140
Source:[3]

Leeds' victory set a new record for the largest winning margin.[3] The Lance Todd Trophy winner was the Leeds' Tom Briscoe who scored five tries - the first player to achieve this feat at Wembley.[3]

Teams:

Hull Kingston Rovers: Kieran Dixon, Josh Mantellato, Kris Welham, Liam Salter, Ken Sio, Maurice Blair, Albert Kelly, Adam Walker, Shaun Lunt, Tony Puletua, Kevin Larroyer, Graeme Horne, Tyrone McCarthy (captain). Substitutes: John Boudebza, James Donaldson, Dane Tilse, Mitch Allgood.

Leeds Rhinos: Zak Hardaker, Tom Briscoe, Kallum Watkins, Joel Moon, Ryan Hall, Kevin Sinfield (captain), Danny McGuire, Mitch Garbutt, Adam Cuthbertson, Jamie Peacock, Stevie Ward, Carl Ablett, Brett Delaney. Substitutes: Rob Burrow, Kylie Leuluai, Mitch Achurch, Brad Singleton.
Tries: Delaney (1), McGuire (1), Briscoe (5), Singleton (1), Burrow (1). Goals: Sinfield (7/9)[19]

UK broadcasting rights[edit]

The tournament was jointly televised by the BBC and Sky Sports on the fourth of their five-year contracts. This time, the BBC televised two sixth round match while Sky Sports televised a fifth round match and a sixth round match. Both channels televised two quarter-final matches with the BBC televising the semi finals and the final.

Round Live match Date BBC channel
Sixth round Leeds Rhinos 48 - 16 Huddersfield Giants
Wakefield Trinity Wildcats 30 - 36 Leigh Centurions
16 May
17 May
BBC One
BBC Two*
Quarter Finals Warrington Wolves 34 - 24 Leigh Centurions
St. Helens 36 - 20 Widnes Vikings
27 June
28 June
BBC One
BBC Two
Semi Finals Leeds Rhinos 24 - 14 St. Helens
Hull Kingston Rovers 26 - 18 Warrington Wolves
31 July
1 August
BBC Two
BBC One
Final Hull Kingston Rovers 0 - 50 Leeds Rhinos 29 August BBC One
  • Except Northern Ireland.

Sky Sports televised live the fifth round match between Leigh Centurions and Salford Red Devils on 18 April, the sixth round between Wigan Warriors and Hull Kingston Rovers on 15 May and the quarter final matches between Hull Kingston Rovers and Catalans Dragons on 25 June and Hull F.C. versus Leeds Rhinos on 26 June.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ P Bentham withdrew at half time due to injury, replaced by J Roberts

External links[edit]

References[edit]

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