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Challenge Cup Fixtures 2014: Live Stream and TV Schedule for Sunday's Matches

WARRINGTON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 13:  Kyle Amor of St Helens in action during the Super League match between Warrington Wolves and St Helens at The Halliwell Jones Stadium on February 13, 2014 in Warrington, England.  (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)
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Rob BlanchetteFeatured ColumnistApril 5, 2014

The Rugby League Challenge Cup kicks back into action this weekend with a full programme of matches taking place.

Thursday saw the first of the ties take place as Salford Red Devils edged Hull FC out of the competition by 37-36. The game was won by a golden-point drop goal from Rangi Chase who stole the victory from last season's finalists.

Friday also saw two other matches take place.

London Broncos were knocked out at the hands of a rampant Catalan Dragons team, who ran home seven tries to take the match 40-24.

And the imperious Wigan Warriors also advanced as they smashed Dewsbury Rams by a convincing 58-6. Joe Burgess ran home four tries for the Warriors.

Here is the full list of Sunday's scheduled matches and TV/live stream info:

 

Stream: BBC iPlayer

Rugby Challenge Cup Fourth Round
FixtureTime (BST)TVStream
Batley v Castleford Tigers2 p.m.
Bradford Bulls v Oldham2 p.m.
Catalan Dragons v London Broncos40-24
Dewsbury v Wigan Warriors6-58
Doncaster v Hemel Stags2 p.m.
Featherstone v North Wales Crusaders2 p.m.
Halifax v Widnes Vikings2 p.m.
Hull FC v Salford Red Devils36-37
Hull KR v Warrington Wolves2 p.m.
Hunslet v Workington2 p.m.
Keighley v Barrow2 p.m.
Rochdale v Leigh2 p.m.
Sheffield v London Skolars70-28
Swindon v York2 p.m.
Wakefield Wildcats v Leeds Rhinos2 p.m.
Huddersfield Giants v St Helens2:15 p.m.BBC2 HDiPlayer
BBC Sport

 

Hard Times For Huddersfield

WARRINGTON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 26:  Simon Grix of Warrington is mobbed by teammates after scoring his try durng the Super League Qualifying Semi Final between Warrington Wolves and Huddersfield Giants at The Halliwell Jones Stadium on September 26, 2013
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Sunday's biggest match sees a repeat of the 2006 Challenge Cup final as St Helens visit Huddersfield.

The match saw St Helens win 42-12 as they went on to claim a historic domestic treble, per BBC Sport. However, the Giants gained a modicum of revenge some three years later, knocking the Saints out of the competition at the semi-final stage.

The Giants go into the match looking to find some kind of improved form after a poor start to this campaign. 

After the League Leaders Shield success of last year, the club have only managed to be victorious in two of their seven games this term.

HUDDERSFIELD, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 12:  Danny Brough of Huddersfield scores the opening try during the Super League playoff match between Huddersfield and Wigan at Galpharm Stadium on September 12, 2013 in Huddersfield, England.  (Photo by Gareth Copley/Ge
Gareth Copley/Getty Images

But head coach Paul Anderson has professed that there is not a lot wrong with his side at present. Speaking to BBC Radio Leeds, via BBC Sport, he said:

We know where we are at and we're probably victims of our own success. We've got to make sure that we keep the ball, and if we do give it away, it's on their try line and not ours. Last week we put in around 400 tackles and three-quarters of those were in our half. That just robs you of energy.

The Giants' official Twitter account also quoted Anderson about his team's chances in the competition and the excitement he feels:

They tweeted:

 

Saints On A Roll

WARRINGTON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 13:  Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook of St Helens in action during the Super League match between Warrington Wolves and St Helens at The Halliwell Jones Stadium on February 13, 2014 in Warrington, England.  (Photo by Gareth Copley
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In stark contrast to their opponents, St Helens are flying after a perfect start. They have won all seven of their opening matches this year and lead the Super League.

They will be the favourites going into the match, but anything can happen when considering the romance of the cup.

Saints' coach Nathan Brown spoke with BBC Radio Merseyside about his team's opponents and warned against complacency.

BBC Sport quote Brown as saying:

They've probably been a bit up and down this year by the standards they've set themselves, but you can only prepare for what they're capable of. We saw that against Leeds and Wigan, and they're probably the two teams that are at the forefront of the competition.

I know better than anyone how good their players are. A number of them have progressed to being England internationals, so we know what they're capable of.

WARRINGTON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 13:  Luke Walsh of St Helens is congratulated on his try by teammate Tommy Makinson during the Super League match between Warrington Wolves and St Helens at The Halliwell Jones Stadium on February 13, 2014 in Warrington, Eng
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St Helens are on a mighty charge at present, and it is difficult to see where this Huddersfield team can hurt them. The Saints have only conceded 96 points in the Super League this season, per BBC Sport, and defensively look solid. 

They seem comfortably to have the ability to defeat any team that challenges them in 2014. 

On the other hand, the Giants have conceded 147 points already this season, and if they meet their opponents in rampant mood, they could be destroyed and beaten in double-quick time.

With Saints' centre Thomas Makinson in electric form, St Helens will feel they have the tools to progress. Makinson is the top scorer in Super League, per superleague.co.uk, and he will be looking to improve his overall statistics further in the Challenge Cup. 

Luke Walsh is also the top kicker in the league for St Helens, and the extra points he provides may make this too big of a task for a Huddersfield team very short on confidence and drive. 

But Anderson will hope that Sunday is the day his team's season truly commences, and the scalp of St Helens would be one of the most prized in domestic rugby league.

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