Challenge Cup Results 2014: Friday Scores, Key Stats and Top Performers

Tom SunderlandFeatured ColumnistApril 5, 2014

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - FEBRUARY 22:  Joe Burgess of the Warriors runs with the ball during the NRL World Club Challenge match between the Sydney Roosters and the Wigan Warriors at Allianz Stadium on February 22, 2014 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Matt King/Getty Images)
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With the introduction of the 14 Super League clubs, the fourth round of the Challenge Cup is where the action really starts to enter its most intense stages.

Though the vast majority of those top-flight sides don't take to the pitch until Sunday, Friday provided fans with a couple of high-scoring fixtures which didn't fail to entertain. 

The Catalan Dragons and defending champions Wigan Warriors have booked their places in the next stage of the competition, beating the London Broncos and Dewsbury Rams respectively, while the Salford Red Devils marched past Hull FC on Thursday.

Read on for a brief recap of Friday's fixtures, along with some more in-depth analysis of who impressed most.


Catalan Dragons 40-24 London Broncos

HULL, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 14:  Ian Henderson of Catalan Dragons in action during the Super League match between Hull FC and Catalans Dragons at KC Stadium on February 14, 2014 in Hull, England.  (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)
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The London Broncos managed to maintain their Super League status on a slight technicality last season, but making their way to the semi-finals of the Challenge Cup provided the club with one major positive in their season.

No such luck will be had this time around, though, as the Catalan Dragons edged out what was a close affair at times.

With Friday's win, the Dragons now boast a nine-match winning streak against the Broncos, this being the first-ever meeting between the two teams in Challenge Cup competition.

LEEDS, ENGLAND - JANUARY 31:  Mike Bishay of London Broncos in action during the pre season friendly between Leeds Rhinos and London Broncos at Headingley Carnegie Stadium on January 31, 2014 in Leeds, England.  (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)
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Louis Anderson scored twice for the Catalan hosts at Stade Gilbert Brutus, with Leon Pryce, Thomas Bosc, Daryl Millard, Antoni Maria and Morgan Escare also crossing the whitewash.

Denny Solomona, Mason Caton-Brown, Iliess Macani and Nick Slyney scored to ensure that a second-half comeback at least looked like it was on the cards, but Bosc's boot also helped in securing the Dragons a semi-final berth, notching six kicks in total.


Dewsbury Rams 6-58 Wigan Warriors

Joe Burgess was the man of the moment at the Tetley's Stadium, running in no less than four tries as Wigan hit the ground running in their bid to win back-to-back Challenge Cup trophies.

The 19-year-old was in flamboyant form as the Dewsbury Rams were exposed as insufficient opposition against their Super League superiors, Shaun Wane's side dotting down 10 times in total en route to a 58-6 win.

The official Challenge Cup Twitter account made sure to point out exactly how impressive the Warriors were against Championship opposition:

Dale Morton managed to contribute a consolation try for the hosts, but it was one-way traffic as Matty Smith's six scores from the tee ensured Wigan's scoring habits kept ticking over.

Averaging a try every eight minutes so far in their campaign, Wigan will find it difficult to maintain such prolific standards in the next round.