Thunder set to learn Challenge Cup opposition

Newcastle Thunder will learn who they will face in round five of the Coral Challenge Cup later this evening, when Whitehaven take on Dewsbury in their rearranged round four fixture at the Recreation Ground.

Fighting for their place in Sunday’s televised fixture at Kingston Park Stadium, the two championship sides have had contrasting fortunes in the early part of the 2020 season.

Whitehaven, who were promoted from League 1 at the end of 2019 have had a tough start to the year with five loses from their opening five games in the league campaign.

They will take heart from being competitive against Swinton Lions, London Broncos and Oldham and will be hoping a first win of the season can be secured this evening.

Dewsbury Rams enter the competition on a fine run of form that has seen them take three wins on the spin and beat Oldham, Widnes and Halifax in their most recent outings in a sequence of results that has taken the Rams to sixth in the Championship table.

Should they be the side to make it to Kingston Park on Sunday, it will be the third meeting in rugby league’s oldest knock-out competition in in six seasons.

With BBC cameras brining all the action from NE13 live this weekend, the fifth-round tie is set to be not only an exciting clash but a perfect opportunity for North East rugby league fans to demonstrate the health of the game.

With Magic Weekend returning to St James’ Park in May and five men’s Rugby League World Cup fixtures in the region in 2021, a bumper crowd will further demonstrate the health that the game finds itself north of the heartlands.

Tickets for the game are available to buy now by clicking here, calling 0871 2266060 or by visiting the Kingston Park Stadium box office with advanced purchases enjoying a £5 priority booking discount.