Challenge Cup Second Round details confirmed

Challenge Cup Second Round details confirmed

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All four Challenge Cup Second Round ties will be streamed live and free next weekend. 

The BBC will show two ties for the second round running, both on Sunday (March 28) – the local derby between Swinton Lions and Oldham at 12.30pm, followed by London Broncos versus York City Knights at 2.30pm. 

The matches will again be broadcast live on BBC iPlayer, Red Button and BBC Sport digital platforms. 

The other two ties will be streamed on www.TheSportsman.com, YouTube and Facebook. 

The West Yorkshire derby between Featherstone Rovers and Batley Bulldogs, who were the first ever Challenge Cup winners in 1897, will be shown next Saturday, March 27, with a 12.45pm kick-off. 

The Second Round will be completed when Widnes Vikings host Whitehaven on Sunday (March 28) with a 5pm kick-off. 

The eight teams in the Second Draw will be battling for a double prize. The four winners not only secure a place in the Third Round of the Challenge Cup, they will also qualify for the Semi Finals of the 1895 Cup.

Mark Foster, the RFL’s Chief Commercial Officer, said: “After such a successful First Round weekend, which marked the first competitive action for more than a year for the 16 clubs involved, we’re delighted to have secured coverage of all four Second Round ties. 

“To have two ties broadcast live by the BBC for the second consecutive round is another significant boost for the profile of the Betfred Challenge Cup and the clubs outside the Super League, as the focus sharpens on which four clubs will earn places in the Third Round when the network coverage begins. 

“The BBC coverage of Gavin Henson’s Rugby League debut for West Wales Raiders, followed by the heavyweight battle between Featherstone and Bradford, helped to generate unprecedented interest in the First Round weekend. 

“We were also delighted by the reaction to the first live streaming by TheSportsman.com for the Sheffield-York tie on Friday night, and it’s great that they will be able to double that commitment in the Second Round by showing the other two ties.”

Challenge Cup Second Round 

Saturday 27 March 

Featherstone Rovers v Batley Bulldogs, 1245pm – on TheSportsman.com website, YouTube & Facebook  

Sunday 28 March 

Swinton Lions v Oldham, 1230pm – BBC Sport Online, iPlayer & Red Button 

London Broncos v York City Knights, 230pm – BBC Sport Online, iPlayer & Red Button 

Widnes Vikings v Whitehaven, 5pm – The Sportsman website, YouTube & Facebook 

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