Home comforts for Rowley in Challenge Cup draw

Leigh will meet Featherstone in the next round of the Challenge Cup
Leigh will meet Featherstone in the next round of the Challenge Cup
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Leigh coach Paul Rowley is delighted his side will have home advantage when they meet Featherstone Rovers in the fifth round of the Tetley’s Challenge Cup.

“It should be a great game between two evenly matched sides,” said Rowley.

“The draw means there will be a couple of sides from the Kingstone Press Championship in the quarter finals and we’d love to be one of them. Both sides will fancy their chances.”

Leigh will face Featherstone on the weekend of April 25-27; the day and kick-off time is still to be confirmed as Swinton Lions who also play the Sports Village have been drawn at home to Keighley Cougars.

It means the sides will play each other two weeks running as the sides were already scheduled to meet in the league on May 4 at Featherstone.

Leigh have played Featherstone nine times in the Challenge Cup, winning three and losing six.

The defeats include defeats in the semifinals of 1952 and 1974 both at Headingley. The sides last met in Cup at Featherstone the fourth round of the Challenge Cup in 2003 when Rovers won 28-22.