Giant-killing Hornets face Toulouse mission

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Wath Brow Hornets, the only amateur side left in the Powergen Challenge Cup, have been rewarded for their giant-killing in the previous round by being sent to France for their fourth-round tie.

Wath Brow Hornets, the only amateur side left in the Powergen Challenge Cup, have been rewarded for their giant-killing in the previous round by being sent to France for their fourth-round tie.

The Cumbrians, who beat Dewsbury on Friday to take their third professional scalp in six years, have been drawn to play at Toulouse, leaving them pondering whether the money-spinning tie they had hoped for could have turned into a financial liability.

"We wanted one of the top teams over here to boost the financial side,'' said Hornets' player coach, Ian Rooney. "We don't know anything about Toulouse and don't know what the implications of costs will be.

"It's a romantic tie for both sides, but it's not the money-spinner we wanted.''

The other two French survivors, UTC and Pia, have both been drawn at home, to Hull KR and Keighley respectively, while Rochdale, who scored a cup-record 120 points against Illingworth in the third round, are at home to Salford.

The cup holders, St Helens, are at Huddersfield, who they beat in last year's semi-final, in one of three all Super League ties. The favourites Leeds face Warrington, Wakefield take on Hull and Wigan are at home to Whitehaven.

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