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Rugby League

Huddersfield survive scare against Batley

Huddersfield, twice finalists in recent years, were the Super League side to suffer the biggest scare in yesterday's Challenge Cup ties.

The Giants trailed 18-10 to Batley until the Championship team had Dane Manning, the scorer of their first try, sent off.

With the bonus of a one-man advantage, Huddersfield were able to come home safely 28-18, with David Hodgson and Leroy Cudjoe scoring their clinching tries. Their reward now is a fifth-round tie against Catalan Dragons, who struggled before prevailing 22-16 at Leigh on Friday night.

Holders Warrington will be at home to Swinton of Championship 1 after hammering Keighley 80-0. Swinton, the lowliest team still in the competition, got through by beating Dewsbury 44-38 on a day when plenty of points were scored.

A derby between Wakefield and Castleford will be a highlight of the round. Wakefield won 50-10 at Doncaster, while Cas thrashed Rochdale 72-10.

Wigan qualified to meet Bradford in the other televised tie by swamping Barrow 52-0.

Coach Michael Maguire felt his side did a professional job as they crushed the minnows. "Satisfied is probably the best word to use," he said. "It was a professional game played by our players.

"We knew we were going to respect the opposition and I thought we did that by the way we defended our line and managed to put some good tries on."

Salford beat Hunslet 68-2 and will meet Hull KR, 64-22 victors at York, in another all-Super League tie. Leeds did not have things their own way, despite beating Crusaders 30-20 on Saturday. They will be hosting an outpost club again in the shape of Harlequins, who were far too good for Gateshead this weekend.

Other match-ups pit St Helens against Featherstone Rovers and Widnes against Hull, who put 82 points on Oldham.

There is only a short gap before the next round, with the ties to be played on the weekend of 20-22 May.

Scores, Digest, page 21