Millward appreciates York tie

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St Helens will experience the novelty of playing non-Super League opposition in the Challenge Cup when York come to Knowsley Road in the fifth round.

The National League Two side's win at Oldham was the closest thing to a shock in the fourth round. Having beaten Super League opponents all the way to lifting the trophy last season, the match almost counts as a rest, according to the Saints coach, Ian Millward.

"It's the first time in a couple of years that we've not got a Super League team,'' he said. "We normally want a Super League draw, but the way our season has been going it will be fantastic to have a National League Two side.''

The big ties of the round are at Hull, who host Bradford, and Salford, where the London Broncos are the visitors. Those will be the televised ties, on 7 and 8 May.

Two of the French sides still in the competition have what look like hopeless tasks, with Pia drawn at Leeds and UTC at Wigan. Toulouse, however, will fancy their chances at home to Doncaster. The other two matches pit National League One sides against Super League opponents, with Halifax giving themselves a chance at Leigh and Barrow hoping to catch Widnes unawares.

Rochdale were unfortunate not to be in the draw after a sensational performance that saw them come within a whisker of defeating Salford yesterday.

Salford scored early tries, but lost their way and made a succession of knock-ons to give the home side the advantage. However, Rochdale could not pull away and went down 30-24 to Ian Sibbit's controversial match-winning try, which had what looked like a forward pass in the build-up.

Bradford coasted through with an 80-14 victory over Featherstone.

The left winger John Kirkpatrick collected a first-half hat-trick and the right winger Lee Greenwood scored four tries after the break as the London Broncos won 70-4 at Hunslet.

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