Rovers humbled by French

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The French club Union Treiziste Catalane, earmarked for Super League in 2005, beat Hull Kingston Rovers 23-22 at Craven Park in the third round of the Challenge Cup.

Rovers, one of the favourites for this year's National League One title, saw UTC triumph with tries from Julien Rinaldi, Romain Gagliazzo and Matthew Hill and five goals from Laurent Frayssinous. Meanwhile, Pia came through 22-20 at Barrow and Limouxin overcame Gateshead 26-22 on Tyneside.

The amateur outfits Bradford Dudley Hill and East Hull also went through, Dudley Hill beating Keighley 16-14 and East Hull seeing off Swinton 26-12.