Smith double puts Leeds through

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Leeds opened their Challenge Cup campaign by beating Leigh 36-12 yesterday. Last year's runners-up faced stiff opposition from their National League One opponents until Kevin Sinfield, Lee Smith, Keith Senior and Gareth Ellis scored first-half tries.

Further tries from Smith, Ashley Gibson and Richard Mathers wrapped up a safe passage into Tuesday's fifth-round draw before Aaron Heremaia and Misili Manu restored some pride for the hosts in the final 18 minutes.

Injury-hit Harlequins thrashed last season's surprise semi-finalists Toulouse 48-6 to cruise into the fifth round. Quins made a slow start and fell 6-0 behind, but eased through with Tony Clubb grabbing a hat-trick and Matt Gafa contributing 16 points.

Huddersfield beat Halifax 40-8. It was the first meeting between the local rivals since 2003, but the performance of Robbie Paul at half-back ensured that the Super League's Giants were never in danger of defeat.

Featherstone enjoyed their tie against Keighley, easing to a 44-10 win with Wayne McHugh scoring four tries.

The closest tie of the round saw York edge past Swinton 20-18, while Hull Kingston Rovers swept to a comprehensive 22-0 away win over Hunslet.

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