Saints alive! Eagles get a big cup draw

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SHEFFIELD Eagles will travel to Super League giants St Helens in the fourth round of the Carnegie Challenge Cup.

The tie was the first to be drawn on BBC Radio Five Live yesterday and will see the Eagles face a club that has won the trophy 12 times, the last occasion being in 2008.

“It’s great, and first out of the bag so we didn’t have to wait, “ said Eagles coach Mark Aston. “It’s a massive challenge and one that will have our fans excited.

“Last season we had Wigan in the fourth round now we’ve got St Helens – they don’t come much bigger.”

Saints made a slow start to this season’s Super League under new coach Australian Royce Simmons but were impressive winning 30-16 at Leeds Rhinos at the weekend.

Aston added: “Saints team is packed with quality players. It’ll be a real test for our lads but they’ll be up for it.”

There won’t be a trip to Saints’ historic Knowsley Road gound for Eagles fans.

St Helens moved out at the end of last season and are playing home games at Widnes Vikings’ Halton Stadium until their new stadium is completed.

The game will be high-profile but won’t be a big money spinner with Super League fans allowed in free for fourth round ties.

Doncaster will also play a Super League team with the bonus of a home draw against Wakefield Trinity Wildcats.

Wakefield is coached by former Eagles’ boss John Kear and is struggling at the bottom of the league. The club was docked four points for going into administration for a time this season and are battling to retain their status in the top flight.

The only all Super League tie sees last year’s beaten finalists Leeds Rhinos at home to Welsh club Crusaders.

The winners of the Cup for the last two seasons Warrington Wolves have a home game against Championship One team Keighley Cougars.

Rob Powell, the Sheffield born coach of Harlequins RL looks to have an easy trip to struggling Gateshead Thunder.

Fourth round draw (to be played May 7/8): St Helens v Sheffield Eagles; York v Hull KR; Featherstone Rovers v Lezignan; London Skolars v Widnes Vikings; Leigh Centurions v Catalan Dragons; Wigan v Barrow Raiders; Leeds v Crusaders; Batley v Huddersfield Giants; Dewsbury v Swinton; Halifax v Bradford Bulls; Hunslet Hawks v Salford City Reds; Rochdale Hornets v Castleford; Gateshead Thunder v Harlequins RL ; Warrington Wolves v Keighley Cougars; Hull FC v Oldham; Doncaster v Wakefield Trinity Wildcats.

Doncaster yesterday scored 36 unanswered points in just over 40 minutes either side of half-time to turn what was looking like a difficult afternoon into a comfortable stroll in their Championship One clash in the capital, beating London Skolars 42-22.