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The Championship's fifth placed side Halifax made the 300 mile round trip to the north west to take on Championship One's fifth placed site Whitehaven in the fifth round of the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup. Both sides were in good form with five wins in their last six outings.

A sunny Recreation Ground was the venue for what looked, on paper, like a foregone conclusion but with Super League's Huddersfield Giants having lost out earlier in the day to lowly Swinton, and Hull KR taking down Leigh Centurions yesterday, there is no such thing in the cup.

When the draw was made for the fifth round of the 2017 Ladbrokes Challenge Cup there was one outstanding fixture. The all conquering Toronto Wolfpack from Championship One were draw away at high-flying Super League Salford Red Devils.

It would be a chance for the games newest side to test their mettle against one of its most established and all eyes were on the AJ Bell Stadium to see what would happen.

The Red Devils were without Junior Sa'u, Logan Tomkins and Todd Carney while Toronto gave a debut to surprise mid-week acquisition Ryan Brierley.

Super League's form team, Warrington Wolves played host to a Wakefield Trinity side who recorded two losses over the Easter period to end a three game unbeaten run. Wakefield could leapfrog the Catalans Dragons to take sixth spot in the league while a home victory would lift them level on points with St. Helens in eighth.

Tony Smith welcomed back Atkins, Brown and Russell but would have to make do without Westerman and Toby King who were both injured. Trinity coach Chris Chester was without the services of Allgood and Ashurst but did have Williams and Batchelor available for selection.

Eighth placed St Helens travelled to bottom club Widnes Vikings with their eyes on sixth spot as they look to continue their improved run of form since sacking coach Cunningham. A win for the Vikings would still see them finish the weekend in bottom spot, but would give them a much needed confidence boost.

Widnes have still got all sorts of injury problems and were now without the services of Armstrong, White and Craven but they did welcome back a handful of others including Hanbury, and half-back pairing Mellor and Gilmore. Saints were not without their own problems and would take the field without Lomax, Roby and Morgan but could call on the services of Kyle Amor who escaped a suspension after his sending off against Wigan on Good Friday.

The Kingstone Press Championship backed up Good Friday's league programme with a full round of Easter Monday fixtures with four afternoon and two evening kick offs.

All eyes were on Toulouse as the second placed side entertained the Hull KR side looking to maintain their unbeaten run at the top while Featherstone Rovers looked to keep the pressure on the top two as they welcomed Bradford. Fifth placed London Broncos were at the Batley Bulldogs while Swinton looked for the second win of the season as they hosted Rochdale.

In the evening games, fourth placed Halifax were playing Oldham and Sheffield were at home to the Dewsbury Rams.

With Castleford Tigers having just gone down at St Helens, the Red Devil's had a chance to join the Tigers and the Rhinos at the top of the table on sixteen points. A win for the Dragons would take them above Wakefield Trinity into sixth spot in the table as they continue to seek some consistency in their form.

It was a glorious evening in the south of France and the Red Devil's were taking things seriously, arriving yesterday to give themselves plenty of preparation time as they looked for their eighth win of the season in their quest for a top four spot.

Last time Wigan visited the home of Wakefield Trinity they left having suffered a 62-0 hiding. Today it was a Warriors side in fourth place against sixth placed Trinity but with just a single league point between the sides there was little to choose between them on paper.

The visitors were the favourites with the bookies as a result of the way that the sides performed on Good Friday. The Warriors were fresh off the back of a win over Saints while Trinity put up some resistance but lost out at the Castleford Tigers.

Good Friday's Round Ten of the Kingstone Press Championship was spread across Four kick-off times. Toulouse travelled to London for a lunchtime encounter with the Broncos while the heavy woollen derby between Dewsbury and Batley kicked off ahead of the bulk of the other fixtures.

Leaders Hull KR entertained Featherstone Rovers, Swinton Lions were at Oldham and the Sheffield Eagles travelled to Rochdale to take on the Hornets.

There was one evening kick off as Bradford Bulls took on Halifax.

The Easter weekends lambs to the Toronto Wolfpack slaughter were the North Wales Crusaders as the league's newest side visited Wrexham.

The Wolfpack gave debuts to new signings Ryan Bailey and Sean Penkywicz, both seasoned professionals adding yet another dimension to a strong Toronto squad.

With Toronto developing a Super League side but playing on Championship One they interest was not whether they would win, but against another side or part-timers it was by how many.

Would Wakefield Trinity halt the all-conquering Castleford Tigers as they travelled to the Mend-a-Hose Jungle for a top six clash with the league leaders. With Salford and Leeds playing later the day, the home side were looking to go four points clear at the top, but the visitors had a chance of finishing round nine in second place if they could get the win.

The big question on everyones lips was whether a resurgent Trinity would have the defence and fire power to halt the Tigers charge for the minor premiership and ultimately Old Trafford. Just to add to the interest the two teams were also playing for the Adam Watene Trophy.
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