Sheffield Eagles to host five-time Challenge Cup winners Hull FC in sixth round

Sheffield Eagles have been drawn at home to Hull FC in the sixth round of the Challenge Cup.

Sheffield have not progressed to this round of the competition since 2013, where they fell at the quarter final stage to London Broncos in a 29-10 defeat.

The Eagles qualified for this stage of the competition after victories over Hunslet Club Parkside and North Wales Crusaders, and will now turn their attention to Super League outfit Hull, who sit fifth in the league table.

Sheffield saw off the Crusaders in an end-to-end 50-30 victory at Stadiwm Eirias in Colwyn Bay.

Matty Chrimes scored four tries for the Eagles, while Liam Johnson, Anthony Thackeray, Blake Broadbent, Kris Welham and Joel Farrell also touched down to secure a huge win for Mark Aston’s side.

Hull are five-time winners of the Challenge Cup, including back-to-back successes in 2016 and 2017, lifting the famous trophy against rugby powerhouses Warrington and Wigan respectively.

Sheffield have their own history in this competition, after upsetting Wigan Warriors in the 1998 Challenge Cup final, denying them a league-and-cup double.

Sheffield will undoubtedly be considered as underdogs for this tie, with twelve league places separating Super League Hull with the Eagles in the Championship.

The fixture is set to be played on the weekend of 25-27 March, but due to the current construction at the Sheffield Olympic Legacy Stadium, the Eagles are looking for a venue to host the tie.

Written by Ryan Batty

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