Now that the dust (mud) has settled the two remaining Service teams can look forward to the second round draw tomorrow afternoon.
The Army and Royal Air Force will be in the draw along with the other 22 survivors from the first round. The Army go into the draw courtesy of an emphatic 48-10 victory over 2017 NCL Div 1 Grand Final runners up Milford Marlins whilst the RAF saw off a determined Drighlington side with a great 2nd half comeback performance to book their place in the draw by 12-4.
The Royal Navy will not be in the draw having gone down to a golden point drop goal 8 minutes into extra time against Normanton Knights who beat the Marlins in the NCL Div 1 Grand Final and start their Premiership campaign in March.
Warrington Wolves’ new signing Sitaleki Akauola and former prop forward Gary Chambers will be on hand at the Halliwell Jones Stadium on Wednesday, January 31 (from 5.00pm) to make the draw for the second round of the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup.
Streamed live on the BBC Sport website, Akauola, a Tongan international signed from Penrith Panthers, will be joined by Chambers, who was at the Wire for 13 seasons after signing in 1989 and is now coach of the Wolves’ under-16 scholarship side.
Outside of Rugby League, the scholarship coach recently featured on Channel 4’s Educating Greater Manchester, a programme that focused on Harrop Fold secondary school where he teaches.
Twenty-four winning sides from the first round, which will be played on Saturday, January 27 and Sunday, January 28, will go in to the draw for the second round, with fixtures scheduled for February 10-11.