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Welsh champions target capital challenge

30th of January 2014
Welsh champions target capital challenge

Welsh champions Torfaen Tigers aim to make the most of their first Tetley’s Challenge Cup appearance...


Welsh champions Torfaen Tigers aim to make the most of their first Tetley’s Challenge Cup appearance when they travel to South West London Chargers for a first round tie in Chiswick on Saturday (2.00pm).

Torfaen, the 2013 South Wales Rugby League Conference champions, travel to face Harry Jepson Trophy winners South West London Chargers in a tie that sees two tournament debutants go head-to-head and Tigers Chairman Rob Davies wants to use the experience as a springboard for 2014.

“We want to start the New Year with a bang and we don’t want our run in the Challenge Cup to be a one-game run,” said Davies.

“We don’t know a massive lot about them, though we have seen a bit of the South West London Chargers on YouTube, but it is a bit of an unknown quantity for us, as well as them.

“This will be the first time out for the club in the Challenge Cup and the guys are seeing our team in the First Round of the Challenge Cup draw.

“The local media are taking a lot of interest in us, whether that’s as a result of the fallout from the World Cup I don’t know but it is a chance for the rest of the Rugby League community to get to know us a bit.”

Davies has set a target for his club to reach the third round of the competition – the same stage at which fellow Welsh sides South Wales Scorpions and North Wales Crusaders enter the fray – for a chance to face the likes of Leigh Centurions and Sheffield Eagles, both past winners of the competition.

“When we were invited into the Challenge Cup first round draw, I sat down with the coach and we said that we want to target Round 3, to be in with a chance of playing a team from the semi-professional tiers,” saidDavies.

“Obviously, if we got that far, to play somebody like Sheffield would be fantastic and it would be nice to get a home tie as well.

“But there are no easy games and we are just trying to take one step at a time, though we definitely want to be involved in the latter stages of the tournament.”

Admission to the Tetley’s Challenge Cup first round tie, South West London Chargers v Torfaen Tigers, at Chiswick Rugby Club on Saturday February 1 (2.00pm) is free.

Tickets for the 2014 Tetley’s Challenge Cup final at Wembley Stadium on Saturday August 23 cost from as little as £22 and can be purchased by calling the RFL Ticket Office on 0844 856 1113 or by visiting

The 2014 Tetley's Challenge Cup first round draw in full is as follows:

Underbank Rangers v East Leeds

Leeds Metropolitan University v Millom

Blackbrook v Egremont Rangers

Shaw Cross v Thatto Heath

Leigh Miners v Hunslet Warriors

Oulton Raiders v West Hull

Saddleworth Rangers v Milford Marlins

Kells v Wigan St Judes

Skirlaugh v Rochdale Mayfield

RAF v Dewsbury Celtic

Askam v British Army

Royal Navy v Walney Central

Myton Warriors v East Hull

Loughborough University v Great Britain Police

South West London Chargers v Torfaen Tigers

Widnes St Maries v Wigan St Pats

Pilkington Recs v Aberdeen Warriors

York Acorn v Siddal

Wath Brow Hornets v Halton Simms Cross

Woolston Rovers v Elland

Lock Lane v Normanton Knights

Hull Dockers v Bristol Sonics

Ties to be played over the weekend of February 1 and 2, 2014.

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