LiveAS IT HAPPENED: How Wolves defeated Hull KR and reaction to the fifth round draw

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Paul Wood's reaction to the draw:

It's not a bad one for us.

It desn't matter whether you get a Super League team or Championship tem, Tony Smith is big on approaching the week building up to the game exactly the same.

We won't take anything for granted. It's not unusual for a Championship team to knock out a Super League team.


Here's the draw:

Wigan Warriors v Hunslet Hawks

Leigh Centurions v Featherstone Rovers

Leeds Rhinos v St Helens

Warrington Wolves v Doncaster

Salford Red Devils v Widnes Vikings

Bradford Bulls v Catalan Dragons

Swinton Lions v Keighley Cougars

Castleford Tigers v Sheffield Eagles


Sandercock: Short, sharp answers, a very disappointed Robins coach


Craig Sandercock, Hull KR coach:

It came down to the bounce of the ball. The players gave everything.


The fifth round Tetley's Challenge Cup draw will be made shortly


Saints are through after a late drop goal from Luke Walsh settled their tie at Huddersfield Giants


Wolves boss Tony Smith said Glenn Riley and Gene Ormsby had a virus leading in to today's game, which would have played a part in the selection process


Tony Smith:

We started really positive in the second half and got ahead.

Some of our finishing plays in the first half made it hard at times


Tony Smith:

It was a good game Both teams showed how much they wanted to win.

We made hard work with it some of the time, turning the ball over


Leeds, Castleford and Widnes join Wolves in the hat for the fifth round, Huddersfield and St Helens are still playing


Stick with us for news of the fifth round draw, and reaction from the Warrington Wolves camp


FULL TIME: Hull Kingston Rovers 24 Warrington Wolves 28


That's it, Wolves are through


Wolves have the ball back, Simon Grix covering as Ben Cockayne chased Travis Burns' kick. And now a penalty to Wolves too


Penalty to Rovers


We're in injury time


Rovers spill the ball on their own 30m line, that could the lifesaver Wolves need


This is tension of the highest order. Can Wolves hang on?


TRY: Omari Caro for Hull KR, it's not over yet. Hull KR won possession from the re-start and kept the ball alive for their former London Broncos left winger to fly over. Travis Burns converts, it's 28-24 to Wolves with two minutes plus injury time to play


What an offlaod from Matty Russell. On the last tackle he charged to the line from dummy half, lifted an arm above three defenders and delivered a perfect pass for big Roy Asotasi to fall over the line. Chris Bridge adds the extras for 28-18 with four minutes to play. The Rovers fans are poring towards the exit gates.


TRY: Roy Asotasi, yes, Wolves are set to march on.


Composure is needed now


Stefan Ratchford spills the ball on the last tackle, trying to kick it before he had caught it, but Rovers lose possession in return as the nerves start to creep in


A forward pass relieves the pressure on Wolves with eight minutes plus injury time left to play


Rovers earn six more tackles from their own 40m line. They are lifted by the good fortune


Who wants it most? That's what it comes down to now.


Ryan Atkins' offload is dropped by Matty Russell among heavy traffic with the try line begging


Simon Grix is back on


I have been impressed with Richie Myler today, both in defence and attack. He has delivered some crucial plays, including the kicks for Ryan Atkins' tries and the pass for the score by Rhys Evans


Micky Higham is back on instead of Michael Monaghan


Ben Cockayne knocks on in attaempting to touch down after a sweeping move of 50 metres by the Robins


Roy Asotasi is doing well in his second stint. It was his pass that sent Chris Hill away in the build-up to the try. Follows it up with a strong drive.


TRY: Ryan Atkins bags his second score of the tie. He gets on the end of a Richie Myler grubber for the second time as the Rovers defenders waited for the ball to run dead. All came after a tremendous break by Chris Hill supported by Joel Monaghan with the winger getting to within 10 metres of the Rovers line before being caught. Chris Bridge adds the extras and Wolves are 22-18 ahead after 62 minutes


Roy Asotasi returns for Ben Evans. No signs of Simon Grix returning, looks like he is injured after taking a bang early in the first half


The noise levels are lifting again as both sets of supporters attempt to give their team a decisive lift.


Ryan Atkins atempts to send Rhys Evans away but the pass is forward. Ben Cockayne was in place to cover for the home side anyway.


Rovers kick straight into touch from Wolves' 40m line. Chance for Warrington to mount some pressure


There is no let-up in the intensity. There's no time to breathe, and that's just watching from the stands. Looks like this one could go down to the wire.


The goal attempt from Burns heads towards the halfway line after sticking in the wind so it leaves Hull KR 18-16 in front with 54 minutes played


TRY: Robins touch down. It's that man Ade Gardner, the scorer of so many tries for St Helens against Wolves over the years, who finishes off a long pass from Travis Burns by squeezing in at the corner on the outside of Rhys Evans.


Chris Bridge knocks on, leaving Wolves defending 30 metres to their try line


For the third time in this game, Rovers are tackled in possession on the last tackle after trying a short-side play


Michael Monaghan kicks out on the full from own 40m line. Wolves need to be strong here.


A thumping try saver by Matty Russell on Travis Burns after the Australian stand off broke away


Hull KR's turn to benefit from the wind at the re-starts, gaining possession from a scrum after Ben Westwood's knock on


A majestic touchline conversion from Cris Bridge puts Wolves ahead for the first time, 16-14, with 43 minutes played


TRY: Wolves are level. The ball is kept alive via Richie Myler's support play and his long pass to Rhys Evans allows the Welshman to step inside two covering defenders to cross.


Ben Cockayne drops Stefan Ratchford's high kick


HALF TIME: Hull Kingston Rovers 14 Warrington Wolves 10


Wolves tackle Omari Caro into touch from Stefan Ratchford's kick to mount a final flurry in the first half. From the scrum, Richie Myler kicks ahead for Ryan Atkins but Ade Gardner has it comfortably covered in the last play of the half.


A fine Travis Burns kick finds touch and pins Wolves back to their 10m line


Again Wolves are penalised for a double movement, this time by Ben Evans


Rovers are caught in possession on the last tackle on their own 20m line. Great opportunity for Wolves


Ben Evans is now on for Wolves


The intensity is incredible. Fast and furious all the way. A second penalty to Wolves helps get thm to half way. Penalty count is 5-2 to Rovers.


TRY: Wolves are over again. A lovely offload from Chris Hill sent Stefan Ratchford striding away. He passed to Matty Russell who was pushed to the floor by the chasing Jordan Cox. However, the full back regained his feet and swung out a wide pass to Ben Westwood who was able to put Joel Monaghan over in the corner. Chris Bridge misses the conversion, but the gap is narrowed to 14-10 after 34 minutes.


Matty Russell lost the hick kick as it came down in the wind but two chasing Rovers attackers were unable to get the touch before it went dead


James Laithwaite is penalised for a double movement but it looked to me as if his momentum took him over after defenders dropped off the tackle during his power charge


Wolves force an error from the re-start, with the ball finding touch. This wind really is playing havoc and Wolves will have the benefit of it being behind them in the second half


Wolves are tackled behind their own line and Stefan Ratchford kicks the drop out straight into touch. Penalty in front of the posts to Rovers and they decide to kick, with Travis Burns knocking it over for 14-6 after 28 minutes


Rhys Evans and Richie Myler bundle Ade Gardner into touch on the last tackle



Chris Bridge adds the extras and its 12-6 to Hull KR after 23 minutes


TRY: Wolves respond from the restart after winning possession from the kick off. Richie Myler's grubber kick is pounced on by Ryan Atkins.


Michael Monaghan and James Laithwaite are on


Travis Burns adds the conversion for 12-0


TRY: Hull KR are over again. Adam Walker crashes over the top of Matty Russell from short range after 19 minutes. This doesn't look good.


Robins are on fire at the moment. Ben Westwood came to the rescue as Jordan Cox threatened to score


James Green is on for Hull KR


Knock-on first tackle hands possession back to Rovers, who have been awarded a penalty for holding down


Wolves, playing against the win, regain possession from the restart. Paul Wood is now on the field and Wolves have a penalty for an off-the-ball incident.


Bennie Westwood won't be happy about that, his old school pal scoring and in such circumstances. Rovers have their tails up. Travis Burns adds the conversion to make it Hull KR 6 Warrington Wolves 0


TRY: Ben Cockayne forces his way over from dummy half after 14 minutes


An attempted interception by Ben Westwood is dropped. Six more tackles to Rovers from the 60m line


Wolves are up against it here with the stadium noise. Heavily outnumbered on the terraces, Wolves need to silence the crowd by getting on top


Craig Sandercock's men sweep the play wide and Liam Salter knocks on when there's a two-on-one overlap.


A deflected Stefan Ratchford kick comes to nothing and Robins have a penalty 10 metres inside their own half after Wolves are caught lying on


Wolves end up successfully defending their own line for three tackles, wrapping up hooker Josh Hodgson with the ball on the last tackle


A forward pass from Stefan Ratchford at dummy half on halfway gives Rovers a chance to mount some pressure


Poor Richie Myler high kick makes no ground and ends up in Hull KR hands


It's a feisty start, as physical as expected


Pressure on Wolves after a Simon Grix knock on but Rovers kick the ball dead. First penalty to Wolves for offside


Micky Higham puts in Wolves' first kick on the last tackle, taking Rovers to their own 10m line. A 40/20 attempt in response falls just short, scrum feed to Wolves


Good opening defensive set by Wolves, restricting the Robins to 20 metres


And we're up and running


Wolves have been led on to the field by Simon Grix, who seems to be issuing the instructions as we are about to kick off


We're moments away from kick off


OMG! I've never seen a bench of reporters jump out of their seats so quickly. A loud bang frightened the lives out of everyone. Still don't know what it was.


Ryan Atkins seems to have the elbow that kept him out of last Sunday's win at Huddersfield Giants well strapped. He returns from that elbow injury to make his way back into Tony Smith's starting side instead of Gene Ormsby today.


Don't know if it's a good omen, bad omen, or means nothing. But I drove past former Widnes Vikings winger Stuart Wright down Kingsway this morning before heading to Hull. He scored some crucial tries in his career - including a spectacular one against Wakefield in the Challenge Cup Final at Wembley in 1979. Looked fit and well today.


What is it about rugby league grounds and their 1980s tannoy music - KC and the Sunshine Band's Baby Give It Up currently blasting out! If memory serves me right, Wolves fans used to sign this song for Nathan Wood!


Still plenty of spaces in the stands and on the terraces, hopefully all eight Wolves supporters' coaches have arrived. Great deal by the club today to cheer the lads on the road to Wembley - free travel for season ticket holders, or £5 for non-season ticket holders


Wolves' kickers are on the field getting in some practice. Chris Bridge and Stefan Ratchford have both been shooting for goal. Bridge took over the duties part way through last week's win at Huddersfield, kicking three from three. Every point could be crucial today. Will Bridge take on responsibility from the start, or will Stefan Ratchford have first go?

The rest of the squad have joined the kickers now as they run through their pre-match warm-up routine.


We've just had a signal crash here - which meant we bombed out. Stick with us, we'll keep on rebooting if that's what ot takes today to keep you up to date. Technology, eh? Who invented it?


Today's referee is everyone's favourite Specsavers official - Richard Silverwood.

Kick off is at 2pm.


Hull KR: Ben Cockayne; Ade Gardner, Liam Salter, Kris Welham, Omari Caro; Travis Burns, Kris Keating; Adam Walker, Josh Hodgson, Mick Weyman, Kevin Larroyer, Jordan Cox, Neville Costigan. Subs: Keal Carlile, James Green, Jason Netherton, Rhys Lovegrove.


So Tony Smith has made two changes, with Gene Ormsby and Glenn Riley the men to miss out from the 19-man squad.

Both Riley and Ormsby figured in last week's win at Huddersfield, where winger Ormsby scored for the fourth successive game.

Smith has gone for experience today, handing longest serving player Wood his first appearance of the year.

The prop's season has been delayed by close-season surgery, but made two comeback appearances for partner club Swinton Lions in the Championship.

Atkins returns to the centres after missing the Huddersfield game with an elbow injury.


Wolves: Matty Russell; Joel Monaghan, Chris Bridge, Ryan Atkins, Rhys Evans; Stefan Ratchford, Richie Myler; Chris Hill, Micky Higham, Roy Asotasi, Trent Waterhouse, Ben Westwood, Simon Grix. Subs: Mick Monaghan, Paul Wood, James Laithwaite, Ben Evans.


Wolves team for today: Ryan Atkins returns and Paul Wood makes his first appearance of the year.


Wolves team for today: Ryan Atkins returns and Paul Wood makes his first appearance of the year.


Wolves team for today: Ryan Atkins returns and Paul Wood makes his first appearance of the year.




Come on Wolves fans - tell us about today's game! Are you nervous, confident? Have you already decided who you want to be playing in the fifth round?


Hull KR head coach Craig Sandercock said in today's programme notes he wants his side to have a good run in this year's Challenge Cup, but expects a tough test against the Wolves.



Some other intersting ties today that are tough to call - Huddersfield Giants v St Helens being one of them.

And it looks like the Adrian Morley cup magic rubbed off on Salford Red Devils on Thursday night.

Moz, the Wolves captain with the most Challenge Cup wins - having lifted the trophy three times in four years from 2009 to 2012 - would have provided great experience to Salford in their 37-36 win against Hull FC at the KC Stadium.

That Rangi Chase golden-point drop goal, eight minutes into extra time, brings back the memories of Wolves' last cup win here at Hull KR. Lee Briers kicked the golden-point winning drop goal in the 2009 quarter finals to at the start of the club's stunning Challenge Cup sequence.

Warrington Guardian: Lee Briers kicks the winning drop goal against Hull KR

Lee Briers' winning drop goal in 2009

Warrington Guardian: Adrian Morley celebrates after Sunday's victory against Hull KR.

Adrian Morley celebrating after a win at Hull KR


Wolves' fans have started to trickle into the stadium in anticipation of a fiercely competitive game against a Hull KR side that have conceded only one try in 160 minutes of action.

That came in a trouncing of Wakefield Trinity Wildcats last week, following on from a 16-0 success against Bradford Bulls - both here at the KC Lightstream Stadium



Wolves' travelling fans will be able to enjoy the new £8million stand here at Hull KR for today's clash. 

The all-seater North Stand is closer to the action than the old, set back standing end and also sheltered, slightly, from the elements.




And it's raining again - not what Wolves would have wanted today! We know they prefer a dry track, akin to the conditions at Huddersfield Giants last week compared to the week before at home to Wigan Warriors.

If a team is to go all the way in this competition, these are the tests that have to be overcome.


The pitch is not as good as what Wolves have been used to.

It looks, shall we say 'lumpy', rather cut-up in places and looks perfect for bobbles when the ball is kicked.

Full back Matty Russell and the wingers Joel Monaghan and Gene Ormsby will need to be aware of that danger today.


To set the scene:

There's a strong breeze coming off the Humber and blowing across the pitch towards the new North Stand where the Warrington supporters will gather today.

And it has just been absolutely tipping down with rain, although it seems to have been a passing shower and is attempting to brighten up again.

Nevertheless, Wolves can expect a wet-weather match today and need to make sure they improve their kicking game in order to put this Rovers team under pressure in front of their partizan supporters.


Welcome to today's live blog from the KC Lightstream Stadium, formerly known as Craven Park.

Wolves are bidding to reach the fifth round of the Challenge Cup and potentially go on to reach the final for the fourth time in six years.


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