2005 Challenge Cup

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2005 Powergen Challenge Cup
Duration 9 Rounds
Broadcast partners BBC Sport
Winners Hullcolours.svg Hull
Runners-up Rhinoscolours.svg Leeds
Lance Todd Trophy Rhinoscolours.svg Kevin Sinfield

The 2005 Powergen Rugby League Challenge Cup was played by teams from across Europe during the 2005 rugby league season.[1] Hull F.C. won the cup defeating Leeds Rhinos in the final.[2]


Qualifying Round

Date Team One Team Two Score
15 Jan Cas. Lock Lane Ideal Isberg 30-0
15 Jan Castleford Panthers Ovenden 28-24
15 Jan Cott. Phoenix Barrow Is. 2-8
15 Jan Crosfields Illingworth 10-22
15 Jan Cutsyke Shaw Cross 16-14
15 Jan East Leeds Waterhead 22-29
15 Jan Heworth Loughborough University 6-21
15 Jan Huddersfield Sharks Stanningley 14-19
15 Jan Hull Wyke Embassy 30-36
15 Jan Hunslet Warriors Simms Cross 6-38
15 Jan Ince Rose Bridge Hensingham 17-18
15 Jan Normanton Seaton Rangers 17-16
15 Jan Rochdale Mayfield Featherstone Lions 21-16
15 Jan Stanley Eastmoor 15-14
15 Jan W London Sharks Fife 42-10
15 Jan Widnes St Maries Saddleworth 52-0
15 Jan York Acorn East Hull 12-64
16 Jan Cardiff Demons Walney 12-28

First Round

Date Team One Team Two Score
05 Feb Barrow Is. Skirlaugh 16-12
05 Feb Blackbrook Oulton 6-9
05 Feb Castleford Panthers East Hull 10-20
05 Feb Clayton Leigh Miners R. 20-42
05 Feb Essex Elland 12-44
05 Feb Gateshead S Wath Brow Hornets 10-66
05 Feb Haydock Cutsyke 46-12
05 Feb Hull Dockers Bradford Dudley 46-16
05 Feb Illingworth Stanningley 20-18
05 Feb Milford Huddersfield UR 42-20
05 Feb Oldham St Annes Loughborough University 52-10
05 Feb Queens Millom 22-24
05 Feb Navy Normanton 16-18
05 Feb St Albans Thatto Heath 14-48
05 Feb Simms Cross Widnes St Maries 23-14
05 Feb South London W London Sharks 24-20
05 Feb Stanningley Walney 40-16
05 Feb Warrington Wizards Sharlston Rovers 16-22
05 Feb Waterhead Askam 36-24
05 Feb West Bowling Leigh East 12-10
05 Feb West Hull British Army 8-38
05 Feb Westgate Redoubt Eccles & Salford Jrs 6-26
05 Feb Wigan St Judes Embassy 68-0
05 Feb Wigan St Pats Hensingham 58-6
06 Feb Buffaloes Thornhill 31-10
06 Feb RAF Cas. Lock Lane 8-44
06 Feb Siddal Coventry Bears 26-4

Second Round

Date Team One Team Two Score
19 Feb Barrow Is. Elland 10-14
19 Feb Cas. Lock Lane South London 50-24
19 Feb Haydock Normanton 48-30
19 Feb Illingworth Eccles & Salford Jrs 28-26
19 Feb Milford Wath Brow Hornets 14-34
19 Feb Oldham St Annes Leigh Miners R. 18-12
19 Feb Rochdale Mayfield Stanningley 14-19
19 Feb Sharlston Rovers Oulton 31-21
19 Feb Siddal Wigan St Pats 29-26
19 Feb Simms Cross Thornhill 16-24
19 Feb Thatto Heath East Hull 26-38
19 Feb Waterhead British Army 15-12
19 Feb West Bowling Hull Dockers 26-27
19 Feb Wigan St Judes Millom 22-16

Third Round

Date Team One Team Two Score
11 Mar Cas. Lock Lane Halifax 0-76
11 Mar Sharlston Rovers Oldham 14-46
12 Mar Wath Brow Hornets Dewsbury 32-30
13 Mar Barrow East Hull 42-22
13 Mar Batley St Gaudens 40-14
13 Mar Blackpool Toulouse 18-58
13 Mar Castleford Tigers Hull Dockers 72-10
13 Mar Doncaster Stanningley 54-6
13 Mar Elland York City Knights 12-50
13 Mar Featherstone Rovers Thornhill 48-10
13 Mar Gateshead UTC 6-56
13 Mar Haydock Hunslet Hawks 4-46
13 Mar Keighley Strela Kazan 62-14
13 Mar London Skolars Pia 14-58
13 Mar Oldham St Annes Whitehaven 30-62
13 Mar Rochdale Hornets Illingworth 120-4
13 Mar Siddal Hull Kingston Rovers 6-50
13 Mar Swinton Locomotiv 70-10
13 Mar Waterhead Sheffield Eagles 16-22
13 Mar Workington Town Wigan St Judes 44-20

Round of 32

Round of 16




Katherine Jenkins performed at the match which was on 27 August at Millennium Stadium, Cardiff and attended by 74,213 spectators. Leeds came to the final 4/1 favourites to win and stamped their authority on the game in the early stages with a penalty try which was converted by Kevin Sinfield. Hull fought back with a try from Motu Tony converted by Danny Brough. Hull took the lead for the first time through Gareth Raynor's try in the corner after a superb pass by Nathan Blacklock. Brough converted brilliantly to make the score 12-6. Leeds fought back and a try from Danny Ward was converted by Sinfield to draw the scores level. A dreadful Marcus Bai error in his own in-goal area as he tried to keep the ball alive gifted Richard Whiting a try for Hull which was converted by Brough. Minutes later Brough added a drop goal to make the score 19 - 12 to Hull. A Mark Calderwood converted try set up a tense finish with the score at 19-18.

It seemed as though Leeds were going to walk away with the spoils as Marcus Bai rectified his earlier error by grabbing a late try which was converted by Sinfield and left the score 24-19. To immense noise from the Hull fans, Hull-born Paul Cooke broke through the Leeds defence and grounded the ball down underneath the posts to allow for a simple conversion. The youngster Danny Brough capped off an outstanding performance by converting the try under pressure to make the score 25-24 to Hull. In the dying seconds Richard Swain charged down a drop goal attempt to keep the scores as they were and Hull held on for arguably the best Challenge Cup final ever. Hull overturned all the odds, beating champions Bradford and cup holders St Helens along the way.


  • 4-0 penalty try (Calderwood)
  • 6-0 Sinfield con
  • 6-4 Tony try
  • 6-6 Brough con
  • 6-10 Raynor try
  • 6-12 Brough con
  • 10-12 Ward try
  • 12-12 Sinfield con
  • 12-16 Whiting try
  • 12-18 Brough con
  • 12-19 Brough drop goal
  • 16-19 Calderwood try
  • 18-19 Sinfield con
  • 22-19 Bai try
  • 24-19 Sinfield con
  • 24-23 Cooke try
  • 24-25 Brough con



Coach: Tony Smith



Coach: John Kear



  • S Ganson (St Helens)

Man of the Match

Kevin Sinfield was the man of match winning the Lance Todd Trophy, but was the losing captain.[4]


  1. ^ "BBC to screen Leeds v Warrington". BBC Sport.
  2. ^ "Hull stun Leeds in Challenge Cup". BBC Sport.
  3. ^ "Salford bow to Broncos". The Guardian.
  4. ^ "Lance Todd Trophy winners". BBC Sport.

External links

  • Hull stun Leeds in Challenge Cup, article on news.bbc.co.uk
  • 2005 Challenge Cup Final at rlphotos.com
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