Rugby League

RAF Women Lose In Challenge Cup First Round

A 36-12 loss to Keighley Cougars knocked the Royal Air Force out of the competition.

The Royal Air Force women's rugby league team are out of the Challenge Cup after a first-round loss at home to Keighley Cougars.

A 36-12 defeat for the RAF saw them knocked out at the first hurdle, meaning they failed to repeat last year's run to the second round.

Jessica Hopkins put the away side in front after just eight minutes, but a strong wind caused havoc as Keighley missed the conversion.

They were soon further in front when Emma Templeton went over, but once again, the conversion was missed.

Sarah Shillito scored the third try of the game for Keighley, but the RAF were not going down without a fight.

The RAF tried to break through in the second half, but hit a strong defensive line from Keighley.

Louise Pritchard reduced the gap with a converted try before Lynne Brooker made it 12-12 after a mistake at the back for the away team.

Unfortunately for the Air Force, their joy was short-lived.

Hopkins powered through to put Keighley back in front and they never looked back from there.

They scored two tries early in the second half to put the game to bed and when Saima Hussain scored a third, the RAF were 24 points behind.

The RAF tried to get back into it but a physical Keighley defence denied them and the military side are out at the first round stage.