Rugby League

Can The Army Make Rugby League Challenge Cup History?

The side could reach the fourth round for the first time ever with a win in Aldershot on Saturday.

The Army rugby league team have got "a massive chance" of reaching the Challenge Cup fourth round for the first time ever, says on-field captain Corporal Pete Holmes.

The player is filling in for club captain Staff Sergeant Jordan Kerman who will miss the game with a long-standing knee injury.

The Army booked their place in the competition's third round with a dramatic comeback over Skirlaugh last month.

Cpl Holmes said: "It’s always a tough place to come down in Aldershot so I think we’ve got a massive chance to go through to the next round."

When asked about the home advantage, the Army player thinks it is a problem for the Ince Rose Bridge players.

"The travel has a massive effect on your game really.

"You’ve got to think about the night before, what’s going on with what you are eating, how much sleep you are getting and what time you are getting up."

SSgt Kerman will attend the game in Aldershot and is confident of his team’s progression.

"We’re making Aldershot, our home ground, a bit of a fortress," he said.

"Obviously, we did it against the RAF in the Inter Services where we came back and beat them by one point.

Ben O'Connell's drop goal was the golden point which put the Army into the third round.

"We knew when we went into extra-time against Skirlaugh that we have a history of doing that and we are successful in doing that.

"These boys know they can play for 80 minutes plus minutes.

"I think it is the Army fitness that come through with that.

"We’d like to win in 80 minutes but if it goes to a golden point, we know we are capable of pulling it off."

Head coach, Warrant Officer Ben Taylor, has taken the Army to the third round twice in his spell in charge.

His teams have never made the next round though and WO1 Taylor is keen to break the record.

"We’ve got a really good hardcore squad of players now that we’ve built over three years," he said.

"It is showing in the results and I’m really looking forward to the game now.

"I think it is all about history isn’t it?

"We’ve never got to the fourth round. We’ve been in the third round twice in my tenure and twice as a player.

"We’ve never crossed that line.

"The draws in the past have been against us. This year, we have a home draw and a team that is on equal standing to us.

"I think if we get the bounce of the ball and the referee’s decision, hopefully it can go our way on Saturday."