Rugby League

Challenge Cup: Army History-Makers Knocked Out In Fourth Round

The military side went down 54-10 at the Crown Oil Arena after reaching the fourth round for the first time ever.

The British Army's hopes of reaching making Challenge Cup history have been dashed, after a heavy defeat away to Rochdale Hornets.

The military rugby league side went down 54-10 at the Crown Oil Arena.

The Army had already made history by reaching the fourth round of the Challenge Cup for the first time, and were bidding to become the first military team to ever reach the competition's fifth round.

The military side reached the fourth stage with a stunning 34-22 comeback victory over amateur side Ince Rose Bridge, and would have been hoping for as strong a performance against League 1 Hornets.

The Army took the lead in the game, Pete Holmes scoring to give the visitors a 4-0 lead after two minutes.

Rochdale Hornets soon took the lead themselvesm, with a number of penalties costing the military side.

By half-time, the hosts led 20-10 with the Army still in the game.

The second half was to prove a much more dominant 40 minutes for the hosts, who racked up 34 points to secure a 54-10 win and a place in the Challenge Cup fifth round for themselves.