Rugby League

'I Was So Proud': Army Rugby League Reflect On Making Challenge Cup History

A 34-22 win against Ince Rose Bridge meant the Army will play in the Challenge Cup fourth round for the first time ever.

Army rugby league player Craftsman Uriah Naulusala has said he is "proud to be in the team" that made the Challenge Cup fourth round for the first time ever.

He scored two tries as the Army came from behind to beat Ince Rose Bridge in Aldershot.

The Fijian said: "It’s fantastic to be part of this history-making team.

"I was so proud to be in the team and with my mates.

"It was [considered] impossible for us to do this so with the teamwork, we were able to do this.

Army captain Corporal Pete Holmes expected a "tough game" but always believed his side could win.

He said: "We knew it was going to be a tough game and we knew that no Army team had ever been to the fourth round.

"That was our big driving force going through all this week.

"We knew we had to work hard and what an achievement it is.

"With the conditions we were playing against, we knew if we kept in the arm-wrestle we would turn them over in the second half."

The Army will now take their place in the fourth round alongside professional teams such as London Broncos and Bradford Bulls.

Army head coach, Warrant Officer Ben Taylor, is already looking ahead to the next round and is hopeful of pulling off a shock.

"Toulouse away in the sun would be nice but I’ll take anything," WO1 Taylor said.

"We might even have a chance. You never know.

"If you get the right draw, the right time and the right team, anything can happen and we could go another step further."

The draw for the fourth round of the rugby league Challenge Cup takes place at 18:30 UK time on Monday 10 February.