Draw sees Giants face familiar foe Rhinos in sixth round

Leeds Rhinos coach Brian McDermott. Picture: Jonathan Gawthorpe.
Leeds Rhinos coach Brian McDermott. Picture: Jonathan Gawthorpe.
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LEEDS RHINOS will play Huddersfield Giants twice in three matches after drawing their West Yorkshire rivals in the sixth round of the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup.

Castleford Tigers are also involved in an all-Super League tie, away to Hull, and Wakefield Trinity Wildcats will have home advantage against Championship leaders Leigh Centurions.

Other ties include Dewsbury Rams at home to Warrington Wolves, Batley Bulldogs at Widnes Vikings, and Featherstone Rovers making the trip to Catalans Dragons.

Rhinos visit Huddersfield in Super League in nine days, with the Cup tie scheduled for two weeks later, on the weekend of May 15-17

Huddersfield were the last team to beat Leeds in the Challenge Cup , winning a fifth-round clash 24-8 at John Smith’s Stadium two years ago.

Giants were Rhinos’ bogey club, going seven games unbeaten against the Headingley outfit before the current Cup holders recorded a 28-24 home victory two months ago.

“They are a big team,” said Rhinos’ Brian McDermott. “We have got a lot of respect for them, their players and their coaches.”

Castleford coach Daryl Powell is confident of “seeing the best of” Ryan Bailey after the former Leeds prop signed a deal until the end of the season.

The ex-Great Britain star, 31, won six Grand Finals with hometown Leeds, where Powell gave him his debut in 2002.

But after being allowed to join Hull KR over the winter, he made just one appearance before asking to be released from his three-year contract last month due to personal reasons.

Hull KR duo James Donaldson and Adam Walker could miss Saturday’s trip to France after being charged by the match review panel.

Donaldson is charged with Grade B kicking on former Bradford Bulls team-mate Adam O’Brien with Walker called up for Grade A striking on the same player during Sunday’s Challenge Cup win at Odsal.

The latter will face tonight’s disciplinary panel, but Donaldson could submit an early guilty plea like Jack Hughes, the Huddersfield Giants second-row charged with making Grade A dangerous contact on Catalans Dragons’ Remi Casty.