Tetley’s Challenge Cup draw sees old friends against each other

Castleford Tigers' Jamie Ellie  in action, coming up against Batley Bulldogs' Mark Applegarth in the fourth round of the Tetley's Challenge Cup. Picture: JOHN CLIFTON
Castleford Tigers' Jamie Ellie in action, coming up against Batley Bulldogs' Mark Applegarth in the fourth round of the Tetley's Challenge Cup. Picture: JOHN CLIFTON
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The prospect of Daryl Powell going head to head with his former half-back partner Mark Aston was thrown up with the draw for the fifth round of the Tetley’s Challenge Cup.

Castleford Tigers were drawn at home to Kingstone Press Championship winners Sheffield Eagles with the tie likely to take place at the Mend-A-Hose Jungle on Sunday, April 27.

“It’s a great draw for me and I’m looking forward to it,” said Cas head coach Powell.

“I was at Sheffield for 11 years and I love the club.

“Mark Aston’s done an unbelievable job over there and they have been champions for the past two years.

“Mark will be rubbing his hands together and coming up with plans to knock us off so it will be a good challenge for us.”

Castleford lad Aston, who played for the club as a teenager before joining the Eagles first as a player then becoming coach, is also relishing the prospect of the fifth round tie.

He said: “People will talk about Aston against Powell, but this is about Eagles against Castleford Tigers – the second in the Super League – it’s fantastic.

“Hopefully we’ll put in a big performance and it’s a dream to win a game like this.

“Daryl is doing a fantastic job. I was over the moon when he got the chance to coach Castleford.

“He’s put a smile on the faces of the fans who are very passionate about the game – he’s got them bouncing off the walls.”

Sheffield have several ex-Castleford players in their squad who will be looking forward to returning to the ground, including hooker Andrew Henderson and half-back Dominic Brambani.