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The 2006 Challenge Cup (also known as the Powergen Challenge Cup due to sponsorship from Powergen) was the Xth tournament played for rugby league's Challenge Cup. It features teams from across Europe including England, Scotland, Wales, France and Russia.

2006 Powergen Challenge Cup
2006 Challenge Cup
Duration8 Rounds
Highest attendance65,187
Broadcast partnersUnited Kingdom BBC Sport
WinnersSaintscolours.svg St. Helens
Runners-upGiantscolours.svg Huddersfield Giants
Biggest home winLeigh East 86-10 Askam
Biggest away winOvenden 10-50
Yorkcolours.svg York City Knights
Lance Todd Trophy Saintscolours.svg Sean Long

The competition started in January 2006 with the preliminary round where the Gloucestershire Warriors from the Rugby League Conference surprised an established Pennine League team in Illingworth. The final was scheduled to be played at the new Wembley Stadium but in March 2006 it became apparent that the stadium would not be ready for the final on 26 August so it was switched to Twickenham.

In the final St. Helens proved too strong for the Huddersfield Giants, winning by 42 points to 12. It was Huddersfield's first final since 1953, when they also faced St Helens.


Round 1Edit

Round 2Edit

Round 3Edit

(week ending 12 March)

Round 3 sees the introduction of the National League 1 and 2 teams and teams from France and Russia. Amateurs Thornhill Trojans provided the first surprise result by beating national 2 team Workington Town. Late season snow caused a number of postponements on the Sunday.

Tie no Home team Score Away team
1 Leigh Miners Rangers 6-34 Rochdale Hornets
2 Whitehaven 72-0 Pia
3 Thornhill Trojans 16-12 Workington Town
4 London Skolars 20-10 Gateshead Thunder
5 Batley Bulldogs 24-10 Limoux Grizzlies
6 Blackpool Panthers 10-18 Toulouse Olympique
7 Celtic Crusaders 64-4 Lokomotiv Moscow
8 Dewsbury Rams 68-0 Bradford Dudley Hill
9 Doncaster Lakers 34-18 Shaw Cross Sharks ARLFC
10 East Hull 2-20 Hunslet Hawks
11 Hull Kingston Rovers 62-1 York Acorn
12 Hunslet Warriors 0-38 Widnes Vikings
13 Leigh Centurions 80-0 Kazan Arrows
14 Oldham R.L.F.C. 34-10 Saddleworth Rangers
15 Skirlaugh 14-36 Featherstone Rovers
16 Swinton Lions 42-18 Sheffield Eagles
17 Kells 6-26 Halifax
18 Ovenden 10-50 York City Knights
19 West Bowling 0-34 Keighley Cougars
20 Widnes St Maries 14-30 Barrow Raiders

Round 4Edit

(week ending 2 April)

Round 4 sees the introduction of the Super League teams. Some matches are now televised live by the BBC. In this round the matches chosen for transmission were at Bradford and Wakefield.

Tie no Home team Score Away team
1 St. Helens 56-6 Doncaster Lakers
2 Bradford Bulls 23-12 Hull
3 Catalans Dragons 66-0 Thornhill
4 Rochdale Hornets 32-8 Celtic Crusaders
5 Barrow Raiders 40-8 Oldham R.L.F.C.
6 Batley Bulldogs 16-28 Whitehaven
7 Featherstone Rovers 44-10 Keighley Cougars
8 Halifax 8-40 Huddersfield Giants
9 Harlequins 48-6 Toulouse Olympique
10 Hunslet Hawks 0-22 Hull Kingston Rovers
11 Leigh Centurions 12-36 Leeds Rhinos
12 Salford City Reds 32-4 Dewsbury Rams
13 Swinton Lions 18-20 York City Knights
14 Wakefield Trinity Wildcats 22-32 Wigan Warriors
15 Warrington Wolves 56-0 London Skolars
16 Widnes Vikings 14-4 Castleford Tigers

Round 5Edit

(week ending 21 May)

No new teams enter at this stage. In this round the matches chosen for transmission were at St Helens and Widnes.

Tie no Home team Score Away team
1 Salford City Reds 16-4 Wigan Warriors
2 Huddersfield Giants 38-4 York City Knights
3 Widnes Vikings 16-34 Catalans Dragons
4 Leeds Rhinos 66-0 Rochdale Hornets
5 Hull Kingston Rovers 44-12 Featherstone Rovers
6 Harlequins 82-8 Barrow Raiders
7 Warrington Wolves 46-2 Whitehaven
8 St. Helens 42-18 Bradford Bulls


(week ending 4 June)

In this round the matches chosen for transmission were at Hull KR and Leeds. Hull KR pulled off a major surprise when they beat Superleague team Warrington Wolves.


(week ending 30 July)

Unlike earlier rounds, matches from now on will be played on neutral grounds. Huddersfield have the chance to win the Cup for the first time in 1953 when they beat this year's final opponents St Helens.

29 July 2006
  St. Helens 50–0   Hull Kingston Rovers
Jamie Lyon (18), Willie Talau (8), Jon Wilkin (8), Vinnie Anderson (4), Ade Gardner (4), Sean Long (4), Paul Wellens (4) (Report)
Galpharm Stadium, Huddersfield
Attendance: 12,868
Referee: Karl Kirkpatrick


UK Broadcasting rightsEdit

The tournament was screened in the United Kingdom by the BBC.

Round BBC live match
Round 4
Round 5
Quarter finals
Semi finals St. Helens v Hull Kingston Rovers
Leeds Rhinos v Huddersfield Giants
Final St. Helens v Huddersfield Giants

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