Pilks cup clash hit by bad weather

Pilkington Recs Challenge Cup fourth round match against Coventry Bears yesterday (Sunday) was one of several ties called off over the weekends and steps are now under way to rearrange the fixture.

Monday, 19th March 2018, 11:00 am

The pitch at the Butts Park Arena and the stands were covered in snow, so it was decided to take the safer option and postpone the game, especially considering more snow had been predicted in the Midlands.

Coventry’s managing director Alan Robinson, who posted a video on the club web site more suited to the front of a Christmas card than a rugby pitch,, said: ‘’The wind chill must be minus nine which is ridiculous and we had no alternative to call it off.’’

The fifth round draw, which will include Warrington Wolves, Widnes Vikings, Hull KR and Catalans Dragons, is due to be made on Tuesday night at 7pm and will be live on the BBC Sports website.

To mark the launch of the 2018 Women’s Super League campaign, Wigan Warriors Women’s Captain Gemma Walsh and St Helens Ladies scrum-half Faye Gaskin will conduct the 7.00pm)..

Former England Women’s captain Walsh played in the 2005, 2008 and 2013 Women’s Rugby League World Cups and has made 15 appearances for the national side. Domestically, she played for Featherstone Rovers Ladies (formerly Wakefield Panthers) for over 15 years and a number of games for Thatto Heath Ladies in 2017 before coming out of retirement to join her hometown club, Wigan Warriors, ahead of the 2018 season.

Gaskin, who has six caps for England Women, including appearances in the 2017 Women’s Rugby League World Cup against The Cook Islands, Australia Jillaroos and their semi-final tie against the Kiwi Ferns. Gaskin will play at St Helens Ladies, formerly Thatto Heath Ladies, during 2018.