2001 Challenge Cup – Wikipedia

The 2001 Challenge Cup (officially known as the 2001 Silk Cut Challenge Cup for sponsorship reasons) is a rugby league football tournament which began its preliminary stages in December 2000 and ended with the final on 28 April 2001.

Bradford Bulls were the reigning champions, following their 24–18 victory over Leeds Rhinos in the 2000 Challenge Cup at Murrayfield Stadium.

Round 1[edit]

Ties were scheduled to be played over the weekend of 2–3 December 2000, although two matches did not take place until 9 and 16 December.

Round 2[edit]

Ties were due to be played over the weekend of 16–17 December 2000 but the round was not completed until 13 January 2001.


A.^ After extra time

Round 3[edit]

Ties were played over the weekend of 26–28 January 2001.

Round 4[edit]

Ties were played between 10–14 February 2001

Home Score Away Match Information
Date and Time Venue Referee Attendance
St. Helens 22–8 Wigan Warriors 10 February 2001 Knowsley Road Stuart Cummings 13,593
Barrow Border Raiders 4–56 Halifax Blue Sox 11 February 2001 Craven Park Richard Silverwood 2,160
Bradford Bulls 54–10 Widnes Vikings 11 February 2001 Odsal Stadium Ian Smith 7,760
Dewsbury Rams 4–18 Castleford Tigers 11 February 2001 Ram Stadium Karl Kirkpatrick 3,384
Doncaster Dragons 14–12 Sheffield Eagles 11 February 2001 Belle Vue John Farrell 1,344
Huddersfield Giants 28–6 Featherstone Rovers 11 February 2001 Alfred McAlpine Stadium Steve Ganson 2,527
Keighley Cougars 20–34 Hull F.C. 11 February 2001 Cougar Park Robert Connolly 4,401
Leigh Centurions 16–12 Salford City Reds 11 February 2001 Hilton Park Russell Smith 6,408
London Broncos 44–6 Batley Bulldogs 11 February 2001 Broadfield Stadium Steve Addy 1,204
Swinton Lions 10–106 Leeds Rhinos 11 February 2001 Gigg Lane Colin Morris 3,239
Warrington Wolves 48–6 Woolston Rovers 11 February 2001 Wilderspool Stadium Steve Nicholson 6,008
Workington Town 6–56 Wakefield Trinity Wildcats 11 February 2001 Derwent Park Paul Lee 1,710
York Wasps 8–22 Villeneuve Leopards 11 February 2001 Huntingdon Stadium Julian King 471
Oldham R.L.F.C. 17–6 Hull Kingston Rovers 13 February 2001 Boundary Park 2,008
Rochdale Hornets 38–4 Hunslet Hawks 13 February 2001 Spotland Stadium Nick Oddy 605
Gateshead Thunder 0–56 Whitehaven 14 February 2001 Gateshead International Stadium

Round 5[edit]

The fifth round fixtures were played over the weekend of 24–25 February 2001.

Quarter finals[edit]

The quarter finals was played over the weekend of 9–11 March 2001

Semi finals[edit]

The ties were played on 31 March and 1 April 2001.


The 100th Challenge Cup final was played on 28 April 2001 and was the first to be played at Twickenham Stadium. Hear’Say performed before the match. St Helen’s stand off Sean Long was the winner of the Lance Todd Trophy.[8]


Bradford Bulls 6–13 St. Helens
Goal: H Paul (2)
Drop goal: H Paul
Try: Martyn, Cunningham
Goal: Long (2)
Drop goal: Martyn


St Helens: Paul Wellens, Sean Hoppe, Kevin Iro, Paul Newlove, Anthony Sullivan; Tommy Martyn, Sean Long, David Fairleigh, Keiron Cunningham, Sonny Nickle, Chris Joynt (c), Peter Shiels, Paul Sculthorpe
Subs: Steve Hall, Anthony Stewart, Vila Matautia, Tim Jonkers Coach: Ian Millward

Bradford: Michael Withers, Tevita Vaikona, Scott Naylor, Shane Rigon, Leon Pryce, Henry Paul, Robbie Paul (c), Joe Vagana, James Lowes, Brian McDermott, Jamie Peacock, Daniel Gartner, Mike Forshaw
Subs: Paul Deacon, Paul Anderson, Lee Gilmour, Stuart Fielden Coach: Brian Noble

UK Broadcasting rights[edit]

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

External links[edit]