Warriors to face Crusaders in cup

WIGAN Warriors will begin their defence of the Carnegie Challenge Cup against newly-formed Wrexham club North Wales Crusaders next month.

Warriors will have home advantage against the Championship One club, who are coached by former Wales boss Clive Griffiths, on the weekend of April 13-15.

Wigan head coach Shaun Wane, who was assistant to Michael Maguire when the Warriors lifted the trophy at Wembley last August, was pleased to see his side paired with third-tier opposition.

“I’m quite happy with that,” he said.

“We’ll give them the respect they deserve but it could have been a lot worse.”

Last year’s runners-up Leeds, the reigning Super League champions, will be at home to Wakefield in one of four all-Super League ties.

The other top-flight clashes see St Helens, who gained a hat-trick of cup final victories from 2006 to 2008, take on former cup kings Widnes at the Stobart Stadium, Hull KR will host Catalan Dragons and Huddersfield will go to Hull FC.

There will be another derby at Featherstone, who host top-flight neighbours Castleford, while six all-Championship ties will guarantee plenty of non-Super League representation in the last 16.

Full fourth-round draw:

London Broncos v Dewsbury.

Widnes v St Helens

Leeds v Wakefield

Whitehaven v Salford

Featherstone v Castleford

Hull FC v Huddersfield

Wigan v North Wales Crusaders

Swinton v Gateshead

Hull KR v Catalan Dragons

Bradford v Doncaster

South Wales Scorpions v Halifax

York v Sheffield Eagles

Keighley v Warrington

Leigh v Rochdale

Oldham v Barrow

Hunslet v Batley

Ties to be played on the weekend of April 13-15.