2011 National League Cup

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2011 National League Cup
League Championship Cup
Number of teams 20
2011 Season
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The 2011 Championship Cup, named the 2011 Northern Rail Cup due to sponsorship from Northern Rail, is a rugby league football competition for clubs in Great Britain's Co-operative Championship and Championship One, formerly known as the Rugby League National Leagues. The 2011 edition of the cup was the 10th time that the competition was held. Leigh Centurions won the competition for a record 3rd time after a thrilling final against Halifax RLFC.

Format[edit]

The twenty teams are split up into two pools.

Pool A: Featherstone Rovers, Doncaster, London Skolars, Widnes Vikings, Toulouse Olympique, York City Knights, Keighley Cougars, Barrow Raiders, Rochdale Hornets, Dewsbury Rams.

Pool B: Swinton Lions, Halifax RLFC, Batley Bulldogs, Leigh Centurions, Gateshead Thunder, Sheffield Eagles, Oldham, Hunslet Hawks, Workington Town, Whitehaven RLFC.

Each team will play two home games and two away games against teams in their pool. The top four teams in each pool following the conclusion of the group stage fixtures will then progress into an open draw for the knock-out quarter-final stage. The competition will start on 5 February.

Toulouse Olympique will compete in this competition for the first time after the withdrawal of Blackpool Panthers who have entered administration. The South Wales Scorpions will not compete. [1]

2011 Competition results[edit]

Pool 1[edit]

Round 1[edit]

Home Score Away Match Information
Date & Time Referee Venue Attendance
Fevcolours.svg Featherstone Rovers 54 – 10 Doncaster colours.svg Doncaster RLFC 4 February, 19:30 GMT Big Fellas Stadium 1,223
ToulouseRLcolours.PNG Toulouse Olympique 40 – 38 Ramscolours.svg Dewsbury Rams 5 February, 16:00 GMT Arnaune Stadium 800
Skolscolours.svg London Skolars 18 – 62 Widnes colours.svgWidnes Vikings 6 February, 15:00 GMT New River Stadium 643
Cougscolours.svg Keighley Cougars 24 – 6 Rochdale colours.svg Rochdale Hornets 6 February, 15:00 GMT Cougar Park 627
Barrowcolours.svg Barrow Raiders 24 – 20 Yorkcolours.svg York City Knights 6 February, 14:00 GMT The Furness Heating Components Stadium 1,305

Round 2[edit]

Home Score Away Match Information
Date & Time Referee Venue Attendance
Widnes colours.svg Widnes Vikings 44 – 28 ToulouseRLcolours.PNG Toulouse Olympique 12 February, 18:00 GMT Stobart Stadium Halton 2,376
Doncaster colours.svg Doncaster RLFC 32 – 4 Broncoscolours.png London Skolars 13 February, 15:00 GMT Keepmoat Stadium -
Yorkcolours.svgYork City Knights 22 – 32 Fevcolours.svg Featherstone Rovers 13 February, 15:00 GMT Huntington Stadium 1,387
Ramscolours.svg Dewsbury Rams 14 – 0 Cougscolours.svg Keighley Cougars 13 February, 15:00 GMT Tetley's Stadium 758
Rochdale colours.svg Rochdale Hornets 18 – 30 Barrowcolours.svg Barrow Raiders 13 February, 15:00 GMT Spotland Stadium -

Round 3[edit]

Home Score Away Match Information
Date & Time Referee Venue Attendance
Cougscolours.svg Keighley Cougars 22 - 36 ToulouseRLcolours.PNG Toulouse Olympique 19 February, 18:00 GMT Cougar Park 513
Skolscolours.svgLondon Skolars 16 - 16 Yorkcolours.svg York City Knights 20 February, 15:00 GMT New River Stadium 264
Doncaster colours.svg Doncaster RLFC 18 - 30 Ramscolours.svg Dewsbury Rams 20 February, 15:00 GMT Keepmoat Stadium 555
Widnes colours.svg Widnes Vikings 50 - 10 Rochdale colours.svg Rochdale Hornets 20 February, 15:00 GMT Stobart Stadium Halton 3,155
Barrowcolours.svg Barrow Raiders 22 - 28 Fevcolours.svg Featherstone Rovers 20 February, 14:00 GMT The Furness Heating Components Stadium 1,852

Round 4[edit]

Home Score Away Match Information
Date & Time Referee Venue Attendance
ToulouseRLcolours.PNG Toulouse Olympique 34 - 22 Skolscolours.svgLondon Skolars 26 February, 15:00 GMT Arnaune Stadium 998
Fevcolours.svg Featherstone Rovers 16 – 22 Widnes colours.svg Widnes Vikings 26 February, 18:00 GMT Big Fellas Stadium 1,719
Rochdale colours.svg Rochdale Hornets 36 - 40 Doncaster colours.svg Doncaster RLFC 27 February, 15:00 GMT Spotland Stadium 442
Yorkcolours.svg York City Knights 28 - 22 Cougscolours.svg Keighley Cougars 27 February, 15:00 GMT Huntington Stadium 748
Ramscolours.svg Dewsbury Rams 16 - 12 Barrowcolours.svg Barrow Raiders 27 February, 15:00 GMT Tetley's Stadium 911

Pool 1 Qualification Table[edit]

2011 Northern Rail Cup: Pool 1
PLD W D L PF PA PD BP PTS
1 Widnes colours.svg Widnes Vikings 4 4 0 0 178 72 +106 0 12
2 Fevcolours.svg Featherstone Rovers 4 3 0 1 130 76 +54 1 10
3 Ramscolours.svg Dewsbury Rams 4 3 0 1 98 70 +28 1 10
4 ToulouseRLcolours.PNG Toulouse Olympique 4 3 0 1 138 126 +12 0 9
5 Barrowcolours.svg Barrow Raiders 4 2 0 2 88 82 +6 2 8
6 Yorkcolours.svg York City Knights 4 1 1 2 86 94 −8 2 7
7 Doncaster colours.svg Doncaster RLFC 4 2 0 2 100 124 -24 1 7
8 Cougscolours.svg Keighley Cougars 4 1 0 3 68 84 −16 1 4
9 Skolscolours.svg London Skolars 4 0 1 3 60 144 −84 1 3
10 Rochdale colours.svg Rochdale Hornets 4 0 0 4 70 144 −74 2 2
  Teams qualifying for the next round

Source: Northern Rail Cup Table – The RFL[1]
Classification: 1st on competition points; 2nd on match points difference.
Competition Points: For win = 3; For draw = 2; For loss by 12 points or fewer = 1

Pool 2[edit]

Round 1[edit]

Home Score Away Match Information
Date & Time Referee Venue Attendance
Swintoncolours.svg Swinton Lions 22 - 28 Faxcolours.svg Halifax RLFC 4 February, 20:00 GMT The Willows 1,000
Oldhamcolours.svg Oldham Roughyeds 28 - 22 Hunsletcolours.svg Hunslet Hawks 6 February, 15:00 GMT Whitebank Stadium 685
Gthundercolours.svg Gateshead Thunder 20 - 32 Sheffeagles colours.svg Sheffield Eagles 6 February, 15:00 GMT Gateshead International Stadium 444
Batley colours.svg Batley Bulldogs 4 - 24 Leigh colours.svg Leigh Centurions 6 February, 14:00 GMT Mount Pleasant 1,072
Haven colours.svg Whitehaven RLFC 18 - 28 Workingtoncolours.svg Workington Town 8 February, 19:30 GMT Recreation Ground 1,005

Round 2[edit]

Home Score Away Match Information
Date & Time Referee Venue Attendance
Workingtoncolours.svg Workington Town 82 - 0 Gthundercolours.svg Gateshead Thunder 13 February, 15:00 GMT Derwent Park 381
Sheffeagles colours.svg Sheffield Eagles 16 - 16 Haven colours.svg Whitehaven RLFC 13 February, 15:00 GMT Bramall Lane 727
Leigh colours.svg Leigh Centurions 42 - 22 Swintoncolours.svg Swinton Lions 13 February, 15:00 GMT Leigh Sports Village 1,623
Faxcolours.svg Halifax RLFC 50 - 10 Oldhamcolours.svg Oldham Roughyeds 13 February, 15:00 GMT The Shay 2,027
Hunsletcolours.svg Hunslet Hawks 8 - 12 Batley colours.svg Batley Bulldogs 13 February, 15:00 GMT South Leeds Stadium 666

Round 3[edit]

Home Score Away Match Information
Date & Time Referee Venue Attendance
Swintoncolours.svg Swinton Lions 29 - 20 Oldhamcolours.svg Oldham Roughyeds 20 February, 15:00 GMT The Willows 776
Leigh colours.svg Leigh Centurions 68 - 6 Sheffeagles colours.svg Sheffield Eagles 20 February, 15:00 GMT Leigh Sports Village 1,520
Hunsletcolours.svg Hunslet Hawks 30 - 0 Workingtoncolours.svg Workington Town 20 February, 15:00 GMT South Leeds Stadium 379
Batley colours.svg Batley Bulldogs 60 - 6 Gthundercolours.svg Gateshead Thunder 20 February, 14:00 GMT Mount Pleasant Stadium 612
Haven colours.svg Whitehaven RLFC 6 - 60 Faxcolours.svg Halifax RLFC 16 March, 19:30 GMT Recreation Ground 771

Round 4[edit]

Home Score Away Match Information
Date & Time Referee Venue Attendance
Workingtoncolours.svg Workington Town 12 - 42 Leigh colours.svg Leigh Centurions 27 February, 15:00 GMT Derwent Park 592
Oldhamcolours.svg Oldham Roughyeds 4 - 14 Haven colours.svg Whitehaven RLFC 27 February, 15:00 GMT Whitebank Stadium 544
Gthundercolours.svg Gateshead Thunder 4 - 76 Swintoncolours.svg Swinton Lions 27 February, 15:00 GMT Gateshead International Stadium 323
Sheffeagles colours.svg Sheffield Eagles 12 - 16 Hunsletcolours.svg Hunslet Hawks 27 February, 15:00 GMT Bramall Lane 854
Faxcolours.svg Halifax RLFC 25 - 26 Batley colours.svg Batley Bulldogs 27 February, 15:00 GMT The Shay 1,968

Pool 2 Qualification Table[edit]

2011 Northern Rail Cup: Pool 2
PLD W D L PF PA PD BP PTS
1 Leigh colours.svg Leigh Centurions 4 4 0 0 176 44 +132 0 12
2 Faxcolours.svg Halifax RLFC 4 3 0 1 163 64 +99 1 10
3 Batley colours.svg Batley Bulldogs 4 3 0 1 102 63 +39 0 9
4 Hunsletcolours.svg Hunslet Hawks 4 2 0 2 76 52 24 2 8
5 Swintoncolours.svg Swinton Lions 4 2 0 2 149 94 +55 1 7
6 Workingtoncolours.svg Workington Town 4 2 0 2 122 90 +32 0 6
7 Sheffeagles colours.svg Sheffield Eagles 4 1 1 2 66 120 -54 1 6
8 Haven colours.svg Whitehaven RLFC 4 1 1 2 54 108 −54 1 6
9 Oldhamcolours.svg Oldham Roughyeds 4 1 0 3 62 115 −53 2 5
10 Gthundercolours.svg Gateshead Thunder 4 0 0 4 30 250 −220 1 1
  Teams qualifying for the next round

Source: Northern Rail Cup Table – The RFL[1]
Classification: 1st on competition points; 2nd on match points difference.
Competition Points: For win = 3; For draw = 2; For loss by 12 points or fewer = 1

Finals[edit]

Finals Tournament Bracket[edit]

Quarter-finals Semi-finals Final
                 
H Leigh colours.svg Leigh Centurions 50
A Widnes colours.svg Widnes Vikings 18
H Fevcolours.svg Featherstone Rovers 30
A Faxcolours.svg Halifax RLFC 31
H Hunsletcolours.svg Hunslet Hawks 12
A Fevcolours.svg Featherstone Rovers 50
H Faxcolours.svg Halifax RLFC 16
A Leigh colours.svg Leigh Centurions 20
H ToulouseRLcolours.PNG Toulouse Olympique XIII 26
A Faxcolours.svg Halifax RLFC 36
H Leigh colours.svg Leigh Centurions 44
A Ramscolours.svg Dewsbury Rams 10
H Ramscolours.svg Dewsbury Rams 38
A Batley colours.svg Batley Bulldogs 22

Quarter-finals[edit]

Home Score Away Match Information
Date & Time Referee Venue Attendance
Leigh colours.svg Leigh Centurions 50 – 18 Widnes colours.svg Widnes Vikings 19:30, 7 April 2011 Leigh Sports Village 2,737
Hunsletcolours.svg Hunslet Hawks 12 – 50 Fevcolours.svg Featherstone Rovers 20:00 8 April 2011 South Leeds Stadium 877
ToulouseRLcolours.PNG Toulouse Olympique 26 – 36 Faxcolours.svg Halifax RLFC 19:00 9 April 2011 Stade de Minimes 850
Ramscolours.svg Dewsbury Rams 38 – 22 Batley colours.svg Batley Bulldogs 15:00 10 April 2011 Tetley's Stadium 1,643

Semi-finals[edit]

The semi-finals took place on 16 and 19 June with Sky Sports broadcasting the Featherstone v Halifax game live on Thursday 16 June.

Home Score Away Match Information
Date & Time Referee Venue Attendance
Fevcolours.svg Featherstone Rovers 30 – 31 Faxcolours.svg Halifax RLFC Thursday 16 June 2011, 19:30 KO Gareth Hewer Big Fellas Stadium 1,987[2]
Leigh colours.svg Leigh Centurions 44 – 10 Ramscolours.svg Dewsbury Rams Sunday 19 June 2011, 15:00 KO Matt Thompson Leigh Sports Village 2,234[3]

Final[edit]

The Northern Rail Cup Final took place at Bloomfield Road, Blackpool on Sunday 17 July at 17:00 GMT live on Sky Sports 3. The Match was contested by Halifax RLFC and Leigh Centurions.

This was Halifax's first appearance in the National League Cup final and was he fourth time Leigh have appeared in the final after making the finals in 2003 and winning the final in 2004 & 2006.

The game was won by Leigh 20 points to 16 with Leigh scoring in the final minute thanks to Tom Armstrong.[4] The victory fulfils the on-field criteria that clubs must meet to be allowed to apply for a Super League licence for the 2015–17 period. Leigh Centurions have become the first club to have won the competition on 3 occasions.

Home Score Away Match Information
Date & Time Referee Venue Attendance
Halifax RLFC Faxcolours.svg 16 - 20 Leigh Centurions Leigh colours.svg Sunday, 17 July 2011, 17:00 KO Matt Thomason Bloomfield Road, Blackpool 8,522[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Northern Rail Cup Table". RFL. 
  2. ^ "RFL Match Report: Featherstone 30 - 31 Halifax". The RFL. 16 June 2011. Archived from the original on 18 July 2011. 
  3. ^ "RFL Match Report: Leigh 44 - 10 Dewsbury". The RFL. 19 June 2011. Archived from the original on 18 July 2011. 
  4. ^ a b "RFL Match Report: Halifax 16 - 20 Leigh". The RFL. 17 July 2011. Archived from the original on 18 July 2011. 

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