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Kelloggs Challenge Cup 01/02






Kellogg’s Nutri-Grain Challenge Cup 2002

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THE road to the 2002 Kellogg's Nutri-Grain Rugby League Challenge Cup final at Murrayfield began, appropriately, in the Scottish capital when Edinburgh Eagles played leading English amateur side Leigh East in the first-round tie.

Melvin Hart in combat
Edinburgh Eagles star Melvin Hart in combat against Leigh East.

The Edinburgh side beat Glasgow Bulls 30-16 in the Scottish Grand Final at Burnbrae to qualify for the Challenge Cup for the second time. Edinburgh's previous quest was against Woolston Rovers in 1999.  Eagles ran out of time on that occasion, losing 17-12 after trailing 16-0.

Against the National Conference Premier Division side, Eagles found themselves battling heavy odds from the start as Leigh East ran in three tries within eight minutes and were 40-0 down at the interval.  They did manage to get two consolation scores through loose forward Chris O’Neill, who kicked forward near the visitors’ line and pounced for a try and winger Andy Dalgleish, who got the home crowd roaring with a magnificent try started well inside his own half as he outpaced pursuers to score in the left corner.

The home side drew respectful remarks from Leigh East, but the  68-10 defeat at Wardie, home of Broughton Rugby Union club, meant that it would be the north of England side who advanced in the Kellogg’s Nutri-Grain Rugby League Challenge Cup.

The Challenge Cup Final was last played at Murrayfield, the home of the Scottish Rugby Union, in
2000 when Bradford Bulls defeated  Leeds Rhinos 24-18.

The Rugby Football League has also unveiled the new Challenge Cup, a replica of the old trophy which was presented for the 100th and last time when St Helens beat Bradford in April.  The 2002 new cup, unveiled at Edinburgh Castle, will make its debut in the 101st Challenge Cup final at Murrayfield on Saturday 27 April, 2002.

If you are planning on going to the 2002 Final, tickets can be obtained by calling the ticket hotline on 0113 232 9444.

Packages for the big day are available from

Edinburgh welcomes you and hope you have a great time, and regardless of who you support, win lose or draw, you are guaranteed a warm friendly Scottish welcome.

The only problem with choosing which post-match watering hole to frequent is when trying to narrow down the choice. A good starting point is to opt for the infamous crawl down the many pubs on Rose Street, or frequent the Grassmarket directly behind the Castle. Such tactics often start before kick-off, paving way for completion after full-time.


Murrayfield is two miles from the City Centre, where on match day fans make the pilgrimage on foot to the stadium via the Haymarket. Due to the sheer volume of people, travel by train to the Waverley station is advised instead of by car, then make the final journey with the swelling masses on foot.

If landing at Edinburgh airport, head for the City Centre going through the Maybury junction traffic lights. Continue along the Corstorphine Road past Edinburgh Zoo and turn right into Roseburn Street after approximately two miles. The Stadium is on the right.

Haste ye back!!


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