FOUR of Whitehaven's South Cumbria contingent were involved as Whitehaven stormed into the fourth round of the Challenge Cup with a 74-4 win at home to amateurs Wigan St Patricks.

Former Barrow Raiders players Matty While and Ruairi McGoff were both given starts in the two prop positions, with Sam Dowsett at hooker and his fellow former Askam amateur Tom Wilkinson on the interchange bench.

However, recent signing Ethan Kelly was unable to feature for the West Cumbrians as he was cup-tied due to playing for Millom earlier in the competition.

Kelly will be available again for the Betfred League One home game against Doncaster this Sunday though and head coach Gary Charlton has a welcome selection headache.

“There are some tough choices, some lads have put their hand up (against St Pats) to be picked next week and that’s what we need in the club, competition for places," said ex-Barrow player Charlton.

* MORGAN Knowles and his St Helens team-mates returned to the top of Super League after scoring a 26-0 win at home to London Broncos in the Friday evening encounter.

The former Barrow Island back row has started all five of Saints' games so far this season and had earned praise from head coach Justin Holbrook ahead of the match.

"He has been one of our best in the first month," Holbrook told the St Helens Star. "Obviously, Robes (James Roby) sits above him, but Morgan Knowles is not far behind him.

"Looking back at round two against Wakefield, some of the efforts he put in during that game were huge and definitely did not go unnoticed by the staff and players. He’s had a brilliant start."

* JACQUES O'Neill retained his place in the Castleford Tigers team for their Super League trip to Warrington Wolves, but unfortunately ended up on the losing team.

The hooker from Askam was again on the bench backing up Paul McShane in the 24-10 defeat, but spoke prior to the match about his ambitions having impressed on his debut the week before.

"I just need to work harder than ever now," O'Neill told the Castleford & Pontefract Observer "Macca (Paul McShane) is so good, I just need to learn off him and hopefully in a couple of years I’ll be the number nine at Cas."