JOHN Kear wants to welcome Leeds Rhinos to a sold-out Odsal in the last-16 of the Coral Challenge Cup after his side staged a remarkable comeback.

The Bulls looked dead and buried at 26-8 down with nine minutes left to Featherstone Rovers today until converted tries from Dalton Grant, David Foggin-Johnston and Jordan Lilley forced the game into extra time.

And it was Lilley himself who booked Bulls into tomorrow night's sixth-round draw with a dramatic 40-metre drop goal to secure an amazing 27-26 victory at Odsal.

Kear said: "Leeds at home next would fill the ground and would be a money-spinner for the club.

"It's the magic of this competition. What a game.

"I didn't think we would give them an 18-point head start. For 65 minutes Featherstone were the better team.

"The comeback is testament to the spirit in the group. It just shows that we have got a bit of momentum."

Kear had particular praise for Elliot Minchella for the key role he played in the triumph which will go down in Bulls folklore.

Minchella kicked a tough conversion from the touchline to take the tie into extra-time and Kear said: "Elliot had nerves of steel. He was our best player by a country mile.

"In practice on Saturday, Jordan Lilley couldn't hit a barn door, but he did it from 40 metres.

"I told them in the dressing room afterwards that they would have got the biggest telling off since I've been here for the performance today.

"There was no better entertainment anywhere in the country between 3pm and 5pm on Sunday.

"The Featherstone lads will be absolutely gutted by that. But they have to take the positives from it.

"Featherstone had two tries at the golden point drop goal and we had one and nailed it.

"The team are just finding ways to win. I would prefer it not to be that way though. I have to give a pat on the back to our conditioning staff as we never tired.

"I'm going to have a couple of pints tonight."

Now all Bulls' eyes are on the draw, as the club's head coach - who praised returning forward Ross Peltier as he made his comeback from a shoulder injury in pre-season - eyes up a lucrative derby against their Super League neighbours.

Rhinos stormed into the sixth round with a 78-6 home win over Leon Pryce's League One side Workington Town on Friday night.

They will be added to the remaining eight Super League clubs to join this year's Challenge Cup at the sixth-round stage. These clashes will be played between May 9 and 12.