2019 Challenge Cup final

The 2019 Challenge Cup Final was the deciding game of the Rugby Football League's 2019 Challenge Cup competition, the 118th staging of the competition. The match was held at Wembley Stadium in London on 24 August 2019 with kick off at 15:00. The final was contested by the Warrington Wolves and St Helens, the first time the two sides have met in a major final.[1][2]

2019 (2019) Challenge Cup Final  ()
12 Total
WAR 126 18
STH 04 4
Date24 August 2019
StadiumWembley Stadium, London
LocationLondon, United Kingdom
Lance Todd TrophyDaryl Clark
God Save The Queen and Abide with MeRicardo Panela
RefereeRobert Hicks
Broadcast partners
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Background edit

The two sides have never met in a Challenge Cup final before. It had been 11 years since St Helens last won in the Challenge Cup Final, and despite final appearances in 2016 and 2018, Warrington have not triumphed since 2012.

Warrington came into the game on the back of five straight defeats in Super League, and with being defeated by the Catalans Dragons in last season's final. On the other hand, the Saints were leading the way at the top of the table, losing just three games all season, 2 two of which came at the London Broncos (one of those games going to golden point extra time), with the other, away to Catalans. They had not lost a home game so far in the season.

Route to the final edit

Warrington Wolves edit

Warrington escaped the sixth round with a narrow 26–24 victory over rivals Wigan. Warrington then faced Hull KR in the quarter finals winning 28 points to 22. Warrington's semi-final opposition was also a Kingston-upon-Hull side, this time Hull F.C., to which they secured their most comfortable win en route to the final.

Round Opposition Score
6th   Wigan Warriors (H) 26–24
QF   Hull KR (A) 28–22
SF   Hull F.C. (N) 22–14

St Helens edit

St Helens faced Super League side Huddersfield Giants in the sixth round, beating them 22–16. A 48–10 thrashing of Wakefield Trinity in the quarter finals saw the Saints progress to the semis where they faced Championship side Halifax and getting a comfortable victory to progress to the final.

Round Opposition Score
6th   Huddersfield Giants (A) 22–16
QF   Wakefield Trinity (H) 48–10
SF   Halifax (N) 26–2

Match details edit

Saturday, 24 August
3:00pm (BST)
Warrington Wolves   18 – 4   St Helens
Tries: Joe Philbin (26')
Ben Murdoch-Masila (34')
Daryl Clark (72')
Goals: Stefan Ratchford
(27', 34') 2/2
Declan Patton (72) 1/1[3]
Tries: Theo Fages (55')
Goals: Lachlan Coote 0/1[3]
Wembley Stadium, London
Attendance: 62,717
Referee:   Robert Hicks

Teams edit

Warrington Wolves Position St Helens
1 Stefan Ratchford Fullback 23 Lachlan Coote
2 Tom Lineham Wing 2 Tommy Makinson
3 Bryson Goodwin Centre 3 Kevin Naiqama
18 Toby King Centre 4 Mark Percival
5 Josh Charnley Wing 5 Regan Grace
11 Ben Currie Stand-off 1 Jonny Lomax
15 Declan Patton Scrum-half 6 Theo Fages
8 Chris Hill Prop 8 Alex Walmsley
9 Daryl Clark Hooker 9 James Roby
10 Mike Cooper Prop 10 Luke Thompson
13 Ben Murdoch-Masila Second-row 11 Zeb Taia
12 Jack Hughes Second-row 17 Dominique Peyroux
14 Jason Clark Loose forward 15 Morgan Knowles
19 Sitaleki Akauola interchange 13 Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook
17 Joe Philbin interchange 16 Kyle Amor
23 Matt Davis interchange 20 Jack Ashworth
22 Jake Mamo interchange 12 Joseph Paulo
Steve Price Coach Justin Holbrook

References edit

  1. ^ Willacy, Gavin (27 August 2019). "The Challenge Cup final had it all: glee, gloom, globalism ... and gross ads". The Guardian.
  2. ^ "Challenge Cup final: Warrington Wolves beat St Helens 18-4". BBC Sport. 22 August 2019. Retrieved 12 January 2021.
  3. ^ a b "Challenge Cup final: Warrington Wolves beat St Helens at Wembley". Sky Sports. Retrieved 12 January 2021.

External links edit

Official website