The 2023 Women's Challenge Cup Final was the 11th final of rugby league's Women's Challenge Cup knock-out competition. The 2023 final marked the first time the final of the Women's Challenge Cup had been played at Wembley. The final was a repeat of the 2022 final with defending champions St Helens taking on last season's runners-up Leeds Rhinos.
|2023Women's Challenge Cup Final|
|Date||12 August 2023, 12:00|
|Location||London, United Kingdom|
|Player of the Match||Jodie Cunningham (St Helens)|
|God Save The King and Abide with Me||Lizzie Jones|
The cup was won by St Helens, who won their third consecutive cup final, defeating Leeds Rhinos 22–8. St Helens captain, Jodie Cunningham was named player of the match.
St Helens are two times defending champions of the Challenge Cup having won in 2021 and 2022. They also won the tournament four times in a row between 2013 and 2016. Upon gaining their place in the final St Helens were second in Super League behind their semi-final opponents York Valkyrie.
Leeds Rhinos entered the final aiming to avenge their 2022 defeat to St Helens. They last won the competition in 2019 retaining it after their 2018 victory. Upon qualification Leeds were in third place in Super League, one place and one point behind St Helens.
Route to the final edit
St Helens edit
|Group Stage||London Broncos||The Rock||76–0|
|Castleford Tigers||Wheldon Road||106–0|
|Warrington Wolves||Totally Wicked Stadium||36–4|
|Quarter-final||Warrington Wolves||Totally Wicked Stadium||36–0|
|Semi-final||York Valkyrie||Halliwell Jones Stadium||17–16|
Leeds Rhinos edit
|Group Stage||Bradford Bulls||Weetwood Sports Park||72–0|
|Oulton Raidettes||Oulton forefitted game|
|Huddersfield Giants||Laund Hill||54–0|
Match details edit
Saturday, 12 August
|Leeds Rhinos||8–22||St Helens|
|Tries: Robinson (25')
||Tries: Jones (13') |
Goals: Taylor (3/5) 13', 15', 64' (penalty)
|Leeds Rhinos||Position||St Helens|
|Ruby Enright||31||Fullback||6||Zoe Harris|
|Sophie Nuttall||5||Wing||28||Phoebe Hook|
|Hanna Butcher (c)||4||Centre||11||Paige Travis|
|Caitlin Beevers||3||Centre||2||Luci McColm|
|Sophie Robinson||2||Wing||3||Eboni Partington|
|Caitlin Casey||26||Stand off||21||Amy Taylor|
|Jenna Greening||24||Scrum half||7||Faye Gaskin|
|Dannielle Anderson 19'||10||Prop forward||10||Chantelle Crowl|
|Jasmine Cudjoe 34' 58'||15||Hooker||9||Tara Jones|
|Zoe Hornby 36' 58'||8||Prop forward||17||Philippa Birchall|
|Lucy Murray||28||Second row||8||Shona Hoyle|
|Amy Hardcastle||11||Second row||12||Emily Rudge|
|Bethan Dainton||12||Loose forward||13||Jodie Cunningham (c)|
|Elle Frain 36' 58'||19||Interchange||4||Naomi Williams|
|Eloise Hayward||21||Interchange||14||Vicky Whitfield|
|Tara Moxon 34' 58'||20||Interchange||15||Lucie Sams|
|Izzy Northrop 19'||18||Interchange||19||Katie Mottershead|
|Bethany Lockwood||16||Concussion substitute||1||Rebecca Rotheram|
|Lois Forsell||Coach||Matty Smith|
Post match edit
Following both the women's and men's challenge cup final, Wembley will host the Year 7 boys schools' final and the final of the 2023 1895 Cup. The 1895 Cup Final saw Halifax Panthers beat Batley Bulldogs 12–10. The men's final saw Leigh Leopards beat Hull KR 17–16.
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