Jack Welsby's brilliance set up what turned out to be Tommy Makinson's match-winning try in the right corner
Jack Welsby’s brilliance set up what turned out to be Tommy Makinson’s match-winning try in the right corner
Castleford Tigers (12) 12
Tries: Evalds, Trueman Goals: O’Brien 2
St Helens (6) 26
Tries: Fages, Roby, Makinson, Amor Goals: Coote 3 Pens: 2

St Helens won the Challenge Cup for the first time in 13 years as they overturned a half-time deficit to beat Daryl Powell’s Castleford.

In his final season as Cas boss, this looked to be Powell’s best hope of finally claiming some silverware.

Cas offered hope as they overcame Theo Fages’ early try with first-half scores from Niall Evalds and Jake Trueman.

But tries from James Roby, Tommy Makinson and Kyle Amor late on secured Saints’ 13th Challenge Cup triumph.

Reigning Super League champions Saints had not won at Wembley since beating Hull FC in 2008, for their third consecutive success in the famous old trophy.

One positive on a scorching day in north-west London for Cas, who remain without a Wembley Challenge Cup triumph since 1986, was that one of their players was voted man of the match.

The Lance Todd Trophy, voted for by the Rugby League Writers’ Association, went to Cas full-back Evalds – consolation for the former Salford man, beaten here by Leeds in the 2020 final last October, for being on the losing side for the second successive year.

More to follow . . .

Castleford: Evalds; Olpherts, Mata’utia, Shenton, Turner; O’Brien, Trueman; Millington, McShane, Griffin, Holmes, Sene-Lefao, Massey.

Interchange: Watts, Milner, Foster, Smith.

St Helens: Coote; Makinson, Naiqama, Percival, Grace; Lomax, Fages; Walmsley, Roby, McCarthy-Scarsbrook, Thompson, Batchelor, Knowles.

Interchange: Lees, Amor, Paasi, Welsby.

Referee: Liam Moore.

Source: BBC

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