23 Aug 2019

Can Warrington beat Saints?

Warrington Wolves will face St Helens at the weekend in the Challenge Cup Final.

Warrington Wolves will return to Wembley for the second year running when they face rivals St Helens in the Challenge Cup Final. 

Last year, Warrington fell to Catalans Dragons in the final, who became the first ever French side to win the cup. 

This season, Saints have been the dominant force in Super League, and dominant Warrington. Justin Holbrook’s men have beat The Wire in all three league games, arguably, victory for Warrington in the Challenge Cup will make up for those losses.

Saints have a lot of history in the Challenge Cup, in fact, they were in the first final back in 1897, they lost to Batley. 

St Helens last win in the Challenge Cup final was in 2008, when they defeated Hull FC, James Roby is the only remaining player that played in that game.

Ade Gardner, played for Saints on that day, but on Saturday he’ll be in the Warrington camp as Head of Performance. 

The day will be even more significant for Justin Holbrook, it’ll be the last chance to get his hands on the Challenge Cup, he leaves Super League to take up a job in the NRL with Gold Coast Titans. 

Super Bennie Westwood has been a bit-part player for Steve Price’s men this season, however, he’s made the 19-man squad, and this will be his fifth appearance at all five of Warrington’s Wembley finals in the 21stcentury.

Price will be sweating on the fitness of Josh Charnley, Mike Cooper is named in the squad after rupturing his testicle only two weeks ago in Catalans, while their superstar, Blake Austin misses out with an ankle injury. 

Young Saints hooker, Aaron Smith, will be disappointed to be missing out on the final after he picked up a two-match ban, he’s been an integral part in Saints’ campaign this season, stepping in for James Roby. 

Warrington Wolves Squad:Sitaleki Akauola, Josh Charnley, Daryl Clark, Jason Clark, Mike Cooper, Ben Currie, Matt Davis, Bryson Goodwin, Chris Hill, Jack Hughes, Toby King, Tom Lineham, Harvey Livett, Jake Mamo, Ben Murdoch-Masila, Dec Patton, Joe Philbin, Stefan Ratchford, Ben Westwood

St Helens Squad: Jonny Lomax, Tommy Makinson, Kevin Naiqama, Mark Percival, Regan Grace, Theo Fages, Danny Richardson, Alex Walmsley, James Roby, Luke Thompson, Zeb Taia, Joseph Paulo, Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, Morgan Knowles, Kyle Amor, Dominique Peyroux, Jack Ashworth, James Bentley, Lachlan Coote 


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