Warrington stun St Helens to end Challenge Cup pain

By Sports Desk August 24, 2019

Warrington Wolves upset St Helens to win the Challenge Cup with an emotional 18-4 triumph at Wembley.

St Helens came into Saturday's showpiece as favourites given they are 16 points clear of any other team in Super League, but their wait for a first cup victory since 2008 goes on.

Warrington had lost their last five matches, including one to Saints, and were playing without star man Blake Austin, but ended their recent misery in the competition to claim the trophy for a ninth time.

Wolves, who last won in 2012, had lost in the final for two of the last three years, but building a 12-point first-half lead allowed them to end that run with a surprisingly convincing victory.

Joe Philbin powered through a gap in the St Helens defence to open the scoring and, after a Lachlan Coote mistake allowed Ben Murdoch-Masila to dot down, a second Stefan Ratchford conversion had Warrington in control after 33 minutes.

Saints - who had two first-half tries ruled out - broke through for the first time midway through the second half when Theo Fages sold the dummy and touched down, but Coote missed the kick to keep his side two scores behind.

Both teams were finding the hot conditions difficult and there was no further scoring until man-of-the-match Daryl Clark broke from dummy-half to clinch the win for Warrington with eight minutes left, with Declan Patton nailing the conversion.

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