St Helens 50 v 0 Hull Kingston Rovers

DATE
COMPETITION
VENUEATTENDANCE(HT)
29th Jul 2006
PCCSF
NEUTRAL
12868
HT:0-24
MATCH NOTES : Match played at Galpharm Stadium, Huddersfield - conditions dry and warm. Saints moved to their fourth Challenge Cup Final in six years. Paul Wellens scored his 100th try for the Saints.

1

Paul Wellens

AGE 26
TRIES 1
GOALS 0
DROP GOALS 0

2

Ade Gardner

AGE 23
TRIES 1
GOALS 0
DROP GOALS 0

3

Jamie Lyon

AGE 24
TRIES 1
GOALS 7
DROP GOALS 0

4

Willie Talau

AGE 30
TRIES 2
GOALS 0
DROP GOALS 0

5

Francis Meli

AGE 27
TRIES 0
GOALS 0
DROP GOALS 0

6

Leon Pryce

AGE 24
TRIES 0
GOALS 0
DROP GOALS 0

7

Sean Long

AGE 29
TRIES 1
GOALS 0
DROP GOALS 0

8

Paul Anderson

AGE 34
TRIES 0
GOALS 0
DROP GOALS 0

9

Keiron Cunningham

AGE 29
TRIES 0
GOALS 0
DROP GOALS 0

10

Jason Cayless

AGE 26
TRIES 0
GOALS 0
DROP GOALS 0

11

Jon Wilkin

AGE 22
TRIES 2
GOALS 0
DROP GOALS 0

12

James Graham

AGE 20
TRIES 0
GOALS 0
DROP GOALS 0

13

Vinnie Anderson

AGE 27
TRIES 1
GOALS 0
DROP GOALS 0

14

James Roby

AGE 20
TRIES 0
GOALS 0
DROP GOALS 0

15

Nick Fozzard

AGE 29
TRIES 0
GOALS 0
DROP GOALS 0

16

Lee Gilmour

AGE 28
TRIES 0
GOALS 0
DROP GOALS 0

17

Maurie Fa'asavalu

AGE 26
TRIES 0
GOALS 0
DROP GOALS 0

Age in brackets is at time of match - Total average age for this team is 26.


MATCH REPORT


MATCH REPORT : A display of overwhelming skill and athleticism saw Saints brush aside Hull KR as they crusied to their fourth Challenge Cup Final in six years.

Saints have lifted the famous trophy on nine occasions and scored a try for every previous win to the delight of the large travelling support at the Galpharm Stadium.

Four tries in the opening half-hour starkly demonstrated the gulf between the leaders of Super League and National league 1 as Saints clinically established an unassailable lead to forge a comfortable passage through to the Twickenham final.

Keiron Cunningham, the only survivor from Saints’ Wembley victories in 1996 and 1997, was the dominant figure as Saints overran their opponents but he was assisted by strong performances across the park.

Most of the pre-match build-up centred around Jon Wilkin and his connections with the East Hull club as a boyhood fan and player and his two early tries went a long way to ensuring that there would be no shock.

It took little more than two minutes for Saints to score the game’s opening try, Sean Long finishing off Cunningham’s break after Paul Anderson’s smart offload.

Rovers were not to be overawed and the video referee was required to rule out what would have been a fortuitous equaliser for the Robins by Tommy Gallagher.

Saints were able to benefit from their own piece of good fortune moments later when Long’s kick came back off the post into Wilkin’s grasp, then the young second-rower scored his second after he was in the right place to take Jason Cayless’s fantastic pass.

Robins’ prop Makalie Aizue was lucky to stay on the field after a bad tackle on Long but Saints meted out their own punishment with Kiwi Vinnie Anderson scoring from the resulting possession. Jamie Lyon’s fourth successful conversion opened up a 24-0 lead after just 28 minutes to put the result beyond doubt.

Hull KR refused to cave in and kept Saints scoreless for 20 minutes either side of half-time – a period that almost exactly coincided with Cunningham being off the pitch – until Lyon crossed to maintain his record of scoring in every round.

Willie Talau’s brace gave the scoreline a very one-sided appearance, although in between his tries Paul Wellens and Lyon combined to stop Tommy Gallagher providing some consolation for the Hull KR fans.

Instead they had to watch Saints reach the half-century for the third time in July: Ade Gardner scoring after Maurie Fa’asavalu’s powerful run then Wellens finished the scoring with his 100th Saints try.

Fifty years on since Saints first won the Challenge Cup, they remain on course for their tenth triumph.









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