27th July 2019, 09:30 | ChallengeCup
Historic day at the University of Bolton Stadium as for the first time, a Challenge Cup triple-header takes place.
St Helens grind down Halifax to secure a 26-2 win and send them to the Coral Challenge Cup final
Leeds Rhinos retain the Coral Women's Challenge Cup, beating Castleford Tigers 16-10
18:37 - That's it from us here at Bolton. What a day of rugby league we've seen! Congrats to Leeds, Warrington and Saints; commiserations to Castleford, Hull FC and Halifax. But a massive thanks to everyone who has been a part of the day, it's been a blast. Keep your eye on the Rugby-League.com website, the Our League app, and the RFL and Challenge Cup social channels for more reaction from today's showcase. See you at Wembley...
18:34 - But a big hand for Halifax, who showed grit, determination and a great deal of skill in defeat. They were roared on all the way by their fabulous support:
18:31 - A really professional performance in the end from St Helens. They'll play Warrington in the Coral Challenge Cup Final on August 24th - you can buy tickets now! Click here.
18:17 - FULL TIME: ST HELENS 26 - 2 HALIFAX
Saints are off to Wembley! They see off Halifax in the end, but what a performance from the Championship side! Take a bow, Fax.
FULL-TIME— The Coral Challenge Cup (@TheChallengeCup) July 27, 2019
St Helens are going to Wembley! But plenty of applause for Halifax this afternoon 👏 pic.twitter.com/tVnhUUC12f
18:13 - James Roby has been named the BBC's Man of the Match - he's been outstanding.
18:05 - TRY SAINTS (FAGES - CONVERSION SUCCESSFUL) - ST HELENS 26 - 2 HALIFAX
Their class is shining through now, as Fages waltzes through to extend the Saints lead.
17:55 - TRY SAINTS (LOMAX - CONVERSION SUCCESSFUL) - ST HELENS 20 - 2 HALIFAX
The pressure has been building and Saints have now barged the door down. Jonny Lomax the man this time, as Richardson adds an impressive conversion from out wide. Game over?
17:51 - They may be down, but they're certainly not out. Fax cause yet another Saints error, and they celebrate together like they've won the cup!
17:46 - James Roby bangs a kick long and is inches away from a 40:20, but Grix gets back to deny him. Saints with the initiative now.
17:40 - TRY SAINTS (PEYROUX - CONVERSION SUCCESSFUL) - ST HELENS 14 - 2 HALIFAX
Saints have come out with real purpose and get their reward as Peyroux barges through to extend their lead.
17:37 - A quiet start to the second half so far. Apart from the Halifax end which is buzzing!
17:32 - Teams are back out. Can Halifax produce something extraordinary here? They've certainly threatened it so far.
17:16 - HALF TIME: ST HELENS 8 - 2 HALIFAX
What an effort it has been from Fax in that first half, but that late Roby score ensures Saints have a narrow lead at the break.
17:10 - TRY SAINTS (ROBY - CONVERSION SUCCESSFUL) ST HELENS 8 - 2 HALIFAX
The answer? Not very long at all. James Roby picks the ball up from the tackle, throws a dummy, looks up and has all the time in the world to plough over. Saints finally land a blow.
17:08 - This is monumental from the Championship side so far. How long can they keep it up?
17:01 - They go upstairs as Tommy Makinson dives in at the corner, but the replay shows he dropped it. Still 2-2 with '26 gone.
16:59 - Scott Murrell does really well to recover for Fax, who then blast it out on the full to give Saints the ball in their half.
16:54 - Well, well, well. You know that feeling when it might just not be your day? Patient work from Saints leads to Alex Walmsley surely heading over, but he coughs it up under pressure. Hmmm...
16:50 - Saints comes again as Regan Grace goes for the corner but there's just no way through the Halifax wall so far.
16:47 - GOAL HALIFAX (TYRER) - ST HELENS 2 - 2 HALIFAX
Relentless pressure from Fax leads to a penalty and Tyrer makes no mistake. We are level!
16:44 - More great work from Fax! A chip goes behind the Saints line, and Lomax can't bring it out - Halifax dropout.
16:42 - The Championship side certainly aren't afraid to get stuck in! They win it back after a bruising hit and force Saints back to their own 10m line.
16:38 - Saints look destined to go in under the posts, but they knock it forward! An open start to this one.
16:34 - GOAL ST HELENS (RICHARDSON) - ST HELENS 2 - 0 HALIFAX
A blatent drag back by a Fax player is punished as Danny Richardson slots over the first points of the match.
16:31 - Almost a sensational start for Halifax! A chip from KO is collected, and the underdogs get to the Saints 10m line before wasting the chance.
16:28 - Teams on their way...
16:15 - 15 minutes until KO in the final of today's triple-header. No pressure, Saints and Fax, but the first two were absolute belters...
16:09 - HALIFAX LINEUP:
Grix, Robinson, Tyrer, Saltonstall, Sharp, Murrell, Johnston, Tangata, Moore, Kavanagh, Butler, Barber, Fairbank
INTERCHANGES: Kaye, Morris, Fleming, Larroyer
16:08 - ST HELENS LINEUP:
Lomax, Makinson, Naiqama, Percival, Grace, Fages, Richardson, Walmsley, Roby, Thompson, McCarthy-Scarsbrook, Peyroux, Paulo
INTERCHANGES: Amor, Lees, Ainsworth, Bentley
15:58 - What a game that was! Hull FC gave it absolutely everything, and even looked the most likely in that second half, but the Wire hold on and will be heading to Wembley next month. The big question now is, who will be joining them?
15:49 - FULL TIME: WARRINGTON 22 - 14 HULL FC
15:45 - TRY WARRINGTON (PHILBIN - CONVERSION SUCCESSFUL) - WARRINGTON 22 - 14 HULL FC
And that, ladies and gentlemen, is that! Hull throw it away on their final set, and Joe Philbin scoops it up and flies in under the posts to send the Wire to Wembley!
15:42 - Nightmare for Hull! They knock it on and Warrington get the ball back with time almost up!
15:39 - Hull kick for the corner, palmed behind by the Wire. What a game!
15:34 - Eight minutes to go, and Hull now well on top, but Warrington still lead...
15:30 - Almost another! A high Hull FC kick is collected and offloaded to Shaul, who dives over the line, but the ref pulls it back for a forward pass.
15:27 - TRY HULL FC (TAYLOR - CONVERSION SUCCESSFUL) - WARRINGTON 16 - 14 HULL FC
BIG MOMENT! Warrington knock on as Hull scramble on their sixth tackle, and Scott Taylor smashes through the line to set up a thrilling finish!
15:24 - Blake Austin kicks one through, chases the Hull FC defense down and drives them out of bounds. Superb stuff from the EPU man.
15:18 - Hull think they're in at the left corner, but the video ref rules it out.
15:10 - TRY WARRINGTON (KING - CONVERSION SUCCESSFUL) - WARRINGTON 16 - 8 HULL FC
Try time! Blake Austin's magic right boot proves invaluable again, as Toby King snatches it out of the sky and crosses to give the Wolves some breathing space.
15:07 - No points since the restart, but some tasty hits!
15:00 - We're back underway here at Bolton.
14:46 - HALF TIME: WARRINGTON 10 - 8 HULL FC
Phew, take a breath! What a battle so far, good luck calling this one...
14:44 - A HUGE tackle from Tom Lineham gets the Wire fans onto their feet!
14:39 - TRY WARRINGTON (CURRIE - CONVERSION SUCCESSFUL) - WARRINGTON 10 - 8 HULL FC
And just like that, Warrington lead again! A super kick from Blake Austin is taken magnifcently by Ben Currie and the Wire are back on top. What a start to this game!
14:33 - GOAL HULL FC (SNEYD) - WARRINGTON 4 - 8 HULL FC
Another Wolves infringement, and Sneyd takes the points again.
14:28 - TRY HULL FC (FARAIMO - CONVERSION MISSED) WARRINGTON 4 - 6 HULL FC
GOOD GRIEF, WHAT A TRY THAT IS! Starts with Naulago breaking down the wing, comes back to Albert Kelly who kicks it on a string for Faraimo to collect and dive over!
14:23 - Another opportunity for Hull, but the ball out wide smashes Naulago in the head and flies out of play...
14:20 - Oh, what a chance for Hull! Jamie Shaul breaks through into open field, but he's brought down and FC knock on!
14:07 - GOAL HULL FC (SNEYD) - WARRINGTON 4 - 2 HULL FC
Hull are on the board, as Marc Sneyd takes advantage of a Warrington offence.
14:09 - TRY WARRINGTON (GOODWIN - CONVERSION MISSED) - WARRINGTON 4 -0 HULL FC
And just as I say that, of course there's a score! Great work from the Wolves, as they force a mistake on the Hull line, and Bryson Goodwin converts in the corner to give Warrington the perfect start.
14:08 - A cagey start from both sides. More nerves on show...
14:00 - WE'RE OFF! WARRINGTON ATTACKING RIGHT TO LEFT...
13:55 - Right then, the atmosphere is here is ROCKING. Teams are imminent, who you taking? Warrington v Hull is next...
13:50 - And Leeds coach Adam Cuthbertson...
🗣️ "There's something really special about today's victory."— The Coral Challenge Cup (@TheChallengeCup) July 27, 2019
👊 @LeedsRhinos' @Cuthbertson85 gives his thoughts on leading his side to another @Coral Women's #ChallengeCup crown! pic.twitter.com/jbuyTFLUPN
13:46 - Before we move onto the men, hear from Player of the Match Courtney Hill after her Leeds Rhinos side sealed back-to-back Coral Women's Challenge Cups:
13:44 - The rain is driving down now here at Bolton, this will be a real test for both sides. Warrington come into today off the back of a disappointing display at Catalans, whilst Hull secured a famous victory at Headingley last weekend. Form goes out of the window on days like today though...
13:30 - Just half an hour away from KO here - safe to say there's some history between these two clubs. Who will take the first ticket to Wembley?
13:21 - Hull FC Lineup:
Shaul, Faraimo, Griffin, Tuimavave, Naulago, Kelly, Sneyd, Taylor, Houghton, Paea, Lane, Minichiello, Westerman
Interchanges: Ellis, Bowden, Fash, Connor
13:20 - Warrington Wolves Lineup:
Ratchford, Lineham, Goodwin, King, Mamo, Austin, Patton, Hill, D Clark, Cooper, Currie, Hughes, J Clark
Interchanges: Philbin, Murdoch Masila, Davis, Tasi
13:10 - The Rhinos are singing in the rain! What a terrific advert for the game that was. Commiserations to Castleford, who more than played their part there. Anyway, next up is Warrington v Hull, and we'll have teams very soon...
12:57 - What a game! Both sides gave it everything, but Leeds took their chances, and will lift the trophy for the second year running. Courtney Hill has been announced as Player of the Match, as her try, and conversion, proved vital.
12:52 - FULL TIME - CASTLEFORD 10 - 16 LEEDS
LEEDS RETAIN THE CORAL WOMEN'S CHALLENGE CUP!
12:51 - BIG MOMENT! Courtney Hill attempts a drop goal to surely seal it, but it flies wide! Can Cas score?!
12:49 - Castleford knock it on, and Leeds are doing all they can to suck the energy out of this final few minutes. Who wants it more?
12:46 - Not long left now, but the big hits keep on coming! These two are showing off the high quality of Women's Rugby League today.
12:41 - Another huge challenge in the corner to deny Cas. Leeds have defended so well today. The Tigers keep probing though.
12:39 - The rain is starting to come down now, perfect conditions for cup rugby!
12:32 - Big, big chance in the corner for Cas, but they can't take it. Such fine margins!
12:28 - TRY LEEDS (converted by Hill) - CASTLEFORD 10 - 16 LEEDS
Goodness me! Out of nowhere, Leeds are back in front! Danielle Anderson pierces a hole in the Tigers line, and smartly hands off to Courtney Hill, who finishes off. Wow!
12:27 - Huge defense from Leeds, and they force Kelsey Gentles out in the left corner.
12:20 - Both teams huffing and puffing, but much like the first 15 of the first period, not much happening.
12:15 - Leeds get a fresh set at the Cas 10m line, but end up knocking on and the chance is gone. Nerves, anyone?
12:09 - We're back underway for the second half here at Bolton. Who will lift the Coral Women's Challenge Cup?
11:57 - HALF TIME: CASTLEFORD 10 - 10 LEEDS
A cracking half of Women's Rugby League! Castleford looked like they may run away with it once they scored, but Leeds have shown skill and courage in equal measure and we're all level at the break. What a half we've got ahead of us...
11:46 - TRY CASTLEFORD (converted by Stanley) - CASTLEFORD 10 - 10 LEEDS
Well they took their time these two, but the floodgates are well and truly open now. A barging set from the Tigers is finished under the posts by Tamzin Renouf.
11:42 - TRY LEEDS (conversion missed) - CASTLEFORD 4 - 10 LEEDS
I've no idea how Caitlin Beevers has stayed in play there, but she bustles her way down the right wing and into the corner, and Leeds have turned this game on its head.
11:37 - TRY LEEDS (converted by Hill) - CASTLEFORD 4 - 6 LEEDS
WHAT A RESPONSE! Patient Leeds pressure pays off, as a lovely chip to the wing is collected beautifully by Fran Goldthorpe. We've got a game on our hands!
11:35 - Tara Stanley's conversion misses, so 4-0 it remains.
11:33 - TRY CASTLEFORD - CASTLEFORD 4 - 0 LEEDS
TRY TIME! What a break from Rhiannon Marshall. She smashes through the line, hands off a couple of Leeds tackles and grounds in the corner!
11:30 - 15 mins gone, and still pointless. Tigers on top, but nothing to seperate them so far.
11:26 - BANG! A captain's challenge from Courtney Hill stops a dangerous Tigers attack on the wing.
11:24 - Leeds knock on in their own half, big chance for Castleford here...
11:21 - SO CLOSE! Tasha Gaines bursts through the Cas line, but a wonderful tackle from Tara Stanley denies her a certain score.
11:20 - Castleford intercept a cross-field kick, but their counter comes to nothing. Cagey start to this one...
11:17 - Lovely grubber through just avaids a diving Tiger. Leeds have it back.
11:16 - Early Tigers pressures leads to a knock on. Cas set on the Leeds 20.
11:15 - WE ARE OFF! Castleford attacking left to right in the first half.
11:13 - Teams are on their way...
11:00 - T-15 minutes until KO - fans are starting to take their seats, so why not watch the BBC, as they got to know Castleford's Hollie Dodd, who, quite unbelievably, is making her debut today at the grand old age of 16 years and one day old...
💬 "What did you do to celebrate your 16th birthday...?"— The Coral Challenge Cup (@TheChallengeCup) July 26, 2019
🏉 @BBCBreakfast met @CTRLFC's Hollie Dodd who is set to become the youngest player EVER to feature in a #ChallengeCup Final tomorrow 👇 pic.twitter.com/0kqWi3BWfB
10:37 - Don't forget, you can watch the Coral Women's Challenge Cup Final right here, with Our League. Log in, or sign up now for exclusive content and more live games!
10:28 - Leeds Rhinos Women Line Up:
Caitlin Beevers, Sophie Nuttall, Sophie Robinson, Chloe Kerrigon, Fran Goldthorpe, Hanna Butcher, Courtney Hill, Danielle Anderson, Tasha Gaines, Amy Johnson, Aimee Stanley, Char Booth, Shannon Lacey
Interchanges: Danika Priim, Keara Bennett, Elle Frain, Ellie Oldroyd
10:25 - Castleford Tigers Women Line Up:
Tara Stanley, Hollie Dodd, Lacey Owen, Olivia Grace, Kelsey Gentles, Georgia Roache, Claire Garner, Grace Field, Sinead Peach, Emma Lumley, Tamzin Renouf, Shona Hoyle, Rhiannion Marshall
Interchanges: Sammy Watts, Kirsty Higo, Esme Reynolds, Jasmine Cudjoe
10:00 - It's a massive day, in particular, for both Castleford and Leeds Women, who will fade off for this year's Coral's Women's Challenge Cup. There's a brand new trophy to be lifted, Leeds defending champions, Castleford top of the WSL, who you taking?
"Saturday's Women's Challenge Cup Final between @CTRLFC and @LeedsRhinos in Bolton will be the biggest occasion the women’s game has witnessed in this country to date."— The Coral Challenge Cup (@TheChallengeCup) July 26, 2019
Big Match Preview | The @Coral Women's #ChallengeCup Final:https://t.co/OEtOscduOA pic.twitter.com/8B1TUs6OE2
9:30 - The biggest day of Rugby League this year? That's today, as Bolton plays host to three games, six teams, one trophy and two tickets to Wembley. Excited?