27th July 2019, 18:20 | ChallengeCup

Saints grind down stubborn Fax to go marching on

Saints grind down stubborn Fax to go marching on

St Helens 26 - 2 Halifax

St Helens avoided a potential banana skin to set up a Wembley date with Warrington Wolves, after beating a spirited Halifax side 26-2.

The Championship side, a division and 18 places below the Super League leaders, more than held their own in the first half. Indeed, the West Yorkshire club were level at two a-piece at the half hour mark after some clever kicking and massive defensive hits.

But James Roby's try just before the interval gave Saints the half-time lead, before their superiority showed in spades in the second period, notching three unanswered scores.

Peyroux, Lomax and Fages all crossed as tired Fax legs just couldn't keep up with the intensity of their Super League counterparts, but the Yorkshiremen go home with heads held high, after a magnificent performance in front of their boisterous supporters.

St Helens will go on to face Warrington at Wembley on 24th August - the very first time these two local rivals have contested a Challenge Cup Final.