York 6-34 St Helens: Saints win Women’s Challenge Cup final

St Helens won the 2021 Betfred Women’s Challenge Cup final with a 34-6 victory over York City Knights at Leigh Sports Village.

The Saints justified their status as pre-game favorites by producing a clinical demonstration against a gallant but outmatched Knights side in arms, running in seven tries against one in a game that was broadcast live for the first time. on terrestrial television.

St Helens, who overcame the early loss of scrum half Faye Gaskin with an ankle injury, demonstrated his superior athleticism and flair by using the full width of the pitch to create tries for wingers Danielle Bush and Rachael Woosey which gave them an 8-0 advantage.

Rachel Woosey from St Helens will try

York was far from disheartened, however, and Rhiannon Marshall and hooker Sinead Peach were both held over the line before the game moved away to the Yorkshire side in the final 10 minutes of the first half. -time.

The long-distance tries of second rower Emily Rudge, England captain who was named player of the match, and center Amy Hardcastle were both converted by Beth Stott as the Saints established an unassailable 20-0 lead .

York hit the Saints line in the third quarter and finally broke through their opponents’ steadfast defense as Peach pursued his own grubber kick and hit his team’s only try, which was converted by Marshall.

Sinead Peach of York breaks up with the ball

The comeback ended quickly when Rudge recovered a stray kick to turn defense into offense and create the position for Woosey to score his second try after 55 minutes.

The Saints highlighted their superiority in the final quarter as center Carrie Roberts and second rower Paige Travis added more tries, the latter allowing another first for the women’s game through the video referee, and Stott pitched his third conversion to conclude the score.

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