Leigh Leopards secured their first Challenge Cup title in 52 years as they defeated Hull KR in a thrilling golden-point match at Wembley. The final score stood at 17-16 in favor of Leigh, with Jez Litten and Matt Parcell scoring tries for Hull KR, and Lachlan Lam and Tom Briscoe scoring tries for Leigh. Brad Schneider and Ben Reynolds were successful with their conversions, with Schneider kicking four goals and Reynolds contributing four goals and a drop-goal.
The game was tense and closely contested throughout, with both teams showcasing their skills and determination. Errors were made by both sides, adding to the excitement and creating a nervous atmosphere. However, moments of quality broke through these mistakes, such as Elliot Minchella setting up Litten’s try and a fantastic set-up leading to Lam’s opener. Discipline became a concern for Hull KR when Minchella was sin-binned, but the only points during that period came from Schneider’s boot.
The second half was equally tight, with Leigh’s key players starting to tire. Briscoe’s try seemed to seal the victory for Leigh, but a last-minute try from Parcell took the match into golden point. After missed attempts by O’Brien and Schneider, Lam kicked the winning drop-goal, granting his father and the team a moment to savor.
Leigh Leopards’ victory was well-deserved, as they displayed resilience and composure in a challenging match. Both teams gave their all, and it was a thrilling spectacle for the fans. The 52-year wait for a Challenge Cup title was finally over for Leigh, and they will cherish the memories of this historic win.
The Hull KR team consisted of Lewis, Ryan, Opacic, Kenny-Dowall, Hall, Milnes, Schneider, Kennedy, Litten, King, Batchelor, Linnett, and Minchella. Parcell, Storton, Hadley, and Luckley also made important contributions as interchanges.
Leigh’s lineup included O’Brien, Charnley, Chamberlain, Hardaker, Briscoe, Reynolds, Lam, Amone, Ipape, Mulhern, O’Donnell, Hughes, and Asiata. Mellor, Holmes, Nakubuwai, and Davis also played crucial roles as interchanges.
Chris Kendall served as the referee for the match.