In the first-ever Women’s Challenge Cup final at Wembley, St Helens defeated Leeds Rhinos to secure their third consecutive win in the competition. The final score was Leeds 8 – St Helens 22.
St Helens got off to a quick start with tries from Tara Jones, Phoebe Hook, and Eboni Partington. However, Leeds fought back with a try from Sophie Robinson. Caitlin Beevers’ incredible solo try brought Leeds within reach, but Shona Hoyle extended St Helens’ lead. Amy Taylor kicked a penalty in the 65th minute, ensuring victory for St Helens.
The game lived up to the hype, with both teams displaying brutal defense and excellent attack. The quality of the game was a fantastic advertisement for the sport, with emotions running high at full-time.
Beevers’ try was a standout moment, reminiscent of Martin Offiah’s iconic play in 1994. The victory was particularly special for Faye Gaskin, who had suffered a final injury in 2021. Tears flowed for those who had worked their way up from grassroots rugby to the national stadium.
St Helens displayed a ruthless edge and a stubborn defense throughout the game. Players like Jodie Cunningham and Channy Crowl provided excellent support, helping their teammates create scoring opportunities.
Leeds showed moments of brilliance in attack but lacked the cutting edge to challenge the dominant St Helens team on the scoreboard. Robinson’s well-executed try and Beevers’ exceptional finish showcased Leeds’ potential.
The line-ups for both teams were as follows: