Leeds v St Helens Cup rivalry set for new chapter

Leeds and St Helens first met in the Challenge Cup 110 years ago and the two teams will once again clash in the Third Round of the 2021 Betfred Challenge Cup.

The game will pit the Super League Champions against the Cup Holders and is the pick of the ties to be played on the weekend of 10th April.

The two sides first met in the famous old trophy back in 1911 in the second round when Leeds were Cup holders having won the tournament for the first time in 1910. Just as in 2021, Leeds had to travel to St Helens and won 11-6.

Modern history has seen the two powerhouses of the summer era meet on regular occasions in the Challenge Cup. Leeds and St Helens have met six times in Challenge Cup semi-final since 2001.

There have been twenty previous meetings in the Challenge Cup with Leeds winning eleven and Saints nine. The sides have met twice in the Challenge Cup Final at Wembley with Saints winning in 1972 before Leeds turned the tables to retain the Cup in 1978.

Previous Challenge Cup meetings:

2015 (Semi-Final) Leeds 24 St Helens 14 (at Halliwell Jones, Warrington)

2014 (Round 5) Leeds 32 St Helens 12

2010 (Semi-Final) Leeds 32 St Helens 28 (at Galpharm Stadium, Huddersfield)

2009 (Round 4) Leeds 18 St Helens 22

2008 (Semi-Final) Leeds 16 St Helens 26 (at Galpharm Stadium, Huddersfield)

2004 (Round 5) St Helens 24 Leeds 14

2003 (Semi-Final) Leeds 33 St Helens 26 (after extra-time) (at McAlpine Stadium, Huddersfield)

2002 (Semi-Final) Leeds 16 St Helens 42 (at JJB Stadium, Wigan)

2001 (Semi-Final) Leeds 22 St Helens 27 (at JJB Stadium, Wigan)

2000 (Round 5) Leeds 26 St Helens 20

1999 (Round 5) Leeds 24 St Helens 16

1994 (Semi-Final) Leeds 20 St Helens 8 (at Central Park, Wigan)

1992 (Round 2) Leeds 12 St Helens 32

1983 (Round 2) Leeds 13 St Helens 23

1978 (FINAL) Leeds 14 St Helens 12 (at Wembley Stadium)

1977 (Semi-Final) Leeds 7 St Helens 2 (at Central Park, Wigan)

1972 (FINAL) Leeds 13 St Helens 16 (at Wembley Stadium)

1971 (Round 2) Leeds 4 St Helens 0

1930 (Round 2) Leeds 5 St Helens 18

1911 (Round 2) St Helens 6 Leeds 11