Top Five Challenge Cup Moments vs St Helens
Leeds have enjoyed many memorable moments in the Challenge Cup against St Helens and with the clubs set to face each other again this Saturday afternoon we are taking a trip down memory lane with top five moments from our previous Cup clashes against the ‘Red V’.
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5. 1978 – Phil Cookson levels the score in the Cup Final
Leeds went into the 1978 Challenge Cup Final as holders but nearly had their crown snatched by Saints, who had claimed the Premiership title the year before. Clashing at the old Wembley, St Helens looked certain winners after taking a 12-6 lead but Leeds had other plans and second rower Phil Cookson crashed over to level the match with eight minutes on the clock.
4. 1994 – Perfect performance from Ellery Hanley
Remembered as one of his best performances in a Leeds kit, Ellery Hanley ran the show as Leeds beat St Helens 20-8 to progress through to the Cup Final for the first time since 1978. Hanley, who had previously won the Cup with Wigan, made his first appearance in the final with Leeds off the back of his semi final performance
3. 2015 – Peacock scores final try in Leeds colours
In his final Challenge Cup semi final outing, Leeds prop Jamie Peacock scored an outrageous try to help the Rhinos to consecutive Challenge Cup Finals. Having beaten Castleford in the 2014 Final, the Challenge Cup holders Leeds defeated Huddersfield and Hull FC on their way to reaching the semi-finals once again and after taking a 12-4 lead, Peacock helped support a break by Kallum Watkins and the centre passed inside for the Peacock to score what would be his final try in Leeds colours.
2. 1978 – Two drop goals from two Leeds legends
Following Cookson’s try in the 1978 Final, Leeds and St Helens knew only one point could sway the match and on this occasion it was two Leeds Hall of Famers – David Ward and John Holmes – that stepped up. Holmes slotted a drop goal from 20 metres out to edge Syd Hynes’ side ahead before captain Ward made sure the Cup came back to Headingley with the hooter about to sound.
1. 2003 – Danny McGuire sends Leeds to Wembley
Regarded as one of the best Challenge Cup semi-finals, Leeds’ 2003 clash with St Helens went down to the wire. The two sides were level after 80 minutes, thanks to a late Danny McGuire try in the corner, and after Kevin Sinfield slotted an important drop goal, McGuire got over the whitewash again to secure Leeds’ place at Wembley.