Women’s Challenge Cup Final Preview

Picture by Allan McKenzie/SWpix.com - 03/05/2022 - Rugby League - Betfred Challenge Cup Semi Final Triple Header Preview - Elland Road, Leeds, England - Leeds Rhinos women's Courtney Winfield-Hill & St Helens women's Jodie Cunningham with the Betfred Women's Challenge Cup.

Leeds Rhinos Women meet the 2021 treble winning St Helens at Elland Road on Saturday when the first piece of silverware of the season – the Betfred Women’s Challenge Cup – is up for grabs, kick off 12pm.

Here’s more about Saturday’s opponents


Opponents in focus – St Helens

The reigning holders St Helens are back in the final after a 100 per cent winning Cup run in 2022. So far in the competition, their defence has yet to concede a point while offensively, they have scored over 300 points, which is the most scored in the Cup this year.

Saints’ breezed through their group matches. Barrow were convincingly beaten 68-0 before Derek Hardman’s side put 88 points passed The Army in their first home match of the season. Then Warrington Wolves, who ended up making it through to the quarter finals against Leeds, were stopped with a 54-0 result. Centres Amy Hardcastle and Carrie Roberts led the way with eight tries a piece in those games, while power second rower Paige Travis also in five tries.

Going into the knockouts they faced Group B runners up Huddersfield Giants, who were defeated 24-0 as the Red Vee booked their semi final spot – Hardcastle with three tries and Roberts with one and half back Zoe Harris also on the scoresheet. Then in the semi finals, Hardman’s team blew Featherstone Rovers off the field by recording another 80 point scoreline; nine players scoring tries on that occasion.


2022 Squad


Ones to Watch

Georgia Roche

Since joining the Rhinos, half back Georgia Roche has spent very little time settling into Lois Forsell’s system. Scoring twice on her debut against Huddersfield, she backed it up with another try against Warrington and her kicking game was also instrumental for Leeds to seal a place in the Final.

Roche isn’t a stranger to the Cup Final either as she featured for Castleford in the 2018 and 2019 Finals against Leeds.

Amy Hardcastle

England centre Amy Hardcastle is the leading St Helens’ try scoring once again with 14 tries so far.

Alongside centre Carrie Roberts, the duo lead the line as part of a talented Saints outfit that also includes internationals Jodie Cunningham, Emily Rudge and Leah Burke.

Fran Goldthorp

Rhinos fans know of the threat that centre Fran Goldthorp possesses, plus she isn’t a stranger to scoring on the big stage.

The 19-year-old helped Leeds to victory in the 2019 Cup Final by scoring the opening try for the Rhinos and was also on the score sheet when Lois Forsell’s side last met Saints in the semi finals last year. Her tally of 20 tries last year is testament to what Goldthorp is capable of, plus she has scored tries in all but one game in this year’s Cup competition.


Route to Elland Road

Leeds Rhinos

Group B, Round 1 – Beat Huddersfield Giants 38-8

Group B, Round 1 – Hull FC called the game off so Rhinos handed 48-0 win

Group B, Round 1 – Beat Leigh Miners Rangers 92-0

Quarter Finals – Beat Warrington Wolves 40-0

Semi Finals – Beat York City Knights 28-26

St Helens

Group A, Round 1 – Beat Barrow Raiders 68-0

Group A, Round 1 – Beat The Army 88-0

Group A, Round 1 – Beat Warrington Wolves 54-0

Quarter Finals – Beat Huddersfield Giants 24-0

Semi Finals – Beat Featherstone Rovers 82-0


Stats and Cup Records

Previous Cup Meetings:

2019 St Helens 10 Leeds Rhinos 16 (Semi Finals, Totally Wicked Stadium)

2021 Leeds Rhinos 10 St Helens (Semi Finals, York’s LNER Community Stadium)

Top Scorers

Leeds

Tries:

  1. Sam Hulme – Six tries
  2. Caitlin Beevers, Fran Goldthorp, Georgia Roche, Courtney Winfield-Hill, Chloe Kerrigan, Tasha Gaines – Three tries
  3. Hanna Butcher and Alex Barnes – Two tries

Goals:

  1. Courtney Winfield-Hill – 16 goals
  2. Tasha Gaines – Nine goals

Saints

Tries

  1. Amy Hardcastle – 14 tries
  2. Carrie Roberts – 13 tries
  3. Paige Travis – Eight tries

Goals:

  1. Zoe Harris – 27 goals
  2. Beth Stott – Three goals

Tickets and More Information

Tickets are now on sale for the Betfred Women’s Challenge Cup Final, which will see Leeds Rhinos Women take on St Helens Women at Elland Road on Saturday 7th May, kick of 12pm.

Tickets can be purchased at tickets.therhinos.co.uk and over the phone on 0371 423 1315.

The ticket will be for the triple header at the stadium. with then men’s semi finals between Wigan Warriors and St Helens, kick off 2.30pm and Huddersfield Giants v Hull KR, kick off 5pm, following the Women’s Final.

Ticket Prices

Seating along the side of the pitch East Central Lower – L31
Adult£25
Senior Citizens (65+)£12.50
Full Time Students (with valid ID) £12.50£12.50
NHS£12.50
Military£12.50
Juniors (16 and under)£12.50
Companion *FREE

For more information, click here.