• St Helens Women
  • 20 - 12

  • Leeds Rhinos Women
  • St Helens Women
  • HT 8 - 2
  • Leeds Rhinos Women
22nd May 2021 | KO 15:00 | LNER Stadium | Women's Challenge Cup

St Helens Women 20 Leeds Rhinos Women 12

Picture by Alex Whitehead/SWpix.com - 22/05/2021 - Rugby League - Betfred Women's Challenge Cup - Leeds Rhinos v St Helens - LNER Community Stadium, York, England - Leeds' Tara Moxon is tackled by St Helens' Paige Travis.

Reigning Cup holders Leeds Rhinos Women bowed out of the 2021 Betfred Women’s Challenge Cup with a 20-12 defeat to St Helens Women in the semi finals; Fran Goldthorp and Orla McCallion getting over for the Rhinos’ tries.

In a rematch of the 2019 semi finals, both teams came out firing. St Helens almost scored off the back of successive sets, only to be held up by the Rhinos, before Leeds came down the other end and the returning Courtney Winfield-Hill’s kick was unlucky not to fall for Fran Goldthorp. After only eight minutes gone on the clock, Saints looked certain to open the scoring after Carrie Roberts set Rachael Woosey free down the edge. Beating full back Caitlin Beevers, Woosey looked to have opened the scoring but Rhinos winger Tara Moxon made a spectacular tackle to deny the Saints winger.

With the game so close inside the first ten minutes, a high tackle on Winfield-Hill saw the Rhinos half back call for the kicking tee as she was in sight of the posts. Stepping up, she converted to give Leeds the early lead.

Sensing the Rhinos were vulnerable following their penalty kick, St Helens had a series of chances that ultimately led to tries. Faye Gaskin was denied by the referee as she latched onto Bethany Stott’s bomb for the posts but was judged to be over the dead ball line. Danielle Bush’s foot was also judged to be in touch before she scored but from the restart, Leeds substitute Danika Priim knocked the ball on and gave the ball instantly back to the Saints, who punished the Rhinos as  Carrie Roberts managed to crash her way through the Leeds defence, despite Robinson and Kerrigan’s best efforts. The side in red and white then extended their lead further as Amy Hardcastle followed up a break by Emily Rudge to score Saints’ second of the afternoon, taking the lead to six points wit.

Leeds’ best chance came towards the end of the half when Goldthorp released Moxon on the inside but unable to find a gap, the winger was tackled mid field and on the following play Winfield-Hill knocked on, sending the sides into the break at 8-2.

 

Although the Rhinos came out to fight in the second half,  a second try for Hardcastle proved too much from Leeds to come back from. Following a break from Cunningham through the middle of the Leeds defence, Stott and Gaskin combined to open up space on the edge for the centre, who beat Goldthorp on the outside and cut back towards the posts to score. Gaskin converted her first kick of the game to take the score to 14-2.

Leeds refused the give in and Goldthorp finally made the breakthrough with 58 minutes on the clock. The Rhinos were still being held in their own half but a short side play from Hanna Butcher enabled the half back to send the centre through untouched. With only the full back to beat, Goldthorp cut back infield to dive in under the uprights. Winfield-Hill converted to set up a tight final 20 minutes.

In need of six points to tie the game, Beevers produced a big hit on Bush and dislodged the ball. The winger exited the field and Leeds went instantly on the attack as both Butcher and Goldthorp were held up short but as Winfield-Hill was eager to spin the ball wide, the St Helens defence came up quickly and wrapped the half back up and turned the ball over.

Despite a tight ten minutes of defending Leeds, Saints secured their place in the Final as Roberts grabbed her second of the game. Lucy Murray had gone down in back field with an injury, leaving Leeds a player down, and St Helens hooker Tara Jones spotted the mismatch. Breaking the line, Jones saw she had Roberts in support and passed for the centre to beat Winfield-Hill to the tryline. Gaskin converted to make the gap too large for Leeds to come back.

The Rhinos kept fighting to the end and young hooker Orla McCallion managed to duck her way through from short range but the damage had already been done; St Helens toppling the reigning Cup holders 26-12.

 

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Picture by Alex Whitehead/SWpix.com - 22/05/2021 - Rugby League - Betfred Women's Challenge Cup - Leeds Rhinos v St Helens - LNER Community Stadium, York, England - Leeds' Tara Moxon is tackled by St Helens' Paige Travis.

Reigning Cup holders Leeds Rhinos Women bowed out of the 2021 Betfred Women’s Challenge Cup with a 20-12 defeat to St Helens Women in the semi finals; Fran Goldthorp and Orla McCallion getting over for the Rhinos’ tries.

In a rematch of the 2019 semi finals, both teams came out firing. St Helens almost scored off the back of successive sets, only to be held up by the Rhinos, before Leeds came down the other end and the returning Courtney Winfield-Hill’s kick was unlucky not to fall for Fran Goldthorp. After only eight minutes gone on the clock, Saints looked certain to open the scoring after Carrie Roberts set Rachael Woosey free down the edge. Beating full back Caitlin Beevers, Woosey looked to have opened the scoring but Rhinos winger Tara Moxon made a spectacular tackle to deny the Saints winger.

With the game so close inside the first ten minutes, a high tackle on Winfield-Hill saw the Rhinos half back call for the kicking tee as she was in sight of the posts. Stepping up, she converted to give Leeds the early lead.

Sensing the Rhinos were vulnerable following their penalty kick, St Helens had a series of chances that ultimately led to tries. Faye Gaskin was denied by the referee as she latched onto Bethany Stott’s bomb for the posts but was judged to be over the dead ball line. Danielle Bush’s foot was also judged to be in touch before she scored but from the restart, Leeds substitute Danika Priim knocked the ball on and gave the ball instantly back to the Saints, who punished the Rhinos as  Carrie Roberts managed to crash her way through the Leeds defence, despite Robinson and Kerrigan’s best efforts. The side in red and white then extended their lead further as Amy Hardcastle followed up a break by Emily Rudge to score Saints’ second of the afternoon, taking the lead to six points wit.

Leeds’ best chance came towards the end of the half when Goldthorp released Moxon on the inside but unable to find a gap, the winger was tackled mid field and on the following play Winfield-Hill knocked on, sending the sides into the break at 8-2.

 

Although the Rhinos came out to fight in the second half,  a second try for Hardcastle proved too much from Leeds to come back from. Following a break from Cunningham through the middle of the Leeds defence, Stott and Gaskin combined to open up space on the edge for the centre, who beat Goldthorp on the outside and cut back towards the posts to score. Gaskin converted her first kick of the game to take the score to 14-2.

Leeds refused the give in and Goldthorp finally made the breakthrough with 58 minutes on the clock. The Rhinos were still being held in their own half but a short side play from Hanna Butcher enabled the half back to send the centre through untouched. With only the full back to beat, Goldthorp cut back infield to dive in under the uprights. Winfield-Hill converted to set up a tight final 20 minutes.

In need of six points to tie the game, Beevers produced a big hit on Bush and dislodged the ball. The winger exited the field and Leeds went instantly on the attack as both Butcher and Goldthorp were held up short but as Winfield-Hill was eager to spin the ball wide, the St Helens defence came up quickly and wrapped the half back up and turned the ball over.

Despite a tight ten minutes of defending Leeds, Saints secured their place in the Final as Roberts grabbed her second of the game. Lucy Murray had gone down in back field with an injury, leaving Leeds a player down, and St Helens hooker Tara Jones spotted the mismatch. Breaking the line, Jones saw she had Roberts in support and passed for the centre to beat Winfield-Hill to the tryline. Gaskin converted to make the gap too large for Leeds to come back.

The Rhinos kept fighting to the end and young hooker Orla McCallion managed to duck her way through from short range but the damage had already been done; St Helens toppling the reigning Cup holders 26-12.

 

Team Performance

Goals

2

2

Tries

4

2

Player Performance

PlayerTRGLDGYCRCI+I-
Caitlin Beevers0000000
Tara Moxon0000000
Francesca Goldthorp1000000
Chloe Kerrigan0000000
Sophie Robinson0000000
Hanna Butcher0000000
Courtney Winfield-Hill0200000
Amy Johnson0000000
Orla McCallion1000000
Ellie Oldroyd0000000
Aimee Staveley0000000
Elle Frain0000000
Zoe Hornby0000000
Interchanges
Sam Hulme0000000
Ella Johnson0000000
Lucy Murray0000000
Danika Priim0000000
PlayerTRGLDGYCRCI+I-
Rebecca Rotheram0000000
Rachael Woosey0000000
Carrie Roberts2000000
Amy Hardcastle2000000
Danielle Bush0000000
Bethany Stott0000000
Faye Gaskin0200000
Dawn Akrigg0000000
Tara Jones0000000
Chantelle Crowl0000000
Paige Travis0000000
Emily Rudge0000000
Jodie Cunningham0000000
Interchanges
Isabelle Rudge0000000
Philipa Birchall0000000
Leah Burke0000000
Naomi Williams0000000
Stats Key
  • TR: Tries
  • RD: Red Cards
  • GL: Goals
  • I+: Interchange On
  • DG: Drop Goals
  • I-: Interchange Off
  • YC: Yellow Cards