SAINTS travel to Huddersfield on Sunday in the Fourth Round of the Tetley’s Challenge Cup.The Giants are seeking their first home Challenge Cup victory against the Saints since 1954 – and first ever at the John Smith’s Stadium.St Helens have emerged victorious from Cup visits to Huddersfield on three successive occasions since then.The Giants have won their last three home Super League fixtures against the Saints however – last tasting league defeat against Sunday’s opponents on 28 March, 2010 (24-6).Previous Challenge Cup Meetings:2009 (Semi-Final) Huddersfield 24 St Helens 14 (at Halliwell Jones Stadium, Warrington)2006 (FINAL) Huddersfield 12 St Helens 42 (at Twickenham)2005 (Round 4) Huddersfield 22 St Helens 262004 (Semi-Final) Huddersfield 6 St Helens 46 (at Halliwell Jones Stadium, Warrington)2001 (Quarter Final) St Helens 54 Huddersfield 161994 (Round 4) Huddersfield 16 St Helens 231981 (Round 1) Huddersfield 8 St Helens 101978 (Quarter Final) St Helens 31 Huddersfield 51972 (Round 2) St Helens 32 Huddersfield 91968 (Round 1) St Helens 0 Huddersfield 51962 (Round 2) St Helens 2 Huddersfield 131954 (Round 2) Huddersfield 12 St Helens 51953 (FINAL) Huddersfield 15 St Helens 10 (at Wembley Stadium)1937 (Round 1) St Helens 4 Huddersfield 111924 (Round 2) Huddersfield 24 St Helens 131915 (FINAL) Huddersfield 37 St Helens 3 (at Watersheddings, Oldham)1913 (Round 1) St Helens 0 Huddersfield 19Last Meeting:Huddersfield 25 St Helens 16 (SLR17, 3/6/13)Career Milestones:Paul Wellens needs one point to reach 1,000 for his career.He’s scored 953 points (218 tries, 40 goals, 1 field goal) for St Helens since 1998.He has also scored points for Great Britain (18 – 4 tries, 1 goal), England (16 – 4 tries) and Lancashire (12 – 3 tries).Challenge Cup Milestones:(Super League players reaching significant figures in Challenge Cup games only)Paul Wellens – 10 points away from 150 (140 for St Helens, 2001-2002, 2004-2007 & 2009-2013)Try-Scoring Runs:Tommy Makinson (1-2-1-2) has scored tries in their Saints’ last four games.Winning Runs:Saints and Leigh share the longest winning streak in the game, having both won their first seven matches of 2014.Consecutive Appearances:Castleford’s Craig Huby has the longest run of consecutive appearances amongst Super League players, with 52. He last missed a Tigers game on 9 April, 2012 – an 18-12 home defeat to St Helens. His streak then started on 14 April, 2012 – a 23-16 Challenge Cup defeat at Featherstone.1 Craig Huby (Castleford Tigers) 522 Danny Houghton (Hull FC) 473 Josh Jones (St Helens) 414 Daryl Clark (Castleford Tigers) 375 Danny Addy (Bradford Bulls) 36First Utility Super League Leading Scorers:Tries:1 Tommy Makinson (St Helens) 82 = Justin Carney (Castleford Tigers) 7Kevin Brown (Widnes Vikings) 74 = Jermaine McGillvary (Huddersfield Giants) 6Omari Caro (Hull Kingston Rovers) 6Goals:1 Luke Walsh (St Helens) 282 = Danny Brough (Huddersfield Giants) 25Jarrod Sammut (Wakefield Trinity Wildcats) 254 = Kevin Sinfield (Leeds Rhinos) 22Danny Tickle (Widnes Vikings) 22Goals Percentage:1 Marc Sneyd (Castleford Tigers) 90.90 (20/22)2 Luke Walsh (St Helens) 90.32 (28/31)3 Jarrod Sammut (Wakefield Trinity Wildcats) 89.28 (25/28)4 Danny Tickle (Widnes Vikings) 84.61 (22/26)5 Jamie Foster (Bradford Bulls) 83.33 (15/18)Points:1 Luke Walsh (St Helens) 642 = Danny Brough (Huddersfield Giants) 54Jarrod Sammut (Wakefield Trinity Wildcats) 544 Kevin Sinfield (Leeds Rhinos) 525 Danny Tickle (Widnes Vikings) 486 Marc Sneyd (Castleford Tigers) 457 Matty Smith (Wigan Warriors) 418 Tom Makinson (St Helens) 38Cup Draw:Rugby League Hall of Fame members Alex Murphy and Garry Schofield will conduct the draw for the fifth round of the Tetley’s Challenge Cup live on BBC2 on Sunday (April 6).The 16 winners from this weekend’s fourth round ties will go into the draw, which takes place between 4.00pm and 4.30pm following the conclusion of the televised tie, Huddersfield Giants v St Helens.The fifth round ties will be played over the weekend of April 26 and 27 with one tie screened live on BBC1 on Saturday April 26 (2.30pm)
SAINTS had a night to forget as they went down 32-22 at home to Hull FC.Despite being 18-6 up at half time the visitors ran in five second half tries to condemn the Champions to their third defeat in a row.Starting well has been a problem for Saints recently but two strong opening sets set their stall out for a solid if uninspiring first half.The home side turned Hull on their heels and put in some big D when it was needed – although FC were guilty of two forward passes in key positions.Adam Quinlan stopped a chasing Jamie Shaul on eight minutes and Mark Percival was unlucky not to open the scoring five minutes later following a mazy run.Matty Fleming atoned for a loose carry with a fantastic tackle on Jordan Abdull before Mark Flanagan was denied the opener because of a forward pass.Saints always looked the most likely – and once one of those passes stuck, it was try time.Walsh caught Flanagan on a strong line and the second rower produced a nice offload for Luke Thompson to cross for his third of the season.Within moments though, Hull were back in it. A loose pass deep inside their own half was scooped up and Curtis Naughton went over in the corner.Saints hit back through Swift – Walsh and Burns combining and a wonderful cut out ball finding the winger for his 17th of the campaign.And from the restart Roby broke down the right hand side, found Josh Jones who rounded his man and and duly sent it back inside for the hooker to finish what he started.Walsh three from three with the boot.Tom Lineham pulled Hull FC back into it three minutes into the second half as he polished off a fine move before the excellent Roby almost put Greenwood over.Both sides were giving the ball some air but lacking that attention to detail when it needed.But when Hull attacked Saints’ line on 54 minutes they profited – Joe Westerman being caught by a slightly dubious but quick pass to plunge over.Saints got into good positions following that try but couldn’t find a way over – then Hull scored from absolutely nothing.. although it was a piece of class.The defence was up quick and Sneyd kicked through to find Shaul at full tilt to collect the bouncing ball with the full back nowhere in sight.Saints should have made better use of Percival’s 60 yard break on 67 minutes and they were punished moments later.This time Matty Fleming knocked an innocuous kick and Naughton mopped up.Saints forced the ball on the last in the final stages and Naughton completed his hat-trick.Mark Percival scoring a scant consolation.Match Summary:Saints:Tries: Thompson, Swift, Roby, PercivalGoals: Walsh (3 from 4)Hull FC:Tries: Naughton (3), Lineham, Westerman, ShaulGoals: Sneyd (4 from 6)Penalties:Saints: 4Hull FC: 3HT: 18-6FT: 22-32REF: James ChildATT: 10,203Teams:Saints:37. Adam Quinlan; 30. Matt Fleming, 17. Mark Percival, 4. Josh Jones, 5. Adam Swift; 6. Travis Burns, 7. Luke Walsh; 14. Alex Walmsley, 9. James Roby, 25. Andre Savelio, 15. Mark Flanagan, 13. Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, 18. Luke Thompson.Subs: 3. Jordan Turner, 8. Mose Masoe, 19. Greg Richards, 21. Joe Greenwood.Hull FC:1. Jamie Shaul; 20. Curtis Naughton, 5. Fetuli Talanoa, 3. Setaimata Sa, 2. Tom Lineham; 27. Jordan Abdull, 7. Marc Sneyd; 8. Mickey Paea, 9. Danny Houghton, 10. Liam Watts, 12. Mark Minichiello, 17. Dean Hadley, 13. Joe Westerman.Subs: 14. Iafeta Palea’aesina, 16. Jordan Thompson, 28. Brad Fash, 32. Jordan Rankin.
CHALLENGE Cup winners Paul Wellens and Adrian Morley will be the guests conducting the draw for the fourth round of the 2016 Ladbrokes Challenge Cup on Tuesday March 1.Joining the successful teams from this weekend’s third round fixtures will be all 12 Kingstone Press Championship clubs, including newly promoted Swinton Lions. This year marks 150 years since the club’s formation, and to celebrate, the fourth round draw will take place at the White Lion in Swinton, a place where the team moved their headquarters to in the 1870s and took on the Lions nickname, which is one of the oldest in British sport.Wellens, a one club man, made his debut for St Helens in 1998 and went on to lift the Challenge Cup an impressive five times and Lance Todd Trophy twice. In 2006 he was part of the side that won all three major domestic honours available – Challenge Cup, Super League and World Club Challenge. During that year Wellens was also named Man of Steel.Morley, who retired at the end of the 2015 season, is one of the most respected figures in the game, winning the Challenge Cup four times – once with Leeds Rhinos (1999) and three times with Warrington Wolves (2009, 2010, 2012). With over 500 appearances for club and country, Morley was also part of the Bradford Bulls team that were crowned Super League champions in 2005 and won the NRL Premiership with Sydney Roosters in 2002.The draw will be streamed exclusively live on the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup website from 7.00pm – Rugby League fans can watch by visiting www.rugby-league.com/challengecupFourth round ties will be played over the weekend of March 19-20.The full schedule of Ladbrokes Challenge Cup third round ties is as follows:Saturday February 27 – all games 2.00pm kick-off unless stated:Rochdale Mayfield v Rochdale HornetsSiddal v Newcastle ThunderKells v Hemel Stags (2.30)Pilkington Recs v London Skolars (2.30)Featherstone Lions v South Wales Scorpions (3.00)Wath Brow Hornets v Toulouse Olympique XIII (3.00)Sunday February 28 – all games 3.00pm kick-off unless stated:West Hull v Doncaster (2.00)Oxford v Lock Lane (2.30)Hunslet Hawks v Barrow RaidersYork City Knights v York AcornNorth Wales Crusaders v University of Gloucestershire All GoldsKeighley Cougars v Coventry Bears
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Captain Tara Jones and Faye Gaskin both tallied braces in the victory that saw Mark Brennan’s team hit the 40-point mark for the third week in a row.But they were made to work hard for it by a Featherstone side that were always in the hunt.Naomi Williams opened the scoring for Saints – but two tries from Kayleigh Bulman rocked the hosts on their heels.Saints stuck at it though and after Gaskin’s kick-off brought an error from the Rovers, Tara Jones went over from dummy half to make it 10-10 at half time.She repeated the feat early in the second half, before Featherstone were reduced to 12 with influential standoff Andrea Dobson binned for persistent foul pay.By the time she returned, Saints had scored twice through Gaskin and Channy Crowl to take a commanding 18-point lead.Dobson reduced that deficit adding a try of her own but Saints weren’t going to be denied,Gaskin went over in the corner – and hit the conversion – before good hands saw Roxy Mura scorch home from 40 metres.After the game Brennan said he was happy with the win and especially the way his side fought back in that first half.“We were a little sloppy at first but kept on working to go in at 10-10,” he said. “We regained our focus at half time and then played much better in the second half.“We showed some nice things with the ball and muscled up well against a physical Featherstone pack.“t was a good win in front of a good home support too. We are really appreciative of the fans coming out to see us.”He continued: “We have a week off now and that will allow us to focus on our next game which will be a tough one away at Wigan.“But we know if we keep on improving and working hard then we will give ourselves a good chance.”Match Summary:Saints: Tries: N. Williams, Jones (2), Gaskin (2), Crowl, Mura Goals: Gaskin (6 from 7)Rovers: Tries: Bulman (2) Dobson Goals: Dobson (1 from 3)HT: 10-10 FT: 40-14Teams:Saints: Rotheram; Yeates, N Williams, K Williams, Burke; Marsh, Gaskin; Lovejoy, Jones, Whitfield, E Rudge, Mura, Crowl. Subs: Taylor, Richardson, Ward, Harris.Rovers: Senior; Lloyd, Daniels, Hazel, Bulman; Dobson, Hepton; Churm, Grenham, Bell, Powell, Harrowell, Teece. Subs: Key, Barford, Lowish, Mills.