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Saints man gutted following Cup final loss

25th August 2019, 18:53 by Dan McCarthy

St Helens centre Mark Percival says watching Warrington lift the Challenge Cup was a terrible experience.

Despite being the overwhelming favourites to win the trophy, for the first time since 2008, they were overturned by a dogged and spirited Warrington outfit 18-4.

The Saints attack looked lacklustre, with only Frenchman Theo Fages crossing the whitewash, and they could not answer the three tries scored by Joe Philbin, Ben Murdoch-Masila and Daryl Clark.

They had two tries disallowed on the day which partly led to their loss.

Firstly, Morgan Knowles' try was not given despite him appearing to ground the ball before it touched the whitewash, with referee Robert Hicks not opting to go to the video referee.

Then Percival also had one ruled after Zeb Taia was ruled to have spilled the ball along the way.

Percival says some of the decision were questionable but did not want to make excuses.

"I'm devastated," Percival said. "I made myself watch them lift the cup because it made me feel sick.

"We had a good week, we trained well and did all the right things but just came up short.

"There were a few calls. I thought I scored, the ball got ripped so I don't get how that's not a try.

"But we don't want to make any excuses. We weren't good enough. I thought we did well to get back into the game in the second half but we lost too much energy."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Dan McCarthy is a reporter who is very knowledgeable about football at all levels, and a keen Leeds United fan. He also follows darts, snooker, motorsport, and rugby league.

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