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Warrington see off Saints at Wembley

24th August 2019, 17:28 by Bobbie Jackson

Warrington Wolves brushed aside St Helens to lift the Challenge Cup for the first time since 2012 courtesy of an 18-4 win.

Saints have been the dominant team in Super League this season but Warrington, who sit second in the standings, prevailed at Wembley.

The Wolves controlled proceedings in the first half and took the lead on 25 minutes when Joe Philbin weaved his way through the defence before bundling over the line.

Ben Murdoch-Masila helped the Wire to take a firm grip on the game as he powered his way in, before Stefan Ratchford kicked his second successful conversion.

The onus was on Saints to come out fighting in the second half and registered their first score through Theo Fages.

But, their wait for a first Challenge Cup title since 2008 goes on after Daryl Clark put Warrington out of reach with a late try.

Warrington head coach Steve Price told BBC One: "It had to take a special performance, they've been the benchmark team all season but we stayed at it and broke them down, I'm just ecstatic for the playing group."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Bobbie Jackson is a reporter with an in-depth knowledge of football at all levels. A Blackpool supporter, Bobbie is also a keen rugby union, boxing, MMA and UFC follower.

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