Wednesday 12

Rugby League

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.

More Rugby League

Recent Sport Headlines

Horse Racing

Pogo poised for Strensall Stakes outing

11th August 2020, 15:53

Charlie Hills has been impressed with Pogo's improvement and says he would be well-suited to the Strensall Stakes at York later this month.

Horse Racing

Moody prioritises Melbourne Cup for Nickajack Cave

11th August 2020, 14:25

Trainer Peter Moody says Nickajack Cave will be aimed at the Melbourne Cup after joining his stable in Australia.

Horse Racing

Aspetar may struggle - Charlton

10th August 2020, 17:05

Trainer Roger Charlton has conceded that Aspetar may struggle to compete in the Juddmonte International at York this month.

Horse Racing

Enable to miss York ahead of Arc bid

10th August 2020, 16:51

John Gosden's Enable will now have her prep run at Kempton rather than York ahead of the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe.

Horse Racing

Appleby delighted as Space Blues opens Group One account

9th August 2020, 18:44

Trainer Charlie Appleby was full of praise for stable star Space Blues as he opened his Group One account in the Prix Maurice de Gheest at Deauville.

Horse Racing

Mohaather in line for France outing

9th August 2020, 10:46

Trainer Marcus Tregoning has revealed Mohaather could be given one run in France before heading to Ascot in October.

Horse Racing

Plenty of options on the table for Kameko

8th August 2020, 14:20

Connections are set to decide Kameko's next step after the weekend with four potential destinations on the table.

Horse Racing

Curragh given go ahead for Sunday card

8th August 2020, 11:45

Racing has been given the go ahead at the Curragh on Sunday despite a partial lockdown coming into place in County Kildare.