James Roby reaches new heights as St Helens achieve their first Challenge Cup win in 13 years

James Roby reaches new heights as St Helens secure their first Challenge Cup in 13 years with win over Castleford at Wembley

  • St Helens defeated Castleford to win the Challenge Cup for the first time since 2008
  • Tigers led 12-6 at halftime in their bid to end their 35-year wait for the trophy
  • But Saints ran in three second-half attempts to claim the win at Wembley on Saturday

Jack Welsby had just turned three when St Helens captain James Roby made his debut in 2004.

On Saturday at Wembley, the two combined for Saints’ first Challenge Cup win in 13 years, confirming a new golden era in the club’s illustrious history.

Kristian Woolf’s side will now bid to take a ‘three-peat’ with a third consecutive Super League title.

James Roby (left) and head coach Kristian Woolf hold the trophy after the Challenge Cup final

Whether Roby, 35, will continue his remarkable playing career in a 19th season remains to be seen, but he’s still the heartbeat of a star-studded side.

When the whore finally retires, watching St. Helens without Roby will be like going to Paris and not seeing the Eiffel Tower.

“I haven’t made a decision about next year yet,” said Roby, whose second-half effort turned the game in his favor. “On the one hand, you could say it would be nice to finish on a high at the end of this season. On the other hand, why finish when there are more trophies to be won?

“It’s a difficult one, but I’ll sit down with the club and decide.”

Welsby’s dramatic late try led to victory in last season’s Grand Final against Wigan and he once again underlined his talent with a fine display from the bench.

The 20-year-old, whose run and pass created an important try for Tommy Makinson, said: “It was a special day that the fans have been waiting for a long time.”