Warrington Wolves out to lose their tag of bridesmaids in Challenge Cup final clash against St Helens
- The Challenge Cup final will be contested by Warrington and St Helens in August
- Warrington want to end a run of two final and three semi-final losses since 2012
- Saints have not been involved in the showpiece at Wembley since back in 2008
Warrington and St Helens will meet in the Challenge Cup final for the first time next month – when both will look to overcome their demons in the competition.
The Wire held off a resilient Hull side in their semi-final at the University of Bolton Stadium, before St Helens stuttered past Championship team Halifax.
But the pair’s recent history will surely leave fans uneasy when the Wembley final comes around on August 24.
Warrington Wolves boss Steve Price wants his side to end their Challenge Cup frustrations
(L-R) Jason Clark and Daryl Clark celebrate their Challenge Cup semi-final victory over Hull
‘It feels like we’ve just been invited to the wedding again,’ said Warrington head coach Steve Price. ‘This time we want to be brides, not bridesmaids. We’re not going to get carried away. We’ve still got one game to go.’
Price’s team know only too well the need to keep their emotions in check after losing two finals and three semi-finals since their last victory in 2012.
‘Like Pricey said, we want to be the bride,’ added captain Chris Hill. ‘We’ve not won anything yet and the boys know that. We’ll be ready to go when the time comes.’
St Helens reached the final after an 11-year wait having beaten part-time side Halifax 26-2
Their opponents, Super League leaders St Helens, return to Wembley for the first time since 2008.
Saints fell at the semi-final stage last year to eventual winners Catalans Dragons, and head coach Justin Holbrook will breathe a sigh of relief that they finally have another opportunity.
‘I just knew it was going to be a tough day. Halifax were always going to make it hard for us,’ said Holbrook. ‘We haven’t been there for a long time and that was weighing on the boys’ shoulders.’
Wigan have signed forward George Burgess, 27, from South Sydney Rabbitohs on a three-year deal, starting next season.