Challenge Cup final 2021: Kristian Woolf praises St Helens’ hunger to keep winning trophies


Saints added the Problem Cup to their back-to-back Tremendous League titles with a 26-12 victory over Castleford Tigers at Wembley and head coach Woolf believes there’s loads extra to return from this squad

Final Up to date: 17/07/21 7:59pm

St Helens head coach Kristian Woolf lifts the Problem Cup

Kristian Woolf hailed the starvation of his St Helens facet to maintain chasing trophies after they added the Problem Cup to their current Tremendous League triumphs.

The back-to-back Tremendous League champions fought again from six factors down at half-time to beat Castleford Tigers 26-12 at Wembley on Saturday afternoon, lifting the trophy for the thirteenth time within the membership’s historical past and the primary time since 2008.

Saints are properly within the operating to make it a league and cup double this yr and head coach Woolf, whose first season in cost in 2020 yielded Grand Closing glory, believes there’s nonetheless extra to return from this squad.

Saints declare Problem Cup glory

A comeback from St Helens noticed them win the Problem Cup for the primary time in 13 years by beating Castleford 26-12.

“I believe this group have earned a lot already,” Woolf stated. “You can not overlook they received Tremendous League in 2019 and 2020, and now they’ve finished what they haven’t been capable of do for a very long time and received the Problem Cup.

“They’re actually writing their very own story and it is a terrific one, and one factor which is phenomenal in regards to the group is although they’ve had a lot success and achieved so many issues, there’s an actual starvation within the group.

“They confirmed that on this ultimate, however they needed to actually draw on all the pieces they needed to struggle exhausting and get some win underneath some actually powerful situations. The most important problem we had this yr was we had the starvation and it is a particular form of starvation it’s important to must win championships.

“To win the sport the best way we did exhibits this group has nonetheless received that. Now we have received a protracted technique to go, however one factor I’d do is again this group to maintain attaining as a result of they’re an distinctive group.”

Theo Fages earned praise from Kristian Woolf for his role in the win over Castleford

Theo Fages earned reward from Kristian Woolf for his position within the win over Castleford

Woolf acknowledged his facet needed to do it powerful towards Castleford at Wembley, the place they discovered themselves 12-6 down after taking the lead by Theo Fages’ early try to may have been additional behind had it not been for some immense defence in direction of the top of the primary half.

Tries from James Roby, Tommy Makinson and Kyle Amor together with Lachlan Coote’s goal-kicking noticed St Helens transfer away from the Tigers after the break although they had been affected by accidents through the recreation.

A type of was Fages, who left the sphere at half-time with a suspected shoulder harm, and Woolf praised the French half-back for taking part in on for so long as he felt he may earlier than being changed by Jack Welsby.

“It was apparent he was not fairly proper within the first half and he is powerful,” Woolf stated. “He tried to hold on, however we had been actually underneath a little bit of duress there and needed to do it powerful.

They’re actually writing their very own story and it is a terrific one, and one factor which is phenomenal in regards to the group is although they’ve had a lot success and achieved so many issues, there’s an actual starvation within the group.

St Helens head coach Kristian Woolf

“If there’s one group you need to be concerned with in that form of state of affairs the place you’ve got to struggle for issues and be actually powerful it is this group, they usually have proven that loads of instances.

“I can’t reward Theo sufficient for his toughness to remain on the market making tackles and hold making an attempt. He scored the primary try to he had the issue actually early and battled by it.

“He made the appropriate choice at half-time and felt like he was letting the group down and couldn’t do his job, and we had Jack Welsby on the bench. As Jack has finished loads of instances, he did an excellent job and he is an excellent child.”

A restricted crowd of 40,000 had been in attendance for the ultimate, the largest at a rugby league recreation within the UK because the Covid-19 pandemic started, and Woolf was delighted his crew had been capable of rejoice with the St Helens followers who made the journey to Wembley.

James Roby, Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook and Kyle Amor celebrate with St Helens' fans

James Roby, Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook and Kyle Amor rejoice with St Helens’ followers

The 46-year-old Australian additionally hopes these from the city are pleased with the efforts of his facet.

“They’re an distinctive group of males,” Woolf stated. “They simply hold turning up, hold discovering methods to win they usually do it powerful every time they’re requested, they usually can do it fairly on the identical time.

“I get the impression the city is so pleased with them and they need to be as a result of the best way they hold turning up and placing their our bodies on the road. That is precisely what you need in your footy crew and that is precisely what we noticed within the faces of individuals on the finish.

“The followers had been excellent and with the ability to stroll round on the finish and listen to the songs they had been singing and the look on their faces, that is what the gamers actually get pleasure from and need to put the present on for.”


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