2021 Challenge Cup Final: Christian Woolf praises St Helens for eagerness to continue to win trophies | Rugby Union News


The Saints defeated the Castleford Tigers 26-12 at Wembley and added the Challenge Cup to their back-to-back Super League title. Coach Woolf believes there is much more to this team.

Last update: 17/07/21 7:59pm

St Helens coach Christian Woolf raises the Challenge Cup

Kristian Woolf (Kristian Woolf) cheered his St Helens team is eager to continue chasing the trophy after joining the Challenge Cup in their most recent Super League victory.

The back-to-back Chinese Super League champions counterattack defeated after being 6 points behind at halftime Castleford Tigers have a 26-12 record at Wembley on Saturday afternoonThis is the 13th time in the club’s history that the trophy has been lifted, and also the first time since 2008.

The Saints have performed well in this year’s league and cup double crowns. Head coach Woolf won the glory of the finals in his first season coaching in 2020. He believes that this team has more potential.

Saints win the Challenge Cup glory

Returning from St Helens, they defeated Castleford 26-12 and won the Challenge Cup for the first time in 13 years.

“I think this team has made a lot of money,” Woolf said. “You can’t forget that they won the Chinese Super League in 2019 and 2020. Now they have accomplished what they haven’t done for a long time and won the Challenge Cup.

“Of course they are writing their own story. This is an amazing story. One of the special features of this team is that although they have achieved so many successes and achieved so many achievements, there is still a real sense of hunger in the team.

“They proved it in this final, but they have to really use everything they have to fight hard and win under some very difficult conditions. The biggest challenge we face this year is that we have a sense of hunger, which is a kind of With a special hunger, you must win the championship.

“Winning the game in our way shows that this group is still doing this. We still have a long way to go, but one thing I have to do is to support this group to continue to achieve success because they are a special group. “

Theo Faggis won praise from Christian Woolf in the victory over Castleford

Theo Faggis won praise from Christian Woolf in the victory over Castleford

Woolf admitted that his team had to play hard at Wembley against Castleford. They found themselves behind 12-6 after taking the lead in an early attempt by Theo Fagis. If Instead of doing some huge defense at the end of the game, they might fall behind in the first half.

The attempts of James Robbie, Tommy Mackinson and Kyle Amor and the goal of Lachlan Coulter allowed St Helens to get rid of the Tigers after the intermission, even though they suffered injuries during the game. Impact.

One of them was Faggis, who left the court at the end of halftime with a suspected shoulder injury. Woolf praised the French central defender for sticking to the game as much as possible before being replaced by Jack Welsby.

Woolf said: “Obviously he was not right in the first half, and he was strong.” “He tried to move on, but we must have been under some coercion there and had to work hard.

Of course they are writing their own story. This is an amazing story, and the special thing about this team is that, despite so many successes and many achievements, there is still a real sense of hunger in the team.

St Helens coach Christian Woolf

“If there is a team that you want to participate in a situation where you have to fight for things and are very difficult, it is this team. They have proven this many times.

“I am full of praise for Theo’s tenacity. He insisted on making tackles on the court and continuing to try. He scored in the first attempt. He ran into a problem very early and passed it.

“He made the right decision at halftime and felt that he disappointed the team and couldn’t complete his job. We let Jack Welsby sit on the bench. Because Jack has done so many times, he did A great job, and he is an excellent kid.”

With 40,000 people participating in the final, it was the largest game in the English Rugby League since the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic. Woolf is pleased that his team will be able to celebrate Wembley with fans traveling to St Helens.

James Robbie, Louis McCarthy-Scarsbrook and Kyle Amor celebrate with fans of St Helens

James Robbie, Louis McCarthy-Scarsbrook and Kyle Amor celebrate with fans of St Helens

The 46-year-old Australian also hopes that people in town will be proud of the hard work around him.

“They are a special group of people,” Woolf said. “They just keep showing up, constantly looking for ways to win. Whenever they are asked, they will do it very hard, and they can do well at the same time.

“My impression is that the city is proud of them. They should be so because of the way they keep showing up and staying healthy. This is the football team you want, and this is where we are at the end.

“The fans were very good and were able to walk around in the end and hear the songs they sang and the expressions on their faces. That’s why the players really like and want to broadcast the show.”



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