St Helens coach Kristian Woolf wants Challenge Cup glory

St Helens coach Kristian Woolf says the Super League champions are determined to end their 13-year wait for Challenge Cup glory.

Saints lifted the trophy seven times in the first 13 years of Super League but they have endured a barren run since their 28-16 win over Hull at Wembley in 2008.

Woolf is hoping for a first win in the famous knock-out competition after Saints went down 20-18 to Warrington in 2020, his first season at the club.

The reigning Super League champions take on Cup holders Leeds at the Totally Wicked Stadium this Saturday.

Woolf said: “As soon as the draw was made, there was a real excitement among the players.

“Leeds obviously had some success last year and we get the opportunity to play the Challenge Cup champions. That usually comes a little bit later I suppose but we can’t wait for the game.

“The fact that we haven’t had success in this competition for a very long time hasn’t been lost on us.”

Agar is now in charge of the Leeds team which stands in the way of Woolf’s men in Saturday’s eagerly-anticipated third-round clash of the league champions and Cup holders.

Agar said: “I think it’s the toughest draw you can get, there’s no ducking away from it.

“Kristian and his team have been a real benchmark team for a fair period of time and they’ve had an impressive start to the season.

“One thing that did surprise me is that it’s been a while since they’ve actually won it, given the success that they’ve had.

“As I was the losing coach at Wembley that day (2008), I hope that’s not an omen.”

Subscribe to The Final Hooter on Apple Podcasts and get involved with the free-to-play Fantasy Rugby League 2021.

Rugby League Nostalgia is here! Get involved with Love Rugby League’s new group on Facebook to share all your rugby league nostalgia and celebrate the rich heritage of our sport.

Be the first to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.