Sunday Social: Challenge Cup Final special

James Messenger

It is time for Love Rugby League’s Sunday Social, your alternative recap of the serious and not so serious talking points from the past seven days. This week’s edition focuses on the 2019 Challenge Cup final.

Before the action got underway in the capital, the crowd observed a moment’s applause for youngster Archie Bruce. The 20-year-old tragically lost his life earlier this month, hours after making his first-team debut for Batley away at Toulouse.

Having scored the game-clinching try in Warrington’s semi-final victory over Hull FC last month, Joe Philbin once again stepped up to the plate with their first score of the match at Wembley. The hometown forward produced a superb solo effort to score his fourth try of 2019.

One man who was more elated than most to claim victory was Lance Todd Trophy winner Daryl Clark. The 26-year-old won at Wembley at the fourth time of asking, having tasted defeat with Castleford in 2014 and Warrington in 2016 and 2018.

Josh Charnley made his return to the Wolves lineup with a solid display, having not featured since their defeat to Castleford on July 21. He produced a solid display alongside fellow winger Tom Lineham, with both men lifting the Challenge Cup trophy for the first time.

He may not have been playing, but that didn’t stop young hooker Danny Walker making a big splash by soaking Head Coach Steve Price with a bucket of water at the full-time whistle. Given the final result, I don’t think Price will mind one bit!

And finally, here is the moment that those in Primrose and Blue got their hands on the Challenge Cup. The trophy was presented by the Duke of Sussex, Prince Harry.

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