2008 Challenge Cup Final

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2008 (2008) Challenge Cup Final  ()
1 2 Total
ST H Saintscolours.svg 10 18 28
HUL Hullcolours.svg 0 16 16
Date 30 August 2008
Stadium Wembley Stadium
Location London, United Kingdom
Lance Todd Trophy winner Paul Wellens, St Helens
Referee Steve Ganson
Attendance 82,821
Broadcast partner
Broadcaster BBC Sport
Commentator Ray French
 < 2007

The 2008 Challenge Cup Final was the final game of the 2008 Challenge Cup, also known as The Carnegie Challenge Cup for sponsorship reasons. The match was contested by two Super League teams: the defending champions St. Helens and Hull.

The final was played at the new Wembley Stadium on 30 August 2008 and kicked off at 14:30 BST. St Helens won the match 28-16 after a topsy-turvy game in which they were in front by 10 points at half time, then went 12-10 before roaring back to win by a clear margin.[1] [2]

Route to the final[edit]

Both St Helens and Hull, as Super League clubs, entered the competition in round 4. St Helens started by thrashing National League Two side London Skolars 56-0 and Hull convincingly beat Rochdale Hornets 42-5. In round 5 St Helens narrowly beat fellow Super League side Warrington Wolves and Hull won against Widnes.

In the quarter finals, Hull and St Helens again recorded narrow victories against Bradford (22-16) and Hull KR (24-18) respectively.

The first semi-final between St Helens and Leeds Rhinos finished 26-16 in St Helens' favour. Hull also reached the final by beating Wakefield Trinity Wildcats 32-24 at the Keepmoat Stadium.


St Helens

  • 56-0 v London Skolars
  • 40-34 v Warrington Wolves
  • 24-18 v Hull KR
  • 26-16 v Leeds Rhinos

Hull FC

Match details[edit]

30 August 2008
Saintscolours.svg St Helens 28 v 16 Hullcolours.svg Hull
Try: Gidley 8' m
Meli 18' c, 65' c
Wilkin 71' c
Pryce 78' c
Goals: Long (4)
Report Try: Yeaman 44' c, 63' c
Raynor 74' m
Goals: Tickle (2)
Wembley Stadium, London
Attendance: 82,821
Referee/s: Steve Ganson


  1. ^ "Challenge Cup final "As It Happened"". BBC Sport. 30 August 2008. Archived from the original on 31 August 2008. Retrieved 30 August 2008. 
  2. ^ "St Helens crowned champions". therfl.co.uk. 30 August 2008. Retrieved 30 August 2008. 

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