2007 Challenge Cup Final
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Pre-match at the 2007 Challenge Cup Final
|Date||25 August 2007|
|Location||London, United Kingdom|
The 2007 Carnegie Challenge Cup Final was played by the holders St. Helens and Catalans Dragons at the new Wembley Stadium on 25 August 2007. The Dragons were the first French club ever to take part in the competition's final. After a competitive game, St Helens won the competition with a 30 - 8 victory.
Return to Wembley
Wembley Stadium is the traditional home of most major sports finals in England, including Rugby League's Challenge Cup Final. The original Wembley Stadium has a hosted the Challenge Cup Final almost every year since the 1929 Challenge Cup Final where Wigan Warriors beat Dewsbury Rams 13 – 2. The only exception to Wembley hosting the final was during the second world war where a variety of stadiums were used to host the final and during 1932 where Central Park in Wigan hosted the final. However in 2000, the Challenge Cup Final moved out of Wembley in preparation for the start of the building of the new stadium in 2003. During this time Murrayfield, Twickenham, and the Millennium Stadium were used to host the final. In 2007 the final returned to Wembley along with most major English sporting finals.
Route to the final
St Helens began their Challenge Cup campaign with a fourth round 78–14 thrashing of National League One side Batley Bulldogs before going on to thrash another National League One side Rochdale Hornets 70 points to 10 in the fifth round. The quarter finals saw a comfortable victory over Super League side Warrington Wolves before another comfortable victory over title rivals Bradford Bulls put them in the final.
|4th||Batley Bulldogs (H)||78–14|
|5th||Rochdale Hornets (H)||70–10|
|QF||Warrington Wolves (H)||25–14|
|SF||Bradford Bulls (N)||35–14|
Catalans Dragons began their Challenge Cup campaign with a thrashing of 2007 National League Two side Featherstone Rovers 70 points to 12. A fifth round victory over Whitehaven saw the Dragons progress to the quarter finals where a narrow away win over Hull F.C., 26 points to 23, put them in the semi-finals. A comfortable win against Wigan Warriors of 37 points to 24 placed the Dragons in their first ever Challenge Cup Final.
|4th||Featherstone Rovers (H)||70–12|
|QF||Hull F.C. (A)||26–23|
|SF||Wigan Warriors (N)||37–24|
August 25, 2007
|St. Helens||30 - 8||Catalans Dragons|
|Tries: Roby 33'
Gardner (2) 40', 78'
Goals: Long (5)
|(Report)||Tries: Khattabi 35'|
St Helens: Paul Wellens, Ade Gardner, Matt Gidley, Willie Talau, Francis Meli; Leon Pryce, Sean Long, Nick Fozzard, Keiron Cunningham, Jason Cayless, Lee Gilmour, Mike Bennett, Jon Wilkin
Subs: James Roby, James Graham, Paul Clough, Maurie Fa'asavalu Coach: Daniel Anderson
Catalans: Clint Greenshields, Justin Murphy, John Wilson, Sébastien Raguin, Younes Khattabi, Adam Mogg, Stacey Jones (c), Jérôme Guisset, Luke Quigley, Alex Chan, Jason Croker, Cyrille Gossard, Grégory Mounis
Subs: Rémi Casty, David Ferriol, Vincent Duport, Kane Bentley Coach: Mick Potter
The following attended the final:
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- "Quins RL introduce Johns to Wembley Stadium". Quins. 22 August 2007. Archived from the original on 28 September 2007. Retrieved 25 August 2007.
- "Joe Lydon - Wembley". Quins. 24 August 2007. Archived from the original on 30 September 2007. Retrieved 25 August 2007.
- "Why I will miss being on parade". Yorkshire Post. 24 August 2007. Archived from the original on 28 September 2007. Retrieved 25 August 2007.
- "Sir Steve Redgrave to be guest of honour at Cup Final". SportFocus. 13 August 2007. Retrieved 25 August 2007.
- "Sir Steve to honour Challenge Cup winners". St Helens Today. 13 August 2007. Archived from the original on 27 September 2007. Retrieved 25 August 2007.
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