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Challenge Cup Final Review
Hull FC 16 Tries: Yeaman 2, Raynor Goals: Tickle 2
St Helens 28 Tries: Gidley, Meli 2, Wilkin, Pryce Goals: Long 4 Played at Wembley Stadium London, Att: 82,821
St Helens won their third consecutive Challenge Cup by withstanding a Hull FC comeback
Saints were dealt a huge blow after only two-minutes when former Great Britain Captain Paul Sculthorpe was forced off the field with a dislocated shoulder.
Minutes later the holders took the lead when, man of the match, Paul Wellens sent Matt Gidley in for the opening try of the game. Hull tried to get on terms and were unlucky not to score when Tod Byrne lost the ball over the line. From the resulting 20-meter restart James Graham feed Francis Meli to go 60-meters to give St Helens a 10-0 lead at the break.
Hull finally got on the score-sheet just after the break with a Kirk Yeaman score. On 65-minutes the comeback was complete as Yeaman scored his second the give the Black and Whites the lead for the first time in the game at 12-10.
St Helens showed their class and hit straight back with Meli going in the corner. John Wilkin