“Awful” – St Helens fans call for “radical overhaul” after Challenge Cup semi-final defeat

St Helens’ road to Wembley has been cut off by the brilliant Leigh Leopards after a fantastic game at Warrington Wolves’ Halliwell Jones Stadium.

It was one of the great semi-finals of recent memory. The Leopards were battered in every sense other than the scoreboard in the first 40 as they defended heroically.

Saints had a near perfect first 40 with Joey Lussick on his final appearance particularly special scoring a quintessential number nine’s try as well as nailing a seismic 40/20 kicking it from within the 20 metre area of the Saints which landed in within the 10 metres of Leigh.

But they couldn’t extend their advantage by halftime and soon they were 12-6 behind thanks to tries for Oliver Holmes and Zak Hardaker.

A Jonny Lomax try nearly saw the game go to golden point but Tommy Makinson missed the shot at goal prompting heart break for the St Helens fans.

The fans were divided with one fan praising a Saints side who had to deal with plenty of adversity in the game and before it.

Meanwhile, on the flipside of things, one fan noted a number of minor mistakes that added up to defeat.

Other fans highlighted the attacking threat of the Saints, or lack there of, as the problem for the Saints.

This was a repeated complaint as the “patterns of play” of the Champions were questioned.

Another fan was much simpler in their assessment branding them as “awful.”

This prompted some Saints fans to call for big changes.

Even Paul Wellens’ role was questioned.

Whilst the players were also questioned alongside Wellens.

There was one fan who straight up said “Wellens out.”

Perhaps quite rightly another fan responded to this underlining that Kristian Woolf lost a semi-final a year ago as well.

The Saints still remain many people’s favourites to win the Grand Final which says everything you need to know about the reigning Super League Champions.

What is the old expression? Never write off the Saints…