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Women’s Challenge Cup clash cancelled as club unable to name a team

St Helens Women’s scheduled trip to Bartercard Odsal Stadium to face Bradford Bulls in the Challenge Cup will not go ahead as planned the club have confirmed.

St Helens issued the following statement: “Bradford are unable to fulfil the fixture due to injuries, meaning Saints will be awarded a 0-48 victory and all but sealing our progression to the Quarter-Finals of this years competition.

“We would like to apologise for any inconvenience caused to fans who had already planned to be at tomorrow’s game in West Yorkshire.

“Saints defeated London Broncos 64-0 at Cowley Playing Fields last Saturday to open their 2024 season. Due to the late cancellation, our second game of the season will now take place on Sunday 7th April 2024 at Victoria Park against Warrington Wolves, with kick off set for 12pm.

“Saints’ first home game of the season will see the Red V welcome Huddersfield Giants to the Totally Wicked Stadium in the Betfred Women’s Super League on Sunday 28th April 2024. You can purchase tickets online for that game here

“There is also time to get involved in sponsorship with Saints this season. Both Player and Kit Sponsorships remain available.”

St Helens coach addresses Challenge Cup cancelation

Head Coach Matty Smith said: “Obviously disappointed that the game is not going ahead now. We had prepared well for the game this weekend and was looking forward to getting to visit Odsal on Saturday.

“We now have to look ahead to our last Group Stage game against Warrington in April, with two weeks now to prepare for that game which looks like it could be winner tops the group.”

Saints are the current holders of the Women’s Challenge Cup after consecutive Challenge Cup Final wins.

In 2021, they won the treble before lifting the Challenge Cup in 2022 at Elland Road in the final against Leeds Rhinos.

Then in the first ever Wembley final they retained the trophy by defeating the Leeds Rhinos yet again.

Leeds themselves won back to back Challenge Cups in 2018 and 2019. In 2019 they won the double with final wins against Castleford Tigers in both major finals that season.

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