Leigh Leopards and Hull KR served up an all time great Challenge Cup Final on Saturday in the first final without Leeds Rhinos, Wigan Warriors, Warrington Wolves and St Helens and it certainly showed that a big game doesn’t need a so called ‘big team’ to be a real spectacle.
But if Leigh keep going the way they are, they will be a big team before long.
They currently sit third in the league and are joint second and now have a Challenge Cup Final win to their name.
Derek Beaumont has been the mastermind behind all of this and he deserved this great moment today.
He had his say on the final after the game.
“I have never been through anything has hard in my entire life. It was the worst game of rugby, not in terms of quality, but for me watching, it was the toughest thing I have ever experienced,” he said on BBC.
“One word – serendipity. For those who know, know. It was our time, it is our turn. Massive respect to Hull KR because what a spectacle that is.
“We are live on the BBC in front of a massive audience for the sport, it’s mainstream.
“Nobody deserved to lose that. But wow, all these people emptied little old Leigh and we have come down here, there is leopard print everywhere – what a feeling.
“This was a won or not game for us, not win or lose, because we have won just by coming here to Wembley.”
He even suggested that super natural forced were behind the win.
“I predicted what end the first try would be scored, I put a feather by those posts and then I think of the wind blowing Tommy Makinson’s ball in that semi-final.
“Something was happening here. Serendipity, the rugby gods have been smiling on us, fate, something was just written in the stars and I think this is one.”
It was great to see two new teams take to Wembley and meet in a major final.
It certainly lived up to the hype as well as both teams battled hard and we were given plenty of drama to sink our teeth into.
It will go down as one of the greats.