Derek Beaumont predicts shocking score in Challenge Cup Final

Leigh Leopards and Hull KR defeated Wigan Warriors and St Helens to book their place at Wembley this weekend in a generational final as it is the first final since 1986 to not feature Leeds Rhinos, Warrington Wolves, Wigan or St Helens.

You have to go back even further to find the last time Leigh won the trophy which was back in 1971.

As for Hull KR, it has been a wait since 1980 so they could both deliver a generational moment at Wembley.

It is great to see two teams who don’t frequently make major finals in the decider breaking the monopoly of the so called ‘big clubs’ when it comes to major finals.

Leigh owner Derek Beaumont highlighted how important this is on BBC Breakfast:

“Yeah, and I think that’s important to the game because if you’ve always got the same teams winning, it doesn’t attract viewers.

“I think this year, the competition as a whole, the Super League in general, it’s a lot closer and there’s not a lot of points in difference. So, anybody can beat anybody on the day. That final is two teams who are playing exciting round of rugby, so it’ll be a great spectacle.

Beaumont also gave a score prediction and he is very, very, very confident:

“I’m a confident person. I think it’ll be a good tight game. I think it’s a contest.

“Oh, you’re really harsh on me now, I think defensively we’re very very strong so I don’t think we’ll concede more than ten points and I think we’re worth thirty.”

This came as he highlighted the value of the rebrand to the club:

“There was a little bit of reluctance to get into it at first. You know, a lot of men say, you’ll never see me in leopard print and then there they are, heat to toe clad in it. You’ll see at Wembley this weekend just how mad it is.

“It’s a great thing because you can either wear it smart, you can wear it novelty or you can go completely chavtastic with it.”

And now the club are giving back with Beaumont also speaking about the impact on the community:

“It’s the bit I love most about rugby league, you know, and the way that we can infect the community, the way that we can help others, the way that we can recognise things.

“Our town doesn’t have a lot, it’s an old sort of pit town, they don’t exist anymore, the mills don’t exist anymore, so all we’ve really got, what people look forward to, is a game of rugby and we’ve always been languishing in the lower levels.

“We’ve made Super League three times and never really sort of made it work so this time we kind of have and so many people so happy and smiling about it.”