Challenge Cup Final Review

Catalans Dragons beat Warrington Wolves 20-14 to become the first non-English side to lift the trophy in the tournament’s 122-year history.

From the moment Lewis Tierney stepped over the line in the second-minute the Catalans looked poised to make history at Wembley Stadium.

The try had special significance for the winger, repeating the feat of his father Jason Robinson, who scored twice at Wembley in 1995 to help Wigan beat Leeds Rhinos.

Josh Drinkwater then kicked over the conversion and soon followed up with a penalty right in front of the posts to make the score 8-0.

A string of missed opportunities and some bad luck made for an unconvincing opening from Wolves, but their luck appeared to change as Ben Murdoch-Masila scored a try off a spill from Catalans’ winger Fouad Yaha.

Tyrone Roberts kicked over the conversion to narrow the gap, only for Ben Garcia to crash over the line and Drinkwater to convert to restore Catalans’ eight-point lead. 

The second half opened with the Dragons’ third try thanks to Brayden Wiliame and with the Catalans lead extended to fourteen points, the trophy slipped further out of reach for Warrington.

Warrington mounted a late offensive and managed to get within six points with a try from George King followed by a goal and a penalty from Tyrone Roberts to put the score at 20-14, but it was too little too late as Catalans put up a strong defence to complete history.

The French side defied the odds, having avoided relegation only the season before, and are now the winners of the 117th Challenge Cup.

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