Hull's former Saints set up Challenge Cup semi-final showdown

Two former St Helens players have set their sights on gunning down the club which gave them a crucial step on the way to a professional Rugby League career and now find themselves 80 minutes away from a possible Wembley date for the first time.

Monday, 10th May 2021, 1:26 pm
Updated Monday, 10th May 2021, 1:28 pm
Adam Swift. Picture: SWPix

Both winger Adam Swift and back rower Andre Savelio were team-mates at the Total Wicked Stadium between 2014-2016 but are now reunited at Hull FC who Saints now face in the semi-final of the Beltred Challenge Cup early next month.

Swift, who was switched to full back for the quarter final victory over Wigan Warriors on Saturday, will have a massive point to prove after spending eight seasons with his home-town club where he made 130 appearances and scored 86 tries.

But the 28-year-old was unable to command a regular first team slot in the face of stiff competition from the likes of Tommy Makinson and the emerging talent of Regan Grace and after what he describes as 'a rubbish season' on Humberside in 2020, he is now showing his true ability.

The former Cowley pupil, who grabbed a last-gasp length-of-the-field try to scupper Wigan's chance of progress in the competition, said: ''Scoring tries is what I'm paid for and being St Helens-born and bred to get one over Wigan is always pleasing.''

Like Swift, 26-year-old Savelio joined Saints as a teenager, making a total of 42 appearances before moving on to other clubs and finally landing at Hull.