Old pals Lomax and Gaskell in cup tie battle

Two old team-mates, who earlier in their careers were being tipped as potential first choice half back partners at St Helens, will come face-to-face in a fascinating and intriguing battle of wits on Friday at Emerald Headingley.

Tuesday, 4th May 2021, 12:44 pm
Updated Tuesday, 4th May 2021, 12:46 pm
Huddersfield's Lee Gaskell is tackled by Sione Mata'utiaand Joel Thompson. Picture: SWPIx

In the red corner will be Saints' highly talented star Jonny Lomax and in the blue corner (or should it be claret and gold?) will stand Huddersfield's gifted playmaker Lee Gaskell.

Both are 30 years of age and at the pinnacle of their powers and can have a vital role in deciding which club progresses to the semi-final of the Challenge Cup - even though Gaskell, whose favoured position is in the halves, has been operating in the no 1 role recently and landed a last-gasp drop goal to earn the Giants a 14-13 Super League victory over neighbours Leeds Rhinos at the John Smith's Stadium on Sunday.

Billinge-born England international Lomax has recently just signed a two-year extension to his contract, which will now run until the end of the 2024 campaign, while Gaskell - a son of St Helens - is committed to the Yorkshire club until the end of this year.

Neither player has experienced Challenge Cup Final glory but will be wanting to put that record straight.

Saints last won the coveted trophy in 2008 when they defeated Hull FC 28-16 and you need to go back to 1953 to find the last time the Tykes triumphed at Wembley. And guess who they beat? It was St Helens 15-10!