Saints women to face Leeds in cup semi-final after win over Featherstone

The irresistible force versus the immovable object is the best way to describe the forthcoming Betfred Women's Challenger Cup semi-final clash between Saints and holders Leeds Rhinos.

Monday, 10th May 2021, 9:52 am
Updated Monday, 10th May 2021, 9:54 am
Amy Hardcastle and Dawn Akrigg. Picture: SWPix

Details of the venue and coverage of the last four showdown, which will both be played on Saturday, May 22, will be confirmed this week.

The BBC have also revealed that the final, which will be played before the men’s last four stage on Saturday, June 5, will be shown live on BBC2 for the first time.

Saints earned their spot in the last four following a 44-10 victory over Featherstone Rovers to maintain their 100 per cent start to the new season but will come face-to-face with two-times winners Leeds who are also unbeaten in 2021.

Saints' team: Rachael Woosey, Danielle Bush, Amy Hardcastle, Naomi Williams, Eboni Partington, Beth Stott, Faye Gaskin, Dawn Akrigg, Tara Jones, Chantelle Crowl, Emily Rudge, Pip Birchall, Jodie Cunningham. Interchanges: Isabelle Rudge, Paige Travis, Zoe Harris, Alice Sandham.

Tries: Faye Gaskin (3, 66), Amy Hardcastle (6, 14, 20), Danielle Bush (44), Emily Rudge (49), Jodie Cunningham (60), Tara Jones (77). Conversions: Faye Gaskin (3 / 7), Beth Stott (1 /2)

Featherstone Rovers: Kayleigh Bulman, Leilah Mills, Beth Blacklock, Jesscia Courtman, Chloe Billington, Andrea Dobson, Olivia Grace, Zoe Teece, Cairo Newby, Brogan Churm, Jessica Hammond, Hannah Watt, Katherine Hepworth. Interchanges: Matilda Butler, Chloe Reynolds, Helen Teasdale, Lauren Roberts

Tries: Lauren Roberts (26), Andrea Dobson (80). Conversions: Katie Hepworth (0 /1), Beth Blacklock (1/1). Half-time 20-4. Full-time 44-10.

In the other semi-final, York City Knights will play Castleford. Tigers.