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It’s rugby league’s great showpiece, the afternoon when the northern sport treks to Wembley Stadium to show the south what it’s missing. The 120th Challenge Cup Final sees St Helens grappling with underdogs Castleford Tigers and, as the event is exempt from Covid-19 restrictions, 45,000 fans will be there to see it.

The tussle between sides who both scored over 30 semi-final points should be worthy of the occasion. With Australian fullback Lachlan Coote in a rich vein of form and influential centre Mark Percival returning from injury, title-chasing St Helens sense a first Challenge Cup since 2008.

Naturally, the Tigers have other ideas. Head coach Daryl Powell has brought belief and free-flowing style to the perennial under-achievers. Australian veteran Jordan Turner scored a dashing semi-final hat-trick against Warrington Wolves, who Powell will join at the end of the season, while not for nothing is combative hooker Paul McShane rugby league’s reigning Man of Steel.

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