SAINTS’ Challenge Cup Final win over Castleford threw up plenty of little facts to remember.

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1. It was the first time Saints have brought the Challenge Cup back to their ‘new’ Totally Wicked Stadium/Langtree Park home.

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2. Kristian Woolf is the first coach since Daniel Anderson to bring the cup home – succeeding where Mick Potter, Royce Simmons, Nathan Brown, Keiron Cunningham and Justin Holbrook failed.

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3. It is the first time Saints have had both major trophies since the Challenge Cup win of 2007.

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4.The combined age of the Saints starting front row (Walmsley, Roby and LMS) was 101 – a year older than the famous Dad’s Army team of 1976.

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5. Saints win continues a trend for back to back champions. Title winners in 1970 and 71, cup winners in 1972.

Title winners in 1999 and 2000, cup winners in 2001.

And title winners in 2019 and 20, cup winners in 2021.

St Helens Star: 6. It is the first time Saints have beaten Cas in a cup final - the only previous final meeting was the 1965 BBC2 Floodlit Final at Knowsley Road, which the visitors won 4-0.

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7. James Roby’s Challenge Cup winning performance means he now breaks the record for the span between first and last win. (2006-2021) Gus Risman had the previous record having won with Salford in 1938 and Workington in 1952.

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8. Sione Mata’utia missed the game with suspension – so could not play against his brother Peter. He joins players like Paul Cullen (Warrington, 1990) and Dave Chisnall (Leigh in 1971) in missing Wembley.

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9. The game was a Government test event, meaning a half capacity was allowed – providing the biggest rugby league crowd since the 2019 Grand Final.

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10. It is the 13th time Saints have won the Challenge Cup.