Get excited, because knockout rugby league is happening this Saturday! Our Saints take on Hull FC, our first of two trips to the MKM Stadium in six days. Kick-off is at 2:30pm.
TICKET & COACH INFORMATION
Over 1,000 of the Saints faithful have already secured their tickets for this game! All tickets are designated as unreserved seating. Tickets will be available on gameday at the MKM Stadium, with prices listed below – but cash is only accepted on the turnstiles, card at the Ticket Office.
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Coach Travel Information
Official coach travel with the Club has now SOLD OUT. The coach will depart the Totally Wicked Stadium at 10:30am on Saturday, 17th June.
ACADEMY UP FIRST
Make more of your trip to Hull, go and support our young guns! Our Under 18’s have a 100% record in the Academy Championship season so far, but the Red V face a tough challenge against a Hull FC side who have only tasted defeat once so far in 2023.
Saints head into the game in good form after a dominant home win over Hull KR last time out, backing up the victories over Newcastle, Warrington, Wigan, Huddersfield and London.
Furthermore, six of our Academy players have been named for the England Academy match against France in July – read more here.
For the first time this season, Paul Wellens has named an unchanged 21-man squad. It is the same squad that secured a dominant victory in The Derby over Wigan Warriors last Friday night.
Read more on the Saints’ squad news by clicking on the image below.
WELLENS ON THE CHALLENGE WE FACE IN HULL
In front of their own fans in a knockout clash, Wellens knows this proves to be a tough task to get into the final four of the Cup.
The Saints boss also provides an update on his squad, including Morgan Knowles who appeared to have a rib issue during last Friday’s match. Furthermore, Paul Wellens discusses his own challenges with selecting the matchday seventeen with the squad looking in a strong position after some injuries earlier in the year.
WHO WILL BE THE MAN IN THE MIDDLE?
The referee for the quarter-final clash between Hull FC and Saints will be Chris Kendall, he will be supported by the touch judges M. Griffiths and W. Turley, whilst Tom Grant will be the video referee.
CHALLENGE CUP QUARTER-FINALS SCHEDULE
Saturday, 17th June
Hull KR vs Salford Red Devils – 12pm (Viaplay)
Hull FC vs St Helens – 2:30pm (BBC One)
Sunday, 18th June
Wigan Warrington vs Warrington Wolves – 2:30pm (BBC One)
York Knights vs Leigh Leopards – 5pm (Viaplay)
A LOOK AT HULL FC…
In front of their own home crowd, with a chance to get within one step away from Wembley, and to end a 15-game losing run against St Helens, there is plenty of motivation for Hull FC on Saturday afternoon.
The Black & Whites have begun to click though under new Head Coach for 2023 Tony Smith, who joined the club after his time at Hull KR ended during last season. Taking over from Brett Hodgson who was relieved of his duties at the end of 2022 following what was a dismal second half of the campaign.
Following back-to-back victories to start this season, a disastrous run of seven defeats followed for Hull FC leaving many of their supporters concerned their many heavy defeats of recent years was a trend they could not break. But Smith’s philosophy appears to be sinking in more with the squad as the year rolls on. A run of four wins on the spin helped, including their Round Six win over Castleford to get to the quarter-finals.
The Airlie Birds’ performance of the season so far came at Magic Weekend when they cruised past high-flying Warrington, 30-18.
In 2023, FC’s squad has been bolstered by key spine additions such as fullback Tex Hoy, as well as two half-back options in Jake Trueman and Jake Clifford, but the later of which will miss out this Cup game due to concussion protocols.
The Saints have already faced Hull FC this year back in March, it was a defensive battle between the two sides which Paul Wellens’ men saw out with a win, 20-12.
RECENT RECORD AGAINST HULL FC
The Saints have a strong winning run over the Black & Whites, being victorious in the last fifteen meetings, dating back to August 2017. The Red V has also won on our last seven visits to the MKM Stadium.
Last ten meetings:
St Helens 20, Hull FC 12 (SLR5, 17/3/23)
Hull FC 6, St Helens 60 (SLR23, 14/8/22)
St Helens 24, Hull FC 10 (SLR12, 13/5/22)
Hull FC 6, St Helens 38 (SLR2, 19/2/22)
Hull FC 10, St Helens 42 (SLR17, 2/8/21)
Hull FC 18, St Helens 33 (CCSF, 5/6/21) (at Leigh Sports Village)
St Helens 34, Hull FC 16 (SLR8, 28/5/21)
Hull FC 18, St Helens 32 (SLR3, 16/2/20)
Hull FC 6, St Helens 22 (SLR29, 13/9/19)
Hull FC 12, St Helens 40 (SLR21, 5/7/19)
Previous Challenge Cup meetings:
2021 (Semi-Final) Hull FC 18 St Helens 33 (at Leigh Sports Village)
2018 (Quarter Final) St Helens 25 Hull FC 22
2016 (Round 6) St Helens 18 Hull FC 47
2008 (FINAL) Hull FC 16 St Helens 28 (at Wembley Stadium)
2005 (Semi-Final) Hull FC 34 St Helens 8 (at Galpharm Stadium, Huddersfield)
2004 (Quarter Final) St Helens 31 Hull FC 26
1997 (Round 5) St Helens 54 Hull FC 8
1990 (Round 2) Hull FC 12 St Helens 24
1984 (Round 2) St Helens 24 Hull FC 14
1981 (Round 2) St Helens 5 Hull FC 3
1976 (Round 1) Hull FC 3 St Helens 5
1969 (Round 1) Hull FC 3 St Helens 13
1961 (Semi-Final) Hull FC 9 St Helens 26 (at Odsal Stadium, Bradford)
1936 (Round 1) Hull FC 16 St Helens 6
1926 (Round 2) St Helens 7 Hull FC 10
WHAT KIT WILL SAINTS BE WEARING?
As Saturday’s game an away fixture St Helens will be wearing our 2023 Away Kit, which in our milestone 150th year, features our club’s traditional colours of sky blue and navy, with a classic deep V design along with some finer details, including our 150 year crest.
Pick yours up online by visiting saintssuperstore.com!
LEES LOOKING FORWARD TO PACK BATTLE
With the Black & Whites boasting some big men such as Chris Satae and World Cup finalist Ligi Sao, Saints’ #10 Matty Lees is excited to face off with them in the middle of the MKM Stadium field.
HOW CAN I FOLLOW THE GAME?
Saints will be covering the match in full across our live Match Centre where you can find out the team news, follow live game updates, get behind the scenes photos and catch up on all the stories of the game.
Highlights and the full match replay will be available for Saints TV subscribers.
The game will also be broadcasted live on BBC One from 2:05pm.