Catalans Dragons produced a sensational performance to hammer St Helens 35-16 and book their place in the Challenge Cup final.
Saints finished Super League’s regular season 10 points clear of the rest but they had no answer to the inspired Dragons as the French side reached Wembley for only the second time.
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St Helens were already rocking after tries from Lewis Tierney and Ben Garcia when Morgan Knowles was sin-binned and the Dragons went for the kill with the forward off the field, scoring two tries through Tony Gigot and Garcia to take a stunning 27-0 lead into half-time.
Saints came out firing in the second half but their decade-long wait to get their hands on the Challenge Cup goes on despite Mark Percival’s double and a try from Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook.
But Sam Moa ran in to put the result beyond any doubt.
Catalans coach Steve McNamara said: "Going from the Million Pound Game to securing our top-eight spot last week and going to Wembley is huge for our club and big for French rugby league, We have the opportunity now. We’re still a club that haven’t won a trophy. To do that would be amazing for everybody involved. It’s truly been a team effort to get us back to this stage from where we were last year. The tough times have put us in a better position today to go on and win a game like this."
St Helens coach Justin Holbrook said: "We tried to outplay them right from the start and played into their hands. They’re a big, strong team and they’ll punish you if you give them that much ball. I’m not sure how I’ll pick them up; I hadn’t been planning on having to pick them up. The easy answer is for me to say, ‘No, we’re fine’, but right now I’m shattered and really devastated. We were poor today but we’re a good side and we’ll be OK. It just hurts at the moment.”