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St Helens beat York to reach Challenge Cup final

Leah Burke celebrates scoring St Helens' first try
Leah Burke celebrates scoring St Helens' first try [Getty Images]

Betfred Women's Challenge Cup semi-final

St Helens (6) 32

Tries: Burke, D. Stott, Rudge, Hook 2, Sutherland Goals: Gaskin 4

York (0) 2

Goal: Marshall

Holders St Helens reached their fourth successive Women's Challenge Cup final with a 32-2 victory over York Valkyrie.

Faye Gaskin kicked St Helens in front with an early penalty before Leah Burke's try gave them a 6-0 half-time lead after they had withstood a barrage of York pressure.

Saints then stretched clear in the second half as Darcy Stott and Emily Rudge powered over, and Phoebe Hook scored twice, including a stunning solo effort.

Georgia Sutherland added a sixth try late on, with Rhiannion Marshall kicking a penalty for York's only points of the game.

St Helens will now face the winners of Sunday's second semi-final between Wigan and Leeds at Wembley on Saturday, 8 June.

More to follow.

St Helens: Salihi, Hook, E. Stott, Malcolm, Burke, Harris, Gaskin, Whitfield, Jones, Crowl, Travis, Rudge, Cunningham.

Interchanges: Williams, D. Stott, Mottershead, Sutherland

York: Hetherington, Partington, Renouf, Roberts, Kershaw, Rihari, Eastwood, Wood, Wilton, Stimpson, Owen, Andrade, Bell.

Interchanges: Marshall, Gentles, Sanderson, Sharp.

Referee: Aaryn Belafonte