The reigning champions St Helens face a potential giant-killing when they travel to the Recreation Ground in the sixth round of the Challenge Cup.

They face a Whitehaven side who have only lost two of their last five games including an impressive win over York in the previous round of the cup.

The Championship side are the lowest ranked side left in the competition and will be hoping to cause what would arguably be the biggest upset in Challenge Cup history when they face the Super League leaders

St Helens who won last season’s edition of the competition will be hoping to become the first back-to-back Challenge Cup champions since Hull in 2016/17.

The Saints won the cup for the first time since 2008 last season after defeating Castleford Tigers 26-12 in the final at Wembley.

However, after suffering their first defeat of the season to Toulouse last weekend, Saints head coach Kristian Woolf will be keen to not slip up for a second time.

St Helens - pic by Ben Sutherland is marked with CC BY 2.0.
pic by Ben Sutherland under licence CC BY 2.0.

Whitehaven will be more than aware of the danger this St Helens side can pose with Tommy Makinson being the leading try scorer in the Super League already with 8 in 6.

Morgan Knowles and Alex Walmsley who both made it into the 2021 Super League dream team will also be danger men for the saints.

If Whitehaven are to have any chance of causing an upset, they will need their star man Alex Bishop to be firing on all cylinders with the Australian half-back already racking up 40 points in the league this season.

St Helens take on Whitehaven on Saturday (March 26), kick off 2pm.