James Roby insists Saints fans are right to expect success from their side – despite Cup holders Leeds standing in the way of his side and a place at Wembley.
Saints have a proud history with the Challenge Cup – having won 12 titles – seven of those since 1996.
But the same fans who once enjoyed an annual pilgrimage to the Cup final haven’t seen their side at Wembley for seven years.
Roby, one of only two current squad members to have lifted the Cup with Saints (the other being Jon Wilkin) says his side will be fired up to try and put that right against the Rhinos on Friday.
“There’s no motivation needed,” he told the Reporter.
“We need to turn up with the right attitude because there’s a lot a stake.
“It’s a totally different competition and there’s no second chances. Give it your all in that 80 minutes and hopefully we’ll find ourselves at Wembley.”
Leeds already have a league double over Saints this season, and currently sit top of the Super League ladder.
But Roby is determined to engineer their downfall at the Halliwell Jones Stadium, and he knows only a high octane performance will be good enough.
“That’s definitely what we’re aiming for and what we want to happen so we’re looking forward to it,” he explained.
“We have to perform to get us there and we’re doing everything we can.
“A club like St Helens is associated with success and trophies and rightly so. We know there’s that outside pressure but looking at the squad and what we’re capable of it’s not unreasonable.”
l St Helens’ Challenge Cup semi-final against Leeds will be shown live on BBC Two from 7.30pm on Friday night.