James Roby set for 'massive game' against Huddersfield

No player in the Saints' camp knows more about the hype which surrounds the Challenge Cup than history-making skipper James Roby.

Friday, 7th May 2021, 10:05 am
James Roby

The England hooker scored the first-ever try at the revamped Wembley in 2007 when Saints defeated Catalans Dragons .

Fond memories but the 35-year-old local lad is looking no further than tonight's showdown against Huddersfield insisting it did not matter whether Saints won ugly, or in a flamboyant manner, as long as they reached the last four.

''It is a massive game and we are certainly not taking anything for granted,'' said Roby.

He added: ''The Giants won their first league game of the season against Leeds Rhinos last weekend and they will fancy their chances.

"Teams always seem to raise their game when facing the league champions and we will have to guard against this.''

The club's new overseas players are now fully aware of what the Challenge Cup means to fans in this country and, according to Roby, had already 'bought into it'.

Head coach Kristian Woolf said: ''I don't think the cup tie will have any major bearing on our league clash a couple of weeks ago.

''My experiences since coming over here is that teams always get up for the cup and this tie will be no different.

''We know the kind of challenge Huddersfield will throw at us and we'll be ready for it.'

In tonight's other quarter-final Warrington Wolves take on Catalans Dragons, fresh from the memory of their emphatic 24-8 victory in Perpignan.

Warrington coach Steve Price believes his side produced their best performance of the season at Stade Gilbert Brutus but says he is looking for an even better show this time in a repeat of the 2018 Wembley final won by the Dragons.

“I’m sure they’re going to be desperate,” Price said. “We’re going to be desperate too.

“We want to do really well in this competition. We’ve got to be better than we were not so long ago against them.

“They’re a quality team as are we. It makes for an exciting challenge. They have a quality forward pack, two exciting halves and some big back-five players.”