Joe Batchelor expecting tough tie against cup holders Leeds Rhinos

One Saints player, who is itching to face holders Leeds Rhinos in the glamour third round tie of the Challenge Cup at the Totally Wicked Stadium on Saturday is Joe Batchelor.

Monday, 5th April 2021, 10:53 am
Updated Monday, 5th April 2021, 10:54 am
Joe Batchelor. Picture: SWPix

Born in Wakefield - some 12 miles from the home of the trophy holders - Batchelor is still awaiting to make a major breakthrough at St Helens since joining the club in 2019 and played the last of his nine first team outings in a 25-0 Super League victory over Hull KR on Thursday night.

''Being a fellow Yorkshireman, I would love us to put one over on Leeds,'' said 26-year-old Batchelor, whose younger brother, James, plays for Betfred Super League rivals Wakefield Trinity.

He added: ''It will be a massive and also a tough game but you don't get a second chance in the Challenge Cup and winning the trophy is one of our ambitions this year.

''We have made an impressive start to the new season but we don't take anything for granted.

"It can be easy to drop your standards but not with the group of players we have here.''

Batchelor. who earned a place on the bench against the Robins last week, went on: '' I need to get more game time under my belt and I'm working hard in the hope of achieving this.''

He also listens intently to the advice from head coach Kristian Woolf.

''The boss gives me great feedback and when I get my chance, I need to take it with both hands.''

The Tyke is likely to make Woolf's 21-man cup tie squad, which will be announced on Thursday, but whether he makes the final line-up will possibly depend on the fitness of a number of first team regulars.

The match will be screened live by BBC TV with a 2.30 pm kick-off.