Saints prop Alex Walmsley says team will need to show 'best form' against Giants

The only piece of domestic silverware to escape the clutches of Alex Walmsley so far in his glittering career is the historic Rugby League Challenge Cup.

Tuesday, 4th May 2021, 1:21 pm
Updated Tuesday, 4th May 2021, 1:22 pm
Alex Walmsley. Picture: SWpix

The prop forward was part and parcel of the 2019 side beaten 18-4 by Warrington Wolves at Wembley and is craving to put the record straight and add to three Grand Final triumphs in 2014, 2019 and 2020.

But standing in his way at the quarter final stage of this year's competition is West Yorkshire rivals Huddersfield Giants and Walmsley says Saints will need to be at their best to progress to the last four when the two clash at Emerald Headingley on Friday night.

The 31-year-old England international told Saints' TV: "The Giants will be desperate to win and go into the tie full of confidence after scoring two tries against us in a recent Super League match at the John Smith's Stadium.''

St Helens eventually won that tough encounter 18-10 but had to battle hard to overcome the Tykes - and it will be no different in a few days' time.

''Teams are trying to slow us down around the ruck but I think we can combat that if we show our best form,'' said the former Batley Bulldogs forward.

Walmsley clearly wants to eventually bring down the curtain on his career at the Totally Wicked Stadium and earn a testimonial before he hangs up his boots, insisting: "I owe so much to the club and how it has changed my life. There’s no other I’d want to play for.''

Walmsley will also come face-to-face with fellow forward Michael Lawrence - a Huddersfield player for 14 years - and the sparks are sure to fly!