KYLE Amor will be keeping a close eye on other Challenge Cup ties this weekend - but only as a fan.
The bewhiskered prop forward is due to line up against Widnes on Sunday as his Saints side look to book their place in the semi-final of the sport’s oldest competition.
At the start of every year it’s a goal as a player you want to play at the biggest stadiums you can possibly play atKyle Amor
But he will be taking time to flick on the television and take in some of the other quarter-finals.
“Some of our lads won’t watch any rgby at all but I like watching it,” he said.
“I’ll watch whatever’s on - I’m not sure which game I’ll watch yet but you always want to have a little look don’t you.
“That game between Leeds and Hull will be a good game and obviously we’ve got Leeds the weekend after so it will be alright to keep an eye on that.”
The Rhinos host Saints in the sides’ next Super League clash - and with top spot at stake, it would be understandable to forgive players for already having an eye on the contest.
But Amor’s attention won’t be for the purposes of doing his homework, as ambitions to reach Wembley mean the 28-year-old is refusing to look past Sunday’s test.
“It’s all about us this weekend. That’s just me watching it as a fan really,” he insisted.
“You just have to try and control what you can control. To be in the quarter-finals of the Challenge Cup you’ll take anyone really. You have to beat the good ones in order to win it so it’s a case of - you’re in the hat - you want to be in the next round.
“At the start of every year it’s a goal as a player you want to play at the biggest stadiums you can possibly play at and that’s no different.”
Although Widnes lie in 10th place in the Super League table, 11 points behind champions St Helens, Amor says the Vikings always provide a stern test to Saints out on the field.
Just 18 miles separate the towns, and with two league wins under their belts already, 34-16 at Langtree Park and 30-20 at Widnes, Amor thinks Saints will have to raise their game to deal with the derby element to the clash.
“We’re used to teams lifting the bar playing against us and I don’t expect anything different,” he said.
“They play some really good rugby so we have to do our homework on them which we’ll do this week and hopefully we can put a performance in that gets us to the semi-final.
“It would be nice to get to Wembley but there will be 17 blokes in white and black jerseys who will have a say in that so we have to put them to bed first and look forward to that really.”
Amor moved to St Helens from bottom club Wakefield for the 2014 season, and is looking to add a Challenge Cup medal to the Grand Final winner’s ring he picked up last season.
Having impressed since the move, the honeymoon period is yet to wear off for Amor.
“I’m very grateful for being at this club and absolutely loving it at the minute,” he said.
“It’s a lot of a different atmosphere and a different feel around the place than what I was used to a couple of years before.
“It’s brilliant and I love every day.”