Saints will feel they have jumped out of the frying pan and into the fire as they bid to reach the last eight of the Tetley’s Challenge Cup.
They had hardly time to draw breath after a dramatic and
highly controversial 17-16 fourth round victory at Huddersfield on Sunday before drawing the plum tie in last 16 of the competition - a trip to face Leeds Rhinos at Headingley on Saturday, April 26, kick-off 2.30pm, and in front of the BBC TV cameras.
Saints’ vice-captain Jon Wilkin who missed the fourth
round tie at the John Smith’s Stadium due to suspension, is relishing the challenge.
He said:”When we beat Wigan 32-16 in the 2004 final at Cardiff, we defeated Leeds enroute as well as Bradford, Hull FC and Huddersfield
and face a similar testing time if we are to reach the final.”
Paul Sculthorpe, a winner of four Challenge Cup medals during his career at Saints, said: “There can’t be much better than a Leeds-Saints tie and it will be tough for either side.”
But the clash of the Titans will now be pushed firmly to the back of head coach Nathan Brown’s mind as his in-form squad prepare for Friday night’s TV Super League showdown with nearest rivals Castleford Tigers at Wheldon Road.
Saints head the table with maximum points from their opening seven fixtures, two ahead of the West Yorkshie side whose only defeat came at Salford City Devils in round six where they were beaten 23-16.