Roby: We are aware of what is at stake

James Roby believes St Helens’ Challenge Cup tie at Castleford on Saturday could give the club renewed impetus after enduring a disappointing time in Super League this term.

Saints’ 40-18 defeat at Warrington last weekend left them seventh in the table and Roby admitted the sixth round clash with the Tigers will be a welcome distraction as the team look to salvage something from their season.

“It is massive, we are not doing as well as we should be in the league, but this is a different competition and goal – it could almost give us a fresh boost of optimism for everyone involved,” he told the St Helens Star.

“We have to attack this with everything we have got, because once you lose in the cup you are out.

“The Challenge Cup adds that little bit of spice. This might be what we need – it is a massive game and we understand that.

“If you get to Wembley and go on to win it is the most fantastic week of your rugby career to look back on. Those times at Wembley are amazing.

“It is not just the game it is the build up – it is all that little bit special.

“We are aware what is at stake and we will be doing our best to try and inspire the lads. There is an end goal that is worth the effort.

“We have a job to steel the lads and pass that on. The players have to have that drive and hunger themselves – which they have.

“The way the competition is structured, if you win four games and you have won the Challenge Cup.

“We win this game on Saturday and it is just three more games to win it. I know that sounds easier than it, but each game you win is a leap closer.”

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