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Roby hopeful of Challenge Cup triumph

28th July 2019, 14:18 by Dan McCarthy

St Helens captain James Roby says he and his team mates must grasp their opportunity when they play the Challenge Cup final.

After a slow start against a very rugged and determined Halifax side, St Helens eventually triumphed in fairly comfortable circumstances after winning 26-2 at the University of Bolton Stadium in the semi-finals on Saturday.

Tries from Roby, Dominique Peyroux, Jonny Lomax, and Theo Fages were enough to seal their place at Wembley in August, where they will face Warrington Wolves who beat Hull FC in the early game on Saturday.

Roby, currently the only member of the Saints squad who has played in a Challenge Cup final, has urged his side to take advantage and try and win the competition for the first time since 2008.

"We're going in the right direction and we've just got to cement it now with a bit of silverware," he said.

"I'm so lucky that I've been there early in my career and to go back now and to take these lads with me is fantastic because they deserve it. What a great opportunity for us.

"We'd like to think we're on a journey. Step by step, week by week, we're going everything right so far and we've just got to keep doing that. If we don't get carried away, the hard work will hopefully pay off.

"It's fantastic for everybody involved with the club but there's still a job to do. We're obviously going there for a reason."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Dan McCarthy is a reporter who is very knowledgeable about football at all levels, and a keen Leeds United fan. He also follows darts, snooker, motorsport, and rugby league.

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