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Saints treating Halifax with respect

26th July 2019, 15:53 by Bobbie Jackson

St Helens head coach Justin Holbrook insists his men will treat Halifax with respect when they meet in the Challenge Cup.

The Super League leaders have an incredible opportunity to book their place in the final of the Challenge Cup on Saturday.

They have been drawn against Championship side Halifax and are heavy favourites to set up a showdown with either Warrington Wolves or Hull FC.

Halifax, who are part-time, sit eighth in the second tier and anything but a big Saints win would be regarded as a major upset.

Saints have lost at the semi-final stage four times since 2009 and haven't lifted the Challenge Cup since 2008.

With that in mind, Holbrook is urging his men to make the most of the opportunity but insists they cannot take anything for granted.

Holbrook said: "All I can say is that we know what's at stake.

"We're playing in a Challenge Cup semi-final with a chance to play at Wembley. We fell short here last year, whenever you fall short you want another crack at it, we've had to wait 12 months for that.

"We're not going to let anything distract us from the task. Absolutely not. Of course we were happy to draw Halifax, I'd be lying if I said any different, but there's no chance we won't respect them. You can look at last week and that we didn't play everybody as a sign of respect to Halifax.

"It's a Challenge Cup semi-final and we're taking nothing for granted because we want to get to Wembley."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Bobbie Jackson is a reporter with an in-depth knowledge of football at all levels. A Blackpool supporter, Bobbie is also a keen rugby union, boxing, MMA and UFC follower.

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