PREPARATION is set to be the name of the game for Warriors ahead of this weekend’s crunch Challenge Cup semi-final against St Helens at the HJ Stadium.
There is masses at stake for both sides and both sets of fans of course, and Warriors captain Sean O’Loughlin has assured the Cherry and White army that nothing will be left to chance.
O’Loughlin – the only player left in the current squad to have played in a Cup final for the Warriors back in 2004 – said: “We wouldn’t have been worried who we would have been up against in this semi-final as we’ll be raising our game anyway, but we do know a lot about Saints and we’ll be doing our homework on them in the lead-up to the weekend.
“We can’t afford to disrespect anyone.
“Saints’ good recent form has probably gone under the radar a little bit lately, but we know plenty about them and we know they’ll be after a bit of revenge after we’ve beaten them twice and drawn once so far this season.
“Madge is a big fan of the excitement that these local derbies create, but for us it is just job time now – time to train hard and to focus.
“We have picked up some good momentum during the last few months so it’s important we just try and build on that.
“It’s also an exciting prospect that we could be just 80 minutes away from a return to Wembley, but we can’t look too far ahead.
“We’ve got this huge game on Saturday and all our focus is on that.”
Meanwhile, St Helens hooker James Roby has been cleared to play on Saturday after avoiding suspension at Tuesday night’s RFL Disciplinary Committee.
Roby was charged with a Grade A offence for a dangerous throw on Castleford Tigers player Kirk Dixon in last Sunday’s 46-26 victory.
After taking Roby’s guilty plea and his exemplary disciplinary record into account, the panel issued a future warning of the player’s conduct and a £500 fine.
Richard Silverwood will take charge of Saturday’s Cup tie.