MIKE Rush is looking forward to facing Wigan once again this Saturday.

Saints take on their local rivals with a place in the Semi Final of the Challenge Cup at stake.

“We are all looking forward to it,” Rush said. “There are massive rewards at stake. To keep on that pathway of playing at Wembley is massive for us all.

“We have learnt a little bit from the last time we played them. We came off two massive games against Leeds and Warrington and perhaps the intensity got the better of us. We will be going into the game with our eyes wide open.

“In that Good Friday game we lost Jonny Lomax early and perhaps I made a mistake in restructuring the side. I’ll take that on the chin, but we still weren’t that far off. We missed a couple of chances on the 50 minute mark and had a lot of pressure but didn’t convert it into points. Given our chances again we’d do something different.”

He continues: “I am passionate about this club and I would have been as happy as Shaun (Wane) was if we would have won on Good Friday. It means everything to this town to get one over our local rivals. Shaun is a proud Wiganer and he wants to get one over on us.

“It’s not a nasty thing but you grow up on not liking them. We don’t like getting beat by them and vice versa… we turned them over at 15s, they win at 16s, we lose at 18s and we beat them at 20s.

“It’s in your blood isn’t it? Keiron (Cunningham) has been here for 17 years and me around 13. We love the place, it’s our town and we are just as passionate about it.

“We know the fans feel the same and we need our supporters to get out in numbers, make some noise and make it feel like a home game.”

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