JAMES Roby is looking for Saints to build on their ‘best performance of the season’ when they face Leeds Rhinos this Friday.
The 27-year-old was part of the side that beat Bradford 36-10 – but that will count for nothing if they don’t continue to improve.
“It was a good win on Saturday and it was pleasing to get the victory,” he said. “It was one of those games where we had momentum straight away and we got points on the board.
“Now we head into another massive game. The win has put us in a positive frame of mind and you can see that at training. Everyone is bouncing around the place a little more and it is a nicer environment.
“Leeds will be disappointed in losing the World Club Challenge. They did well in the first half and from what I heard they were unlucky to lose the game. But we are coming off the back of a win and are confident. We are climbing the ladder of improvement each week and we will hopefully hit peak form at some point.”
Roby’s first experience of a Saints-Leeds clash was the 70-0 loss in 2004 – a memory he’d like to forget.
“I think I was on the bench and came on for the last 20 minutes or so. I just remember the scoreline to be honest, not the day! Games between us are usually tight and of a good standard.
“Although all matches are important you know these weeks are generally ‘bigger’ games. They aren’t your must win games but you want to get one over on your rivals. Maybe in training it is a little more intense and perhaps we are a little more focused. But I don’t think you hold off waiting for those weeks.
“We are playing Leeds; the lads will know it is a massive game and we want to win it. We need to get a home win to get our season going and get the fans as vocal as we can.”
Tickets for Friday’s match between Saints and Leeds at Langtree Park are now on sale.
You can buy from the Ticket Office at Langtree Park or by calling 01744 455 052. There will also be turnstiles open on the day.