Roby Seeks Attitude

JAMES Roby is fresh from a week off and is ready to continue his Challenge Cup legacy this evening.

Mr Perpetual Motion was rested last week but is back in the side as Saints aim to return to Wembley for the first time since 2008.

Roby scored the first try at the new Wembley in 2007 to bring his story full circle after he played at the ‘old’ venue as a schoolboy.

The Final is naturally a real lure to the hooker – but he and his teammates will need to overcome Leeds first.

“It will be a very tough game,” he said. “We know what we are facing and what we have to do.

“We need to be ready and start well like we have done in recent weeks.

“They are a quality team and are deservedly top. They have also beaten us twice. We can’t turn up with a poor attitude; we know we are more than capable of getting the result and finding ourselves at Wembley.

“It is a huge game for us and we need to turn up and bring the best of what we can bring.”

For someone who naturally makes more than 50 tackles and close to 150+ metres, per match, week in week out, it’s understandable that Keiron Cunningham opted to rest his most important asset.

Roby found the decision to leave him out ‘surprising’ but admits it won’t do him any harm.

“I’m coming in fresh,” he said. “It’s good not to have as many bumps and bruises as usual. I enjoyed the break.

“It will be a big battle in the forwards this week and hopefully we will get on top of them.

“We know we are 80 minutes away but first and foremost we want to perform well and win the game. The aura of the Challenge Cup is hard to ignore but we have to put it into the back of our minds.

“We have a job to do first.”

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