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Roby Ready For Big Challenge

James Roby says Saints are ready to match the Dragons’ fire when they line up for their Ladbrokes Challenge Cup Semi Final on Sunday.

Catalans lie between Saints and a date at Wembley with either Warrington or Leeds at the end of August.

“Catalans are playing fantastically well at the moment and have really turned the corner,” he said. “Over the last couple of months they have been picking up wins and climbing up the table. They are confident and that is what you want. You want a big game in a cup semi-final and it will bring out the best in us.

“They have good players too. Micky McIlorum is a tough uncompromising player and their pack is pretty similar. We will have to match that. We know it is coming down the middle but we’re ready for that and will enjoy the challenge.

“We know we need to focus and live up to the standards we set here. We know there are a few areas we need to sharpen up on going into the game but if we commit to the vital details then we have a good chance.”

Saints head into the game on the back of a stunning last gasp win over Warrington.

It’s a result that gives them great confidence coming into the biggest match of the season.

“It was a very exciting finish to a game,” Roby continued. “We were down, clawed it back to 12-12, hung on in there, spoiled a few of their drop goal attempts and then had the chance to win the game on the final hooter.

“You’re always confident in a game. We never stopped playing and working hard in defence but when we got the ball back in the final few seconds you’re almost settling for a draw in your head.

“For Danny to show the confidence and composure to kick that goal was brilliant.”

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