St Helens may have taken another step towards the Challenge Cup Final entering the last eight but it came at a cost.
Speaking on Viaplay after the win, Paul Wellens reflected on the defeat saying that it was a tough place to go for the Super League and World Champions.
“It’s a difficult place to come, at Halifax, I know that from my own playing days, and things haven’t changed. So, we knew that we had to prepare well, we knew that we had to perform well, and I’ve got to pay huge credit to Halifax for the way they’ve performed.
“They’re intense from minute one to minute eighty, they were there all the way through the game, so it certainly made it difficult for us at times.”
He also admitted that Knowles’ red card took the gloss off the win:
“Oh, yeah, it does. Look, I’ve not seen the incident back, I’ve only seen it live, so I can’t really comment too much on that but it did take the gloss off.
“Discipline has been a problem for us and we need to fix it up. Obviously the decision has been made and we have to accept that now. But yeah, I was probably very happy up until around 78 minutes and things like that happen in sport, but we’ve got certain players within our group who kind of need to have a look at the way they approach certain situations.
“Again I won’t go into too much on that actual incident because I’ve commented in the past and been wrong, so I’ll reserve judgment until I see you again.”