St Helens are one step closer to Wembley after their win over Halifax Panthers on Friday night.
After the game former Challenge Cup hero as a player Paul Wellens, now their head coach, spoke to Viaplay about the game.
“It’s a difficult place to come, at Halifax, I know that from my own playing days, and things haven’t changed,” he said.
“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.”
Some St Helens fans might have feared that the game cost them star halfback Jonny Lomax who went off with a head knock but on Saints TV it was confirmed that he passed his HIA.
However, one player who looks likely to miss out is Morgan Knowles after his red card against Halifax.
Asked if this took the gloss off the win, Wellens said on Viaplay:
“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.”
The Saints meet Leeds Rhinos on Friday in a Grand Final rematch.