Roby wants payback
St Helens hooker James Roby has set his sights on the Magic Weekend and an early opportunity to exact revenge for his side’s derby defeat by Wigan Warriors in the quarter-finals of the Carnegie Challenge Cup.
Saints have just 12 days to wait for the re-match with their arch rivals at Manchester’s Etihad Stadium and Roby is relishing the chance to put the record straight on such a big stage.
“We have a point to prove at the Magic Weekend,” said Roby, whose side lost 18-4 in the Cup on Saturday and also went down 28-10 at home to Wigan in Stobart Super League on Good Friday.
“We want our revenge and this means turning them over at Manchester.
“Wigan are our arch rivals and it is always a massively important game for us and the fans so I can’t wait to face them again.
“Hopefully there will be a large proportion of St Helens fans in the crowd that will get behind us.
“It is a fantastic weekend for the fans. They can witness every team in the competition and all of the stars of Super League in one venue across two days.
“I am really looking forward to it. It’s something different to the usual weekly rounds of Super League and being at the Etihad Stadium after Manchester City have just won the Premier League is really special.
“It probably adds to the occasion for me knowing that the Etihad is home to the current Premier League winners and now we can show everyone how rugby league can light up a stadium.”
Failure to reach the Cup semi-finals for the first time for 12 years leaves Saints with only the league to aim for and, despite a disappointing start to their campaign, Roby believes a seventh consecutive Grand Final appearance is still possible.
“The Super League title is the only thing we have left to play for now,” he said. “So our focus is on lifting the Super League trophy.
“The Grand Final is the pinnacle of the competition and it is what the team works hard for all season.
“To have been there six times and only won once is really hard so we want to get back to Old Trafford and hopefully this will be our year.”