Brown: You have to beat the best to get to Wembley

Luke Walsh strikes the match-winning drop goal against Huddersfield

Luke Walsh strikes the match-winning drop goal against Huddersfield

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NATHAN Brown was philosophical about the Challenge Cup fifth round draw that handed Saints another testing trip over the Pennines – this time to face Leeds.

Saints have a strong record at Headingley over recent years, although they were knocked out of the Super League play offs by the Rhinos through a late Danny McGuire drop goal last autumn.

With a home league victory over Brian McDermott’s side backed up by Sunday’s victory at Huddersfield, Saints’ mental strength appears to be growing stronger by the week and Brown is confident his team will be unfazed by facing another of the big guns.

He said: "At the end of the day you have got to beat them to get there. The reality is that if Leeds got a soft draw, they would go through. If you can't beat them in round five, then you can't beat them in the final.

"Obviously Wigan and a couple of others have had a double soft draw, so it is cosy for them. But the reality is Wigan are going to have to beat a good team to win the cup.

"We have got a victory over a top side today and going to Leeds will be a challenge for us."

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1:13pm Mon 7 Apr 14

frankly says...

was a tough one on sunday, but we did it
was a tough one on sunday, but we did it frankly
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1:14pm Mon 7 Apr 14

frankly says...

agree, it was tough at Huddersfield, and a dispute at the end... saying that, they shouldn't have had a try allowed
agree, it was tough at Huddersfield, and a dispute at the end... saying that, they shouldn't have had a try allowed frankly
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12:50pm Thu 10 Apr 14

kjd161 says...

No dispute at the end at all. From where the ref was standing, the ball was out. No need to call for video assistance. That's for when the ref is unsure. Note, I said from where ref was standing. Not from any camera angle, either side if the sticks. From where the ref's mark one eyeball is.
No dispute at the end at all. From where the ref was standing, the ball was out. No need to call for video assistance. That's for when the ref is unsure. Note, I said from where ref was standing. Not from any camera angle, either side if the sticks. From where the ref's mark one eyeball is. kjd161
  • Score: 0

2:37pm Sat 12 Apr 14

Bill Bradbury says...

It's the old adage--"was it a drop goal or not?-Read the result in the newspaper. I wasn't!!
Yes we have to beat the best, Leeds, then Wigan then Castleford then Warrington et al and hope for a Saints v Doncaster final.

After the Castleford game watching Saints should come with a health warning.
It's the old adage--"was it a drop goal or not?-Read the result in the newspaper. I wasn't!! Yes we have to beat the best, Leeds, then Wigan then Castleford then Warrington et al and hope for a Saints v Doncaster final. After the Castleford game watching Saints should come with a health warning. Bill Bradbury
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