SAINTS are one game away from reaching Wembley for the first time since 2008.

And later today a near 6,000-strong travelling army will roar them on when they face Championship side Halifax in the Coral Challenge Cup semi-final.

The Saints match, which kicks off at 4.30pm, brings down the curtain on a triple header of rugby league action at the University of Bolton Stadium.

The day starts at 11.15 with the Women’s Challenge Cup Final between Leeds and Castleford.

That is followed by the first men’s semi between Warrington Wolves and Hull FC at 2pm.

And then the Saints will go marching in, looking to end a run of semi-final losses – in both competitions - in match they are red hot favourites to win.

Saints were here this time last year when they suffered a shock drubbing by eventual cup winners Catalans.

This time around a defeat would be the biggest shock in the Cup’s history – but Saints will not be taking Fax lightly.

Coach Justin Holbrook said: “We have done all the hard yards to date and we have got the exciting games in front and I want us to really look forward to this.

“The club hasn’t been to Wembley for 11 years and given the great history of our club in the Challenge Cup and the fact our fans haven’t had the chance to go to Wembley for a long time. It means everything is at stake on Saturday and we know that so it will be a real proud moment if we can get the win against Halifax and get there.”

The biggest Saints have to cope with is the absence of Lachlan Coote with a knee injury, meaning that Jonny Lomax is likely to go to full back and Danny Richardson into the halves with Theo Fages.

Saints 19-man squad: 1. Jonny Lomax, 2. Tommy Makinson, 3. Kevin Naiqama, 4. Mark Percival, 5. Regan Grace, 6. Theo Fages, 7. Danny Richardson, 8. Alex Walmsley, 9. James Roby, 10. Luke Thompson, 12. Joseph Paulo, 13. Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook 15. Morgan Knowles, 16. Kyle Amor, 17. Dom Peyroux, 19. Matty Lees, 20. Jack Ashworth, 22. James Bentley, 24. Matty Costello.

Halifax 19 man squad: 1. Ed Barber, 2. Liam Cooper, 3. Dan Fleming, 4. Ben Johnston, 5. Ben Kaye, 6. Brandon Moore, 7. Scott Murrell, 8. James Saltonstall, 9. Adam Tangata, 10. Chester Butler, 11. Jacob Fairbank, 12. Scott Grix, 13. Ben Kavanagh, 14. Kevin Larroyer 15. Elliot Morris, 16. Shaun Morrison, 17. Will Sharp, 18. Steve Tyrer, 19. James Woodburn-Hall.

The referee will be Chris Kendall.

The turnstiles open at 11am until half-time of the Saints vs Halifax match.

Unlike the Magic triple headers, anyone leaving the stadium will not be allowed re-entry.