WEMBLEY here we go…it has been a long time between drinks at the iconic stadium!

I well know as the last time we were there was my last ever game… 11 years ago to be exact.

Now, unquestionably one of the best Saints players of modern times has thrown down the gauntlet.

Captain fantastic James Roby, who along with Mark Percival was by far the best player on the field last Saturday, is the sole survivor since we last got into a Challenge Cup final way back in 2008 when we beat Hull FC.

Robes hit the nail on the head in his interview after the semi-final win over the Betfred Championship side Halifax. He has challenged his players to end the trophy drought as we face arch rivals Warrington in the final showdown, and made it clear to the team that if they want to go down as one of the all-time great Saints teams they must win silverware.

The skipper also said how the disappointment of missing out on the Betfred Super League Grand Final and Challenge Cup Final by one game had played a big part in getting past a very resilient ‘Fax side. Despite a closer score line than everyone expected, I thought the Saints defence was sensational, keeping Halifax to that sole two-point penalty.

It was always going to be a tough challenge against the giant underdogs. Against a team who had nothing to lose, and not knowing what to expect from them so all the pressure was firmly on Saints...and we saw this straight from the kick off! Halifax starting the semi-final with a short kick off and winning the ball back. However class told in the end, and the only thing that matters in a semi is a win!

So it’s the final that everyone wants to see...my two former clubs and the top two sides in the Betfred Super League and what a game it should be.

Along with the Challenge Cup, we are all set to pick up more silverware in August as a win against Wakefield Trinity at the TWS on Friday would see the League Leaders Shield again return to Saints. Trinity are certainly not the side they were in the first half of the season, and are now desperate for wins to avoid the relegation scrap at the foot of the table.

I can’t see a win coming to their aid though this week, and tip a Saints win v Trinity by 16pts (EVS at Betfred).

So, it’s no surprise to see the mighty Saints are clear favourites (1/2 at Betfred) to win at Wembley, and add the Grand Final clean sweep come October. This would give Robes and his squad their rightful place in the Saints history books!

Finally, a lot is being said about the movements of Justin Holbrook at the moment. Heavily tipped to be heading back to the NRL with the Gold Coast Titans. All I can say is even if it is confirmed...Justin will be doing everything he can to finish the season with three trophies in the bag.

He has been instrumental in bringing free-flowing, entertaining rugby back to the place its best known for, and whatever happens we will always be grateful and wish him well.