Written by John Davidson
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Quentin Laulu-Togaga’e admits St Helens have few weaknesses but Halifax will be doing everything possible in their power to upset them in the Challenge Cup semi-final.
Super League leaders Saints and Fax will lock horns in the Cup this Saturday.
It is the first time the Championship club has reached the final four of the competition since 1988 and will pit the part-timers against arguably Super League’s best side.
“After the game against Bradford the one team we didn’t want was St Helens,” Laulu-Togaga’e admits.
“I think any team was going to be tough but the one team we didn’t want was St Helens because they’re way above any other Super League team in the comp, let alone a Championship team in the semi-final.
“It’s going to be a massive challenge but we’re just buzzing to be in the semi-final. I think that in of itself is a massive achievement for us. We’re going to be celebrating regardless of the result on Saturday.
“But hopefully we can put in a good performance, not let the scoreboard get away from us too much.”
St Helens have only lost two games in 2019 and last season were defeated just six times.
Laulu-Togaga’e said Halifax know they will have to be at their supreme best to trouble them.
“There’s not many weaknesses,” he said.
“But I’m sure the coaches will have a look at their games to try and come up with the best game-plans possible to try and combat them, because they’ve got individuals who can win the game from throughout the whole field.
“It’s a case of if you stop one player another player will turn up. So it’s probably a case of we have to try and kick the ball out as much as we can.”
Halifax have struggled at times this season and have lost 12 of their 22 league fixtures to date.
Currently they sit in eighth spot, nine points off the top five, and in April they sacked head coach Richard Marshall.
Laulu-Togaga’e conceded: “It’s been an up and down season. I started the season pretty slow because I went back home for three weeks at Christmas.
“I kind of let go of myself a bit. I started off the season slow and it took me about a month or two to get back into my rhythm.
“We’ve underachieved this year and our last five weeks have been tough as our last win was against Bradford in the Challenge Cup. It was good to get a win on the weekend against Widnes. Hopefully we can kick on and get a few more wins.
“I think mathematically we can make it [the top five], but it will depend on the other teams in the five to lose games. We’re just taking it week-to-week.
“I think we’ve got another eight or nine games left and we want to finish the season off strong. What happens happens, if we don’t make the five, then we don’t make the five.”