x Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 26 July 2017

Potter not getting ahead of himself despite Saints' march

Mick Potter shrugged off talk of a trip to Wembley after his St Helens side battled into the Challenge Cup quarter-finals with a 30-10 win over Harlequins.

Mick Potter shrugged off talk of a trip to Wembley after his St Helens side battled into the Challenge Cup quarter-finals with a 30-10 win over Harlequins yesterday. The Saints ran in 24 unanswered points after the break to ease into the last eight and end Quins' cup hopes. But Potter insists Saints are thinking of nothing more than their next game. He said: "Cup games are very different to Super League games and you have to approach them differently. It is a straight knock-out and teams try things they may not do in a league game.

"For that reason I don't think you can ever think that far ahead in this competition. Of course everyone who goes in there wants to win the cup, but you very much have to take it one game at a time. "There is an awful lot of hard work that goes into a cup run, and we know we have that hard work to come. This was a really tough game for us. Quins did not surprise us as we know they are a good side but the first-half was a bit of a wake-up call for us. After the break though we started competing and deserved the win."

The Catalan Dragons and Barrow also went through to the last eight as they beat the Crusaders and Hunslet respectively. Tony Williams scored three tries as Manly beat St George Illawarra, the premiership leaders, 24-6 in the weekend's shortened ninth round of Australia's National Rugby League. St George lost for only the second time this season, allowing Gold Coast to join it at the top of the standings after their 38-26 win over Newcastle.

The Brisbane Broncos downed Melbourne 36-14 yesterday to improve their record to 3-6 after nine games, as the Storm felt the effects of weekend representative and international matches. The Sydney Roosters are playing North Queensland this morning in the last match of the ninth round, shortened because of Friday's Test between Australia and New Zealand and the annual City versus Country fixture.

* Compiled by Graham Caygill, with agencies