Betfred Challenge Cup Odds: Woolf insists Saints can get better

Betfred Challenge Cup Odds: Woolf insists Saints can get better

Kristian Woolf sent out a warning to his rivals by insisting St Helens (4/7 Betfred Challenge Cup Outright) can play better despite a dominant 36-20 win at Catalans Dragons in the Betfred Challenge Cup quarter-finals on Saturday.

Saints overcame an early score from Fouad Yaha to take control before half-time thanks to tries from Jack Welsby, Lewis Dodd and Mark Percival.

After Gil Dudson and Morgan Knowles exchanged tries in the second period, Yaha crossed over for the second time to give the hosts some hope, but Saints responded through Dan Norman and Joe Batchelor to secure their place in the last four.

Woolf was obviously thrilled with his side’s progression to the semi-finals but feels that there is still room for improvement.

Speaking to BBC Sport, Woolf said: “I’m really happy. I thought we played really tough, I think we did enough to win but we weren’t at our best.

“That’s a sign of our team, to come on a hard road trip and get a win like that.

“I thought we settled down well in the second half and when we went back to being us, we were back in control of the game.”

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Also on Saturday, Huddersfield Giants (11/2 Betfred Challenge Cup Outright) continued their excellent start to the campaign and ended their 10-year wait for a cup semi-final with a 24-16 win over Hull FC.

Tries from Ricky Leutele and Chris McQueen saw the Giants take the initiative, despite Manu Ma’u’s score in-between, although Andre Savelio gave the Airlie Birds hope of a turnaround by crossing over after the break.

Tui Lolohea, who finished with 16 points, re-established the Giants’ control by converting his own try, rendering Darnell McIntosh’s late score as nothing more than a consolation.

The fourth quarter-final takes place on Sunday with two in-form teams doing battle at Belle Vue where Wakefield Trinity host 19-time winners Wigan Warriors at 14:30 (Wakefield 9/4, Wigan 4/11, Tie 18/1 – Match Betting).

Although the Warriors are strong favourites to progress, head coach Matty Peet is taking nothing for granted against a side that have won their last four games, which includes beating Warrington twice.

“They are a very good team, they are a team you would pay to watch,” Peet said. “You know they can trouble you at any point and play a really good style. They’ve got class all over the field.

“They’re tough to beat, particularly at home, where they have a good crowd, who get excited by decisions. It’s quite an hostile environment that needs a strong referee.”

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Author: Lucille White