posted on 1 July 2016

Back-rower Matty Ashurst insists the Wildcats are solely focused on Sunday's clash with St. Helens and have put the Challenge Cup to the back of their minds.

The Wildcats secured their place in the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup semi-final with a 28-16 win over Huddersfield, and whilst Ashurst is proud of the performance last week, full focus has been turned to Super League for the time being, as Trinity look to cement their top-eight place.

"We're over the moon at the minute." admits Ashurst.

"It was a real good performance against Huddersfield and a win that we fully deserved. We got off to a good start and that proved crucial in the end. I don't think we ever really looked like we were going to lose the game."

"To be in the semi-final is a proud moment for everyone at the club and hopefully we can go all the way to Wembley. We all know that it's going to be a really tough game against Warrington though, just like it would've been if we had been drawn against Hull or Wigan. I think both semi-final's will be really good games and whoever gets to the final will fancy their chances."

"We can't focus too much on that at the minute though. We've got some real important games coming up in Super League starting with St. Helens on Sunday. We want to cement our top-eight place and carry on climbing the table, so every game is important for us."

2015 was a year to forget for Ashurst, as an injury plagued season limited him to just 11 appearances. But this time around, Ashurst has already featured 21 times and is pleased to be playing at a consistent level, week in and week out.

"Last season was really frustrating for me with the injuries and I ended up missing a large chunk of the year. But I've stayed injury-free so far this season and hopefully that will continue so I can keep playing consistently."

"I'm pretty happy with the way I'm going to be honest. It's good to play week in and week out with a great bunch of lads. Chris (Chester) has put some good structures in place and we're all enjoying it."

Ashurst, who signed a new two-year deal with the club back in May, is glad to be back at Belle Vue this weekend and in front of the home fans, who he describes as 'amazing'.

"It was an unbelievable atmosphere at the Huddersfield game. We could hear the fans all game and it gave the lads a real push. They travelled in their numbers and have been amazing all season. It's great for them to be in the semi-final and I'm sure plenty will go over to Leigh and support the boys."

"It's good to be back at home this weekend for a big game. Saints will fancy their chances and they'll want to climb that table too. But hopefully we can put in a top performance and get the win in front of the fans."


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