St Helens' Kyle Eastmond confident of defeating Wigan

Kyle Eastmond
Eastmond signed as a professional at St Helens in 2007

St Helens scrum-half Kyle Eastmond says they can end their recent poor run against Wigan when they meet in the Challenge Cup semi-final on Saturday.

Saints are yet to beat the Warriors in three meetings this season.

"It's a big thing in rugby league [to get to Wembley], it's massive," Eastmond told BBC Radio Merseyside.

"We're going to have to give ourselves the best chance to win this game. If anybody can do it, it's St Helens and hopefully we can do it."

St Helens reached their record-extending 11th successive Challenge Cup semi thanks to the 54-6 win over Hull KR last month.

In that time the Saints have won six of their semi-final clashes and gone on to win the Cup five times.

Their recent record against Wigan is good having thrashed them 75-0 in the 2005 quarter-finals and beaten them 32-16 in the 2004 final.

Eastmond will switch codes to rugby union at the end of the season and join Premiership side Bath, and the 22-year-old admits he is enjoying his rugby after the reaction surrounding his move and much publicised disciplinary problems died down.

"It's important to be enjoying your rugby because that's when you play at your best," Eastmond added.

"The opportunity has been given to me and they want me back in the team. I know I have got to do the best that I can.

"I think I've been playing well for the last few games. I'll hopefully get better and I'm not going to get any worse. When needed I'll be able to show that."