St Helens must ignore Wigan cup tie hype - Mike Rush

St Helens interim coach Mike Rush

Coach Mike Rush has warned St Helens not to be distracted by their upcoming Challenge Cup tie against Wigan.

Saints face Wakefield in Super League on Friday before the Cup tie next week.

"We listened to the draw on the radio and then it was straight into preview for the Wakefield game," interim coach Rush told BBC Radio Merseyside.

"We know what we've got to do. We need two points on Friday and then when we wake up on Saturday morning, we can start thinking about the Cup."

St Helens are seventh in the table, despite four wins in their five Super League matches.

But while winning on Friday is the immediate priority for Rush, he admits it will be difficult to turn attentions away from the Challenge Cup clash.

"If you're going to win it, you've got the beat the best teams," he said.

"It wouldn't matter whether we played here or at the DW Stadium, it's still going to be a hell of a ding-dong."

Hooker James Roby added: "Obviously it's going to be a massive game. The Saints-Wigan derby is one of the biggest games you can play in and they don't come much bigger than Wigan away in a Challenge Cup quarter-final."