ALEX Walmsley believes St Helens are primed to end their 13-year Challenge Cup drought – because they have lost at Wembley.
The big prop tasted defeat in 2019 as Saints lost out to Warrington 18-4.
And the lessons from that have been learned, leaving him believing they know how to triumph on the big stage.
Walmsley said: “There’s a different feel around the place this time. We’re much more relaxed than we have been in the past.
“Having been here before and experienced the occasion, it takes that out of the build up and preparation as we can just concentre on the rugby.
“We can’t hide from the fact it’s a bigger occasion but we’re solely thinking about the game. In 2019, there was a big monkey on our back in terms of actually getting to Wembley.
“But there’s no point getting here and not getting the job done. That’s the different mindset we have this time around.
“I suppose there was that tag of us being a team that doesn’t do it on the big stage and win those big games.
“Now we know what it takes and how tough it is to win them. It’s one thing knowing it, it’s another delivering on that.
“Our mindset is very much making sure we deliver in what’s going to be a very tough game.
“And it wouldn’t be Wembley if it wasn’t almost 30 degrees, it’ll be a challenge but personally, one I like.”
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