Castleford Tigers hooker Adam Milner is gearing up for a big battle with the player he regards as the best in Super League in his position.
So long as he shrugs off a minor niggle, Milner will go head to head with England star James Roby when Castleford entertain St Helens at the Mend-A-Hose Jungle on Sunday.
He expects to face a tough challenge, but it is one he is relishing the prospect of.
Milner said: “James Roby is the number one hooker in the comp. It’s a challenge for me personally and it’s one that I thrive on.
“Everyone in the team needs to lift their game and we should be looking at one v one everyone getting over their opponent.
“I’ll be looking to do so over James Roby, no matter how good he is. I’ll be up for the challenge.”
Milner enjoys playing in games against St Helens and is hoping for a similar outcome to the home game last year when Ben Roberts’ memorable drop-goal clinched the points for Cas.
He said: “It’s usually a good game against St Helens and we had a belting game down here last year with a last minute drop-goal. It was one for the fans and players to remember.
“They got one over us this year. We were a bit unlucky and it’s always tough over there where we haven’t won for a lot of years.
“We’re certainly looking to get one back over them this weekend.
“They’ve got a good team, but we’ll be focussed on ourselves more than anything this week, wanting to put last week right and come out with a fighting attitude.”
Milner has been pleased enough with the way he has been playing this season, but accepts he and his team-mates need to step up this week after their poor display against Hull KR.
He added; “I’ve been reasonably happy with my own form. Me and Macca (Paul McShane) have been playing pretty well and I’ve had a bit of a role playing at 13 and enjoyed that, playing decent minutes.
“But from one to 17 everyone needs to knuckle down, work as a team and get the job done.
“Take nothing away from Hull KR, they came out and played very well, but it was embarrassing from us and there’s no excuses.
“They got a shock to their system getting beaten in the Challenge Cup against Oldham and we’ll be looking to respond in exactly the same away as they did against us.
“There’s no reason why not. We’ve got injuries, yes, but the team we’ve got out there is still good enough to beat anyone.
“Everyone’s confident we can bounce back, it’s just an attitude thing from the players. We’ve got to be consistent every week, we can’t go into games thinking we’ve just got to turn up.
“There’s no superstars in this team, it’s all about working hard for each other and making sure there’s that workmanlike attitude, which wasn’t there last weekend.
“We need to get that back and it’s all about a team performance rather than individual.”