Warrington need their big names to deliver against St Helens in Challenge Cup final


When St Helens have been on their game this year they’ve been unstoppable – it’s a massive challenge ahead of Warrington on Saturday.

Last season you could say that Saints choked in the biggest games, when they didn’t make either final.

But I don’t see nerves getting the better of this side – I think they’re too good for that – and they have been blowing teams away all year.

They have quality and experience in the likes of England internationals James Roby, Tommy Makinson, Alex Walmsley and Jonny Lomax.

Then you throw in Lachlan Coote at the back and Kevin Naiqama in the centres, a host of talented youngsters and you can see why they’ve been so difficult to beat.

Warrington Wolves’ Ben Currie

They are a well balanced, well drilled machine, and it’s beautiful to watch the way they attack and how hard they carry the ball.

But I love watching them defend as well because they are so committed to each other, which makes them tough to break down.

They are a great side – so how do you beat them?

The game-plan Warrington had against Hull FC in the semi-final was a good one – they were ruthless in the right areas, chasing hard, having a high completion rate and kicking into good positions.

Warrington Wolves head coach Steve Price

 

Against St Helens they will need the same – you want a 95 per cent completion rate, including 100 per cent coming out of your own half, and you have to be disciplined and only concede two penalties a half.

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If you look at the great Challenge Cup final performances down the years the one thing that has been evident in them all is some individual brilliance – and the Wolves need some of their big names to come up with that.

You’ve got to look at their England players Daryl Clark, Chris Hill, Ben Currie and Stefan Ratchford.

St Helens’ head coach Justin Holbrook has been a wonderful addition to Super League

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Something special has to come from that four – a piece of crucial defence or attacking magic.

If Warrington as a team can rise to their peak together then they can win – but the odds are stacked against it and I have to lean towards St Helens.

Their coach Justin Holbrook has been a wonderful addition to Super League and even as a non-Saints supporter I’ll be sad to see him leave at the end of the season, I’m full of admiration for how his his team plays.

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