Briers is looking for improvement after disappointing himself in last year's Grand Final (From Warrington Guardian)
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Lee Briers hopes to meet his own high standards in Warrington Wolves' Grand Final clash with Wigan Warriors
LEE Briers is used to high expectations from the Warrington faithful, but in reality he finds it harder to match the standards he sets himself.
And as the 35-year-old approaches his second opportunity to guide Warrington Wolves to their first Championship title in 58 years, he is determined not to repeat what he believes was a disappointing personal performance in the defeat to Leeds Rhinos.
“I was not happy with the way I played in last year’s Grand Final, so I will be looking for an improvement from myself on Saturday,” he said.
“I know when I am not on my game, like last year, and even against Huddersfield last week I did not match the high standards I set myself.”
Everyone involved with the club will hope that he can hit his straps at Old Trafford, because his control of the game with hand and boot will be vital not only in keeping Wigan at bay, but also in getting his side on the front foot.
Wolves overcame a worrying collapse from 14 points ahead to just two when dismissing Giants in the play-off semi final at The Halliwell Jones last week, a performance that Briers believes could have gone another way with earlier Wolves teams.
But the fact they were able to put aside the nerves to defeat Paul Anderson’s men bodes well with Briers for this weekend’s season finale.
“We’re a different team to what we have been, we didn’t panic like we perhaps would have done,” he said.
“That is 100 percent a result of the past few years, getting to this stage in the season and playing in games that we have both won and lost, including the Grand Final.
“Even this season, nobody has lost fewer games than us in the league and any game we have lost we have learnt lessons from.
“We have learnt a hell of a lot from last year, though only time will tell if that is enough.”
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