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Warrington Wolves Grand Final win would be the ultimate thank you to fans, says Smith
TONY Smith wants his Wolves team to ‘reward the fantastic support’ of the primrose and blue faithful by bringing the Super League trophy back to Warrington on Saturday.
As he prepares his side for their Herculean push towards making history at Old Trafford, Smith knows that the tens of thousands of fans who have made Wolves’ Challenge Cup adventures so memorable over the last four years will be out in force to cheer their side over the line.
“I am sure there will be an enormous crowd from Warrington at Old Trafford and that really spurs us on,” said Smith, who is no stranger to ending a team’s long wait for a championship trophy having helped Leeds win their first league title in 32 years in 2004 and then backing it up in 2007.
“They have been fantastic and they support us so well home and away that I hope we reward them.”
That was a sentiment echoed by Warrington stalwart Lee Briers.
“The ticket queue was stretching around the stadium, that is absolutely fantastic,” said the 34-year-old.
“We need them all there cheering us on if we are to stand a chance.”
It must not be underestimated just how important that support will be for Wolves as they attempt to usurp Leeds’ Grand Final crown.
Much has been made of Wolves having the upper hand in finals, but Old Trafford is a different prospect to the two wins at Wembley in 2010 and 2012 and playing at night in the unfamiliar surroundings of an atmospheric ‘Theatre of Dreams’ is an experience that Leeds will be hoping works to their advantage.
But Wolves appreciate nothing would reward the support of the primrose and blue faithful more than defeating the side with most Grand Final wins to complete the club’s first league and cup double for 58 years.
“The people of Warrington can be proud of this team and what they have achieved, but I also think it is a two-way street,” said Smith.
“Hopefully we can thank them with a really good performance at the weekend and finish the season on a high note for us all.”