A hard Wane ready for War­riors’ Fi­nal reck­on­ing

Daily Star - - STARBETS - MARK PEAR­SON

AF­TER 168 games, 13,440 min­utes, 7,354 points, it all comes down to this.

One game un­der the Old Traf­ford lights to de­cide who will be crowned the 2018 Bet­fred Su­per League Cham­pi­ons. War­ring­ton, the re­nais­sance men of 2018, came good in the semis against St He­lens, who had looked red-hot all sea­son long.

And what about favourites Wigan? Flat­ter­ing to de­ceive for much of this sea­son but come the Su­per 8s, Shaun Wane’s men were un­beaten.

The War­riors are course and dis­tance spe­cial­ists and it will take a mon­u­men­tal ef­fort to deny them tonight.

But War­ring­ton are more than ca­pa­ble of do­ing just that.

They have al­ready beaten Wigan twice this sea­son, in­clud­ing an out­side back di­vi­sion of eye-catch­ing per­for­mance in the their own. Dom Man­fredi looks Chal­lenge Cup which saw them like he’s never been away de­spite keep the War­riors score­less. two years on the side­lines, and

The Wolves pack, led by Sam Tomkins will be Ben Mur­doch-Masila and PEAR­SON’S des­per­ate to mark the end cap­tain Chris Hill, is of his Wigan ca­reer with top class. a win.

And the back three Re­gard­less of the of Ste­fan Ratch­ford, re­sult, the full-time for­mer Wigan man whis­tle on Satur­day Josh Charn­ley and will be loaded with Tom Line­ham are all nar­ra­tive and emo­tion. proven match-win­ners. If Wigan win, then they

The War­riors have a ra­zor­sharp will have given de­part­ing coach Wane the per­fect send off as well as play­ers Tomkins and John Bate­man.

A War­ring­ton win would break their Grand Fi­nal hoodoo and Steve Price will be hailed for or­ches­trat­ing an in­cred­i­ble turn­around in his first sea­son.

FAREWELL: Shaun Wane

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