The Liam Farrell Column: Second is nowhere

Liam Farrell in action during the Grand Final

Liam Farrell in action during the Grand Final

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IT’S been a few days, and we’re still all disappointed with our Grand Final defeat.

Aside from the early try, it wasn’t the best of starts from us.

The cold reality is we’ve come up short two years in a row

Liam Farrell

We came out in the second-half and had a good patch, and we needed to get some more momentum from that.

We pushed for a winner at the end, but Leeds finished well - they didn’t give us a sniff.

Ultimately, those points we conceded in the first-half cost us.

One of their tries – by Joel Moon – was awarded by the video referee.

From where I was, I thought it was a knock-on by Danny McGuire in the build-up.

I’m not going to lie, I thought it was a harsh call against us.

But I don’t want say too much about it because I don’t want to sound like a sore loser.

I have to congratulate Leeds, they are a champion team and fair play to

them.

Jamie Peacock, Kylie Leuluai and Kevin Sinfield got the farewells they wanted.

Sadly, we couldn’t get Matty Bowen the send-off he deserved.

For him to play less than 24-hours after becoming a dad again was an extraordinary effort.

And he didn’t just play - he played brilliantly.

He got us back into the game when we trailed, scored a try only he could score, and although he didn’t get the Grand Final win, he left with a game at Old Trafford and knowing he’s made a big impact here. He’s a terrific bloke, too.

Shaun Wane is a hard bloke to please but he wasn’t too harsh with us after the game.

When we look back at it, when we report for pre-season, he’ll probably rip in and tell us some truths about what we did wrong.

And I wouldn’t want it any other way, because that’s what makes champions, and we’re not there.

People will say it was a classic and we pushed them close.

But the cold reality is we’ve come up short two years in a row.

There are positives, because we’ve got a lot of young lads who are developing, and so hopefully our reign is starting.

If you look at our squad, you’d have to say we’ve got a great chance to win things.

But this season can’t be called a success.

We finished second in the league, we disappointed in the Challenge Cup and fell at last hurdle in the Grand Final.

I know we were only a few points off getting the league leaders and only lost the Grand Final by two points, but we could be miles away.

We’ve not won it.

When you’re at Wigan you have those expectations to win things and two without a trophy is disappointing.

We’re a big club, people expect a lot of us and we expect a lot from ourselves.

We’ve not delivered. Until we win trophies we’re going to be disappointed.

Throughout the year people ask ‘are you looking forward to the Test series’ and I don’t like it, because I don’t want to take it for granted.

It’s a special thing to play for your country. When Steve McNamara called me on Sunday morning, it was as exciting as my first call-up.

It’s special to me.