Ben Flower: I’ll play my heart out for my team-mates

Ben Flower goes over for a try against Huddersfield
Ben Flower goes over for a try against Huddersfield

BEN Flower has promised to play his “heart out” for his team-mates in Saturday’s Grand Final showdown.

The Welsh prop is preparing for a return to Old Trafford, the ground where he made sporting infamy a year ago.

I messed it up last year and it was solely down to me

Ben Flower

Flower - sent off for punching Lance Hohaiai - blames himself for the 14-6 loss to St Helens.

And he is desperate to make amends when Warriors face Leeds Rhinos in the Super League title decider.

“I owe the lads – 100 per cent,” said Flower. “I messed it up last year and it was solely down to me.

“I just want to be playing rugby and I owe them everything. They got me back there and I’ll do my best for them.

“You can’t fault the boys for getting us there and I owe them everything. I will play my heart out when we’re on the field.

“Everyone is going to play their part and do their best. It’s going to be a hard game.”

Having served a six-month ban, Flower weathered the initial interest in his return to action and has since gone about his business with little fanfare or fuss. But his return to Old Trafford has inevitably thrust him back into the spotlight for last year’s moment of madness.

“I will be nervous but I know I’ve got to focus on the job,” said the 27-year-old Welshman. “I’ve got to set that aside and regardless of the outcome, there will be some tears shed with the relief of getting through this season. I’m just happy to be back playing and want to get the win for the boys.

“I’m definitely a stronger person in myself. I’ve gone through some bad times – ups and downs – but I’ve come through the other side and I’m happy with where I’m at.”

Flower told team-mates before Thursday’s semi-final against Huddersfield he owed it to them to help them return to the Super League decider.

And he made an early impact, scoring a barnstorming try on their way to a 32-8 victory.

“It’s always nice to get over the try-line and obviously it helped us to get the win. I don’t score many, but I’ve got a couple this year - as long as I’m not on the nudey run at the end of the year, then one try will do me,” he added.