Smith wants top spot back

Matty Smith celebrates with Josh Charnley as the Warriors hammer London
Matty Smith celebrates with Josh Charnley as the Warriors hammer London

MATTY Smith took a step to realising an ambition when Wigan beat London to reach the Challenge Cup Final.

The scrum-half is now in contention for selection to appear at Wembley after stating he chose to move to Wigan instead of returning to hometown club St Helens so he could play in finals.

But he doesn’t want the crown jewel of the season to distract the Wigan players from snatching back first place in Super League before the race to the Grand Final at Old Trafford begins in September.

“It was great to get to Wembley but our concentration now has to be back on the league,” said Smith.

“It’s Hull KR on Friday - we’re in second at the minute and we want to be back on top and get that League Leaders’ Shield, so concentration is back on the league and hopefully we’ll put on a good performance.”

Smith scored two tries the last time the sides met in the league, an 84-6 mauling which came near the start of a 13-match winning run.

But Smith doesn’t think the same will happen on Friday in spite of Wigan’s display against London.

“That day when we beat them by that score they had a few missing in the likes of Michael Dobson,” said Smith.

“They are in good form the way they are playing at the minute and it is going to be a great game.

“They have some great players like Dobson and Cory Patterson – gamechangers really – so we have to be on our guard and at our best to beat them.”

But Wigan have gamechangers of their own which is why Wembley now beckons for a 24th time and Smith admits Wigan’s history was a factor in him coming to the club.

“I came to Wigan because of how big the club is and how much history it has got. It is a great honour to play for Wigan,” he said. “I came here to play in big games and Wembley is going to be great.

“Hopefully we can concentrate on the league for now but when Wembley comes it will be a great occasion for everyone.”