The agony and the ecstasy: Warriors’ past Grand Finals

Wigan's victorious dressing room in 2013

Wigan's victorious dressing room in 2013

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AHEAD of tonight’s Old Trafford title showdown, we look back on Wigan’s previous seven Grand Final appearances.

1998: Wigan 10 Leeds 4

Jason Robinson’s stellar try from dummy half just before the break was the highlight of a tense inaugural Super League Grand final. Rhino Richie Blackmore had the honour of scoring the first try.

2000: St Helens 29 Wigan 16

Saints upset the top-placed side to take the title for a second year in a row. Tries by Fereti Tuilagi and Tim Jonkers ensure Jason Robinson – who played full-back – would leave Wigan with a loser’s medal.

2001: Bradford 37 Wigan 6

A disaster of a final saw Wigan 26-0 down at the break. The relentless wave of Bull’s scores still has some Wigan fans hearing “Bully Bully” before they go to sleep. Adrian Lam grabbed a consolation.

2003: Bradford 25 Wigan 12

Wigan’s winning run under Mike Gregory came to a halt. They led 6-4 at the break but after Leon Pryce sent Wigan winger Brian Carney crashing to the deck with concussion, the Bulls powered away to win.

2010: Wigan 22 St Helens 10

A first final since the Challenge Cup decider of 2004. Under Michael Maguire’s watch, white-hot Wigan raced into a 16-0 lead inside 20 minutes thanks to two Martin Gleeson tries and one from Darrell Goulding.

2013: Warrington 16 Wigan 30

At 16-2 down after half an hour, Wigan fans may have feared the worse. But they roared back to life and Blake Green – playing with a nasty facial injury – and departing Pat Richards made it a comeback to remember.

2014: St Helens 14 Wigan 6

Wigan went into the derby showdown as favourites, but Ben Flower’s early dismissal changed the complexion. Joe Burgess scored their sole try before half-time, but they ran out of steam against a manful Saints side coached – for the last time – by Nathan Brown.