How the 'flipping social club' became kings of rugby league!

Wigan skipper Liam Farrell and coach Matty Peet show off the Challenge Cup trophy at WembleyWigan skipper Liam Farrell and coach Matty Peet show off the Challenge Cup trophy at Wembley
Wigan skipper Liam Farrell and coach Matty Peet show off the Challenge Cup trophy at Wembley
Wigan Warriors' achievement in holding all four major trophies is as much down to off the field as on it.

That's the view of coach Matty Peet, whose side's 18-8 victory over Warrington on Saturday saw them add the Challenge Cup final to the League Leaders' Shield, the Super League title and the World Club Challenge.

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"We had our last training session before we came down to London, and Kris Radlinski was knocking about," revealed Peet. "He saw a bit of it, and said: 'It's a flipping social club, this'.

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"And I went: 'Perfect'. You would not believe how much fun we have together. And I don't just mean celebrating wins like this, I'm talking about the morning of the game, and in training sessions.

"There's a lot of characters in our group, and on the staff, and it's just a brilliant place to work."

Peet's words were echoed by skipper Liam Farrell, who scored Wigan's third try on an unforgettable afternoon at Wembley.

"Obviously we've got some very talented players across the group, a lot was made of that at the beginning of the year," he said. "We've got that blend of youth and experience, and it's all coming together on the field.

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"I'll be honest with you, the lads like spending time with each other, and that's a lot to do with Matty and his staff. The way we approach our training days...we're intense when we need to be, we switch on when we need to.

"But we can also have a laugh and enjoy ourselves at the same time, and that's a big reason we all enjoy coming into work. If you're not enjoying what you're doing, you're not going to be able to perform like we have been doing."

Lance Todd Trophy winner Bevan French also acknowledged the feat of the group in becoming only the third club - after Bradford and St Helens - to hold all four titles at the same time.

"I've always said you become a product of your environment," he said. "When I first got here, Tommy (Leuluai) and Lockers (Sean O'Loughlin) were still playing, absolute legends of the sport.

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"You just try and soak it all up, all the knowledge, everything they have to offer. When you're learning every week, and feel like you're growing as a player every week, it makes it a great place to be...you definitely want to stay around."

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