Mossop: Middle men will be the difference

Lee Mossop
Lee Mossop
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BOTH Grand Finalists this year can boast backlines with speed and flair.

But Wigan prop Lee Mossop thinks the key to winning tomorrow’s Grand Final will rest with the unsung heroes in the middle of the Old Trafford pitch.

The Cumbrian, preparing for his last Warriors appearance for the time being at least, rates Warrington’s pack highly but thinks his team mates are capable of winning the arm wrestle.

“I think their advantage is they play well as a pack and they have a really dominant forward pack so you need to match it with them early doors,” said Mossop, outstanding in the semi-final win against Leeds last week. “That was put on us and laid down by the coach this week.”

Games between the sides are typically highly-charged affairs and often tense, with three of the last four encounters being decided by 10 points or fewer, including a 17-17 draw last February. To be honest you tend to get the same from Wigan and Warrington games no matter when you play,”

added Mossop (circled).

“There is a lot more at stake so it will more than likely go down to the last whistle.

“It’s the team that will handle the pressure best and gets the best start and the team that plays the way they can and not get the errors will go on to win.”

Wigan are looking to capture their first league and cup double since 1995, when the club claimed its sixth championship in a row followed by an eighth successive triumph at Wembley.

Mossop insists history will play no part in Warriors’ chances to become the first side since St Helens in 2006 to lift both trophies in the same season.

“It will be a tough game but hopefully if we play the way we can we will give ourselves a good shout,” he said.

“You only have to look around and think about what has been achieved at Old Trafford in the past to get a buzz- now I can’t wait for the match.”