Super League play-offs: Wigan Warriors' Matty Smith relishing tackling Warrington Wolves
Last Updated: September 27, 2013 10:44pm
Wigan reach Grand Final
Wigan Warriors playmaker Matty Smith is relishing taking on the Warrington Wolves in next Saturday's Grand Final following their 22-12 success over Leeds Rhinos.
The champions won last year's meeting 13-12, but Wigan avoided lightning striking twice with a superb display as the hosts outscored the Rhinos by four tries to two.
Iain Thornley's try separated the teams at half time and while Carl Ablett levelled matters, further scores from Liam Farrell and Darrell Goulding pulled Wigan clear.
Josh Charnley's score effectively wrapped up the triumph, although Leeds had the final say courtesy of Liam Sutcliffe's consolation for Brian McDErmott's men.
"We're made up with the win and we're looking forward to next week."
Next up for Wigan stands the Wolves at Old Trafford and former Salford and St Helens half-back Smith is looking forward to taking on Tony Smith's charges.
"We're made up with the win and we're looking forward to next week," Smith told Sky Sports.
"I think we completed our sets. I think we kept to the game-plan, but you can never control the full 80 minutes against a team like Leeds. They are a great side and there's always going to be times where they are on top.
"I think we did really well tonight. The forwards were outstanding. We scored some good tries off the back of it."
Sinfield is used to lifting silverware for Leeds in the Grand Final and he admitted his team-mates were not good enough to seal an eighth trip to Old Trafford in ten years.
"It's tough. I didn't think we were ever in control of the game. The best team won tonight," said Sinfield. "That's it really.
"We didn't really have control. When you come here against a side like that who have had a week off and you cough up too much ball, well we asked for it really.
"The effort was brilliant. You can't fault that. Every week the lads give it everything they've got and some of them are absolutely out on their feet. It was probably a game too much unfortunately."
Wigan winger Pat Richards converted three of Wigan's four tries and the Wests Tigers-bound man is looking forward to taking on Warrington next Saturday.
"I'm very proud of the boys," said the Australian. "Leeds are a champion team and they've done it for the last few years and they've made us work very hard for it tonight. We get another crack next week against a very good Warrington team.
"For whatever reason we've not met in the final for a few years now. I'm very grateful to get an opportunity to go out in my last Super League game against a very good team. I'm looking forward to it."