Super League Grand Final: Stefan Ratchford plays down Warrington's record against Leeds

Last Updated: 03/10/12 4:44pm

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Stefan Ratchford: Does not think Challenge Cup final win will have any relevance

Stefan Ratchford: Does not think Challenge Cup final win will have any relevance

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Warrington utility man Stefan Ratchford insists the Wolves' Challenge Cup record against Leeds will be "irrelevant" in the Super League Grand Final on Saturday.

The Wolves head into the showdown at Old Trafford attempting to become the first club to do the double since St Helens in 2006.

Warrington have beaten Leeds in the Challenge Cup final twice in the past three years, including a 35-18 success at Wembley earlier this season.

But former Salford player Ratchford does not think those previous wins in major finals hasve any bearing on this contest with the Rhinos, who have won four out of the past five Grand Finals.

"Wembley is irrelevant. I think Leeds have got a season ticket booked at Old Trafford. They seem to be there every year," Ratchford said.

"We know they are a good side and a tough side. They've a good mentality obviously because they know how to win the play-off games.

"But, if we can get our preparation right, we're quite confident we can get the job done on the day.

"The reason I came to Warrington was to play in the finals and, if I'm selected on Saturday, to do both in my first year would be a dream come true."


The versatile Ratchford has proved to be a superb acquisition for the Wolves, having deputised expertly for both full-back Brett Hodgson and stand-off Lee Briers in his first season at the Halliwell Jones Stadium.

He is expected to line up in arguably his least effective position of centre against the Rhinos but with a licence to go seeking the ball if necessary.

"(Coach) Tony (Smith) said there would probably be a bit of changing of positions through the year," he added.

"With the strength in depth we've got in our squad, you can never be certain of a place in the 17.

"I've just got to be happy being anywhere in the team. I've played full-back, centre, stand-off and scrum-half so far.

"I played centre before at Salford so it's not a strange position for me. You've just got to do the best you can.

"If you're not getting much ball, Tony doesn't mind you going out of position and looking for it. He gives us a bit of a licence to do that.

"Briersy is quite dominant with his calls so he gets the ball when he wants it and, having him just inside me, it helps with getting the ball."

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