No complacency from Super League Grand Final hot favourites Warrington

Last Updated: 30/09/12 4:34pm

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Mickey Higham: Won the Grand Final with St Helens in 2002

Mickey Higham: Won the Grand Final with St Helens in 2002

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Warrington's veteran hooker Mickey Higham insists the Wolves will not be underestimating Grand Final opponents Leeds at Old Trafford next Saturday night.

Warrington reached their first Grand Final on Saturday with a 36-18 victory over St Helens and and will be favourites to win their first Super League title against the Rhinos.

That despite Leeds being the defending champions playing in their sixth Grand Final in the last seven years.

Warrington beat Leeds 35-18 in last month's Challenge Cup final - they were also 30-6 winners over the Rhinos at Wembley in 2010 - but the Yorkshiremen have a proud record at Old Trafford, where they are aiming for a fifth success in the last six years.

Leeds have once more defied all logic by reaching the final from fifth place and Higham admits he did not expect them to get past league leaders Wigan in Friday's first semi-final at the DW Stadium.

"Truthfully, probably not," he said. "I did fancy Wigan. It could have gone either way at the end but it went for Leeds.

"That's why they are a champion team, they've been there the last six or seven years.

"They had a defeat in the Challenge Cup so they have quite a few things to motivate them this week.

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"It's going to be a tough one but, if we can stick to our strategies and our guns, hopefully we can get them again."

Warrington forward Trent Waterhouse was an NRL Grand Final winner with Penrith Panthers in 2003 while Higham has to go back even further for his last showpiece victory, a nailbiting 19-18 success with St Helens over Bradford in 2002.

"It's my 10th anniversary," he said. "Personally it's been long overdue. I've been striving to get back there and I've finally done it.

"Hopefully I can have a repeat of the last one, but not as close as the last result. I'd take a one-point win but hopefully we can get the job done a bit before that."

Leeds will have half-back Danny McGuire back for the Grand Final after he sat out the Wigan tie through suspension, while Warrington will also be at full strength.

England second-rower Ben Westwood, who is on the Man of Steel award shortlist, made his comeback from a knee injury sustained at Wembley and coach Tony Smith also has the option of recalling prop Garreth Carvell.

The former Leeds front-rower has recovered from a back injury but was surprisingly left out by Smith for the semi-final win over Saints.

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