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Brett Hodgson says Warrington's Grand Final defeat will make them stronger for next season

Last Updated: 07/10/12 2:25pm

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Brett Hodgson: We'll come back stronger

Brett Hodgson: We'll come back stronger

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Warrington's full-back Brett Hodgson insists their Grand Final defeat will make them stronger for next season.

The Challenge Cup winners were clear favourites to complete the double but were soundly beaten, 26-18, by defending champions Leeds at Old Trafford.

And veteran Hodgson had no complaints over the result.

"The better side won on the night, there's no doubt about that," he said. "Leeds know how to play this kind of football. They stayed composed even when they went behind a couple of times.

"I think up to half-time it was a good, even contest. We came out in the second half and gained a little bit of momentum back but we just failed to play good field position and they got the momentum of playing on our tryline."

The 34-year-old Hodgson is now hoping the painful defeat will stand Warrington in good stead for the future.

"We'll learn from it, there's no doubt about that," said Hodgson. "I think it will make us stronger as a group.

"It's too early to talk about whether we'll get back there or not. Next year is a whole different ball game.

"It's hurting at the moment but sometimes you've just got to put your hand up and say we weren't good enough.

"It's good for experience if nothing else, with a great crowd and a great atmosphere."

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