Wigan's Iain Thornley delighted to cap dream season with try in Challenge Cup final
Last Updated: August 25, 2013 2:32pm
Iain Thornley: Goes over to score against Hull at Wembley
Iain Thornley could not hide his delight after capping a dream first full season in Super League by going over for a try in Wigan's 16-0 Tetley's Challenge Cup final triumph over Hull.
The 21-year-old centre is a product of the Wigan academy but only rejoined his home-town club 15 months ago after a stint in rugby union in which he played for Leeds while on loan from Sale.
At the start of the season, the 6ft 4in Thornley was selected by coach Shaun Wane to help fill void left by the departure of George Carmont and he has made the most of his big chance.
"It's the first time I've been to Wembley and I can't get the words out to describe the feeling," he said.
"It's fantastic, everything is buzzing. I didn't expect this at the beginning of the year. I wanted to get a few games in and I'm made up with the season I've had so far.
"I've played quite a few games but the big one at Wembley is one I will always remember."
Thornley opened the scoring midway through the first half and it was the only try of the game until Sam Tomkins grabbed a second in the last minute.
"I've had a few texts come through from people saying I've just won them £30 and £50 for being the first tryscorer," Thornley added. "I think they got pretty good odds!
"Just to play was a dream come true and to get that try was amazing. It's a great feeling, one that I will cherish forever, especially as it's my home-town club as well."