Cup final win was a blur - Myler

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Richie Myler paid tribute to Brett Hodgson after Warrington's Challenge Cup win
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Richie Myler paid tribute to Brett Hodgson after Warrington's Challenge Cup win

Richie Myler will sit down in front of the television this week to watch some of the greatest moments of his career after admitting Warrington's Carnegie Challenge Cup final triumph was simply "a blur".

The 22-year-old scrum-half was the nearest rival to Brett Hodgson for the Lance Todd Trophy as man of the match in the Wolves' 35-18 victory over Leeds at Wembley, but he can remember little of the occasion.

"It was just a blur," he said. "When I watch it back, I'll get a bit more of a gist of it."

Myler, whose fiancee, Blue Peter presenter Helen Skelton, was among the 79,780 crowd, polled five votes from members of the Rugby League Writers' Association compared to 27 for Hodgson and led the tributes to the evergreen full-back for his second-half heroics.

The 34-year-old Australian was knocked out in a legitimate tackle by Leeds prop Kylie Leuluai two minutes into the second half, recovering consciousness in time to watch on the big screen replays of the subsequent try by Rhinos second rower Brett Delaney being disallowed by video referee Phil Bentham.

The Wolves were leading only 12-10 at the time but made the most of the let-off to dominate the last 30 minutes and clinch the trophy for the third time in four years.

Hodgson, who admitted his side were lucky with the video call, quickly recovered from his head knock to supply the final passes for match-winning tries by three-quarters Chris Riley and Ryan Atkins and also touched down himself to crown Warrington's glory.

"You've got to take your hat off to Brett," Myler said. "Getting knocked out and then getting back up and winning the Lance Todd - it doesn't get much better than that. He was outstanding throughout the game."

For Hodgson, who also kicked five goals from six attempts, becoming only the fourth Australian to win the Lance Todd Trophy was a sweet moment - coming three years after he was on the losing end of Huddersfield's Wembley defeat by Warrington.

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