Wolves with a job still to do

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Mickey Higham feels achieving the double will be 'just reward' for Wolves
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Mickey Higham feels achieving the double will be 'just reward' for Wolves

Warrington are through to their first Grand Final but the champagne is staying on ice for now.

The Challenge Cup winners came from behind to secure an impressive 36-18 semi-final victory over St Helens to set up a Wembley rematch with defending champions Leeds at Old Trafford on Saturday.

But Wolves quickly turned their thoughts towards becoming the first team to achieve the double since St Helens won the Cup final and Grand Final in 2006 and pulling off their first league championship for 57 years. "We're made up that we've got there but we've still a lot of hard work to do," warned hooker Mickey Higham.

He added: "Fair play to Saints, they had a real strong start and got us in an arm wrestle but we stuck in there and turned it around. We got back to something like (acceptable) with the ball and defensively and hopefully we can take that into next week.

"We won't be satisfied with just getting there. We've earned the right to get there now and we want to kick on and finish it off. It would be just reward for a long, consistent season."

Tries from wings Tommy Makinson and Francis Meli and skipper Paul Wellens put Saints into a 14-4 lead and on course for a seventh successive Grand Final appearance, but Warrington crucially pulled a try back just before half-time through Simon Grix.

The Wolves then dominated the second half, with Australian second-rower Trent Waterhouse clinching victory with two tries in a decisive three-minute spell.

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."

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