Wolves turn thoughts to Super League

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Brett Hodgson believes Warrington's big squad serves them well for the remaining Super League games
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Brett Hodgson believes Warrington's big squad serves them well for the remaining Super League games

With the Challenge Cup safely locked away once more in the trophy cabinet, Warrington will turn their thoughts towards completing an elusive double.

The Wolves demolished Leeds 35-18 at Wembley on Saturday to lift the famous silverware for the third time in four years and will now focus on their efforts to reach a maiden Grand Final.

Tony Smith's men, who have a woeful Super League play-off record, have two matches left of the regular season before embarking on a run they hope will take them all the way to Old Trafford on October 6.

Warrington full-back Brett Hodgson, man of the match at Wembley, believes his team are capable of matching the feat of St Helens, who were the last team to complete the double in 2008.

"We'll go away and assess this and try and prepare well for the next couple of weeks leading into the semis," said Hodgson. "We fell at that hurdle last year and it will be something we'll have to look at. We've (got) a full squad at the moment. Some good quality players missed out so that bodes well for the rest of the season."

Hodgson, who was in the Huddersfield side that lost to Warrington in the 2009 final, was a landslide winner of the Lance Todd Trophy as man of the match.

He was briefly knocked out in a tackle by Leeds prop Kylie Leuluai early in the second half but recovered to supply the final passes for crucial tries by Ryan Atkins and Chris Riley before scoring the last of his side's six tries and kicking a fifth conversion.

But the major talking point was the disallowed try by Leeds second rower Brett Delaney, who picked up the loose ball after Hodgson's crunching clash with Leuluai and touched down. Video referee Phil Bentham said Leuluai's challenge was legal but ruled a double knock-on.

"It is really tough to take," Leuluai said. "I was making the tackle and did not play at the ball in any way."

Hodgson had no complaints over the tackle from Leuluai. He said: "He got me with a good one. It's one of the perils of playing contact sport."

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