Emotional Adrian Lam hails ‘weird’ and ‘special’ moment in Challenge Cup final: ‘It was an incredible finish’

Josh McAllister

Leigh Leopards' John Asiata (left) and head coach Adrian Lam with the trophy after the Betfred Challenge Cup final at Wembley, London. Photo by PA Images / Alamy Stock Photo.

Challenge Cup winning head coach Adrian Lam described his side’s match winning moment as both ‘special’ and ‘weird’ as son Lachlan Lam kicked the golden point winner against Hull KR.

It was a dramatic finish to the prestigious cup competition in front of a crowd of 58,213 at Wembley Stadium, with Lachlan Lam landing the winning play and claiming the Lance Todd Trophy.

The one-pointer marked Lachlan Lam’s first professional field goal, having only ever slotted one previously in a reserves game in Australia.

The triumph in the capital saw Leigh claim their first Challenge Cup since 1971 with the whole backing of the Greater Manchester town.

“It was a real special moment,” head coach Adrian Lam said.

On his son’s big moment, the 52-year-old continued: “I’ve had times where I’ve thought through this week about how lucky I am to have him here playing for my team and playing well.

“It was just a really weird moment when we went to take the field goal, the ball was thrown back to him and I thought he’s going to win the game here.

“It happened just like that. I’m really proud of him.”

Leigh Leopards prepared for golden point extra time, says Adrian Lam

Hull KR claimed their place in the final thanks to a golden point winner from Brad Schneider, who also kicked the vital point on his debut against Leeds Rhinos in Super League.

Recent results from the opposition saw Leigh prepare for another golden point tie, the first in Challenge Cup history.

“We’ve practised for that,” Lam admitted.

“I felt sorry for Hull KR, I thought they played well. They’ve probably prepared better than anyone else than kicking those one pointers in the last six weeks.

“It was an incredible finish. We had planned for the extra time over the last month and it fell really well for us.”

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