Finalists Ready to Fight It Out

Rovers’ boss Justin Morgan has been busy preparing his side for the biggest game in their recent season hoping that the Craven Park men can reach the engage Super League for the first time. 

“It’s life changing,” he said. “You’ve got the financial side of things for the players – you go from a £400,000 salary cap to £1.6 million – and the career side too. You’re on the biggest stage on this side of the world and that reflects on the club.”

“The hardest part is the waiting, but the work’s been done. I’ve told the players to have faith. When they’re under pressure on Sunday, they’ve to think back about what they’ve achieved so far.

Widnes Vikings, last season relegated from the top flight, are led by a man who took Whitehaven to the last two Grand Finals, Steve McCormack.

“I’m delighted to get there again,” said McCormack. “To be involved in two previous Grand Finals was a privilege but they count for nothing now.

“We’ve started to hit form at the right time in the competition and I honestly don’t think there’s a lot between these two sides.

“We had a bit of an inconsistent start but, as we’ve started to pick up, the crowd has really got behind us and backed us. They’re desperate for Super League just like the Hull KR fans. There’ll be a very passionate backing for both teams.”

Swinton Lions’ boss Paul Kidd, whose needed golden point extra-time to see off Celtic Crusaders last week, is hoping to see the Lions’ momentum continue against Sheffield Eagles.

“I’ll be urging the players to make sure they don’t come up with any regrets,” he said.

 “You’ve got to enjoy occasions like that and I’ve no right to say to the players that they couldn’t enjoy themselves. But we started focusing from Monday morning.

His opposite number Gary Wilkinson admitted that he was happy to see the Lions go to extra-time as it may tire them out for the crucial final.

He said: “The good thing from our point of view is that they’re most probably smashed to bits from Sunday so that might just be a factor.

“But they’ll be battle-hardened, while we’ve played just one game in a month. There’s two ways to look at it – either you get a rest, or you don’t get the chance to keep the momentum going.”

Hemel coach Troy Perkins said that he was happy to see what he believes to be the two best sides in NL3 meet on the big stage.

“Bramley and we have been the best two teams all season and now it’s down to an 80-minute battle. Whoever has got the most desire and makes the fewest mistakes will win it” he said.

Bramley Buffaloes coach Paul Cook, who played at Wembley with Bradford in 1996 and 1997, is happy to have reached his first final as a coach and is confident his side can lift the trophy.

Cook said: “I’ve only been coaching for five years and this is the first Final I’ve been involved in – it means everything to me as a coach.

“We’ve worked hard since January and now it all boils down to Sunday. I’ll prepare my players to the best of their ability and if they play to that standard then the result should take care of itself.”

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