Leigh Leopards coach Adrian Lam says leading his side out in the Challenge Cup final at Wembley will be one of the biggest moments of his career.
The Leopards were 6-0 down at the break against Super League champions St Helens, but produced a remarkable second half turnaround to clinch a 12-10 victory and book their spot at Wembley on August 12.
It is the first Challenge Cup final Leigh have reached since 1971, helping continue the stunning rise of the Leopards.
“It’s a bit of a dream,” said a proud Lam in his post-match press conference.
“I played in two Cup finals but not at Wembley. It’s all about Wembley and I’m getting emotional thinking about it.
“It will be up there with the biggest moments of my career.”
Adrian Lam hails ‘unbelievable day’ for Leigh Leopards
Lam was beaming with pride after the game, and paid tribute to support from the town and owner Derek Beaumont throughout their journey so far.
The Papua New Guinean said: “It is an unbelievable day.
“It went right down to the wire and I’m really happy for the town, the owner, who has invested a lot of money, and for the playing group.
“I was happy it was only 6-0 (at half-time). We worked hard and I felt if we kept the score close at half-time, we’d win the second half. If you’re a close bunch of boys you don’t want to let each other down.”
Leigh will face the winners of Sunday’s second semi-final between Wigan and Hull KR at Wembley, but Lam insisted he had no preference of who they face in the final.
“No preference,” Lam added.“I won’t even watch the game tomorrow, I get so nervous watching those games. I’ve lost about 10 years of my age today so I’ll just go and chill somewhere.”