Warrington halfback Gareth O’Brien has an enviable source of inspiration and knowledge when it comes to learning how to deal with big game pressures.
“I play quite a lot of golf with Lee Briers, and there’s probably no better person to seek advice from,” said O’Brien.
“He’s very similar to me in some respects, he says, in that I get very nervous before a game.
“His main advice was to just treat it as any other game – don’t let the occasion bubble over, and have a negative effect on you.
“Use the occasion and use it to your strengths. You’ve got to be confident, know what you’re good at, and go and perform.
“Warrington are a massive club, it’s where I’m from and where I was born, so to help them in a semi-final to get to Wembley would be just massive.”
O’Brien is anticipating an exciting contest with the Rhinos for a place at Wembley, with Brian McDermott’s men sure to provide some tough challenges.
“Leeds are a really good side. We’ve played them twice this year, we’ve beat them once and they’ve beaten us,” he said.
“We’re expecting nothing short of a brilliant game of rugby and they’ll definitely ask us a few questions in attack, and we’ve got to come up with a plan to cause them a few problems and come up with the win.
“It’s a massive game, and one that I’ve not got experience of. I’ve never played in a semi-final.
“But I’ve been part of the squad, and seen what goes into the preparation. It’s going to be a massive game against Leeds.
“It’s only down the road in St Helens, so hopefully we’ll take a big following.
“You’ve got to control your nerves, and it’s about who plays best on the day.”