Warrington beat St Helens to reach Grand Final

Old Trafford awaits for two try hero Tom Lineham in the Grand Final next weekend. Credit - WikiMedia

Warrington Wolves claimed their spot in the Super League Grand Final after an 18-13 win over St Helens at the Totally Wicked Stadium.

Two tries in the second half from Tom Lineham meant The Wolves were off to their second Grand Final in three years.

Despite finishing 15 points behind St Helens in the league, Wolves faced leaders St Helens who’d won 26 of their 30 games. Despite their amazing form they were knocked out at the semi-final stage in both the League and Challenge Cup.

In what was Man of Steel nominee Ben Barba‘s last game for the Saints, before returning to the NRL; it was the away side who looked the better of the two and made a confident start early on, taking the lead when Tyrone Roberts converted his penalty after 10 minutes.

Saints came back into the game and Dan Richardson scored three drop goals in a fiery first half display from the home side who went in at the break just 3-2 up.

Minutes into the second half, the hosts scored their first try as Luke Douglas extended their lead to 7-2 before Richardson added another penalty putting them 9-2 ahead after 43 minutes.

Jack Hughes scored Warrington’s first try two minutes later and Lineham’s brace made a telling difference as The Wolves ensured their place in the final

This means that they will face either Castleford or Wigan at Old Trafford a week on Saturday.

Saints coach Justin Holbrook told BBC Sport:  “We’ve worked hard all year to give ourselves the best chance and we didn’t play well enough. I want to give Warrington credit, we knew it was always going to be a hard game. I’m obviously proud of the effort, but we didn’t play well enough and that’s tough to take. We fell just short.”

After the victory, speaking to the BBC, Steve Price, Warrington’s head coach said: “I’m super proud. We spoke all week about needing all 17 players to contribute their best game of the season and they certainly did that. They’ve been the number one offensive team and the most consistent team all season and to come here and produce a performance like that makes me so happy.”