Well here we go, it all comes down to eighty minutes against non-other than the auld enemy. I'm not sure about you but I cannot wait to get down to business.
The feeling amongst the guys is one of real excitement. You could feel a few nerves knocking about before the Leeds game and I think that showed in our first half performance, however once we got those out of our system we showed what we could do in the second period and deservedly won the game.
Our defence was brilliant on Saturday and we know we need to repeat that this week. My man of the match had to be Daz Goulding who was truly sensational for us, when we needed him he put in a fantastic effort and came up with some big big plays. He handled some tough bombs really well and also made some great scoots from dummy half that help you so much in games like that.
Following the game I think the guys were real happy about overcoming that bogey of the semi finals, obviously as you guys are all too well aware we've not nailed one for a while and that was playing on the minds of a few players. We know that we have to stay cool for the final and are chilled and ready to go. In games like this it's normally the first team to settle into their rhythm that comes away with the win.
The game on Saturday is not the first Wigan-Saints final of the season; just this past weekend the reserves tackled them in the last ever rugby league game at Knowsley Road and won! It was a fantastic effort from the fellas and once again this year they've shown that this club is oozing with talent.
Moving on to more sobering news and I'd just like to send my condolences to the family and friends of Terry Newton. Several of the guys knew Terry well and I've had the pleasure of meeting and playing against him myself. It is such a devastating loss to the whole Rugby League family.
Finally I know he will just pass it off as a team accolade and not want to take much credit for it but a huge congratulations to Paddy! He deservedly took home the Man Of Steel award on Monday and thoroughly deserves all the plaudits.
Right well thats your lot from me guys, I hope you've found my blog a good read over the past couple of years.
Signing off, over and out
PS. I can't go without giving a massive thank you to everyone who has supported me during my time at Wigan including big Timmy who has helped me with the blog over the last few years.
To take a look back at Phil's past exploits [click here].