Leuluai: Extra emotion is key

Leuluai: Extra emotion is key

  • Tommy Leuluai looks ahead to the Grand Final against Warrington at Old Trafford.

  • Half back believes emotional week will benefit the Warriors on Saturday night.

  • Leuluai knows what to expect from Warrington and says they ‘deserve’ to be in the final.

Tommy Leuluai admits Wigan’s emotional week can give themselves an advantage of added motivation as they face Warrington in the Grand Final on Saturday.

Shaun Wane will take charge of his final Wigan game while it will also be the last for Sam Tomkins, John Bateman and Ryan Sutton who are all set to leave the Club at the end of the season.

Leuluai said: “It’s one of the main motivators for me. Just for what he’s (Shaun Wane) done for the Club and how long he’s been here. It was a very emotional week last week and I can imagine it’s going to be similar this week too.

“It’s not just Waney as there’s three players leaving too. I’ve played with Sam for a fair while now and I think he’s one player that deserves to leave on a high. Not forgetting Mark Bitcon and Matty Peet who are both leaving too so it gives us that little bit of added motivation.

“I know people say that emotion doesn’t come into it but I don’t necessarily agree with that. I think half the game is built on emotion but it’s only half and you still have to play well.

“I think you can use the emotion but you can’t rely on it as it’s not going to get you the win but we can definitely use it!”

The New Zealand half back wants to give the Cherry and White army a day to remember and as tickets are selling fast in the Easterly end of Old Trafford, fans are urged to buy their tickets quickly to avoid disappointment.

“I’m just so glad they get to come to an event like this,” Leuluai said.

“They’ve supported us all year and it’s going to be a great day out for them and we’re just hoping we can make it an even better day out and get the win for them!”

With an experienced head, Leuluai knows what it takes to win a Grand Final but understandable, he didn’t want to give too much away.

“I’m pretty relaxed. Obviously it’s good to get here and I’m looking forward to the weekend. It’s a good reward for all the hard work everyone puts in at the Club all year so we’re looking forward to it and I can’t wait!

“There’s a little bit of work to do on Tuesday. We need to get our game plan sorted and bit of stuff that we nail up.

“I’m pretty sure there’s not going to be a high lot of work on the field in training but it’s important we know what we need to do and once that’s sorted it’s more about getting the body ready and relaxing up ready for Saturday.”

The Warriors are in a sensational run of form having won their last nine including the 14-0 semi-final victory against Castleford last Friday but Leuluai is wary of the Wolves, as this will be the sixth meeting between the two sides in 2018.

Leuluai said: “We defended really well and we have done for a while now. We didn’t leak too many points in the Super 8s and it’s something we really focused on so it’s good to see it paying off.

“If I’m honest I thought Saints were the best team all year and I thought they were definitely going to be one of the teams in there but after the way Warrington played against them, they fully deserve to be here. They were outstanding.”

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