Woolf relishing tilt at Grand Final prize

23 November 2020 04:07:54 GMTPlus11

Kristian Woolf says he is very excited at the prospect of coaching St Helens to another Grand Final victory.

It has been another excellent season for the Merseyside outfit who are looking to seal back-to-back Grand Final wins after defeating Salford in the Super League showpiece game last season.

Woolf was appointed to replace Justin Holbrook at the beginning of 2020 and was able to continue the good work of his predecessor as the Saints finished second in the regular season, just behind Wigan who claimed the League Leaders’ Shield.

In the semi-final of the playoffs, the Saints mauled Catalans Dragons 48-2 with Kevin Naiqama grabbing a hat-trick in the process.

Now, they are set to face their great rivals Wigan in the final as they aim to win their eighth Grand Final in the Super League era, and it is an occasion Woolf is looking forward to.

"It is really fitting that the best two teams of the whole season are playing in the final," he said.

"Wigan were really strong in their semi-final and have been all year, we have been the same so it is going to be a great final."

Wigan turned St Helens over at the Totally Wicked Stadium three weeks ago in the league phase with an excellent 18-6 win but Woolf insists they will learn from that defeat and head into the game a much stronger unit.

"We learnt plenty from that game and it was a good game to have in terms of when it came because it gave us a reality check in terms of where we were," Woolf continued.

St Helens are 2.00 to win Friday's Grand Final while Wigan are 1.80 to lift the trophy for the first time since 2018.

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