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Self-belief is so often the key.

Byline: Sport / Rugby League super saint writes for the echo Wilkin

CONGRATULATIONS to Wigan on their Grand Final win and it was good to get a prediction right for once!

I just had a feeling going into the game that the Warriors had got themselves into that groove where self-belief trumps everything else.

It was very much a case of 'they shall not pass' and other than one defensive slip in the first half that led to Declan Patton's try for Warrington, Wigan were impregnable.

Having gone in at halftime leading 6-2, Warrington could really have done with stretching their lead beyond one score.

And they very nearly did but Ryan Atkins couldn't get the ball down over the line as the Wigan cover defence swarmed around him.

Once Oliver Gildart had levelled things up for the Warriors with a try that came immediately after Atkins had gone so close, to some degree the writing was on the wall.

That's not to say Warrington couldn't have won it. When the scores are that close it only takes the odd moment of inspiration or the odd mistake to make the difference.

But Wigan had them in a death grip. Shaun Wane's side started to increasingly dominate the territory battle and it was no real surprise when they conjured up what turned out to be the winning try through Josh Charnley.

What Wigan's win demonstrates is something I've stated many times.

You can go a long way in rugby league with the right attitude. In particular, defence is largely about attitude. People talk a lot about tactics and systems and of course those things have a part to play.

But the bottom line is, if every player on your side is willing to put their body on the line and defend like their lives depended on it, you've every chance of coming out on the winning side. Wigan badly wanted to win that game - and they did.

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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Geographic Code:4EUUK
Date:Oct 12, 2016
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