Harrison: Fully Prepared
Back-rower Ben Harrison talks to WolvesTV ahead the squad's trip to Perpignan and the upcoming play-offs.
Looking back at his season so far Ben said: "It's been pretty testing throughout the year but I've had a good run of games towards the back end. I've had the last five or six when I've been selected and have got some quite good game time; I've built the game time up into a performance. I'm glad to be involved especially at this time of year; the business end with playoffs and do or die rugby."
He was one of the stand-out players in Friday's win over Saints with barnstorming run to set up an early try.
"They are massive games for the club. We always get a good following every time that we go to St Helens and it's good to be getting the results now. The performance was especially pleasing. It's a good stadium and a good rivalry that we have with St Helens so to come away the better side with the two points is a good bonus especially when it secured second place for us."
This weekend sees the squad travel over to France for the last game of the regular season.
"There are different factors that go into the game but the club do the most that they can to provide for us. This time we are only flying out on Friday and then playing on the Saturday. Hopefully there won't be much acclimatisation that we have to do; we'll get there, hopefully get the job done and straight back on the Sunday. All the guys went straight into recovery making sure we are fully prepared for the travelling and the added factors that you don't have in a home game or local game like St Helens."
The Dragons provide tough opposition especially on home soil.
"They have a big set of forwards with very good attacking halves and a lot of pace out wide. They can put a very strong performance in and come up with a great result. We've got to be aware of that and try to nullify that as best we can; put our front foot forward and hopefully that can lead us into dominating the rest of the game and hopefully getting the result."
The side have secured second spot going into the play-offs and Ben explains the desire to now push on to the final.
"It's not ideal; second place wasn't what we set out for at the start of the year but the consistency is there. That is what Warrington have been missing in the past but in the last few years we've been starting to find that we are up there a lot of the time, getting the results. There are still areas to work on and by no means has it been a perfect year. We strive for many different aspirations. We wanted to reach the Challenge Cup final, we wanted to win the league and then the Grand Final; that big one is still there to play for and we will be very focussed on making sure every effort goes into achieving that.
"Every year we've experienced a little bit more, tasted a little bit more and last year we got the final. The disappointment was a horrible feeling as there's nothing you can do for that off season; once that game is done at the Grand Final your next game is going to be in February so you've got four or five months to stew on it. You just want to put right what went wrong and to get back on the field. It was a taster that all the boys loved. Although we came out on the wrong side of the result the occasion of playing at Old Trafford and what it meant to the town, the club, the fans, friends and family and us was massive. To have that taste and know what it's like to fail means you can only imagine what it would be like to achieve it and win which is definitely a goal for everyone."
Catalan Dragons v Warrington Wolves, Saturday 7th September, Stade Gilbert Brutus. 6pm (5pm UK)
Warrington Wolves u19s v Huddersfield Giants u19s, Saturday 7th September, Wilderspool, 12pm. £3 adult, £1 junior, free to Wolves 2013 Season Ticket Holders with book
Match tickets for next week's play-off at The Halliwell Jones Stadium are now on general sale. Tickets will be available to purchase in WolfWare, on 08448 11 11 76 and at WolfWare Online.
05, Sep, 2013