Higham: Its an unbelievable feeling
Hooker Micky Higham is preparing to face one of his former club's this Saturday when the Wolves and Warriors battle it out at Old Trafford in this year's Super League Grand Final.
The last time the two sides met in a final was back in 1990 so this showpiece has been longawaited.
"If you speak to a lot of people it's probably the final that everyone wanted; certainly Warrington and Wigan fans. It's nice to see two local rivals battle it out in a massive game. I used to play for Wigan so I've got some memories there over three good years and I made some good friends. We'll run out on that pitch for 80 minutes and not be friends but we'll certainly have a chat after. It's going to be a great final; hopefully we can put on a good performance."
Recent meetings between the north-west rivals have delivered some close-fought Rugby League and Micky is expecting Saturday to serve up a match nothing short of extraordinary.
"Both teams are going to have to play for 80 minutes to win this game. It's certainly not going to be won in the first 15 to 20 minutes. Obviously it would give you a good start but we've had two games against them this year; all square at the DW and a close game at our place when we came out on top - if it's anything like those two games or better we are in for a real treat; I can't wait.
"It's an unbelievable feeling. The roar, the atmosphere is different to any other game. I know it's a final but there is a different feeling; for how big a stadium it is it's quite compact, the crowd are really on you, hopefully they can roar us to victory this weekend."
The support of the fans is second to none and Micky envisaging a packed crowd.
"Someone put on that the queue's a mile long already and I think Wigan's been the same; two well-supported teams it's going to be packed. A lot of neutrals come as well as it's a great evening out for all rugby fans so it's going to be a really noisy game. You've got to learn to deal with that; if it's noisy you aren't going to be able to hear as much, like with the calls, so you've got to be really switched on."
But the experience of last year will hopefully come into play.
"I'm hoping so. We thought we'd done all the right thing last year, and we probably did but the occasion just got to us a little bit and we didn't quite handle it as well as we thought. We started well but with Leeds being the experts at this Grand Final for so many years they know how to get back into the game and win. I think we'll have learnt a few lessons from last year. We'll enjoy the occasion but will try to play the game and win first."
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01, Oct, 2013