The winter spent slogging off in all weathers on the training ground are paying off to Josh Charnley at Warrington Wolves.
The winger and his team-mates watched their efforts rewarded in August once they conquered rivals St Helens 18-4 in Wembley to lift the Challenge Cup, banishing the memories of their last year’s defeat against Catalans Dragons.
Warrington are still which has up to now proved elusive for them however, start their quest to come back night, and that being the Super League title.
Last year’s 12-4 loss to Wigan Warriors at Old Trafford has been the Wolves’ fourth defeat in Super League’s showpiece match and with a single trophy already secured, Charnley wants to ensure Steve Price’s side do not see their own efforts throughout the season visit waste.
“The pain was (before the Challenge Cup final) and we talked about it ” Charnley told Sky Sports.
“It’s not nice shedding and you work so hard, you’re in over Christmas training hard from the snow and the rain, and now that you do all you can to find some silverware.
“Last yearwe were lucky enough to be in 2 finals and we lost them, but we began this year with targets and we have got one of those goals now. We just need the last piece of the puzzle.”
A return to Old Trafford would mark Warrington on Charnley’s fourth appearance with returned following nearly two decades to league at 2018.
Though he did not have the identical impact with Sale as fellow wide-man Denny Solomona that is cross-code, the 28-year-old still reflects positively on his spell in rugby union.
It didn’t take long to repay into league once he arrived in Warrington, bringing some improvements to his game while playing for the Sharks that he left.
“I’ve played soccer league since I was six and I’ve never know another game, so it wasn’t too tough to get back into it,” Charnley explained.
“The biggest thing was getting my body back in the contact, so which has been the largest threat.
“I believe I’m possibly more comfy under the top ball. In marriage, there is a whole lot of catching and kicking.
“It is little technical things and a lot of marriage teams are now taking league in their game. I liked my spell there and if I catch a high ball over my mind I’m laughing.”
Charnley understands what is necessary to get to win the Super League Grand Final having been a part of the Wigan teams which triumphed in 2010, 2013 and 2016 – that the two viewing the Cherry and Whites overcome his club.
But despite that Challenge Cup victory, Warrington’s kind in the league has been patchy at the final weeks of the season since they slipped from second to fourth, putting them in a win-or-bust elimination final with Castleford.
Charnley has backed Warrington to flourish in that situation though, utilizing the lessons learned from the success over St Helens at Wembley to assist them at the play-offs.
“It had been one of those where we needed to remain in the match,” Charnley said. “Saints are a fantastic team and we’re a great team on the afternoon, therefore it was going to be an exciting match.
“It was only down to that kept hold of the ball and did exactly the correct things.
“We just get one shot now and on Thursday we are taking that into it, so we’re fully focusing on performing the job.”
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