24th August 2012, 12:56
BRIERS LEADS FROM THE FRONT IN CUP FINAL
Welsh ace calls on fans to 'sing their hearts out' on rugby league's big day out at Wembley
CHALLENGE CUP FINAL (Courtesy of Warrington Wolves RLFC)
LONG-serving Warrington Wolves star and Wales captain Lee Briers was delighted to pick up the Challenge Cup silverware for the first time in 2009.He was named Lance Todd winner in 2010, so what will 2012 have in store on Saturday?
It will have been six weeks since the semi-final and Lee explains that the team have tried not to get too swept up in the build-up.
"Even though you know it's down the road and it's always in the back of your mind, we've had a job to do in Super League between the semi and the final so it would have been unfair on the supporters, team and club not to have focused on them as well.
"We know it's likely to be a huge crowd. It might rain, it might not. We can't control those things, what we can control is that we know it's a big occasion as is this week leading up to but at the end of the day it's a Rugby League game, there are two posts and some grass and we need to perform well on it.
"We can't get too ahead of ourselves. It's going to be an unbelievably tough game and we need to focus on what we can control and put up a good performance."
The half-back is under no illusion though and is expecting a difficult encounter when they face the Rhinos at the weekend.
"It will be mightily tough. They are reigning Super League champions and have been to the Cup final three years on the bounce. They have big game players and are a team that knows how to win big games and we need to find a way to combat that.
"We'll be preparing as if they've got a full team out. The likes of Rob Burrow and Kevin Sinfield are quality players who can strike from anywhere, so we need to be aware of that."
Having been at the Wolves since 1997 Lee is primrose and blue through and through and can't thank the fans for their support over the years. Their role at Wembley will play a big part once again.
"Just to look out at a sea of primrose and blue, it doesn't get any better and when the crowd starts singing that really spurs you on. We are going to need that again on Saturday so please make sure you are singing your hearts out and making plenty of noise."