Underdog Status Was Key For Clark

Underdog Status Was Key For Clark

Daryl Clark claimed Warrington used their underdog status to spur them on to victory against St Helens in the Challenge Cup final. The Wire went into the game on the back of a five-game losing streak, while the Saints had wrapped up the League Leaders Shield in the Super League and sit 16 points clear at the top of the standings. Saints had also won the three previous fixtures between the two sides in 2019 and were fully expected to come out on top at Wembley on Saturday.

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Instead, Warrington ran out 18-4 winners to win the trophy for the first time since 2012, having lost their last two finals against Hull FC in 2016 and 12 months ago against Catalans Dragons. Clark, who scored a late try to seal the win and picked up the Lance Todd Trophy as man of the match, said: “Saints have been getting the accolades and all the media attention.

“I’ve had a good feeling all week. We knew that we could flip it on its head, coming in as underdogs. “It was Tom Lineham who spoke up in the meeting we had on Friday night about how last year we were massive favourites and the way we felt maybe made us a bit arrogant.

“Looking back It affected us as favourites. Coming here with a feeling that we’d already got it won.” Clark added: “I’ve lost three times here and it’s heartbreaking. So to win is special and to score even better as I don’t get many tries these days. And to win the Lance Todd is the icing on the cake.”

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