RugbyL: Fight king Hatton inspires Warrington triumph

Warrington stand-off Lee Briers revealed how a meeting with Ricky Hatton inspired the Wolves to a second successive Super League Grand Final appearance with a 30-22 semi-final win over Huddersfield.

Joel Monaghan, a controversial figure in his native Australia, who joined Warrington from NRL outfit Canberra Raiders in 2011, set the Wolves on their way with two first-half tries at the Halliwell Jones Stadium.

Simon Grix also bagged a double at the end of either half with Ryan Atkins contributing a sole score as Warrington set up a Grand Final return having lost 26-18 to Leeds Rhinos at last season's showpiece.

League Leaders' Shield winners Huddersfield were ahead 10-6 midway through the first half thanks to Danny Brough and Jake Connor but second-half tries from Jermaine McGillvary and Dale Ferguson proved in vain.

And Briers, whose high kicks continually caused the Giants trouble, made public the impact that a speech by four-time world boxing champion Hatton the night before had on the Warrington dressing room.

"Getting to the Grand Final is the end result but it was a tough game and credit to Huddersfield. They finished top of the league and are a real quality side," said Briers.

"We had a talk from a special person last night [Hatton] at our team hotel and the stuff he said about being on the ropes a few times in his career, we had to use that as a bit of inspiration.

"We had to stick in there at the end, they really gave it to us. Our forwards stepped it up. We dug in and that will stand us in good stead for the Grand Final.

"He [Hatton] was one of the best of all time and I thank him for those words and this is massive for our club, getting back to back Grand Finals.

"From where we have come from, lets see if we can go one step further. Obviously it is going to be hard but we will give it a good go."

The defeat is Huddersfield's fourth against Warrington from four this season with the Wolves to play the winner of Friday's second semi-final between Wigan and defending champions Leeds at Old Trafford on October 5.

And Giants hooker Shaun Lunt, who set up Ferguson's second-half try which made it 24-22 with eight minutes to go, believes Huddersfield performed better than some thought they would.

"We could have done with a few bounces of the ball going our way but unfortunately they went their way. That generally happens to the team that is more dominant," said Lunt.

"There were more parts of the game where they were dominant. You can't come to a place like this against a quality side like Warrington and give a half-hearted performance.

"I don't think we did that, we cam here as massive underdogs, no-one gave us a cat in hell's chance and hopefully we proved a lot of doubters wrong.

"In the first half it could have gone either way but they just got it slightly and it was too much to claw back."