2022 – Challenge Cup Final: Wigan “belongs to history” after his historic 20th cup win

Wigan deserves his place in history after winning the Challenge Cup for the 20th time, says Warriors coach Matty Peet.

She gave them one late Liam Marshall score Tight victory 16-14 Over the Huddersfield Giants in a thrilling match at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

Peet is in his first season as Wigan coach after facing Adrien Lamm.

“If we invest that time and learn from it, he can take us to another level as a team,” Peet told BBC Sport.

“I know our team will go down in history. Only the teams that participated in major events will be remembered correctly.

“That moment, the end of the game, is what people will remember, no matter what happened before. We’ve been talking all week about it’s not going to be the perfect game, but it will be the perfect moment. That’s how it is.” It turns out it is.”

After the win, Peet paid tribute to former Wigan and rugby chief Maurice Lindsay, who He died in early May At the age of 81 years.

“We stand on the shoulders of so many notable people. Morris is rightly talked about at the moment. What he has done has taken the club to new heights and I think it is touching that we can do that.”

“So many beautiful stories come from this game. It’s our 150th year, our 20th Challenge Cup, [Wigan owner] Year 15 Linnagan and [winning for] Moritz Lindsey.

“What we do is a good path to success. It never ends when you win, but the culture is 100% alive and we have to keep the relationship between the group alive.”

The better side lost – Watson

Huddersfield were four minutes away from lifting the Challenge Cup before Marshall took a corner kick and their long 69-year wait to lift the trophy continues.

Ian Watson was on the losing side for the second time in his coaching career after suffering another agonizing defeat for Salford at Leeds at Wembley two years ago.

“It’s very hard to bear,” he said. “The boys made a huge transformation and I thought we were outstanding as a group. We were the best team in most matches but we didn’t get what we deserved today. It’s worse than the other times because they deserve it.” He. She.”

When asked if the better team lost the final, Watson said: “I think so. It hurts because they put in so much effort and it comes to a moment in the game where they caught us and that’s what the big games are about.”

Linebacker Tui Lolohea has been one of Huddersfield’s standout players this season but has missed four kicks.

Watson also noted the failure of first-half support Chris Hill, who won the competition twice with Warrington, with a crucial calf injury.

“Scorers are always ranked and we could have won the game without them,” Watson added.

“I had a good conversation with Tui and he will beat himself but there are other situations where we have lost the match instead of just focusing on kicking.

“Chris Hill is huge and people with this level of experience are huge at these games. He was great and killing him, but losing him was a huge blow. If he had come back for a second, he might have given us that calm to take over the field position again.”

“I can’t say it won’t affect them, they will be a bit painful but what we need to do now is get on our feet quickly and show everyone what we are up to as a club. This should be the start of something good for Huddersfield to create a platform for the future.”

Striker Chris McQueen went in with a witch doll to give the Giants a 10-6 first-half lead they couldn’t convert, and the Lance Todd award was no consolation.

“We were disappointed but proud of the players’ performance, we didn’t deserve what we got today,” McQueen said.

“We were 99% involved, but a few small moments cost us. I definitely don’t feel like we were the worst team.

“If you ask someone who was the best player on a losing team, they will give that back for the other cup. I prefer the other one.”