2013 proved to be a very successful year for the Club with the Challenge Cup success at Wembley which was followed by the Grand Final win at Old Trafford to complete a superb double. As the Warriors now prepare to go into 2014 and the World Club Challenge Down Under against the Sydney Roosters, Scrum Half Matty Smith told us all the hard work in pre-season will hopefully again pay dividends when the season gets underway,
"If you look at the big games this year which we won, particularly in the Grand Final where we have come back from 16-2 down I think in the first half some bits of skill were off for us on that right hand edge in particular but we kept going and going and in the second half we kept throwing our shapes at them and that's what it is. The little bits of skill you do throughout the year for those big games and big moments and if you look at some of our tries we scored and that is through all the hard work we have done throughout the year and you get the prizes at the end of it."
"I love this time of year with Christmas but training wise it is tough because we don't have any games. You are putting your body through alot of pain day in day out and there is no game to build for. It is pretty tough but it will all be worth it hopefully in Februay if we lift the World Club Trophy and defeat the Roosters."
Asked what the worst part of pre-season training was, Matty told us the sessions at Formby Beach were the most gruelling,
"For me Formby is unbelievably hard on the sand. We do quite alot of tough runs with Haigh Hall, Rivington and Beacon Fells. Nothing is easy here at Wigan and even the weights sessions are really tough but you need to do all this to be at your best when it matters."