Saints fans living Grand dream

Nathan and Andrew Worrall.
Nathan and Andrew Worrall.
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Excited Saints fans flocked to Langtree Park to buy their Grand Final tickets after last Thursday’s pulsating 30-12 semi-final win over Catalan Dragons.

Defending champions Wigan Warriors then booked their place in the Old Trafford showpiece by beating Warrington Wolves the following night.

Ticket demand for the Grand Final was already running at a record level before the semi-finals with sales 10,000-up on the same period last year.

Among the fans who headed to the Langtree Park ticket office last Friday were Dave Scott, Michael Anders, Steve Birchall and father and son duo Andrew and Nathan Worrall.

Dave Scott, 59, said: “It’s going to be tough for Saints, but if they play like they have done in the last two games then they’ll give themselves a chance.

“For them to even get this far has been a great achievement. Everyone wrote them off because of the injuries they suffered.”

Michael Anders, 39, of Chancery Lane, agreed that Saints would go into the Grand Final as underdogs.

He said: “I know it’s going to be a tough game, but I’ve got a feeling we just might do it. After losing five in a row our luck’s got to change sometime!

“If we go into the game with a positive attitude then anything could happen. It’s great for the town, too.”

Steve Birchall, 45, of Sutton, predicted a Saints vs Wigan final before Friday’s semi-final.

He said: “Wigan are so aggressive but it’s all about what happens on the day. I don’t think Saints have been able to play their full-strength squad at any point this season, so we will definitely go in as underdogs.

“The loss of Luke Walsh, Jonny Lomax and Jon Wilkin has been massive but the young players have come in and done a great job. The likes of Greg Richards and Luke Thompson have been terrific.”

Andrew Worrall, 48, and his son Nathan, 13, of Laffak, both think Saints have every chance.

Andrew said: “Our chances are pretty good. The lads that have carried on playing in the second half of this season have been outstanding.

“Saints were written off when Luke Walsh got injured but look at how far they’ve gone. Who’s to say they can’t win the final?

“They’ve even adapted their style of play, playing the likes of Jordan Turner out of position. Paul Wellens has been magnificent, too.”