Wakefield Trinity PDRL’s Ben Nicholson has labelled his side’s recent success of reaching back-to-back Grand Finals as a “big achievement” as Trinity aim to make history on Sunday.
2019 was an interesting year for Wakefield Trinity PDRL and following a summer of a lifetime for three of the Trinity contingent – Ben Nicholson included – the side reached the PDRL Grand Final, ultimately falling short to the Wire at Old Trafford.
That being said, the side is two years older and with the experience of final heartbreak still haunting them to this day, Ben feels that the side is in the best possible place to claim victory on Sunday.
“It’s been a bit of a weird season for us, and with everything that’s been going on. We have actually not played for a few weeks, so it will be good to get back out there,” said Ben, looking ahead to Sunday’s contest.
“Reaching back-to-back Grand Finals is a big achievement, especially given 18 months or so without rugby.
“We have had a change in format as well as changes of personnel, as have all teams, but I think it’s especially impressive given the support available to us here at Wakefield in comparison to a side like Warrington.”
An agonising six-point victory for the Wire in 2019 was a tough pill to swallow for much of the Trinity side, however, after a year out due to Covid-19, the side has rallied, ending the season with five wins out of 10 games played.
The Wire poses a different test, though, and with a star-studded line-up, the Cheshire side will be looking to stop Trinity in their tracks on Sunday.
“Warrington has been right up there since the start of the PDRL concept, and they have a couple of very dangerous individuals who are capable of taking the game away from you if you let them,” Ben followed.
“The fact Warrington have had the bragging rights for so long isn’t lost on anyone in either team. It is a title they will fight to keep hold of and it’s down to us to take it away from them.
“Whether it’s more motivation is hard to say, a final is already more than enough motivation in its own right.”
Lifting the Grand Final crown is every player’s dream, and with just two sides left in this year’s competition, the stakes have never been so high and Ben is hoping that he can get his hands on some silverware come the end of Sunday.
“The team wants a win, there are no two ways about that,” He said, speaking on the prospect of lifting the crown.
“To finally get over the line would mean a lot for everybody involved in Wakefield, especially the players, support staff and fans who have been with us from the beginning of this journey.
“It would, quite simply, affirm everything we have been working towards since there since three of us were running around the Cat’s bar at that first training session.”
If you are unable to get to York to watch Sunday’s game, the RFL have confirmed that the fixture will be streamed live on the Our League App.