LEE MOSSOP “THESE LADS PLAY THEIR BEST RUGBY WHEN THEY GO OUT AND ARE RELAXED”

LEE MOSSOP “THESE LADS PLAY THEIR BEST RUGBY WHEN THEY GO OUT AND ARE RELAXED”

by | Oct 12, 2019

Today, co-aptain, Lee Mossop, will have the honour of leading out the Salford Red Devils in their first ever Super League Grand Final, for their biggest final in the past fifty years.  Ahead of this great privilege, Lee took time out to outline his thoughts on the big occasion.
“We all know that Saints are the stand-out team in the competition, and that they have been unbelievably good all year. To finish sixteen points ahead of their nearest rivals is incredible, and previously, I suspect, unheard of,” said Mossop.
“To be playing in the Grand Final, however, we really don’t mind who we are playing against, because if you’re going to win the title and trophy, you have got to beat the best. So, to be facing them at Old Trafford, on the back of a win over Wigan on their ground, in the semi-final, is as good as it could be.
“This is absolutely massive for the club, with it being fifty years since the last similar occasion of their Challenge Cup Final v Castleford, at Wembley. After what the club has gone through in recent years, and to be doing it this season with such a small squad, is fantastic and an unbelievable achievement.
“Now that we are there, we want to make history by winning it, and not just being part of the occasion.
“Saints undoubtedly have class all over the field, but, as far as I am concerned, I just have to focus on my job, which is dealing with their middles. They have two outstanding, GB front rowers, and the team relies a lot on their go-forward. So, for me to be able help my team as much as I can, I have to match them.
“There’s been some speculation as to whether a second week off is beneficial to them or not, but I really don’t think, at this stage of the season, it matters. Certainly, Saints would never use that as an excuse, and, going into the biggest game of the year, they are not going to remotely dwell on the fact that they hadn’t had a game last week. Just like us, they are happy to be there but they also, like us, want to win.
“We’ve looked back at the game at St Helens, where we missed an excellent opportunity to beat them, and felt, at the time, that we’d done enough to do so. The fact that we didn’t, just shows the class of their team, but we, nevertheless, are extremely confident this time.
“All year, we have shown that we’re always ready to learn from our mistakes, and nine times out of ten we’ve put things right next time out. We have looked at that game and seen where we let ourselves down, and if we fix those up this week, hopefully, that will be enough.
“Although we have a few younger players for whom this is their first big occasion, surprisingly enough, I’ve not had to do or say anything to reassure them. They’re really mature, and most of them have been at the club for a few years, now, so they’ve had to come through bits of adversity, and in particular the Million Pound Game, which was real pressure.
“These lads play their best rugby when they go out and are relaxed. This is a massive game and there is absolutely no need to get anyone up for it. Seventeen of us, doing our jobs to the full, will be enough.”

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