They fell short in both finals last season and now Warrington Wolves’ winger Tom Lineham is keen to see his team avenge those defeats by winning the prestigious Challenge Cup this month when they will face St Helens.

“We’re always really good in semi-finals,” Lineham admitted on Rugby AM this week before confessing finals are where they struggle. The facts, indeed, suggest he’s right – they have lost in both the Challenge Cup and Super League Grand Finals in 2016 and 2018. The impact of Blake Austin since he has arrived at the club, however, has given both the players and fans the belief that they can turn those reverses into victories and bring silverware to the Halliwell Jones.

Lineham himself has played a part in getting teams to the Challenge Cup final on three occasions, helping former club Hull FC to the final in 2013 as well as twice with Warrington. 2018, however, was the first time he took to the field in the final after missing out with the Airlie Birds and being a shock omission for the Wire in 2016 – a final where he saw his new team defeated by the Black and Whites. “I’d had a turbulent year that year,” he admitted, reasoning that he probably wasn’t right to play that year.

Two years on, Lineham took to the field against Catalans Dragons but, while they were the bookmakers’ favourites to lift the famous trophy, the fairytale wasn’t to be. Succumbing to a 20-14 defeat, Lineham admitted that he and the team were gutted by the result. “We went into it in good form, playing well but just weren’t right on the day,” he told Rugby AM. “If you don’t go and do the job then it’s an awful feeling after a loss when you’ve got all the families there.”

This year sees the top two teams in Super League head to Wembley for the showpiece final and Lineham is aware how important it is that Warrington deliver. “It’s imperative that we get it right this year with our mentality and we go out and perform,” he explained.

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