Lee Briers: Warrington Wolves want 'own piece of history'

Warrington Wolves half-back Lee Briers

Challenge Cup final: Leeds v Warrington

Venue:
Wembley
Date:
Saturday, 25 August
Kick-off:
14:30 BST
Coverage:
BBC One, BBC HD and online: 14:00-17:00 BST; BBC Radio 5 live: 14:30-17:00 BST; BBC local radio

Challenge Cup final week is always very special. It is a really important week to take in and enjoy, but you cannot afford to take your eye off the main objective, which is putting in a good performance on the day.

For us as players, it is probably a lot easier to not think about playing in a big final in the weeks leading up to it, because we have got other games to think about.

The fans of both teams have been buying tickets, flags and shirts ever since we beat Huddersfield in our semi-final and Leeds beat Wigan in theirs. Every supporter has been planning their weekend away at Wembley.

You only have to travel around Warrington to see all the flags in the windows. It is special to see.

In terms of our preparation for the game, that has not changed too much from a normal Super League fixture.

We will be staying in a hotel in London for a couple of nights. Usually we will only stay in a hotel unless we are playing London Broncos, so that is the only difference to a normal week.

I am 34 now, but hopefully this will not be my last final. I will not be going into it thinking, "this is it, I need to make the most of it because I'm never going to play in a game like this again".

I have signed another contract for next year and I believe that, with the squad we have got, we will be contending for many more trophies in the years to come.

Even though this is going to be a massive game and there are going to be nearly 90,000 people there, at the end of the day, it is just a game of rugby.

There are still two sets of posts at either end and the grass is still green.

It is a big occasion, but you cannot let the occasion get to you.

If the younger guys want to come up and ask the senior guys like myself or Adrian Morley what playing in a Challenge Cup final is all about, we will obviously give them the advice. We are all one team and we all have that one goal.

After winning the Challenge Cup in 2009 and 2010, we want to make our own piece of history.

The harder that we work, the more successful we will be. The team that we have got now have got a good few years in them to win some more trophies.

Leeds have done exactly the same as what they did last year, starting slowly and improving as the season has gone on.

People were writing them off again, but they are finding their best form at the right time.

They have been the benchmark in Super League for the last six or seven years, but the Challenge Cup is something that they have not won for some time. I hope it puts some extra pressure on them, but I very much doubt that will be the case.

They are very well coached, they have got some good senior players and they are very experienced, especially on the big occasion, so I am sure they will be ready to go on Saturday.

But they will miss Danny McGuire. It is sad that he is not playing because of injury.

He is a quality player and you want to play against the best players.

I was lucky enough to win the Lance Todd Trophy after being named as the man of the match in our final victory against Leeds in 2010.

It is a really special award, one of the top individual honours you can win in rugby league. But again, it is all about the team and making sure Warrington win the Challenge Cup.

If the team does well, I am sure one of us will be picking up both of those special trophies.