Warrington Wolves hooker Micky Higham will be using last year’s Grand Final defeat to Wigan Warriors as added motivation when the two sides meet on Friday in their play-off semi-final at the DW Stadium (8.00pm).
Former Wigan and St Helens hooker Higham knows there is not much between the two sides in the final stages of the season and is looking to improve on the last time they met in Super League, which ended in a 24-20 reverse.
“They’re looking strong at the moment in defence and with the ball,” said Higham. “Both of our matches this season have been very close and a real game of two halves for each side. We’re two evenly matched teams who can produce some quality Rugby League. Anything can happen on the day.
“Tony Smith has said we can use last year’s Grand Final loss as motivation if we want to. It still plays on my mind so it will be nice to get one over on them on Friday.
“I enjoyed my time at Wigan and I like going back to the stadium. The fans are fantastic there and they still make time to come and speak to me after games which is nice. I’m looking forward to Friday and hopefully plenty of our fans will be there to make it a cracker.”
The 34-year-old has been granted a three-month testimonial this year for his service to the sport he loves. Throughout September, October and November the Wolves hooker is putting on a series of special events.
“I’m really appreciative of the RFL for letting me have this testimonial,” said Higham.
“I’ve got lots of events planned and there will be a question and answer evening in Leigh. Jamie Peacock and Paul Wood will be attending. JP is a great sport and I can’t wait to hear what questions get fired his way.
“The 2009 and 2010 Challenge Cup wins were special along with representing my country. But my stand-out moment in my career so far has to be my first Super League Grand Final win in 2002 with St Helens. I just want to get back to Old Trafford and do it all again.”