Leeds Rhinos' Stevie Ward is relishing the prospect of upsetting Warrington in the Grand Final
Stevie Ward insists Leeds are relishing the prospect of upsetting the Warrington Wolves in Saturday's Grand Final.
Last Updated: 02/10/12 12:12pm
Brian McDermott's men reached Old Trafford following an improbable 13-12 success over League Leaders' Shield winners Wigan.
Leeds were not expected to retain their title this season following a below-par Super League campaign that saw them finish fifth in the table.
The Rhinos lost to Warrington in the Challenge Cup final in August and the Wolves are the favourites to complete an elusive double.
Ward cannot wait to play at Old Trafford, although he knows Leeds must be at their very best to see off Tony Smith's troops.
"I've been there to watch football once and I remember walking through the stadium and thinking this could be within my reach in a few years," he told the Yorkshire Evening Post.
"At 18 in my first season, I didn't I would get anywhere near doing it. To play at Wembley and then go to Old Trafford almost straight afterwards is unbelievable - I could not ask for anything more.
"We're glad to be in the final, but we have to make sure we repeat everything we did on Friday and we come up with our best performance of the season at Old Trafford.
"That's going to be a big challenge for us, but with who we've got in that changing room, there's no better people to be going to Old Trafford with. It is something we are relishing."