Tetley's Challenge Cup: Matty Smith thrilled after Man of the Match display
Wigan Warriors' Matty Smith was delighted to follow in the footsteps of legends by winning the Lance Todd Trophy.
Last Updated: 27/08/13 1:46pm
The former Salford City Red and St Helens playmaker gave a man-of-the-match performance as Shaun Wane's men secured a 19th cup success following a 16-0 triumph.
Smith was under great pressure to impress following his move from the City Reds, when Wigan swooped last season with Thomas Leuluai leaving for the New Zealand Warriors.
The 26-year-old became the first Warrior scrum-half to claim the trophy since Andy Gregory in 1990, while Shaun Edwards won every trophy going while wearing the famous Cherry and White.
Smith is well aware of the calibre of stars that came before him at Wigan, although he believes, if anything, that he plays even better when under pressure.
"There is pressure for us half-backs wearing this shirt with the likes of Shaun Edwards and Andy Gregory who are legends, but I enjoy that and I think I play better under pressure," he commented.
"It is great for me to be at Wigan, a club with a great history and to write yourself in the history books is fantastic."
The likes of Brett Hodgson, Jeff lima, Lee Briers, Michael Monaghan and Paul Wellens have won the Lance Todd trophy in recent seasons and Smith says it was a 'dream come true' to land the prestigious award.
"The greats that have won this award in the past is amazing and to join that list is something special," Smith added.
"I wasn't aware I had won it. Josh Charnley told me as he was running back from a carry and there was around five minutes to go.
"When he told me, I couldn't believe it. It is a dream come true. To lift that Challenge Cup is massive.
"To have your name on such a prestigious list is special but ask any player and it's all about winning on the day."
Smith will return "home" to Salford next Wednesday to be formally presented with the Lance Todd Trophy, which belongs to the Red Devils Association.
They introduced the award in 1946 to recognise the achievements of the New Zealand-born player and administrator who played in Wigan's first cup final appearance in 1911, before going on to become team manager at Salford.