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Briers hails team effort
Stand-off plays down personal achievement in Challenge Cup final
That is really good but the main thing is that I have just won the Challenge Cup with a bunch of really special guys.
Lee Briers on winning the Lance Todd Trophy
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Lance Todd Trophy winner Lee Briers paid tribute to his Warrington team-mates after the Wolves retained the Challenge Cup with a 30-6 thrashing of Leeds.
Warrington ran in six tries, with Chris Hicks grabbing a hat-trick, and inspirational stand-off Briers was at the centre of many of the scoring moves.
The Welshman played in Ryan Atkins and Hicks with perfectly judged kicks and his 40-20 also led to another Hicks try in the early stages.
He made his pleasure clear to the 85,000-plus Wembley crowd when he was announced as the man-of-the-match award winner after gaining 34 of the 40 journalists' votes, but insists that the team achievement is more important.
"It means a lot - it was a bit of a goal I set myself in both cup finals to win it," Briers said.
"I knew if I won the Lance Todd that would mean Warrington would go close to winning the Challenge Cup or win it, that was the only reason I was so pleased.
"It is something I will probably look back on when I am finished and it will go down in history.
"That is really good but the main thing is that I have just won the Challenge Cup with a bunch of really special guys.
"I am really proud that I have done that but I am a team player, not an individual. Richie Mathers stopped three tries over the line, Chris Hicks scored three tries, Ryan Atkins scored two."
Wolves coach Tony Smith says that he was not able to relax at the half-time interval despite his side already being well on their way to a convincing victory.
He added: "It was terrific. We felt we had a little bit to go at half-time. To be 14-0 up is a nice position to be in but we felt we had to kick on because a team like Leeds can turn it on a bit.
"The boys dug in and there was a lot of attitude from them out there. Leeds showed why they are a champion team but these boys were not going to be denied."
However, the former Leeds boss was left unhappy with the post-match drug-testing protocol after Briers and Ben Harrison were randomly picked out to give samples.
Smith said: "We're not allowed to take our people back into the dressing room to celebrate a very special moment. Lee could have to be here for four or five hours, that is how long it took him last time.
"When we're out celebrating, or if we had to catch a train or plane, he is not part of our team unless he can wee in a bottle. I think our system is wrong."
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|Tetleys Challenge Cup|
|Saturday 23rd August|
|Castleford 10 - 23 Leeds|
|Sunday 10th August|
|Widnes 6 - 28 Castleford|
|Saturday 9th August|
|Leeds 24 - 16 Warrington|
|Sunday 8th June|
|Bradford 10 - 46 Warrington|
|Saturday 7th June|
|Wigan 4 - 16 Castleford|
|Friday 6th June|
|Leeds 25 - 12 Leigh|
|Thursday 5th June|
|Widnes 56 - 6 Keighley|
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