21st August 2019, 09:50 | ChallengeCup

Josh Charnley is still feeling the pain

Josh Charnley is still feeling the pain

Warrington Wolves want to make amends for their 2018 Coral Challenge Cup Final defeat

Josh Charnley has tasted Coral Challenge Cup success on two occasions while with Wigan Warriors however his first experience of Wembley Stadium as a Warrington player ended in defeat last season against Catalans Dragons.

However, the Wolves are hopeful of using last year’s defeat as a catalyst for victory in 2019.  

The 26-year-old said: “It was frustrating what we did last year. We fell short and the lads have been hurting ever since.  

“I’ve been on both sides as a player and it is a much better weekend when you win, and the pain is still there from last year and I don’t want to feel that again. 

“Everything has changed, and everyone is mentally prepared for it this year. We’ve been there and lost and felt that hurt and we want to change that this time around.”

While St Helens haven’t featured at Wembley Stadium for 11 years, the Wolves have appeared in five of the last ten Coral Challenge Cup finals but Charnley says there are a number of reasons the occasion will be special for Warrington as well. 

Charnley said: “You play Rugby League to win silverware with your mates. You’re walking out in front of thousands with your family and friends watching on and you are doing the town and your club proud. 

“We’ve got one of our legends of the club retiring at the end of the year and Ben Westwood has been a massive part of this club and we need to do stuff for him.

“The young lads and new additions won’t have experienced this before as well.

“It’s going to be a great game.”