Wigan Warriors: Lima shares praise after Challenge Cup win INTERVIEW

Wigan Warriors' celebrate after Jeff Lima (centre) scores a second try during the Carnegie Challenge Cup Final. PIC: PA

Wigan Warriors' celebrate after Jeff Lima (centre) scores a second try during the Carnegie Challenge Cup Final. PIC: PA

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Jeff Lima claimed to have been “in the right place at the right time” rather than performing heroics in Wigan’s Carnegie Challenge Cup Final win over Leeds at Wembley.

The New Zealander scored two tries, taking his tally for the club from one to three, as the Warriors returned to Wembley for the first time in 13 years and left with a 28-18 win.

Lima was handed the famous Lance Todd Trophy after being named man of the match, but he was quick to share the praise around.

“I`d like to thank our fans and our families,” he told BBC 1.

“It has been a tough road for us boys and we have been training hard.

“I was in the right place at the right time. We practice hard on the training field and today it up for us.

“I can`t express the feelings. It makes it even better when your families are here.

“We stuck to our structure for 80 minutes.”

The win ensured that coach Michael Maguire will leave the club at the end of the season having won both of the game`s major trophies during his two-year stay.

Maguire will head to South Sydney next season, and still has the chance to win a second Super League title before he goes.

“I never dreamed of it but to win here is unbelievable,” Maguire, who paid tribute to some of his injured players, added.

“Josh Charnley broke his finger and had it down to the bone, while Lee Mossop popped his shoulder out and carried on.

“We hung in there, withstood a lot of pressure. They`re a special bunch, one that will go down in Wigan history.

“We`ll enjoy tonight and then go back to work next week.

“I`m really pleased to be able to work with such quality people at an organisation like Wigan.”

Wigan had scorched into a 16-0 first-half lead, only for Leeds to come back to within two points of them.

The Warriors managed to stay in front, though, and victory was confirmed when Thomas Leuluai crossed, albeit with some doubt, with two minutes left.

Joel Tomkins scored the try of the match, and possibly one of the greatest in the history of the final, with his length-of-the-field effort in the first half.

“It was a team effort on the back of our forwards doing some hard work,” he said.

“Living in Wigan and being brought up in Wigan, you know how big it is for the Wigan fans to come to Wembley.

“To come back here after 13 years and win is fantastic.”

Having won the competition eight years running in the capital, this was Wigan`s first win at Wembley since 1995.

“To come here and win the game is fantastic,” said captain Sean O`Loughlin, the club`s longest serving player.

“There`s a lot of history with the club and the Challenge Cup, so to win it is really pleasing for us.

“It`s a great feeling and a very proud feeling.”

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