Farrell relishing Saints rematch
Wigan Warriors back rower Liam Farrell says the defending Engage Super League champions are in the mood to turn the tables on St Helens in this evening's second qualifying semi-final at the Stobart Stadium.
The Warriors are still smarting from a 26-18 defeat by their arch rivals in the opening round of the play-offs a fortnight ago which cost them a weekend off and home advantage in the last-four clash.
But Farrell believes their resounding 44-0 win over Catalan Dragons got their title defence back on track as they go in search of revenge and the double following their Carnegie Challenge Cup final triumph.
"We're just glad to get a performance under our belts going into Saints," he said.
"We've stuttered - even at Wembley we stuttered; we didn't play to our best - but I think now everyone is refreshed and looking forward to going into the semi-finals.
"It was a biggie for us against Saints and all the lads took it to heart. I hope we can get a big win."
The 21-year-old, a distant cousin of former Wigan captain Andy Farrell, was among the tryscorers as the Warriors trounced the in-form Catalans last Sunday.
"It was a big boost to nil Catalans," he said. "We will take a lot out of that.
"I just think we have to do what we did against Catalans - show a bit of patience and a bit of control. If we do that against Saints, we won't be far away."
St Helens will be hoping to provide a fitting farewell to England internationals James Graham and Leon Pryce, who will be making their final home appearances.
Pryce, back from injury, is joining Catalan Dragons next season while Graham is moving down under to play for Canterbury Bulldogs.