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Warrington Wolves set sights on RL treble

Press AssociationPress Association 26/08/2016 Ian Laybourn

Warrington coach Tony Smith insists his side are aiming to complete English rugby league's treble, starting with the Challenge Cup which he reckons is the least difficult of the three trophies to win.

Saturday's Wembley final brings together the two form teams of Super League, with Hull holding a one-point advantage over the Wolves with four rounds to go before the semi-finals and both seeking to emulate the feat of Leeds, who retained the Cup and lifted both the League Leaders' Shield and Grand Final in 2015.

"It's a really tough thing to do," said former Rhinos boss Smith. "What Leeds did last year was remarkable.

"But we're going for all of it. We're doing our best in each of the competitions, we haven't prioritised one over the other.

"If we weren't in a realistic position to win the league leaders, we may change our approach and change our team."

Smith, who took Leeds to two Grand Final triumphs in his four years at Headingley, has a 100 per cent record at Wembley with the Wolves, having guided them to three wins in his first four seasons at the helm from 2009-12, and has no doubt which is the tougher assignment.

"I certainly believe the Grand Final is harder to win than the Challenge Cup," he said.

"Our run this year has been a lot easier than Hull have had.

"Our experience of 2009 when we came 10th in the regular season is a great example of what can happen in the Cup.

"That's part of the romance of the Cup, there can still be underdogs and upsets, the Sheffields beating the Wigans.

"To win the Grand Final, you are up against the tougher teams all the way through. It's really a game of attrition."

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