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“Still at the start” – Wigan Warriors set for decade of dominance

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Wigan Warriors head coach Matt Peet says his side are “still at the start” of a period of dominance in British rugby league.

The Warriors, after their Challenge Cup victory over Warrington Wolves this weekend, now hold all four major trophies available to Super League sides.

This comes after their League Leaders’ Shield and Grand Final triumphs in 2023 and their resulting World Club Challenge victory over Penrith Panthers in February.

Speaking on BBC Radio Manchester, Matt Peet said: “I feel like we’re still at the start.

“It’s a very, very young team, there are a lot of players just signed in for long-term deals. We’ve got an inexperienced coaching staff, including myself, so we’re very, very far from being satisfied, I can assure you of that.

“If anything, it feels like we’ve still got a hell of a lot to learn.”

“I think in a salary cap era, where there’s massive competition with the overseas contracts and things like that, I feel this team has the potential to be unique and special.

“I feel like we’ve got a good balance, I’ve mentioned the young players, but we’ve also got a sprinkling of our overseas lads who, as well as being talented, are also massively invested in the club.”

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Will this Wigan Warriors side go down as an “iconic team”?

Wigan Warriors lift the World Club Challenge trophy

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A lot has been made of the Warriors’ four trophies – a feat which has only been achieved twice before in the Super League era, by Bradford Bulls in 2003 and 2004, and St Helens in 2006 and 2007.

Also speaking on BBC Radio Manchester, forward Liam Farrell made a bold claim about the side: “I think it’s just that little bit extra special because it completes the four. A lot of build-up was made about how only two teams have done it in the past, and obviously us being the third now.

“So I think it puts us in a position where we’re going to go down as maybe quite an iconic team when it comes to Super League teams. It’s just a great feeling for us as a team.”

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