ROYCE Simmons said he always believed his side could reach the Grand Final despite being behind at half time in Saturday’s match with Wigan.
Saints overturned a 12-8 half time deficit to run away 26-18 winners and reach Old Trafford once again.
“They came at us in the first 18 or so minutes and got a couple of penalties and took advantage of it,” Simmons said. “They wouldn’t let us attack for that spell and got repeated sets through a good kicking game.
“They were very impressive as were we to stay in the game… some sides wouldn’t have done that.
“In the second half too, there was a fair period when we didn’t have a lot of ball and we had to produce a big defensive performance. We scrambled really well and made some last ditch tackles.
“I spoke to the boys at half time as I thought we were playing as individuals. I said when we play as a team we look dangerous, but I was always confident we could get a win out of it.”
He continued: “Paul Wellens had a great game and I’m pleased he got his 200th career try. He puts himself where the action is and covers some miles on the footy field so he gets his rewards.
“James Roby and James Graham played well, as did all our forwards. Louie (McCarthy-Scarsbrook) has been a bit light over the last couple of games and I thought he was superb. We lost Leon Pryce to a stomach bug this morning.”
Simmons says he will be keeping things as normal as he can this week as Saints build up for the showpiece.
“We won’t be doing anything special,” he added. “There are enough things we need to change with the Grand Final press conference and Man of Steel on Monday.
“I am really happy because we have beaten a champion side, beaten a side with so much talent and that proves you are on top of your game.”