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Wello: Confidence!

PAUL Wellens is convinced there is enough confidence in the team to get over the line on Saturday.

Saints’ joint Captain has been part of eight Grand Finals… winning four and losing the other four… but believes the Club can erase those defeats with victory at Old Trafford over Leeds.

“We certainly can do it,” he said. “There is great belief in the group and our performances over last couple of weeks suggest we can win the comp. But we know we are up against a quality side in Leeds who are playing well.

“It will be tough but we are looking forward to it. We are preparing well for the game and we know have played well against Leeds this season. But we can’t take anything for granted. The Rhinos are a different team from then and are much improved.

“They are a great side and we need to perform well.”

He continued: “A lot has been made of the youth at the club this season and the half backs have done very well for each other. What is even more exciting is either player isn’t the finished article… we have confidence in them to do the job.

“But age isn’t an excuse as there’s no hiding place on the field. If you have played 15 games or 400 you have to perform and it’s a challenge we look forward to.

“Royce [Simmons] is delighted with how we have gone, but he’s not the sort of person to lose focus. He deserves a lot of credit for getting us through a difficult year with adversity and shuffling around with the team.

“He has given young players an opportunity and kept the faith with them. They are repaying that with their performances.”

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