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Warrington win the Challenge Cup at Wembley

Wolves dominated Leeds in a fantastic second-half display Photo: PA

Warrington coach Tony Smith paid tribute to his players after they beat Leeds 35-18 in the Challenge Cup final to lift the trophy for the third time in four years.

Brett Hodgson was the key Wolves man, supplying the final passes to the key tries and scoring the last of his side's six touchdowns.

He also kicked five goals to claim the prestigious Lance Todd Trophy, three years after he was on the losing team in Huddersfield's Wembley defeat by the Wolves.

Smith told BBC1: "It's hard to put into words - I love seeing the players get their rewards.

"I feel for Leeds, I really do. I thought they put in enormous efforts in the first half.

"I thought it showed how much the players wanted it in the second half.

"Lee Briers handled it well and Hodgson was outstanding."

Hodgson said: "I took more than my usual dose of hammerings.

"They are a wonderful bunch of blokes. I am over the moon."

The 34-year-old admitted maturity underlined the significance of the victory, saying: "The wiser you get, the more you tend to appreciate everything."

Hodgson was on the losing side when Huddersfield lost to Warrington in 2009 and he said: "To be on the flip side (after losing to Wigan last year) is very pleasing."

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