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‘When it gets tough, we go tougher’: Dodd on grand final win

12 Oct 21, 7:15AM 0 Comments

Written by John Davidson

Photo by Zac Goodwin/PA

Lewis Dodd says St Helens toughed out their grand final win over Catalans at Old Trafford, making it their third premiership win in a row.

Saints fought back to edge the Dragons 12-10 on Saturday at the home of Manchester United.

Young halfback Dodd was playing in his first Super League grand final, standing in for injured playmaker Theo Fages.

“The game was a lot faster and more intense than a normal first team game,” Dodd said.

“I’d never experienced anything like that crowd before and I might never again. But when it gets tough, we go tougher.”

Dodd paid credit to Fages, who has played his last game for Saints and will join Huddersfield in 2022.

“The season didn’t end badly, did it?” he said.

“My chance as a half-back came in a way no-one wanted, including myself, with Theo being out for the season.

“He’s been a great player for the club but he’s also a great bloke. I thought I had to do him justice for how good he’s been for this club.

“I did that for him because he’s been so good to me.”

Dodd is only 19 and has played less than 20 first grade matches. But the halfback has impressed in Super League and is keen to take on NRL premiers Penrith next year in the World Club Challenge.

“That World Club Challenge will be one we want,” he said.

“We want to test ourselves against the best – the best players, the best club, the best facilities.

“I just think that would be a good game for rugby league in general, so hopefully we can get it on.”

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