KRISTIAN Woolf's team will be be seeking to become the first Saints side to win back-to-back Grand Finals since 2000 when they tackle old rivals Wigan in the Grand Final at KCOM Stadium on Friday night.

It is a reward for Super League's top two after a long, uncertain, Covid-impacted season - and the final curtain coming down will also bring a degree of relief.

And after two emphatic displays from both finalists in the semis, the prospect of the game's oldest derby rivalry bringing the curtain down on the season is a mouthwatering one.

Coach Woolf was proud to see his charges overcome Catalans to set up the tussle.

He said: "It has been a long year and a tough year in so many ways, and there have been a lot of little obstacles and things to overcome.

"Every team is the same – I am really proud of the way that a number of our blokes have overcome those obstacles to put themselves in this position.

"To be able to play Wigan and obviously the rivalry there makes the occasion even bigger.

"It is obviously a massive occasion playing a Grand Final – but playing Wigan adds to the occasion with the history of the two clubs."

It is a pity that the fans will be absent, and that the game will be breaking from its usual Old Trafford slot.

But organisers will be dressing up the KCOM this week to make sure the backdrop is befitting of Super League's finale.

Woolf, in his first year at the helm, is eagerly anticipating the final - particularly given the opposition.

"It is really fitting that the best two teams of the whole season are playing in the final," he said.

"Wigan were really strong in their semi-final and have been all year, we have been the same so it is going to be a great final."

And he believes that the touch up they got from the Warriors three weeks ago, may have done them a favour in their preparedness for the knock out stages.

"We learnt plenty from that game and it was a good game to have in terms of when it came because it gave us a reality check in terms of where we were," he said.

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"It was also the toughest game we had had for a fairly long period of time – and really the only one.

"That gave us a hurry up and a chance to reflect on a couple of things that we needed to be better at.

"Sometimes you need a bit of a loss there towards the back end, to make sure you are at your best for the big games.

But now the focus is on the big one.

"It is a Grand Final. We are going to be at our best and they will be at their best as well," he said.

There were times last night, like when Regan Grace went full length towards the West Stand and at the final hooter where you really felt for the fans watching at home.

They would have been roaring Grace, and for that matter Kevin Naiqama, as they raced to the line.

They would have been whooping with delight at Zeb Taia's magic, on his last appearance in St Helens...And of course the place would have been rocking at the hooter. 

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Woolf empathised with the shut-out supporters, denied their live memories.

"It would have been great to have the fans here tonight and we really miss those supporters," he said.

"We know a lot of our supporters have had a tough time through this COVID period as well. They have had to make sacrifices, too.

"But I hope we have put a smile on their faces with the way we have performed tonight.

"We will look to back that up next week too."