Joe Burgess: Wigan Warriors winger savours 'best moment'

Joe Burgess
Burgess scored a try in both of Wigan's play-off matches to get to the Grand Final

Wigan winger Joe Burgess says his match-winning try against Warrington in Friday's Super League play-off semi-final was his best career moment.

The 19-year-old scored with two minutes left as the Warriors won 16-12 to set up a Grand Final with rivals St Helens.

When asked how it felt to score the winning try, Burgess told BBC Radio Manchester: "Best ever.

"Second to that was the Etihad win against Leeds (at the Magic Weekend in May), but that's topped it by a mile."

After making two Super League appearances for the Warriors last season, Burgess has impressed this term, scoring 17 tries in 20 league outings.

The teenager's form has been recognised by England head coach Steve McNamara, with the winger one of seven Wigan players called up to the England squad for the Four Nations later this month.

Joe Burgess
Wigan celebrate the try which sent the Warriors to a third Grand Final in five seasons

"I can't explain it to be honest," said Burgess, when asked what it will feel like to play in a Grand Final. "It's like a kid on Christmas Day - that's what it will be on the game day.

"I've watched them go there when they have been there, so it's a Wigan lad's dream come true.

"The Theatre of Dreams, it's not called that for no reason is it? Wigan against Saints is always special, even when we lost this year, and this should be the best yet."

Burgess, a product of Wigan's academy, has become an integral part of the team in his breakthrough season, and hopes to help Wigan successfully defend their Super League title against a St Helens side who won the League Leaders' Shield.

"He's a great player," Wigan head coach Shaun Wane said of Burgess.

"He's got a great attitude, he's very, very cocky and he's got a bit of arrogance about him which you need. He's a class player, easy to coach and I'm glad he's on my team.

"We deserved it. I don't mean this in an arrogant way, but I thought overall, play-for-play, we were the better team and deserved to win that game."

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