Wigan Warriors manager Shaun Wane has blasted his sides' doubters in the wake of their 30-16 Grand Final victory over Warrington at Old Trafford.
Wane's side have come in for criticism at certain points of the season and he believes completing the double has silenced many of those who doubted Wigan's ability to win trophies.
"We have had it thrown in our faces all year that we were not going to win anything," Wane is quoted in the Daily Mail as saying. "We have silenced a lot of people and I cant praise the players highly enough, particularly our captain Sean O'Loughlin."
Warrington had scored three tries in six minutes as Tony Smith's side threatened to embarrass the eventual winners.
The loss of Australian Winger Joel Monaghan - taken to hospital in a neck brace - and full back Stefan Ratchford proved crucial as Wigan raced into a lead and stormed to victory.
The win sealed the first Challenge Cup and Super League double for seven years when Daniel Anderson guided St Helens to the feat.
Victory at Old Trafford also meant Sam Tomkins signed off with another trophy under his belt as he recently sealed a world record switch to the NRL with New Zealand Warriors.
"It's unbelievable, the greatest day of my life," said Tomkins. "Coming back to win was down to desire and belief."
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