Adrian Lam has made his side fully aware of Wigan’s rich Challenge Cup history - and revealed Kris Radlinski’s selfless offer following his own chapter in it.

Lam was scrum-half in 2002’s “Radlinski’s Final”, when the now Warriors executive director played with pain-killing injections in his foot and won the Lance Todd Trophy after Wigan’s 21-12 win over St Helens.

Ahead of Saturday’s semi-final with Leeds, Lam has explained how Radlinski wanted to recognise the current coach’s contribution to the iconic win.

Lam said: “He actually offered me the man of the match medal afterwards that I said no to. He wasn’t going to play for most of that week because of an infection under his foot.

Lam with the 2002 trophy alongside Brian Carney, David Furner and Brett Dallas

“What he did on that day was quite special to help us to that victory, and he always reminds me about it! But I’ll never forget it, he held two or three players up over the line and it was inspirational with the way he played. Saints were flying at the time and it was a big upset.”

Lam’s side are favourites with the bookmakers this weekend as they bid to lift a first Challenge Cup since 2013. And the Warriors coach will not be afraid to throw a few curveballs at the Rhinos after recounting his role in the build-up to that 2002 Murrayfield win.

Lam said: “I remember having a meeting with Andrew Farrell and saying we hadn’t beaten St Helens for a couple of games and we needed to play differently. I thought we should move the ball more, he supported it, so I talked to the coach and we had a meeting that changed the way we played the night before the game.

Lam believes Wigan's Challenge Cup history can help his current side

“It was a bit of a surprise to everyone but I just felt we needed to do something different and it worked for us.

“The memory of lifting the trophy, the crowd going berserk and with 30 seconds to go I just walked around thinking how amazing the moment was. I’d like to get back in that same situation.

“When we look at the legacy of our club and what its achieved in this competition, the importance of showing the players that is that it paints a picture - if we do our job then we’re a chance of experiencing those moments ourselves. They’re a young group, and the moment they get that we’re going to go to another level as a club.”