A RECORD breaking 73,000 fans will descend on Old Trafford this weekend for what promises to be a spectacular Super League Grand Final. Adam John previews where the game may be won and lost…
Leeds Rhinos and Wigan Warriors will go head to head on Saturday to decide who will be crowned 2015 Super League champions.
The Rhinos hope to end their season with the treble by adding the Grand Final trophy to their Challenge Cup and League Leader’s Shield triumphs.
They will face a tough challenge from the Warriors who include 20-year-old George Williams, winner of the 2015 young player of the year award. Joe Burgess hopes to end his season on a high before the winger heads to Australia for a fresh challenge with NRL side Sydney Roosters.
Wigan coach Shaun Wane is determined to see his side prevail after their disappointing 2014 Grand Final loss. Speaking to BBC Radio Manchester, he said: “There’s only one way to come out of Old Trafford and that’s a winner.”
The Leeds side will include 23-year-old Zak Hardaker, who is rumoured to be the number one choice for the England squad in the forthcoming internationals against New Zealand. The fullback has recently been awarded the coveted Man of Steel trophy.
Saturday’s Grand Final will mark the end of an era for several Super League players including Leeds skipper and former England captain, Kevin Sinfield. Sinfield told Sky Sports News HQ the match will not disappoint fans.
“I think it’s the game everyone wants to see, first versus second. They pushed us all the way for the League Leader’s Shield and for us to snatch it only on points difference shows what a great side they are.”
Switching codes at the end of the season, Sinfield will end his playing career with Rugby Union side Yorkshire Carnegie.
Man of Steel winner and former England prop forward Jamie Peacock will also be leaving the club at the end of the season, taking up a coaching position with Hull K.R whilst his teammate Kylie Leulauai will retire.
Peacock has had an extraordinary playing career, gaining a place in the Super League Dream Team a record breaking 11 times, being part of eight Grand Final wins and four Challenge Cup victories.
The Grand Final will be shown on Sky Sports 1 at 17:00 BST this Saturday afternoon (October 10), with kick-off from Old Trafford at 18:00 BST.
By Adam John