It is the biggest prize in English rugby. It sees the two best teams of the year, second and first in the premiership, battle it out in an awesome match for the ultimate title in English rugby… the Super League Grand Final.
Started in 1998, the Grand Final is the ultimate match for any rugby player. Hosted in Old Trafford, a stadium with a capacity of over 75,000, it is played between the winner and runner up of the Super League, the highest tier of English rugby, similar to football’s Premier League. This year it was Leeds Rhinos and Wigan Warriors who stepped up to provide us with one of the very best Grand Final’s ever. Another record was broken, as 73,500 people came to watch the game, an all time high for the competition. But this wasn’t about the people… it was about the players and the teams.
The Rhinos had won the League Leader’s Shield and the Challenge Cup already, so were looking for a domestic treble. They could also look to their predecessors at the club for some inspiration, as the Rhinos had won a record 7 titles out of a possible 17. As for the Warriors, they too were pumped. Having lost the match last year, they were looking for their 3rd win since 1998. So, the stage was set: 2 awesome Rugby League sides, both ready to do their city proud, and make the day a winning won. It was going to be huge…
The game started off in fine style, with Wigan first to score, courtesy of Joe Burgess. But then Smith fumbled the kick off, and Leeds scored from a crossfield kick. Leeds then scored again, twice, taking their half time lead to 16-6. After the break, Wigan mounted a comeback, scoring twice in the next 15 minutes. However, Leeds scored from yet another error, and were put ahead by Sinfield, with the conversion. This score seemed to be the end of Wigan, as once again they were pipped by Leeds. The Rhinos had won, in the end, 22-20.
It was a great game, and one that will be remembered as one of the closest Super Cup Grand Finals ever. But there could only be one winner, and that was Leeds…. champions of England once again.