Super League Grand Final – Warrington Wolves vs Leeds Rhinos

This entry was posted on Thursday, October 4th, 2012

Golf, Tennis, Cycling and the rest tell Rugby: “Top that!”

As the leaves begin to shed from the trees and whichever other Autumnal clichés you fancy come to pass, it will soon be time to look back on the greatest of great sporting summers. Wiggins, Murray, Poulter, Ennis, Farah and the rest have exited the stage, and there is time for just one last act, one which will play to empty theatres anywhere south of Sheffield, but will play to packed galleries in the North.

Whatever happens on Saturday, the Super League Grand Final will end up as mere footnote to 2012’s year of sport. But what type of footnote will it be? Will it be an ‘ibid p.48’ type of thing, or of a more scholarly sort, taking up a good half page and directing the reader to all manner of secondary works.

Warrington might have been Challenge Cup winners in three of the last four seasons, but going to Old Trafford to face Leeds Rhinos on Saturday night in the Super League Grand Final is a different level of test – noisier, tougher and more pressurised.

Leeds, as ever, seem to be peaking at the right time. Last Friday’s 13-12 win over massive favourites Wigan reinforced the idea that whatever has gone on in the season before, when it matters, Rhinos find a way to win. They have been to five of the last eight finals and won them all.

Danny McGuire, suspended from the semi-final, will be bursting to bring his best form to the big occasion. His absence through injury was one of the key factors when Warrington beat Leeds at Wembley in the Challenge Cup Final.

We recommend laying the Wire at 1.56 to lift the trophy.

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