Written by Callum Walker
Friday 27th November, 20:00, Grand Final, KCOM Stadium, Hull, St Helens versus Wigan Warriors Match Preview
Rugby League’s showpiece event takes place in a completely different atmosphere to what is normally expected of the end-of-season finale. Taking place in Hull for the first time, the Super League Grand Final will also be played without a crowd. But, it will be witness to what promises to be a thrilling clash between arch-rivals Wigan and St Helens.
The Warriors finished top of the table after enjoying 11 league wins in the past 13 games following lockdown whilst Saints were also able to win 11, but lost two in a row before hammering Catalans last week.
Sam Powell and Joe Greenwood return for Wigan as Amir Bourouh and Ben Flower drop out of Adrian Lam’s 21-man squad.
|21 Man Squad|
|Jake Bibby||Joe Bullock|
|George Burgess||Joe Burgess|
|Liam Byrne||Tony Clubb|
|Liam Farrell||Bevan French|
|Oliver Gildart||Joe Greenwood|
|Chris Hankinson||Zak Hardaker|
|Jackson Hastings||Willie Isa|
|Thomas Leuluai||Sean O’Loughlin|
|Oliver Partington||Sam Powell|
|Brad Singleton||Harry Smith|
Coach: Adrian Lam
Kristian Woolf has named an unchanged squad to the one that thrashed Catalans with the retiring James Graham included along with Zeb Taia and Dom Peyroux who will be playing their last game for Saints.
|21 Man Squad|
|Kyle Amor||Joe Batchelor|
|James Bentley||Lachlan Coote|
|Lewis Dodd||Theo Fages|
|Regan Grace||James Graham|
|Morgan Knowles||Matthew Lees|
|Jonny Lomax||Tommy Makinson|
|Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook||Kevin Naiqama|
|Dominique Peyroux||James Roby|
|Josh Simm||Aaron Smith|
|Zeb Taia||Alex Walmsley|
Coach: Kristian Woolf
Wigan ran out 18-6 winners when these two sides met a few weeks ago – it was the Warriors’ first victory in five games against their bitterest rivals.
Wigan by 2