Winger Ryan Hall will give his all to help Leeds Rhinos win Saturday's Grand Final

Last Updated: 03/10/12 9:47am

  • Share:
Ryan Hall: Ready to give his all to help Leeds win Saturday's Grand Final against Warrington

Ryan Hall: Ready to give his all to help Leeds win Saturday's Grand Final against Warrington

Sky Bet

Ryan Hall has vowed to push himself to the limit one final time as Leeds Rhinos bid to retain the Super League crown in Saturday's Grand Final.

Of the 172,800 seconds on offer in domestic rugby league this season, Leeds winger Hall has not missed a single one. Not that he is complaining.

The 24-year-old, nicknamed by his club as 'WBW' which stands for 'world's best winger', has featured for the duration of the 36 games available to a side which has competed in the World Club Challenge, the Challenge Cup Final and the Super League semi-finals.

And, as a result of Leeds' thrilling 13-12 win over Wigan last Friday, Hall - who also played for England in the summer - is 80 minutes and a Grand Final away from a clean sweep of game time for the 2012 season.

It is some achievement in an era where talk concentrates on the demands placed on players but Hall is not alone, with Leeds captain Kevin Sinfield and team-mate Zak Hardaker also going the extra mile.

Hall, though, says he is ready to put his body on the line one more time in pursuit of what would be Leeds' sixth Grand Final success in nine years.

Looked after

"Personally I've played in every single game, every second, but I play on the wing!" he said. "We get looked after in between games, so I'm fine.

"I'm a professional sportsperson and it's part and parcel of what we do. There's not just me, there's Kevin Sinfield and he does a lot more than me in games and I respect that from him."

Despite being happy to turn up and put in the hard yards week in, week out, Hall would have rather be heading into Saturday's meeting with Warrington with a week's rest behind him.

But, as the fifth-ranked team in the competition, the Rhinos have again had to go the distance by playing every week in the play-offs, with the last game being at the DW Stadium, when Wigan handpicked them as opponents via the controversial 'Clubcall' system.

For the second successive year, though, Leeds made a mockery of that system, having beaten Warrington by the same means a year ago.

Week off

"I'd rather finish first and have the benefit of having a week off. Two weeks before the final, that is beneficial," he continued.

"We've done it like we did last year, we had to go away to the side leading the competition, and we did it that way again. Each club are entitled to their opinion and Clubcall has to be done.

"Over the last two years both teams have said they would pick the lowest-ranked team, which is sensible. If we were in that situation we'd do the same thing, it just so happened that we finished there twice.

"If anything, Wigan would have been silly to pick Warrington, who finished second and beat them during the season."

  • Share:


Grand Final 2012

Kevin Sinfield: 100 per cent record with boot during play-offs

Sinfield hailed by Leeds chief

Gary Hetherington has paid tribute to Kevin Sinfield following his man of the match display in Leeds' Grand Final win.

Brett Hodgson: We'll come back stronger

Hodgson: We'll return stronger

Warrington's full-back Brett Hodgson insists their Grand Final defeat will make them stronger for next season.

Leeds: Happy to go to Australia for Challenge final

Leeds up for Australia trip

Leeds would be happy to travel to Australia for their World Club Challenge against Melbourne, says Gary Hetherington.

Related Profiles

Most Popular


Europa talking points

Europa talking points

Five things from Sevilla’s win over Dnipro in the Europa League final. Are English clubs missing out?

Your team's next kit

Your team's next kit

How do next season's shirts look? We assess the 2015/16 designs from the Premier League and Europe..

What next for FIFA?

What next for FIFA?

FIFA are set to hold presidential elections on Friday despite seven serving members being arrested.