Super League Grand Final: Preview - Old Trafford Saturday Oct 6 live on Sky Sports 1HD
Last Updated: 05/10/12 1:17pm
Both sides will be at full strength meaning there will be no excuses when Leeds Rhinos and Warrington Wolves clash in the Super League Grand Final, live on Sky Sports 1HD.
The Rhinos are Grand Final specialists and will be looking to repeat last year's remarkable feat of claiming the top prize after a relatively disappointing fifth-placed finish in Super League.
Coming good at the right time is what it's all about at the sharp end of the season though, and with a hat-trick of Grand Final wins behind them and four wins in the last five years, Leeds know exactly what it takes to get the job done.
So too, though, does Warrington coach Tony Smith, who led the Rhinos to two Grand Final wins and has two Challenge Cup titles as Wolves coach under his belt.
The Grand Final is the big one for Warrington though, who have shown promise for a number of years but will be appearing in their first Old Trafford showdown on Saturday.
So experience will be with the Rhinos who have been there and done it in the Grand Final, but the Wolves have players like talisman Lee Briers, who despite making his debut in the showpiece, will not be overawed by the situation.
"You always want to play in the big games and in the organisation we've got there are big expectations," said Briers. "We have an owner who had the vision and the vision is paying off now.
"It's great playing on these big stages, it was dream of mine as a kid. It ticks another one off before I finish. It's been hard work to get here, though, and there is no point coming here and not performing. We've got to make sure we're fully focused."
Wolves coach Smith has forwards Garreth Carvell and Tyrone McCarthy back in his 19-man party after they missed the semi-final win over St Helens, but is unlikely to tinker with his starting line-up.
Danny McGuire's return is a huge boost for Leeds, with the half-back suspended for their bruising victory over Wigan Warriors that put them in a fifth Grand Final in six years.
Forwards Richard Moore and Chris Clarkson are expected to miss out from the 19 as Brian McDermott goes for his second Grand Final win, which looked unlikely at points during a difficult season.
Warrington: B Hodgson; J Monaghan, S Ratchford, R Atkins, C Riley; L Briers, R Myler; C Hill, M Higham, B Harrison, B Westwood, T Waterhouse, S Grix.
Subs M Cooper, M Monaghan, A Morley (capt), P Wood.
Leeds: Z Hardaker; B Jones-Bishop, K Watkins, C Ablett, R Hall; K Sinfield (capt) D McGuire; K Leuluai, R Burrow, J Peacock, J Jones-Buchanan, B Delaney, R Bailey.
Subs: I Kirke, D Griffin, S Ward, S Lunt.
First Utility Super League
Thu 21st May
Castleford Tigers16 - 24Huddersfield Giants
Fri 22nd May
Hull FC10 - 17St Helens
Leeds Rhinos36 - 16Hull K R
Salford Red Devils18 - 34Warrington Wolves
Sat 23rd May
Catalans DragonsvsWigan Warriors
Sun 24th May
Wakefield Wildcats0 - 0Widnes Vikings
Sat 30th May
Salford Red DevilsvsWidnes Vikings
Hull FCvsHull K R
Leeds RhinosvsWigan Warriors
Sun 31st May
Catalans DragonsvsHuddersfield Giants
St HelensvsWarrington Wolves
Castleford TigersvsWakefield Wildcats
Thu 4th Jun
Widnes VikingsvsHull FC
Fri 5th Jun
Hull K R0 - 0Castleford Tigers
St Helens0 - 0Salford Red Devils
Warrington WolvesvsCatalans Dragons
Sun 7th Jun
Huddersfield Giants0 - 0Wigan Warriors
Wakefield Wildcats0 - 0Leeds Rhinos
Thu 11th Jun
Leeds RhinosvsCastleford Tigers
Fri 12th Jun
St HelensvsWigan Warriors
Sat 13th Jun
Catalans DragonsvsHull FC
Sun 14th Jun
Huddersfield Giants0 - 0Warrington Wolves
Hull K R0 - 0Widnes Vikings
Wakefield Wildcats0 - 0Salford Red Devils
Thu 18th Jun
Castleford TigersvsSt Helens
Fri 19th Jun
Wigan Warriors0 - 0Salford Red Devils
Sat 20th Jun
Catalans DragonsvsWakefield Wildcats
Sun 21st Jun
Hull K R0 - 0Warrington Wolves
Leeds Rhinos0 - 0Hull FC
Widnes Vikings0 - 0Huddersfield Giants
Thu 2nd Jul
Warrington WolvesvsWigan Warriors
Fri 3rd Jul
Leeds RhinosvsSt Helens
Sun 5th Jul
Huddersfield Giants0 - 0Hull K R
Hull FC0 - 0Wakefield Wildcats
Salford Red Devils0 - 0Catalans Dragons
Castleford Tigers0 - 0Widnes Vikings
Thu 9th Jul
Wigan WarriorsvsLeeds Rhinos
Fri 10th Jul
St Helens0 - 0Huddersfield Giants
Sun 12th Jul
Hull FC0 - 0Castleford Tigers
Salford Red Devils0 - 0Hull K R
Wakefield Wildcats0 - 0Warrington Wolves
Widnes Vikings0 - 0Catalans Dragons
Thu 16th Jul
Warrington WolvesvsSt Helens
Fri 17th Jul
Hull K R0 - 0Hull FC
Leeds Rhinos0 - 0Salford Red Devils
Wigan Warriors0 - 0Widnes Vikings
Sat 18th Jul
Catalans DragonsvsHuddersfield Giants
Sun 19th Jul
Wakefield Wildcats0 - 0Castleford Tigers
Grand Final 2012
Gary Hetherington has paid tribute to Kevin Sinfield following his man of the match display in Leeds' Grand Final win.
Warrington's full-back Brett Hodgson insists their Grand Final defeat will make them stronger for next season.
Leeds would be happy to travel to Australia for their World Club Challenge against Melbourne, says Gary Hetherington.
- Rhinos repeat champion charge
- Peacock eyes eighth title
- Wolves coach vows to attack
- McDermott eyes home rule
- Briers ticks Grand Final box
- Burrow - McGuire is special
- Higham targets Grand Final win
- Hill hails untapped talent
- McGuire: Sides target us
- Wembley wins 'irrelevant'
- Hardaker relishing Rhinos life
- Rhinos ace to give his all
- Deja vu?
- Ward relishing Grand Final
- Cooper has eyes on Grand Final
- Wolves boss considers changes
- Brilliant Briers
- Warrington remain confident
- Wolves wary of Rhinos