This Saturday night sees the highly anticipated Grand Final at Old Trafford between Warrington Wolves and Wigan Warriors.
The Wolves surprised all rugby league fans after beating top of the table St. Helens in their semi-final clash.
The Wire secured their fast pass to the Grand Final with a late try from, recently returned from suspension, Tom Lineham, sealing the deal at a 13 – 18 win.
When thinking ahead to the Grand Final Wire Head Coach, Steve Price, told Warrington’s website: “I’m proud of how hard the guys have worked and I feel I want to get in amongst them in the trenches at games (like on Thursday). I’m really looking forward to coaching at the theatre of dreams. Both teams will put on a great spectacle of Rugby League.”
In the other corner we have Wigan Warriors, who beat Castleford 14 – 0, at the DW Stadium.
Shaun Wane told the Wigan Warriors website: “I’m very proud, very pleased.
It was a great effort, not great with the ball in the conditions but I thought we showed a lot of desire with our defence against a quality team like Castleford.”
Recently named Coach of the Year and set to retire this year, Wane, will get to coach Warriors through one last Grand Final.
Tommy Leuluai put the Cherry and Whites 6 – 0 after just 10 minutes of play. Sam Tomkins sliced in a drop goal with 1 minute till half time, locking Wigan 7 – 0 up.
The second half played out much like the first, Wigan dominating and claiming a 14 – 0 win.
The last time the two teams met was in Super 8s back in September.
Wigan slid an easy win against the Wolves despite the first try not coming til the 38th minutes from Leuluai.
They came out second half blazing with two tries from previously injured Dominic Manfredi and Ryan Sutton. With five successful conversions added on they finished the game 26 – 6.
They also met back in July in a dramatic 13 – 12 Wigan victory.
It’s clear it could be anyone’s game with the way a rugby league game can quickly change.
The lads are getting comfortable in their changing room for Saturday 🍒⚪️ pic.twitter.com/Yl2LfB9frm
— Wigan Warriors 🍒⚪️ (@WiganWarriorsRL) October 8, 2018
Predictions? Both teams have a right to be in the Grand Final but it could solely depend on who shows up on the night, who wants it more.
🗣️ “This is what we play rugby for – there’s no bigger game.”
— Warrington Wolves (@wolvesrl) October 9, 2018