2008 Super League Grand Final

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2008 (2008) Super League Grand Final  ()
1 2 Total
ST H Saintscolours.svg 6 10 16
LEE Rhinoscolours.svg 12 12 24
Date 4 October 2008
Stadium Old Trafford
Location Manchester, United Kingdom
Harry Sunderland Trophy Lee Smith, Leeds
Jerusalem Katherine Jenkins
Referee Ashley Klein
Attendance 68,810
Broadcast partner
Broadcaster Sky Sports
Commentators Eddie Hemmings, Mike Stephenson, Phil Clarke
 < 2007
2009

The 2008 Super League Grand Final was held on Saturday 4 October 2008, at Old Trafford, Manchester, UK. The match was between Super League XIII League Leaders St Helens and defending champions from 2007 Leeds Rhinos.

Route to final[edit]

Regular season final standings

Team Pld W D L PF PA PD Pts
1 Saintscolours.svg St Helens 27 21 1 5 940 457 +483 43
2 Rhinoscolours.svg Leeds Rhinos 27 21 0 6 863 413 +450 42

St Helens[edit]

Position in Super League table: 1st

  • Qualifying semi-final: Won 38-10 v Leeds

Leeds Rhinos[edit]

Position in Super League table: 2nd

  • Qualifying semi-final Lost 38-10 to St Helens

Pre-match[edit]

Pre-match entertainment was provided by Scouting for Girls, who performed a four song set, and Katherine Jenkins. Jenkins returned a year after bring forced to withdraw from the 2007 game to perform the Grand Final anthem, Jerusalem. And the coin to see who kicked off was tossed by 12 year old James Baxter who won the opportunity through a competition

Teams[edit]

Saintscolours.svg St Helens Positions Rhinoscolours.svg Leeds Rhinos
Paul Wellens Fullback Lee Smith
Ade Gardner Winger Ryan Hall
Matthew Gidley Centre Carl Ablett
Willie Talau Centre Keith Senior
Francis Meli Winger Scott Donald
Leon Pryce Stand Off Danny McGuire
Sean Long Scrum Half Rob Burrow
James Graham Prop Kylie Leuluai
Keiron Cunningham (c) Hooker Matt Diskin
Bryn Hargreaves Prop Jamie Peacock
Lee Gilmour 2nd Row Jamie Jones-Buchanan
Jon Wilkin 2nd Row Gareth Ellis
Chris Flannery Loose Forward Kevin Sinfield (c)
James Roby Interchange Ali Lauitiiti
Nick Fozzard Interchange Ryan Bailey
Paul Clough Interchange Nick Scruton
Maurie Fa'asavalu Interchange Ian Kirke
Daniel Anderson Coach Brian McClennan

Match details[edit]

4 October 2008
18:00 UTC+1
St Helens Saintscolours.svg 16 - 24 Rhinoscolours.svg Leeds Rhinos
Tries: Graham 6'
Gidley 43'
Gardner 59'
Goals: Long (2)
Report Tries: Smith 24'
Hall 37'
McGuire 49', 63'
Goals: Sinfield (4)
Old Trafford, Manchester
Attendance: 68,810
Referee/s: Ashley Klein (Australia)

Man of the Match[edit]

Harry Sunderland Trophy winner: Lee Smith, Leeds Rhinos

Significance[edit]

Leeds Rhinos celebrate their 2008 Super League Grand Final victory over St Helens at Old Trafford

This game was the last in Leeds' colours for Gareth Ellis and Nick Scruton, who join Wests Tigers and Bradford Bulls in 2009, respectively. Similarly, it was the last game Nick Fozzard and Willie Talau played for Saints as they head to Hull KR and Salford City Reds in 2009, respectively. It was also Daniel Anderson's last game in charge of Saints.

Leeds' achievement of winning consecutive Super League titles marks the first time in their history that the club have managed to defend the Championship.

Leeds' victory also marked the first time that a Super League team had won both the World Club Challenge and the Grand Final in the same calendar year.[1]

2009 World Club Challenge[edit]

The Rhinos' win in the grand final earned them the right to play against the 2008 NRL season premiers, the Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles on 1 March 2009 in the World Club Challenge.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Leeds Rhinos' Peacock: Grand Final victory best ever". 2008-10-06. Archived from the original on 9 October 2008. Retrieved 2008-10-17. 

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