2013 Super League Grand Final

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2013 (2013) Super League Grand Final  ()
2013 Super League logo
1 2 Total
WAR Wolvescolours.svg 16 0 16
WIG Wigancolours.svg 6 24 30
Date 5 October 2013
Stadium Old Trafford
Location Manchester, United Kingdom
Harry Sunderland Trophy Blake Green (Wigan)
Jerusalem Laura Wright
Referee Richard Silverwood
Attendance 66,281
Broadcast partner
Broadcaster Sky Sports
Commentators Eddie Hemmings, Mike Stephenson, Brian Carney, Phil Clarke, Shaun McRae, Stuart Cummings
 < 2012

The 2013 Super League Grand Final was held on Saturday 5 October 2013,[1] at Old Trafford, Manchester, UK. The match was contested by Wigan Warriors and Warrington Wolves to decide who would be given the title of 2013 Super League Champions. The two teams reached the final after progressing through the Super League XVIII play-offs. It was Warrington's second successive Grand Final and second successive defeat as Wigan won 30-16 with 28 unanswered points after going 16-2 down in the first half[2][3] to claim a Super League/Challenge Cup double, having won the 2013 Challenge Cup against Hull F.C. at Wembley Stadium in August.[4][5][6]

Route to final[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L PF PA PD Pts
2 Wolvescolours.svg Warrington Wolves 27 20 1 6 836 461 +375 41[7]
4 Wigancolours.svg Wigan Warriors 27 17 1 10 816 460 +356 35

Warrington Wolves[edit]

Warrington's 2013 play-off campaign started with a 40-20 home win over last season's Grand Final winners, Leeds Rhinos[8] with Ben Westwood scoring four tries. The result, coupled with Wigan's win over the league leaders Huddersfield, meant that Warrington would be the team to choose in the Club Call.

On Sunday 22 September, Warrington opted to play Huddersfield Giants in the Qualifying Semi Final instead of a re-match against Leeds. Warrington's coach Tony Smith did not have any say in the choice of opponent, after describing the Club Call as "a ridiculous gimmick".[9] Warrington's choice proved fruitful, as they ran out 30-22 winners against Huddersfield to send Warrington into their second Grand Final in two years, having never reached the final before the 2012 final.[10]


Wigan Warriors[edit]

Following a poor run of results towards the end of the regular season, Wigan slipped down from first to fourth in the table, forfeiting home advantage in the first round of the play-offs as a result. Despite being drawn away in their Qualifying Play off game, Wigan went to Huddersfield's John Smith's Stadium and won 22-8 with two tries for Josh Charnley and two drop-goals from Matty Smith.[11]

Following the Club Call decision by Warrington, Wigan met Leeds in the Qualifying Semi Final at the DW Stadium at the same stage and same venue as the 2012 play-offs.[12] However, Wigan would be successful in 2013, winning 22-12 in what would be the last home match for Sam Tomkins, Pat Richards and Lee Mossop.


Match details[edit]

5 October 2013
18:00 BST
Warrington Wolves Wolvescolours.svg 16 – 30 Wigancolours.svg Wigan Warriors
Tries: J. Monaghan Try 21'
Grix Try 24'
Westwood Try 26'
Goals: Ratchford 24', 26'
(Report) Tries: Goulding Try 38'
McIlorum Try 49'
Charnley Try 53'
GreenTry 65'
Richards Try 74'
Goals: Richards 11', 49', 53', 65', 74'
Old Trafford, Manchester
Attendance: 66,281
Referee/s: Richard Silverwood
Man of the Match: Blake Green
Warrington Wolves Position Wigan Warriors
19 Stefan Ratchford Fullback 1 Sam Tomkins
2 Chris Riley Winger 2 Josh Charnley
3 Chris Bridge Centre 3 Darrell Goulding
4 Ryan Atkins Centre 17 Ian Thornley
5 Joel Monaghan Winger 5 Pat Richards
6 Lee Briers Stand Off 6 Blake Green
7 Richie Myler Scrum Half 7 Matty Smith
16 Paul Wood Substituted off 31' Prop 20 Gil Dudson Substituted off 17'
14 Mickey Higham Substituted off 31' Hooker 9 Michael McIlorum
18 Chris Hill Substituted off 20' Prop 10 Lee Mossop Substituted off 19'
12 Ben Westwood 2nd Row 11 Harrison Hansen
15 Simon Grix 2nd Row 12 Liam Farrell
13 Ben Harrison Substituted off 21' Loose Forward 13 Sean O'Loughlin (c)
8 Adrian Morley (c) Substituted in 21' Interchange 4 Jack Hughes
9 Michael Monaghan Substituted in 31' Interchange 15 Ben Flower Substituted in 17'
10 Garreth Carvell Substituted in 31' Interchange 21 Scott Taylor Substituted in 19'
17 Michael Cooper Substituted in 20' Interchange 26 Dom Crosby
Tony Smith Coach Shaun Wane

World Club Challenge[edit]

By winning this match the Warriors had qualified for the World Club Challenge, to be played early in the 2014 season against the winners of the 2013 NRL Grand final, the Sydney Roosters.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Super League Grand Final". Super League. Retrieved 14 July 2013. 
  2. ^ Newsum, Matt (5 October 2013). "Super League Grand Final: Wigan Warriors beat Warrington". BBC Sport. Retrieved 5 October 2013. 
  3. ^ "Super League Grand Final: Warrington v Wigan". BBC Sport. Retrieved 5 October 2013. 
  4. ^ "Warrington Wolves 16 Wigan Warriors 30". Daily Telegraph. 5 October 2013. Retrieved 7 October 2013. 
  5. ^ "Warriors fight back from half-time deficit to win Grand Final on Tomkins' swansong". Daily Mail. 5 October 2013. Retrieved 7 October 2013. 
  6. ^ "Wigan see off Warrington in X-rated Grand Final to complete double". Guardian. 5 October 2013. Retrieved 7 October 2013. 
  7. ^ "League Table". Super League. Super League. Retrieved 27 September 2013. 
  8. ^ a b "Super League: Warrington 40-20 Leeds". BBC Sport. BBC Sport. Retrieved 27 September 2013. 
  9. ^ "Club Call: Warrington pick Huddersfield for play-off semi-final". BBC Sport. 22 September 2013. Retrieved 27 September 2013. 
  10. ^ a b "Super League: Warrington 30-22 Huddersfield". BBC Sport. BBC Sport. Retrieved 27 September 2013. 
  11. ^ a b "Super League: Huddersfield 8-22 Wigan". BBC Sport. BBC Sport. Retrieved 27 September 2013. 
  12. ^ a b "Super League: Wigan 22-12 Leeds". BBC Sport. BBC Sport. Retrieved 27 September 2013. 

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