2012 Super League Grand Final

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2012 (2012) Super League Grand Final  ()
2012 Super League logo
12 Total
LEE Rhinoscolours.svg 1412 26
WAR Wolvescolours.svg 144 18
Date6 October 2012
StadiumOld Trafford
LocationManchester, England
Harry Sunderland TrophyKevin Sinfield, Leeds
JerusalemHayley Westenra
RefereesRichard Silverwood[1]
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The 2012 Super League Grand Final was the conclusive and championship-deciding match of the Super League XVII season. The match was held on Saturday 6 October 2012, at Old Trafford, Manchester, and was contested by English clubs Leeds Rhinos and Warrington Wolves. The 2012 Grand Final was a repeat of the 2012 Challenge Cup Final, in which Warrington beat Leeds 35-18 at Wembley Stadium,[2] although it was Leeds who would win the Super League Grand Final, winning 26-18.[3]

The progress of the two teams competing in the match were decided by results in the Super League XVII play-offs.

Route to final[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L PF PA PD Pts
2 Wolvescolours.svg Warrington Wolves 27 20 1 6 909 539 +370 41[4]
5 Rhinoscolours.svg Leeds Rhinos 27 16 0 11 823 622 +209 32[4]

Leeds Rhinos[edit]

As in 2011, Leeds Rhinos finished the regular season in 5th place, meaning the team started their play-off campaign in the elimination play-off, where they met West Yorkshire rivals Wakefield Trinity Wildcats, playing in their first play-off campaign at Headingley Carnegie Stadium. Leeds won the game 42-20 with Ben Jones-Bishop scoring a hat-trick and Danny McGuire becoming the all-time leading try-scorer in the Super League history.[5]

In the Preliminary Semi Final, Leeds would meet the lowest-placed loser from the Qualification play-off games, Catalans Dragons in the south of France, who they would beat 27-20, thanks to five goals from Kevin Sinfield and a drop goal from McGuire.[6] That result booked Leeds' place in the Qualifying Semi-Final and the club call. Wigan Warriors were the team that were given the decision and chose Leeds. The match at the DW Stadium was won 13-12 by Leeds, despite Wigan scoring more tries (two to Leeds' one). Leeds reached the Grand Final, thanks to the boot of Kevin Sinfield, who kicked four goals, including the conversion to Kallum Watkins' try, and a first-half drop goal.[7]


Warrington Wolves[edit]

Warrington's 2012 play-off campaign did not get off to a good start, as they lost 28-6 to St. Helens, despite having home advantage in the Qualifying play-off game following their 2nd place league finish. Tommy Makinson was Saints's most influential player in the game, scoring 16 points from two tries and kicking four goals.[8]

The defeat meant Warrington would have to compete in the Preliminary Semi-Final round but would once again play at home at the Halliwell Jones Stadium, this time against Hull FC. Warrington would race into a 24-point lead before winning the 24-12 to reach the Preliminary Semi Final.[9] Following Wigan's club call decision, Warrington were re-united against St Helens, this time at Langtree Park. The reverse of the fixture also meant a reverse of luck for Warrington, who would gain revenge for the defeat earlier in the play-offs by winning 36-18 to reach their ever Grand Final.[10] It also sees coach Tony Smith become the first coach to reach the Super Grand Final with two different clubs, the other club being Warrington's opponent, Leeds Rhinos.

The 2012 Grand Final was Warrington's first Super League Grand Final.


Match details[edit]

6 October 2012
18:00 BST
Leeds Rhinos Rhinoscolours.svg 26–18 Wolvescolours.svg Warrington Wolves
Sinfield Try 18'
Jones-Bishop Try 28'
Ablett Try 60'
Hall Try 71'
Sinfield 18', 24', 28', 60', 71'
Report Tries
Myler Try 3'
J.Monaghan Try 37'
Atkins Try 45'
Hodgson 3', 37', 40'
Old Trafford, Manchester
Attendance: 70,676
Referee: Richard Silverwood
Man of the Match: Kevin Sinfield
Leeds Rhinos Position Warrington Wolves
4. Zak Hardaker Fullback 1. Brett Hodgson
2. Ben Jones-Bishop Winger 5. Joel Monaghan
3. Kallum Watkins centre 19. Stefan Ratchford
12. Carl Ablett centre 4. Ryan Atkins
5. Ryan Hall Winger 2. Chris Riley
13. Kevin Sinfield (c) Stand Off 6. Lee Briers
6. Danny McGuire scrum-half 7. Richie Myler
8. Kylie Leuluai Substituted off 16' prop 20. Chris Hill Substituted off 19'
7. Rob Burrow Hooker 14. Mickey Higham Substituted off 22'
10. Jamie Peacock Substituted off 33' prop 13. Ben Harrison Substituted off 24'
11. Jamie Jones-Buchanan 2nd Row 11. Trent Waterhouse
15. Brett Delaney Substituted off 47' Substituted in 63' 2nd Row 12. Ben Westwood Substituted off 61'
16. Ryan Bailey Substituted off 43' loose forward 15. Simon Grix Substituted off 17' Substituted in 61'
17. Ian Kirke Substituted in 16' Interchange 8. Adrian Morley (c) Substituted in 17'
20. Darrell Griffin Substituted in 43' 9. Michael Monaghan Substituted in 22'
25. Stevie Ward Substituted in 47' Substituted off 63' 16. Paul Wood Substituted in 19'
31. Shaun Lunt Substituted in 33' 17. Michael Cooper Substituted in 24'
Brian McDermott Coach Tony Smith


  1. ^ "Silverwood in charge at Old Trafford". Super League. 2 October 2012. Retrieved 2 October 2012.
  2. ^ "Leeds Rhinos 18-35 Warrington Wolves". RFL. Challenge Cup. Archived from the original on 5 February 2013. Retrieved 29 September 2012.
  3. ^ "Grand Final: Warrington 18-26 Leeds". BBC Sport. 6 October 2012. Retrieved 6 October 2012.
  4. ^ a b "Stobart Super League - League Table". Super League. Super League. Archived from the original on 21 September 2013. Retrieved 28 September 2012.
  5. ^ a b "Leeds 42-20 Wakefield". BBC Sport. BBC Sport. Retrieved 28 September 2012.
  6. ^ a b "Catalan Dragons 20-27 Leeds Rhinos". BBC Sport. BBC Sport. Retrieved 28 September 2012.
  7. ^ a b "Wigan Warriors 12-13 Leeds Rhinos". BBC Sport. BBC Sport. Retrieved 28 September 2012.
  8. ^ a b "Warrington 6-28 St Helens". BBC Sport. BBC Sport. Retrieved 29 September 2012.
  9. ^ a b "Warrington Wolves 24-12 Hull FC". BBC Sport. BBC Sport. Retrieved 29 September 2012.
  10. ^ a b "St Helens 18-36 Warrington". BBC Sport. BBC Sport. Retrieved 29 September 2012.

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