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Match Preview: Saints vs Leeds – Super League Grand Final

It's time for the Betfred Super League Grand Final, as the Saints take on Leeds Rhinos, with a chance to lift our history making fourth consecutive Super League crown.

BACKGROUND

St Helens are on the verge of history. If they beat Leeds Rhinos at Old Trafford on Saturday night, they will become the first team in Super League history to win four consecutive Super League titles. This will also be Saints 10th Super League triumph if they can lift that trophy again!

Both of this year’s Grand Finalists share the current record of three consecutive Super League titles, with the Rhinos winning their trio of titles against Saturday’s opponents, St Helens, in 2007, 2008 & 2009.

No team is more familiar with the Grand Final than St Helens. Over the past 24 years, Saints have appeared in the most Grand Finals and will this year extend their own appearances record to 14.

It’s been 11 years since St Helens and Leeds Rhinos last met in a Grand Final – the Rhinos beat St Helens 32-16 back in 2011 when Leeds again finished the regular season in fifth. Four of St Helens current squad played in that match – skipper James Roby, Tommy Makinson, Jonny Lomax and Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook all now have the chance to avenge that defeat 11 years ago.

Outside of their Grand Final meetings, St Helens have had the upper hand over Leeds Rhinos in recent times – the Rhinos have failed to beat Saints in their last 11 meetings, with Leeds last beating St Helens on 16 March 2018.

In total, St Helens have won 43 meetings against Leeds in Super League, whilst the Rhinos have defeated Saints 32 times.

Since the Rhinos last beat St Helens in 2018, the Saints have won three Grand Finals – two of those coming under current head coach Kristian Woolf. Woolf has the chance to become the first coach to win three Super League Grand Finals in a row – in what will be his final game in charge at the club.

LAST 10 MEETINGS

St Helens 42, Leeds 12 (SLR16, 23/6/22)
Leeds 0, St Helens 26 (SLR7, 1/4/22)
St Helens 36, Leeds 8 (SLSF, 1/10/21)
St Helens 40, Leeds 6 (SLR24, 10/9/21)
St Helens 26, Leeds 18 (CCR3, 10/4/21)
St Helens 40, Leeds 8 (SLR17, 23/10/20)
Leeds 0, St Helens 48 (SLR8, 9/8/20)
Leeds 20, St Helens 36 (SLR26, 15/8/19)
St Helens 36, Leeds 10 (SLR19, 21/6/19)
St Helens 27, Leeds 22 (SLR3, 22/2/19)

SQUADS

Read more here.

COACHES’ PREVIEW

Head over to Saints TV to hear from Kristian Woolf who looks ahead to the Grand Final.

You can also hear from Captain James Roby and Joe Batchelor who were on media duties at Old Trafford on Thursday.

MAN IN THE MIDDLE

Liam Moore will be the referee and Ben Thaler is the video referee.

KIT

Saints are classed as the home team and so will play in our traditional red and white kit with our front of shirt sponsor, Home Bargains.

CAN I STILL BUY TICKETS FOR THE MATCH?

Tickets pre-ordered online can be collected up until 2pm Friday 23rd September, after which they will be transferred to the Old Trafford ticket office for collection at the venue only.

Photo id with the details of the lead booker must be shown when collecting tickets.

You can purchase tickets from Super League here.

WHAT TIME DO THE COACHES LEAVE?

Coach Travel is SOLD OUT. The coach will depart the Totally Wicked Stadium at 3:30pm.

Parking is NOT available at the Totally Wicked Stadium, however a drop-off point will be in operation. The Superstore at the Stadium will be open until 3pm.

SAINTS SUPERSTORE

The Saints Superstore will be open from 10am until 3pm on Saturday for your last minute Grand Final merchandise.

SPECTATOR GUIDE

Read the spectator information including, stadium maps and entry.

CLICK HERE TO READ.

MATCHDAY PROGRAMME

I CAN’T ATTEND – WHERE CAN I FOLLOW THE GAME?

The game is being televised on Sky Sports Arena and Main Event from 5pm, with kick off at 6pm. You can also follow the game on our TwitterFacebook and Instagram accounts as well as on our live match centre.

Reaction will follow the Full-Time whistle on our website and social media channels whilst the highlights and the full 80 minute replay will be on Saints TV for subscribers later in the week.

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