Morgan Knowles Ban Lifted! Super League Grand Final preview and team news

Last updated on 22 September 2022 at 15:21 (UK time)

On Saturday 24th September, Old Trafford will host Rugby League’s flagship event between Super League’s most successful clubs, Saint Helens and Leeds Rhinos.

After sacking former Leeds manager Richard Agar at the start of the campaign, not many predicted their 2022 season would end at home to Manchester United, playing defending champions Saint Helens in the grand final. Yet the turnaround from a near-relegation battle has been impressive and the impact of new manager Rohan Smith has seen his stock rise in the game so early in his coaching career.

The timing of the move has proved ideal, as has the signing of ex-Rhino Zak Hardaker, who was sacked by Wigan Warriors for off-field issues throughout the season, but Leeds took the opportunity and it has paid off hugely with consistently good performances. alongside other key players such as Blake Austin and Aidan Sezer.

Rhinos are the underdogs.

With Aidan Sezer ruled out for 11 days after failing to pass a head injury assessment after a high blow in the semi-final against Wigan, it has taken a key element out of their game. Much of their creativity is passed on.

Although they are underdogs, they have big players like captain Kruise Leeming and playoff experienced guys like Hardaker and Austin, so they shouldn’t be written off, especially after an away win against last seasons runners-up in the playoffs. Catalan Dragons and final favorite Wigan Warriors.

Leeds Rhinos Team News:

Saint Helens are favourites.

The three-peat champions are looking to do what no-one has done before and make it 4 finals in a row, the best team in recent years helped by the overturning of Morgan Knowles’ ban for twisting his arm. opponent in the semi-final against Salford Red Devils. A decision that caused an uproar on social media, with even Saints fans disagreeing.

Saint Helens have strength all over the park with the likes of James Roby at hooker, Tommy Makinson on the wing and Super League Young Player of the Year Jack Welsby at wing-back and are firm favorites to win the grand final.

It will be head coach Kristian Woolf’s final game and he will be looking to win another grand final to add to his challenge for the cup and Super League success of last season before heading back to Australia after coaching Tonga at the Rugby World Cup, which starts on October 15.

Saint Helens team news:

Game Results:

Week 1:

Catalans 10 – 20 Leeds.

Huddersfield 0:28 Salford.

Catalans & Huddersfield relegated. Leeds and Salford reached the semi-finals


Wigan 8 – 20 Leeds

Saint Helens 19-12 Salford

TV and radio information:

The final sees defending champions Saints and challengers Leeds meet in the final for the fifth time, with Sky Sports’ main event LIVE from Manchester’s Old Trafford from 4pm and kick-off at 6pm. Alternatively, you can listen to BBC Radio 5 Live and BBC One Highlights from 10.50pm.