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06/10/12 - SL Grand Final: Leeds Rhinos v Warrington Wolves

Who will win?   39 members have voted

  1. 1. Who will win?

    • Leeds Rhinos by 13 points or more
      0
    • Leeds Rhinos by 7 to 12 points
      8
    • Leeds Rhinos by 1 to 6 points
      6
    • Warrington Wolves by 1 to 6 points
      6
    • Warrington Wolves by 7 to 12 points
      11
    • Warrington Wolves by 13 points or more
      8

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Leeds won with only one Aussie & one Kiwi, hopefully that goes some way to stop the constant urging for teams to sign Aussies.

agreed. Zak and Kallum have seamlessly added to the Rhino team. Ward now joins production line. Wire have promising under 20s who need to be brought into 1st team set up in a similar way.

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Wasn't the top 8 introduced to give teams more to play for,would that happen if we went back to 5.If i remember correctly the playoffs were normally decided about 3/4 of the way through the season when it was top 5.

I believe that was the intention and I can understand that, we don't have a Euro element to give lower placed teams something to aspire to so I can see why it was tried. But it isn't working.

Most games are poor with low crowds, we'd be better off having fewer games but greater contests. What we have at present is not good enough.

And if the top 5 were determined relatively early, that would suggest the top teams were involved, not the stragglers.

As I remember it, under the 12 team SL, come September we usually got 4 teams at the top, 4 more trying to get 5th place and 4 more fighting relegation. It was definitely better overall.

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Well, disappointed in the result but i had a great day!

Glad people thought it was a great game, sometimes you're not sure whether it is just because you are getting caught up in it.

Some pathetic comments from the usual on here who find it difficult to enjoy what we have.

Leeds were excellent, I was generally pleased with us apart from a couple of areas. kick return from our fb was dire and always had us on the back foot, and our kicking was inconsistent. Once again at Wire we see when one or two of our key players underperform we are beatable, although thats no different to other teams tbf.

Well done Leeds!

agreed. Disappointed with Lee's kicking and rest of teams chasing. Curious too know if Carvell fit. I would have played him. Big game experience.

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so should the number of teams in SL be reduced back to 12.

I don't think this is necessarily the answer but something needs doing to ensure rounds 1-27 aren't just a series of half hearted affairs.

Oh and by the way, congratulations to Leeds. Whatever else I might think, it was a terrific performance.

I'm ordering my Storm top now though. ;)

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My Wire scores ...just for fun...Hodgson 6, Riley 6, Atkins 6, Ratchford 6, Monas J 6, Briers 5, Myler 7, Harrison 7, Higham 7 Hill 5, Waterhouse 5, Westwood 6, Grix 6. Morley 6, Wood 6, Monas M 6, Cooper 6.

Sinfield 9, Burrow 8 (should never be a sub again!) Peacock 8

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I don't think this is necessarily the answer but something needs doing to ensure rounds 1-27 aren't just a series of half hearted affairs.

Oh and by the way, congratulations to Leeds. Whatever else I might think, it was a terrific performance.

I'm ordering my Storm top now though. ;)

Storm should walk the WCC,different class.

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Storm should walk the WCC,different class.

Here we go again......

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Here we go again......

Being realistic.What happened last time we played Melbourne.Especially as the game is rumoured to be played in Oz.

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Hope everyone in the mass brawl in the East Stand gets the full punishment they deserve too.

I was in the Upper Tier North Stand and did not see any of this inside or outside the ground.

We were in the East Stand until the players left and didn't see any of this.

Although I hope the scrote who threw a full bottle of beer from high up gets what he deserves. It missed my wife by an inch and fortunately landed in the only empty seat in front of her. Could have been very nasty.

Why have thay changed the beer policy to bottles of nasty ###### that you can't take to your seat? This just encourages people to neck as much as possible outside - what was wrong with carrying in a pint in flimsy plastic?

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We were in the East Stand until the players left and didn't see any of this.

Although I hope the scrote who threw a full bottle of beer from high up gets what he deserves. It missed my wife by an inch and fortunately landed in the only empty seat in front of her. Could have been very nasty.

Why have thay changed the beer policy to bottles of nasty ###### that you can't take to your seat? This just encourages people to neck as much as possible outside - what was wrong with carrying in a pint in flimsy plastic?

bizzarely because we bought our tickets months ago we, a group of Wire fans were in the centre of East stand and can I say i saw no aggro

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Well trust me, it happened. Just because you didnt see it doesnt mean it didnt.

Two rows in the upper east side, just before kick off erupted into a giant punchup. Some people were let back in some time later, clearly when the police had sorted it out, but those rows remained empty for the rest of the evening, ~ Block E239 I think

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Well trust me, it happened. Just because you didnt see it doesnt mean it didnt.

Two rows in the upper east side, just before kick off erupted into a giant punchup. Some people were let back in some time later, clearly when the police had sorted it out, but those rows remained empty for the rest of the evening, ~ Block E239 I think

ah those bulls fans

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Well trust me, it happened. Just because you didnt see it doesnt mean it didnt.

Two rows in the upper east side, just before kick off erupted into a giant punchup. Some people were let back in some time later, clearly when the police had sorted it out, but those rows remained empty for the rest of the evening, ~ Block E239 I think

believe you! I was in E235

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Just watched the beeb coverage and thought it was v good too. Thoughts. Burrow should be never be used as a sub again - too dangerous a player. Hall disallowed try v unlucky. Warrington wasted opportunities to build pressure like when Myler broke and then kicked poorly ahead. Silly penalties like Coopers for a high tackle which resulted immediately in 6 points for Rhinos. Wire poor ball handling knock ons Atkins, Harrison, Ratchford, Waterhouse and Higham. Weak tackling Riley/Hodgson for BJB try. Subsequently Rhino had a lot more possession and made it pay. Too many aimless last tackle kicks from briers not properly chased by team, yet massive Rhino efforts all over the park. Ablett v Briers terrible mismatch from Wire point of view.

Sinfield was everywhere and 40-20 just capped awesome performance. One of best games seen Peacock play recently. Rhinos deserved winners. We will be back...hopefully

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Naturally im disappointed, but strangely not gutted. We're getting there and still learning.

My thoughts exactly last night. I texted adelwire when I got home and I quote my own words "I'm not too gutted to be honest, we've had a great year and it makes next year more of a challenge".

I woke up this morning with that awful, nauseous sinking feeling, but I think that's more to do with all the stick I'll be facing from Leeds fans.

On a slightly sour note, I think the RFL needs to talk to sky about the kick off time. I've never seen so many hammered people who had obviously been on the pop all day. It wasn't pleasant at all. My kids spotted all the scrapping in the west stand and I struggled to explain it to them.

Oh well, anyway, well done Leeds, fully deserved on the day.

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Leeds have a great record in the GF, but 5th place in the league tells its own story (Leeds were definitely 2nd best in the GF last year until the injuries to Wellens and Shenton made a complete mess of the Saints team structure).

So it depends on whether we see the 'ordinary' Wire of the 1st half of the Saints game, or the unstoppable Wire of the 2nd half (the same unstoppable force that completely routed Saints and Wigan in successive games towards the end of the season).

It's not impossible for Leeds to edge it if Wire don't play to their best, but I have a feeling that we're going to see the unstoppable version. If Wire get on a roll early then it could be a big score.

No repeat for Leeds this year - Wire by 20!

Keep taking the tablets!

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On a slightly sour note, I think the RFL needs to talk to sky about the kick off time. I've never seen so many hammered people who had obviously been on the pop all day. It wasn't pleasant at all. My kids spotted all the scrapping in the west stand and I struggled to explain it to them.

Don't think its a sour note at all and I'd support the kick off moving if it cuts down on the number of people clearly off their faces. There was no trouble near us, but we saw one chap go base over apex down the stairs to his seat and another being helped up the other way while vomiting every few steps. Both had obviously had more than a quick one before the game. Its been like this for a good few years now and merits a serious rethink.

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In a crowd of 70k+ you will get a few idiots/tanked up clowns etc. Its inevitable. No need for panic, its still a small minority.

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As a neutral who regularly attends the Grand Final i am enthusiastic seeing the number of families who attend the game. It is heartwarming to see the children, some quite young, enjoying themselves in apparent safety. I remember when I was young and excited.

The young are our future and I hope they will beg their mothers and fathers to take them to games at all levels.

Great game .great atmosphere.

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So much whingeing on this thread - has it been hijacked by Australians? ;)

Great match, big noisy crowd, and a well-deserved win for Sinfield and his team. Also, plenty of positivity from various non-RL folk who either watched the match or the BBC highlights.

In a stunning year for British sport, RL hasn't let the side down.

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Dave Woods tweets: Paul Wood ruptures testicle; Kevin Sinfield gets knocked out; Luis Suarez falls over. Amazingly they all got up and played on.

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One thing that many people seem to overlook at this time of the year when Leeds win again, is that for the 2nd year running the Grand Final and the eventual Winners were not really predicted by anyone either at the start of the year or during the course of the season.

We often get this - 'SL is predictable' - 'Wire and Wigan' are miles ahead - when the fact is that we have still not had a Wire v Wigan Grand Final and we once again got the underdogs winning the whole comp.

Now isn't the time to moan about the format again, now is the time to enjoy the positivity that the GF has created from everybody apart from some Rugby League fans.

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Dave Woods tweets: Paul Wood ruptures testicle; Kevin Sinfield gets knocked out; Luis Suarez falls over. Amazingly they all got up and played on.

Says it all doesn't it. We should be proud of the spectacle that a great game of rugby league is. I have read most of the posts on this thread and can't believe the number of moaners. "Saintslass" you need a reality pill! The grand final has done exactly what it was designed to do, create excitement at the end of a gruelling season (nobody plays rugby at this level not to win or commit) and produce a play off series that was absolutely brilliant, remember also that the game has to appeal to the TV audience, thats where the money comes from now and in the future.

Isn't it great to hear rival fans congratulating their opponents and admitting that the best team won? Some fans obviously don't understand that others really do appreciate the game for what it is.

Should have been more stewards readily available to get rid of the loonatics who can't handle their beer, they are not the people we want to see at a rugby match. On the positive side great to see so many families enjoying real entertainment!

Well done Leeds I bet you can't aim for fifth again and win the Grand Final after a "take it easy" season oh and get to the challenge cup final and nearly forgot win the World Club Challenge!!!!!

Sinfield the most under rated "sportsman" there is.

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What people have to remember is that winning it twice from 5th is likely to be a huge coincidence. The SL is not very old. When you can look back on 50 odd years of SL playoffs (5, 6 or 8 teams whatever) then teams will have won it from all positions.

I think it was 1972-3 that Dewsbury won from 8th!

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