Throwback Thursday: 1998 Super League Grand Final

For this week’s special Throwback Thursday, we’re perhaps inevitably going back to the first ever Super League Grand Final – and the last time Leeds and Wigan met in a major final ahead of this Saturday’s end-of-season spectacular.

Much like the 2015 edition, it was first versus second  in the league table meeting at Old Trafford, although Wigan were the side who finished top in the 1998 season. Their side – as you’ll see below – was littered with superstar talent including the likes of Henry Paul, Kris Radlinski and captain Andy Farrell.

As for Leeds, who came second on the ladder that year, they boasted future Super League coaches in the shape of Iestyn Harris, Francis Cummins and Daryl Powell, as well as retiring Salford forward Adrian Morley.

The match itself was of course famous for Jason Robinson’s incredible solo try which ultimately decided the outcome of the Grand Final. The winger collected the ball about as close to the touchline as possible out on the right, before jolting inside, stepping through two tackles and evading a last-ditch effort from Daryl Powell to light up Old Trafford and score one of the great Grand Final tries.

The teams that night, incidentally, were:

1. Kris RadlinskiFullback1. Iestyn Harris (c)
2. Jason RobinsonWinger22. Leroy Rivett
3. Danny MooreCentre3. Richie Blackmore
4. Gary ConnollyCentre4. Brad Godden
5. Mark BellWinger5. Francis Cummins
6. Henry PaulStand Off13. Daryl Powell
7. Tony SmithScrum Half7. Ryan Sheridan
16. Terry O’ConnorProp8. Martin Masella
9. Robbie McCormackHooker21. Terry Newton
10. Tony MestrovProp25. Darren Fleary
17. Stephen Holgate2nd Row11. Adrian Morley
20. Lee Gilmour2nd Row17. Anthony Farrell
13. Andy Farrell (c)Loose Forward12. Marc Glanville
25. Paul JohnsonInterchange24. Marcus St Hilaire
12. Simon HaughtonInterchange14. Graham Holroyd
14. Mick CassidyInterchange27. Andy Hay
8. Neil CowieInterchange20. Jamie Mathiou

It was the night where the Grand Final concept was born, and amazingly, it’s taken 17 years for these two giants of the game to meet again at Old Trafford. Will it be Wigan’s night once again? Or will Leeds finally end their extraordinary hoodoo against the Warriors on Saturday?