2004 Super League Grand Final

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LEE Rhinoscolours.svg 10616
BRA Bullscolours.svg 448
Date16 October 2004
Stadium Old Trafford
Location Flag of England.svg Manchester
Harry Sunderland Trophy Flag of England.svg Matt Diskin ( Rhinoscolours.svg Leeds Rhinos)
Headliners Heather Small
Referees Steve Ganson
Attendance65,547
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The 2004 Super League Grand Final was the 7th official Grand Final and conclusive and championship-deciding game of Super League IX. It was held on Saturday 16 October 2004, at Old Trafford, Manchester, and was played between Leeds Rhinos, who finished top of the league after the 28 weekly rounds, and Bradford Bulls, who finished second after the weekly rounds.

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TeamPldWDLPFPAPDPts
1 Rhinoscolours.svg Leeds Rhinos 2824221037443+59450
2 Bullscolours.svg Bradford Bulls 282017918565+35341

Route to the Final

Leeds Rhinos

Leeds finished top of the table to qualify for a home match in the semi-finals. The play-off structure matched them against the team finishing second - Bradford. Bradford won the semi-final meaning Leeds had to win the elimination final against Wigan to qualify for the grand final. In the elimination final they raced past Wigan 40–12 to set up a rematch against Bradford.

Leeds
RoundOppositionScore
Qualifying Semi-Final Bullscolours.svg Bradford Bulls (H)26-12
Elimination Final Wigancolours.svg Wigan Warriors (H)40-12
Key: (H) = Home venue; (A) = Away venue.

Bradford Bulls

By finishing second in the table Bradford qualified for the semi-finals but had to play the league leaders, Leeds, away with the winners going straight through to the grand final. In the game at Headingley Bradford won 26–12.

Match details

16 October 2004
Leeds Rhinos Rhinoscolours.svg 16 - 8 Bullscolours.svg Bradford Bulls
Tries: Diskin
McGuire
Goals: Sinfield (4)
Report Tries: Vainikolo
Hape
Old Trafford, Manchester
Attendance: 65,547
Referee: Steve Ganson (St Helens)

Bradford's Leon Pryce was unable to play due to a shoulder injury, he was replaced by Paul Johnson. [1]

Andrew Dunemann was left out of the Leeds side. [1] Danny McGuire was partnered by Kevin Sinfield in the halves. [1] The pre-match entertainment was performed by singer Heather Small

Leeds Rhinos Position Bradford Bulls
1 Flag of England.svg Richard Mathers Fullback1 Flag of Ireland.svg Michael Withers
2 Flag of England.svg Mark Calderwood Winger Flag of England.svg Stuart Reardon
3 Flag of England.svg Chev Walker Centre Flag of England.svg Paul Johnson
4 Flag of England.svg Keith Senior Centre4 Flag of New Zealand.svg Shontayne Hape
5 Flag of Papua New Guinea.svg Marcus Bai Winger5 Flag of Tonga.svg Lesley Vainikolo
13 Flag of England.svg Kevin Sinfield Stand Off6 Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg Iestyn Harris
6 Flag of England.svg Danny McGuire Scrum Half7 Flag of England.svg Paul Deacon
Flag of England.svg Danny Ward Prop Joe Vagana
9 Flag of England.svg Matt Diskin Hooker9 Flag of New Zealand.svg Robbie Paul
16 Flag of England.svg Ryan Bailey Prop Flag of England.svg Stuart Fielden
Flag of Australia (converted).svg Chris McKenna 2nd Row11 Flag of England.svg Jamie Peacock
14 Flag of New Zealand.svg Ali Lauitiiti 2nd Row Flag of Australia (converted).svg Logan Swann
Flag of Australia (converted).svg David Furner Loose Forward Flag of Australia (converted).svg Lee Radford
7 Flag of England.svg Rob Burrow Interchange Flag of England.svg Karl Pratt
Flag of Australia (converted).svg Willie Poching Interchange Flag of England.svg Jamie Langley
Flag of Ireland.svg Barrie McDermott Interchange Flag of England.svg Rob Parker
11 Flag of England.svg Jamie Jones-Buchanan Interchange Flag of England.svg Paul Anderson
Flag of Australia (converted).svg Tony Smith Coach Flag of England.svg Brian Noble

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