2007 Super League Grand Final

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2007 (2007) Super League Grand Final  ()
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ST H Saintscolours.svg 606
LEE Rhinoscolours.svg 82533
Date13 October 2007
Stadium Old Trafford
Location Flag of England.svg Manchester
Harry Sunderland Trophy Flag of England.svg Rob Burrow ( Rhinoscolours.svg Leeds Rhinos)
Headliners Kaiser Chiefs
Referees Ashley Klein
Attendance71,352
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The 2007 Super League Grand Final was 10th official Grand Final and the conclusive and championship-deciding match of the Super League XII season. Held on Saturday 13 October 2007, at Old Trafford in Manchester, the game was played between St. Helens, who finished top of the league after the 27 weekly rounds, and Leeds Rhinos, who finished second after the weekly rounds.

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Background

Going into this game, St Helens had never lost in a Grand Final - they had won in 1999, 2000, 2002 and 2006. Leeds Rhinos had one win from 2004 and two losses (1998 and 2005). [1]

The St Helens stand-off, Leon Pryce, made a record-breaking seventh Grand Final appearance by playing in this game with previous appearances playing with Bradford Bulls and St Helens. [1]

The pre-match coin toss was won by Leeds Rhinos. They chose to kick off and defended from the Stretford End of Old Trafford. [1]

Katherine Jenkins was forced to withdraw herself from the pre-match entertainment due to a flu bug, her replacement was Russell Watson, who performed the Grand Final hymn, Jerusalem. Watson performed before the game at the first Super League Grand Final. [1]

TeamPldWDLPFPAPDPts
1 Saintscolours.svg St. Helens 271908783422+36138
2 Rhinoscolours.svg Leeds Rhinos 271818747487+26037

Route to the Final

St Helens

RoundOppositionScore
Qualifying Semi-Final Rhinoscolours.svg Leeds Rhinos (H)10-8
Key: (H) = Home venue; (A) = Away venue; (N) = Neutral venue.

Leeds Rhinos

RoundOppositionScore
Qualifying Semi-Final Saintscolours.svg St Helens (A)10-8
Elimination Final Wigancolours.svg Wigan Warriors (H)36-6
Key: (H) = Home venue; (A) = Away venue; (N) = Neutral venue.

Match details

13 October 2007
18:00 UTC+1
St. Helens Saintscolours.svg 6 - 33 Rhinoscolours.svg Leeds Rhinos
Tries: Roby 26'
Goals: Long
Report Tries: Webb 19'
Lauitiiti 50'
Donald 52'
Smith 69'
Jones-Buchanan 79'
Goals: Sinfield (6)
Drops: Burrow
Old Trafford, Manchester
Attendance: 71,352
Referee: Ashley Klein (Australia)
St Helens Position Leeds Rhinos
Flag of England.svg Paul Wellens Fullback1 Flag of Australia (converted).svg Brent Webb
2 Flag of England.svg Ade Gardner Winger2 Flag of Australia (converted).svg Scott Donald
3 Flag of Australia (converted).svg Matthew Gidley Centre3 Flag of New Zealand.svg Clinton Toopi
4 Flag of Samoa.svg Willie Talau Centre4 Flag of England.svg Keith Senior
5 Flag of Samoa.svg Francis Meli Winger5 Flag of England.svg Lee Smith
6 Flag of England.svg Leon Pryce Stand Off6 Flag of England.svg Danny McGuire
7 Flag of England.svg Sean Long Scrum Half7 Flag of England.svg Rob Burrow
8 Flag of England.svg Nick Fozzard Prop8 Flag of New Zealand.svg Kylie Leuluai
9 Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg Keiron Cunningham Hooker9 Flag of England.svg Matt Diskin
10 Flag of Australia (converted).svg Jason Cayless Prop10 Flag of England.svg Jamie Peacock
11 Flag of England.svg Lee Gilmour 2nd Row11 Flag of England.svg Jamie Jones-Buchanan
13 Flag of Australia (converted).svg Chris Flannery 2nd Row12 Flag of England.svg Gareth Ellis
12 Flag of England.svg Jon Wilkin Loose Forward13 Flag of England.svg Kevin Sinfield (c)
14 Flag of England.svg James Roby Interchange14 Flag of New Zealand.svg Ali Lauitiiti
Flag of England.svg Mike Bennett Interchange16 Flag of England.svg Ryan Bailey
10 Flag of England.svg James Graham Interchange17 Flag of England.svg Ian Kirke
Flag of Samoa.svg Maurie Fa'asavalu Interchange18 Flag of England.svg Carl Ablett
Flag of Australia (converted).svg Daniel Anderson Coach Flag of Australia (converted).svg Tony Smith

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References

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