|2008Super League Grand Final|
|Date||4 October 2008|
|Location||Manchester, United Kingdom|
|Harry Sunderland Trophy||Lee Smith, Leeds|
The 2008 Super League Grand Final was the conclusive and championship-deciding match of the Super League XIII season. Held on Saturday 4 October 2008, at Old Trafford, Manchester, the match was between League Leaders St. Helens and defending champions from 2007 Leeds Rhinos.
Engage Super League XIII was the official name, due to sponsorship, for the 2008 Super League season by Engage Mutual. Twelve teams competed for the Minor Premiership over 27 rounds after which, the top 6 finishing teams entered the play-offs where they competed for a place in the Grand Final and the chance to win the Super League Trophy.
St Helens R.F.C. is a professional rugby league club in St Helens, Merseyside who compete in the Super League, the top tier of competition for rugby league in Europe.
The Leeds Rhinos are a professional rugby league club in Leeds, West Yorkshire, England. Founded in 1870, they compete in the Super League, the top-level rugby league club competition for an English club, and have won the competition a record eight times since its inception in 1996. They play their home matches at Headingley Rugby Stadium, and were the 2017 Super League champions.
Regular season final standings
Position in Super League table: 1st
Position in Super League table: 2nd
The Wigan Warriors are a professional rugby league club in Wigan, England, who compete in the Super League, and are the current/defending Champions. They are the current Super League Champions and are the most successful club Rugby League team in the world.
Pre-match entertainment was provided by Scouting for Girls, who performed a four-song set, and Katherine Jenkins. Jenkins returned a year after bring forced to withdraw from the 2007 game to perform the Grand Final anthem, Jerusalem. And the coin to see who kicked off was tossed by 12-year-old James Baxter who won the opportunity through a competition
Scouting for Girls are an English indie rock band. Their name is a play on the title of the 1908 Scouting handbook Scouting for Boys. The band consists of childhood friends from London, Roy Stride on piano and lead guitar/vocals, Greg Churchouse on bass guitar and Peter Ellard on percussion. Having formed in 2005, they signed to Epic Records in 2007. They released their self-titled debut album that September and it reached #1 on the UK Albums Chart in 2008. To date, it has sold over 1,000,000 copies in the UK..
Katherine Maria Jenkins is a Welsh mezzo-soprano singer and songwriter. She is a classical-crossover singer who performs across a spectrum of operatic arias, popular songs, musical theatre and hymns.
‘And did those feet in ancient time’ is a poem by William Blake from the preface to his epic Milton: A Poem in Two Books, one of a collection of writings known as the Prophetic Books. The date of 1804 on the title page is probably when the plates were begun, but the poem was printed c. 1808. Today it is best known as the hymn "Jerusalem", with music written by Sir Hubert Parry in 1916. It is not to be confused with another poem, much longer and larger in scope, but also by Blake, called Jerusalem The Emanation of the Giant Albion.
|Paul Wellens||Fullback||Lee Smith|
|Ade Gardner||Winger||Ryan Hall|
|Matthew Gidley||Centre||Carl Ablett|
|Willie Talau||Centre||Keith Senior|
|Francis Meli||Winger||Scott Donald|
|Leon Pryce||Stand Off||Danny McGuire|
|Sean Long||Scrum Half||Rob Burrow|
|James Graham||Prop||Kylie Leuluai|
|Keiron Cunningham (c)||Hooker||Matt Diskin|
|Bryn Hargreaves||Prop||Jamie Peacock|
|Lee Gilmour||2nd Row||Jamie Jones-Buchanan|
|Jon Wilkin||2nd Row||Gareth Ellis|
|Chris Flannery||Loose Forward||Kevin Sinfield (c)|
|James Roby||Interchange||Ali Lauitiiti|
|Nick Fozzard||Interchange||Ryan Bailey|
|Paul Clough||Interchange||Nick Scruton|
|Maurie Fa'asavalu||Interchange||Ian Kirke|
|Daniel Anderson||Coach||Brian McClennan|
Harry Sunderland Trophy winner: Lee Smith, Leeds Rhinos
The Harry Sunderland Trophy is awarded annually to the man of the match in the Super League Grand Final. Named after Harry Sunderland, who was an Australian rugby league football administrator in both Australia and the United Kingdom, the Trophy was first awarded in the Rugby Football League Championship Final of the 1964–65 season following Sunderland's death. After the 1972–73 season the play-off system was dropped as the League went to two divisions. The Trophy's use was continued in the Rugby League Premiership and Super League Premiership finals until Super League III, when a play-off system was re-introduced to determine the Champions through the Grand Final.
This game was the last in Leeds' colours for Gareth Ellis and Nick Scruton, who join Wests Tigers and Bradford Bulls in 2009, respectively. Similarly, it was the last game Nick Fozzard and Willie Talau played for Saints as they head to Hull Kingston Rovers and Salford City Reds in 2009, respectively. It was also Daniel Anderson's last game in charge of Saints.
The Wests Tigers are an Australian professional rugby league football merger club based in the contiguous regions of the Inner West and Western Sydney. They have competed in the National Rugby League since being formed at the end of the 1999 NRL season as a joint-venture club between the Balmain Tigers and the Western Suburbs Magpies.
The Bradford Bulls are a professional rugby league club in Dewsbury, West Yorkshire, England, currently playing in the Championship. They have won the Challenge Cup five times, the league championship six times and the World Club Challenge three times. Bradford play their home games at Tetley’s stadium. The team jersey is white with red, amber and black chevrons.
Hull Kingston Rovers are a professional rugby league club in Kingston upon Hull, Yorkshire, England.
Leeds' achievement of winning consecutive Super League titles marks the first time in their history that the club have managed to defend the Championship.
Leeds' victory also marked the first time that a Super League team had won both the World Club Challenge and the Grand Final in the same calendar year.
The Rhinos' win in the grand final earned them the right to play against the 2008 NRL season premiers, the Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles on 1 March 2009 in the World Club Challenge.
Warrington Wolves are a professional rugby league club in Warrington, England, that competes in the Super League. They play at the Halliwell Jones Stadium, having moved there from Wilderspool in 2004.
Daniel "Danny" Phillip McGuire is an English professional rugby league footballer who plays as a scrum-half or stand-off for Hull Kingston Rovers in the Betfred Super League and Great Britain and England at international level.
Tony Smith is a professional rugby league coach who is the Head Coach of Hull Kingston Rovers in the Betfred Super League, and a former player.
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