2008 Super League Grand Final

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2008 (2008) Super League Grand Final  ()
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Leeds Rhinos celebrating their victory after the full-time whistle
12Total
ST H Saintscolours.svg 61016
LEE Rhinoscolours.svg 121224
Date4 October 2008
Stadium Old Trafford
Location Flag of England.svg Manchester
Harry Sunderland Trophy Flag of England.svg Lee Smith ( Rhinoscolours.svg Leeds Rhinos)
Headliners Scouting for Girls
Referees Ashley Klein
Attendance68,810
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The 2008 Super League Grand Final was the 11th official Grand Final and 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.

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TeamPldWDLPFPAPDPts
1 Saintscolours.svg St. Helens 272115940457+48343
2 Rhinoscolours.svg Leeds Rhinos 272106863413+45042

Route to the Final

St Helens

RoundOppositionScore
Qualifying Semi-Final Rhinoscolours.svg Leeds Rhinos (H)38-10
Key: (H) = Home venue; (A) = Away venue; (N) = Neutral venue.

Leeds Rhinos

RoundOppositionScore
Qualifying Semi-Final Saintscolours.svg St Helens (A)38-10
Elimination Final Wigancolours.svg Wigan Warriors (H)18-14
Key: (H) = Home venue; (A) = Away venue; (N) = Neutral venue.

Match details

4 October 2008
18:00 UTC+1
St. Helens Saintscolours.svg 16 - 24 Rhinoscolours.svg Leeds Rhinos
Tries: Graham 6'
Gidley 43'
Gardner 59'
Goals: Long (2)
Report Tries: Smith 24'
Hall 37'
McGuire 49', 63'
Goals: Sinfield (4)
Old Trafford, Manchester
Attendance: 68,810
Referee: Ashley Klein (Australia)
St Helens Position Leeds Rhinos
1 Flag of England.svg Paul Wellens Fullback5 Flag of England.svg Lee Smith
Flag of England.svg Ade Gardner Winger22 Flag of England.svg Ryan Hall
Flag of Australia (converted).svg Matthew Gidley Centre19 Flag of England.svg Carl Ablett
Flag of Samoa.svg Willie Talau Centre4 Flag of England.svg Keith Senior
Flag of Samoa.svg Francis Meli Winger2 Flag of Australia (converted).svg Scott Donald
Flag of England.svg Leon Pryce Stand Off6 Flag of England.svg Danny McGuire
Flag of England.svg Sean Long Scrum Half7 Flag of England.svg Rob Burrow
10 Flag of England.svg James Graham Prop8 Flag of New Zealand.svg Kylie Leuluai
9 Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg Keiron Cunningham (c)Hooker9 Flag of England.svg Matt Diskin
Flag of England.svg Bryn Hargreaves Prop10 Flag of England.svg Jamie Peacock
Flag of England.svg Lee Gilmour 2nd Row11 Flag of England.svg Jamie Jones-Buchanan
12 Flag of England.svg Jon Wilkin 2nd Row12 Flag of England.svg Gareth Ellis
13 Flag of England.svg Chris Flannery 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 Nick Fozzard Interchange16 Flag of England.svg Ryan Bailey
Flag of England.svg Paul Clough Interchange17 Flag of England.svg Nick Scruton
Flag of Samoa.svg Maurie Fa'asavalu Interchange18 Flag of England.svg Ian Kirke
Flag of Australia (converted).svg Daniel Anderson Coach Flag of New Zealand.svg Brian McClennan

The coin to see who kicked off was tossed by 12-year-old, James Baxter who won the opportunity through a competition through the leagues sponsor Engage.

2009 World Club Challenge

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.

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