2008 Super League Grand Final

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ST H Saintscolours.svg 61016
LEE Rhinoscolours.svg 121224
Date 4 October 2008
Stadium Old Trafford
Location Manchester, United Kingdom
Harry Sunderland Trophy Lee Smith, Leeds
Jerusalem Katherine Jenkins
Referees Ashley Klein
Attendance 68810
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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. rugby league club

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.

Leeds Rhinos English professional rugby league club

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 are the 2017 Super League champions.

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Route to final

Regular season final standings

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

St Helens

Position in Super League table: 1st

Leeds Rhinos

Position in Super League table: 2nd

Wigan Warriors English rugby league club

The Wigan Warriors are a professional rugby league club in Wigan, England, who compete in the Super League, and are the current/defending Champions.

Pre-match

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 English rock band

Scouting for Girls are an English pop 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.. Following the departure of their former drummer Pete Ellard, drummer James Rowlands took over in 2018.

Katherine Jenkins Welsh classical crossover singer

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 1808 William Blake poem adapted into a popular English hymn

"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.

Teams

Saintscolours.svg St. Helens Positions Rhinoscolours.svg Leeds Rhinos
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

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/s: Ashley Klein (Australia)

Man of the Match

Harry Sunderland Trophy winner: Lee Smith, Leeds Rhinos

Harry Sunderland Trophy

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.

Significance

Leeds Rhinos celebrate their 2008 Super League Grand Final victory over St. Helens at Old Trafford Rhinos2008.jpg
Leeds Rhinos celebrate their 2008 Super League Grand Final victory over St. Helens at Old Trafford

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.

Wests Tigers rugby league football club

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.

Bradford Bulls professional rugby league club in Bradford

The Bradford Bulls are a professional rugby league club in Bradford, West Yorkshire, England, currently playing in Betfred 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 Odsal Stadium. The team jersey is white with red, amber and black chevrons.

Hull Kingston Rovers

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. [1]

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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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.

Danny McGuire British rugby league player

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 Super League. He has previously played for the Leeds Rhinos in the Super League.

Tony Smith (rugby league, born 1967) British-Australian professional rugby league football coach and former player

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Jamie Peacock English rugby league player

James Darryl Peacock MBE, is an English professional rugby league footballer who played for the Leeds Rhinos and the Bradford Bulls in the Super League, and captained both Great Britain and England at international level. After retiring at the end of the 2015 season he became football manager at the Hull Kingston Rovers but resumed his playing career towards the end of the 2016 season. His position of choice was prop, although he played much of his early career as a second-row. He is one of the most successful players in Super League history, having won a total of nine Super League championships, four Challenge Cup winners medals, been named to the Super League Dream Team on eleven occasions and won the Man of Steel award in 2003.

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References

  1. "Leeds Rhinos' Peacock: Grand Final victory best ever". 2008-10-06. Archived from the original on 9 October 2008. Retrieved 2008-10-17.