2018 Super League Grand Final

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Date13 October 2018
Stadium Old Trafford
Location Flag of England.svg Manchester
Harry Sunderland Trophy Flag of England.svg Stefan Ratchford ( Wolvescolours.svg Warrington Wolves)
Headliners Blossoms
Referees Robert Hicks
Attendance64,892
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The 2018 Super League Grand Final was the 21st official Grand Final and championship-deciding game of Super League XXIII. It was held at Old Trafford in Manchester on 13 October 2018, kick off 18.00. The final was contested by Warrington Wolves and Wigan Warriors, the third time the two sides have met in the Grand Final with previous meetings in 2013 and 2016 being won by Wigan.

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PosTeamPldWDLPFPAPDPts
2 Wigancolours.svg Wigan Warriors 302307740417+32346
4 Wolvescolours.svg Warrington Wolves 3018111767561+20637

Route to the Final

Wigan Warriors

Wigan finished 2nd in regular season and seven wins out of seven in the Super 8's saw them secure 2nd place in the table. A 14–0 victory over third placed Castleford Tigers in the semi-final earned Wigan a place in their 10th Grand Final.

Warrington Wolves

Warrington finished 4th to earn an away trip to League Leaders Shield winners St. Helens in the semi-finals. Warrington Wolves won 18–13 with a late try by Tom Lineham. Warrington Wolves contested their 4th Grand Final.

Match details

12 October 2019
Wigancolours.svg Wigan Warriors 12-4 Wolvescolours.svg Warrington Wolves
Tries: Manfredi 26', 77'
Davies 30'
Tries: Charnley 12'
Old Trafford, Manchester
Attendance: 64,892
Referee: Robert Hicks (Oldham)
Wigan Warriors Position Warrington Wolves
1 Flag of England.svg Sam Tomkins Fullback 1 Flag of England.svg Stefan Ratchford
21 Flag of England.svg Dominic Manfredi Wing 2 Flag of England.svg Tom Lineham
4 Flag of England.svg Oliver Gildart Centre 3 Flag of Australia (converted).svg Bryson Goodwin
3 Flag of England.svg Dan Sarginson Centre 19 Flag of England.svg Toby King
2 Flag of England.svg Tom Davies Wing 27 Flag of England.svg Josh Charnley
6 Flag of England.svg George Williams Stand-off 6 Flag of England.svg Kevin Brown
9 Flag of New Zealand.svg Thomas Leuluai Scrum-half 7 Flag of Australia (converted).svg Tyrone Roberts
25 Flag of France.svg Romain Navarette Prop 8 Flag of England.svg Chris Hill
7 Flag of England.svg Sam Powell Hooker 9 Flag of England.svg Daryl Clark
10 Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg Ben Flower Prop 10 Flag of England.svg Mike Cooper
40 Flag of England.svg Joe Greenwood Second-row 30 Flag of New Zealand.svg Bodene Thompson
14 Flag of England.svg John Bateman Second-row 12 Flag of England.svg Jack Hughes
13 Flag of England.svg Sean O'Loughlin Loose forward 34 Flag of England.svg Ben Westwood
20 Flag of France.svg Morgan Escare Interchange17 Flag of England.svg Joe Philbin
19 Flag of England.svg Ryan Sutton Interchange13 Flag of Tonga.svg Ben Murdoch-Masila
12 Flag of England.svg Liam Farrell Interchange19 Flag of England.svg George King
8 Flag of England.svg Tony Clubb Interchange15 Flag of England.svg Declan Patton
Flag of England.svg Shaun Wane Coach Flag of Australia (converted).svg Steve Price

First Half

Warrington opened the scoring in a cagey first half on 13 minutes, through Josh Charnley, against his former club, as he took in Stefan Ratchford's looping pass before sliding over in the corner. The touchline conversion was missed by Tyrone Roberts. (0–4) Wigan leveled the score on 25 minutes through Dominic Manfredi, marking his first Grand Final appearance since 2015, (missing the 2016 Final due to injury) with a try in the corner, through great work by Oliver Gildart, as he jinked through the line, before giving it to Manfredi out wide to touch down in the corner. (4-4). Sam Tomkins missed the conversion, and the score would remain level.

On 31 minutes, a George Williams kick into open space, rolled into the in goal area, and Tom Davies managed to beat Josh Charnley to the ball, and score in the corner. The video referee awarded the try after reviewing the footage, and agreed Davies had got a hand on the ball. Again, Tomkins missed the extras and it would remain 8-4 until half time. [1]

Second Half

The second half would see Warrington come close early on, as Tom Lineham looked to go over in the corner, but a mob of Wigan defenders led by Manfredi and Tomkins forced him into touch. With time running out, Wigan won a penalty on 70 minutes and despite being close to the halfway line, they elected to kick it. Tomkins again missed the kick and the score remained 8–4. On 77 minutes, Manfredi would seal the win for Wigan as he would take in Sam Tomkins' inch perfect pass, before diving over in the corner, to seal the win. Tomkins again missing the conversion, (12-4). Toby King almost got what would have been a consolation score for Warrington in the last minute of the game, but the video ref determined that he'd dropped the ball in his attempt at scoring and the score would remain 12–4. [2]

The win for Wigan Warriors secured a record 22nd Rugby league title while Warrington's 63 years wait to be crowned champions goes on.

Post-Match

This match was Shaun Wane's last game as Wigan coach before going to Scotland Rugby Union, after 7 seasons as head coach of Wigan. It was also the last game before Sam Tomkins left for Catalans, and John Bateman and Ryan Sutton for Canberra. Wigan would win their 5th Grand Final and 22nd Championship overall, in their 10th appearance, evening up their win/loss record in Grand Finals, their last three wins coming against Warrington, whilst Warrington are still waiting to end their long title drought, stretching back to 1955. [3]

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