St Helens coach Kristian Woolf believes Friday’s Betfred Super League Grand Final against Wigan Warriors has the potential to be “as good of a game as we’ve seen all season” (Wigan Warriors 5/6, St Helens 6/5, tie 22/1 – Betfred Super League Grand Final Match Betting).
Saints finished second in the standings at the conclusion of the regular season and reached the showpiece by thrashing Catalans Dragons 48-2 as they seek to defend the title.
Wigan finished at the top of the pile as they won their final four matches of the regular season, before brushing Hull FC aside 29-2 in their play-off semi-final.
This year’s Grand Final will take place at the KCOM Stadium in Hull, rather than regular venue Old Trafford, and will be played behind closed doors but Woolf doesn’t think that will detract from the spectacle or the occasion.
”I soon found out about the rivalry which exists between the clubs when I arrived here and know it will be a massive game with the history of the two clubs adding a little extra to the occasion,” he said, as reported by the St Helens Reporter.
“Wigan were really strong in the semi-final, just like they have been all season and we are the same so it will be a great final.
“I think it will be as good of a game as we’ve seen all season. We played a few weeks back and I think it was the best game this year, in the NRL or in Super League, and I can’t see this one being any different.”
The squads have now been confirmed for Friday’s Betfred Super League Grand Final.
Wigan: Hardaker, Hankinson, Gildart, J Burgess, French, Leuluai, Clubb, Powell, G Burgess, Isa, O’Loughlin, Greenwood, Smithies, Partington, Bullock, Byrne, Bibby, Smith, Hastings, Singleton.
St Helens: Coote, Makinson, Naiqama, Grace, Lomax, Fages, Walmsley, Roby, Taia, Peyroux, McCarthy-Scarsbrook, Knowles, Lees, Amor, Smith, Bentley, Welsby, Batchelor, Simm, Dodd, Graham.