Leeds Rhinos prop Matt Prior says his team have a good enough squad to challenge for this year’s Grand Final as they prepare to face St Helens in the semi-finals on Friday (Match betting – St Helens 1/3, draw 20/1, Leeds Rhinos 5/2).
The Rhinos (Leeds 6/1 to win the Grand Final) reached the last four after overcoming Wigan Warriors in a nail-biting encounter at the DW Stadium on Thursday.
Neither side scored a point during the first 40 minutes, but a try from Ash Handley put Leeds in command. Rhyse Martin converted the try and also scored a penalty as Leeds set up a semi-final against Kristian Woolf’s side (St Helens 4/6 to win the Grand Final), who have won the last two Grand Finals.
Rhinos skipper Prior knows what it takes to win a Grand Final, having won two in Australia while playing for the St George Illawarra Dragons and Cronulla Sharks.
He believes Richard Agar’s men have a balanced squad, and says there’s no shortage of confidence ahead of Friday’s battle at the Totally Wicked Stadium.
“We’ve got a good mix of older blokes and youth, so I think we’ve got the balance right,” he told Leeds Live.
“There is a lot of young talent, and we’ve also got plenty of senior players to kind of guide the ship, so I think we’re in a good place.
“To play in a Super League Grand Final at Old Trafford would be something special. I’d cherish it forever. Everyone inside this club thinks we have a chance, and it’s just all about going out and executing the game plan.”