St Helens reached their third successive Grand Final and will face Catalans Dragons in the Betfred Super League Grand Final after a comfortable 36-8 victory over Leeds Rhinos on Friday evening (St Helens 2/5, Draw 22/1, Catalans 21/10 – match odds).
Kristian Woolf’s men were the heavy favourites to win the clash at the Totally Wicked Stadium, and they delivered the goods for their supporters. Regan Grace opened the scoring in the first few minutes before hooker James Roby added a second before the break.
Richie Myler’s try helped Leeds cut the deficit, but they only crossed on one more occasion on Merseyside, with Luke Briscoe’s effort ending up as a consolation.
Kevin Naiqama crashed over, and Grace added a second, while centre Mark Percival had time to grab a brace of his own.
St Helens will return to Old Trafford for the first time since 2019, having won the 2020 Grand Final against Wigan Warriors in Hull, and Woolf says his team are going to have to be at their best to overcome Steve McNamara’s troops.
He told BBC Radio Merseyside: “I thought right from the start, we showed a great intensity. We were good enough to hold that intensity the whole game.
“We certainly haven’t won anything yet. We have a lot of hard work to go and do. We are playing a very, very tough side in Catalans. One thing I know this group will do is that they are going to give themselves every chance.”