It’s St Helens against the world at Old Trafford in the Betfred Super League Grand Final tonight.
That’s the view of Betfred TV pundit and rugby league legend Paul Sculthorpe – and I agree!
If Saints win, it will be three times on the bounce and on paper their team of superstars should do so.
But don’t rule out the Catalans Dragons playing in their first ever Grand Final.
They of course pipped Saints to the League Leaders Shield and when they came from behind to win the Magic Weekend game against St Helens with a golden point, well – that was something else.
So we’ve got what we want – the top two teams in the Betfred Super League going head to head – and we expect an absolute classic.
Let’s hope it lives up to its billing and the fantastic game amazes fans watching from all over the world.
Saints are 2/5 favourites to win the game – and a decent bet according to Oldham-born double Man of Steel winner Sculthorpe is for Saints to win by 10 points or more which is available at 11/10 with us.
Talking of Man of Steel, the recently crowned winner Sam Tomkins has declared himself fit and is in the 21-man Catalans squad.
St Helens also have the class of Lachlan Coote, powerhouse forward Alex Walmsley, the brilliance of now veteran skipper James Roby to name a few…and if they are anything like in top form, all indications are that the Saints will go marching on.
Catalans, who will have at least 2,000 fans travelling from France together with thousands of neutrals at the final, have their own dangermen, with top players in the key positions.
Sculthorpe has picked out the Dragons halfback partnership of Josh Drinkwater and James Maloney, the no-nonsense Mickey McIllorum together with the mercurial Tomkins as having enough class and experience to win games on their own.
Here are Sculthorpe’s key battles that could determine this result:
- Coote vs Tomkins – both exceptionally clever footballers who can read a game and also cut down defences effortlessly.
- Lomax vs Maloney – two key indicators for their respective team. Usually where these two are – the ball goes! Big players in the big games.
- Walmsley vs Kasiano – the two biggest men on the field. Imperative that before the halves are able to play that the forwards first win the battle up front, and these two regularly hurt opposition defences.
- Roby vs McIllorum – if the forwards do get on top look out for these two. Both intelligent footballers who touch the ball more than anyone else. Also two great work rates on defence, regularly leading the way in the tackle counts.
Brace yourself for what should be a cracking final between the top two.
Whatever happens history will be made. I just can’t wait – and no surprise then that I’ve just agreed to continue my sponsorship of Super League for another two years!