Channel 4 set to provide Grand Final coverage

When Leeds Rhinos and Warrington Wolves met in Round One of the 2022 Super League season we began a brilliant journey as a sport with Channel 4 and the second chapter of this story began with Wigan Warriors taking on Hull KR.

That story has led Wigan to Old Trafford and like last year, Channel 4 are set to be involved on Grand Final night.

This was confirmed by Rhodri Jones.

He said:

“We’ve talked about our attendances. We’ll be north of 55,000 here on Saturday night, hoping to reach that 60,000 mark. Fantastic testament to both teams’ sets of supporters, but also the rugby league public.

“Sky Sports will continue their fantastic coverage on Saturday night on air at 5 o’clock on main event. Channel 4 supporting, BBC supporting. L’Equipe will show the game live in France, as will TV3, the Catalonia broadcaster, who we’ve just arranged with today.

“Last one from me, you’ll have seen on Tuesday we announced a record-breaking partnership with Betfred, whose support continues and will continue for the next three years. So on behalf of everybody from Rugby League Commercial, a thank you to those in the room from Betfred, and I’d just like to welcome Mark to say a few words.”

Channel 4 showed Wigan’s win over Hull KR on Saturday.

But sadly the TV audience on Channel 4 was surprisingly low. Compared to the 123,000 average last week and 209,000 peak last week, this week the average was only 104,000 with a peak of 183,000.

The audience share was reduced from 2% to 1.6% according to on Twitter.

Wigan Warriors and Hull KR collided knowing they would meet Catalans Dragons at Old Trafford if they came away with the win.

The Warriors went into the game as favourites as they did at the home of Leeds Rhinos earlier this year when they lost to Hull KR in the Challenge Cup semi-final to set up the first Wembley final without Leeds, Wigan, St Helens and Warrington Wolves since 1986.

The Robins knew if they won they would set up the first Grand Final ever without St Helens, Leeds or opponents Wigan.

The Cherry and Whites got off to a flying start as Liam Marshall crossed the whitewash just two minutes into the game. A sweeping move through the Wigan backline found the ball in Jai Field’s hands, and the fullback burst through a gap and sent Marshall in for the games first try.

Field turned from provider to scorer as he put his name on the scoreboard in the sixth minute. A Harry Smith kick caused chaos in the Robins back line, and with a bit of luck the ball hit Field’s shin and he pounced on the ball to score.

Marshall made KR pay for a piece of ill-discipline as he slid over for his brace. The winger wrong footed three defenders on the left edge and extend Wigan’s lead to 16 points with just 12 minutes played.

Hull KR capitalised on a poor piece of handling from Abbas Miski to get their first points of the afternoon, as Elliot Minchella powered over from short range.

As was the case in the first half, Marshall scored with just two minutes played in the half. A kick from Harry Smith was swatted back by a Wigan hand, and another kick from French fell perfectly into Marshall’s hands for the winger to score his third.

Another Harry Smith cross-field kick caused chaos for the Hull KR defence, but this time it directly led to a try. Smith’s kick was swatted back by Kai Pearce-Paul and it fell directly into French’s hands who put it on a plate for King and the centre gleefully dived over to score on his final appearance at the DW in Cherry and White.

Jai Field grabbed a well deserved brace to score Wigan’s sixth try. Quick feet from prop Patrick Mago created a crack in the Robins line, and Field burst through it to score.

Not to be outdone by his partner on the other edge, Abbas Miski grabbed his 28th try of the season.