It’s Grand Final day, the day that heroes become legends and that legends become immortal.
This year it is reigning Champions St Helens who are chasing a record fourth consecutive title in their record 14th Grand Final appearance up against Leeds who were second bottom in April and have somehow found their way to Old Trafford.
Both teams will need a team effort to win today, but so often in these games one star player stands up and writes their name all over the game and picks up the Harry Sunderland Award. So which five players are most likely to pick up the prestigious award tonight?
It’s remarkable that Jonny Lomax has never won either of the Man of Steel Award or the Harry Sunderland Award. Perhaps pound for pound Super League’s best player over the last four or five seasons, Lomax is key on the biggest stage as he was last week against Salford. His short kicking game may be the key to scoring points and picking up a fourth consecutive title.
After a difficult start to his Leeds career which saw him sent off just 16 minutes into his debut against Warrington, now he’s in red hot form. He scored twice in last week’s semi-final against Wigan and his defence has been inspired and that is always important in a Grand Final and could see him claim the Harry Sunderland Award.
The man who replaced James Bentley as St Helens’ number 12 is also in great form and also scored a brace of tries in last week’s semi-finals and it could have been more. He’s had an outstanding season and his worth ethic is the kind of thing that can decide a Grand Final.
A Lance Todd winner in 2020 as Leeds won the Challenge Cup, Myler often comes up with tries and assists in big games so if he can do the same here he may pick up the Harry Sunderland award to go alongside his Lance Todd.
Already a two-time winner of the award picking it up in 2014 and 2020, James Roby is the most experienced player going into today’s Grand Final. His knowledge of the big occasions may be key especially if the game enters a real grind. This could see him claim a Super League record third Harry Sunderland Award.