Winning a Grand Final is always an achievement for those involved, but one Super League club could feasibly win five Grand Finals in 2022.
That club is the Leeds Rhinos who have already won one Grand Final this season as they won the PDRL Grand Final yesterday.
This came after they defeated reigning Champions Warrington in the semi-finals before beating Wakefield Trinity in the final after the scores were level at 6-6 at fulltime with the Rhinos needing a try in golden point to secure the trophy.
Nonetheless, four more Grand Final wins are still possible for the Rhinos which could make yesterday’s win the start of an amazing finish to the 2022 campaign for the club as a whole.
Also yesterday, Leeds Rhinos’ under 18s secured their place in the Academy Championship Grand Final. The omens are good for the young Rhinos too as they, like the PDRL side, defeated Warrington in the semi-final.
They’ll meet St Helens in the final who also won their semi-final yesterday downing Hull FC 34-14.
Speaking of the Saints they will not have a chance to defend their crown in the Women’s Super League Grand Final after Leeds defeated them in the semi-finals at Headingley last week. This means the Rhinos will take on league leaders York City Knights in next Sunday’s Grand Final at the Totally Wicked Stadium.
It’s Leeds’ fourth consecutive Grand Final appearance as they look for a second win having beaten Castleford in 2019. They did however recently lose to York in the final league game of the season which saw the Rhinos denied the League Leaders’ Shield which York subsequently won.
Leeds have beaten the Knights this season however doing so in a nail biting Challenge Cup semi-final.
So, that’s three teams who have won or are in Grand Finals, and you’d expect the Rhinos wheelchair team to follow suit. Already Challenge Cup winners and league leaders, the Rhinos are looking to retain their crown and are one game away from returning to the final once again.
That leaves the men. Rohan Smith’s side are now looking forward to a semi-final against Wigan Warriors next week at the DW Stadium. It comes as reward for a 20-10 win over Catalans with Liam Sutcliffe scoring a hat-trick and Zak Hardaker kicking four goals.
As the highest ranked winners of the weekend – with sixth place Salford also winning – ensured they’d go to the second-place Warriors knowing that a win will send Leeds to an 11th Grand Final as they go in search of a record ninth Grand Final win: a record also being chased by Champions St Helens.
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