Jackson Hastings guided to teams to Old Trafford in consecutive seasons.
A Man of Steel winner in 2019 as he helped Salford defy the odds and make it to an unlikely Grand Final where they lost to St Helens, he then joined Wigan ahead of 2020.
With the Warriors, he led them to top spot and to the Grand Final where, despite a top performance from Hastings in the final, Wigan lost by the bounce of a ball.
Both Salford and Wigan have no doubt rued those Grand Final losses ever since, but now both have a chance to right those wrongs as we head into two terrific semi-finals this weekend.
In fact, all four teams have a brilliant story to tell. Starting with the Warriors, after a tough season in 2021 they have been brilliant to watch this year and are looking to pick up the awards the form of Jai Field and Bevan French deserve whilst sending legend Thomas Leuluai out on a high.
Leeds meanwhile have defied the odds after a terrible start to the season which beckoned relegation, the Rhinos are on a roll and looking to recreate history and win the title from fifth again.
Speaking of defying the odds that’s what the sixth place Red Devils are trying to do themselves having been tipped for a relegation battle in 2022.
Lastly Champions St Helens are chasing a record breaking fourth consecutive title but the in form Salford stand in their way this weekend whilst Wigan and Leeds are set to battle in a repeat of the inaugural Grand Final.
Two great games, and Hastings believes there need to be more build up and coverage for the game taking to Twitter to say: “Is Super league going to pump up these semi finals up on the weekend!? Two cracker games, good story lines. Three Man Of Steel contenders playing. More content, chat and promoting around these games needs to be done to help it grow and get more eyes on it!”
He then went on to explain his feelings: “Only saying this because we (especially English fans) want to see the game grow and become as big as the potential it has to be.”
Only saying this because we ( especially English fans ) want to see the game grow and become as big as the potential it has to be.
— Jackson Hastings (@JackoHastings) September 15, 2022
Whoever wins the two semis, it will make for a great Grand Final which will surely help grow the game as Hastings desires.
He’s likely routing for Wigan and Salford this weekend however.
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