Kruise Leeming will join an elite group tonight when he leads the Leeds Rhinos out into a Grand Final.
However, the Leeds skipper is trying to stay calm and take in every moment before kick-off enjoying “a perfect storm.”
“I’m very calm, not trying to wish my time away. We can’t wait to play, but I’m taking it all in,” Leeming said.
“Just experiences like this being at Old Trafford now having an interview looking at a pitch that’s empty with no seats filled is something that people never get the chance to do and then to walk out in front of 60,000 people is another experience and hopefully to win the Grand Final, you’re doing things that not many people are doing and that’s what you want to get out of life.
“I want to achieve things that not a lot of people have achieved and I think everything is brewing to be a perfect storm.”
A perfect storm for the Rhinos, no added motivation is needed when the Super League title is up for grabs, but Leeds have plenty of added reasons to want to win.
The adversity they’ve faced in 2022, the need to stop St Helens breaking their record of three consecutive titles and winning for those who will be leaving the club.
This includes Tom Briscoe who in his ninth season with the club is looking for his sixth major final win to bow out as a Champion.
However, his motivation doesn’t end there wanting another Grand Final winners ring for his kid: “Tommy wants to get another ring because his kid hasn’t got one and his other one has so he wants to win for them and he’s always been vocal about that. It would be nice to do it for him.”