Despite being second from bottom in April, all that stands between Leeds Rhinos and being crowned Super League Champions is St Helens.
The Saints are chasing a fourth consecutive title and haven’t lost to Leeds in their last 11 meetings, underlining the enormity of the task facing the Rhinos on Saturday night.
However, despite this being his first Super League Grand Final, Prior knows what it takes to win Grand Finals winning two NRL deciders in 2010 and 2016.
Speaking ahead of his third Grand Final appearance all in all on Saturday, Prior explained what is needed in a Grand Final to get over the line: “It takes a team effort, the little things are the big things, working hard for your mate. It’s not the flashy plays but the little plays.”
But what about this Saints side specifically? How do the Rhinos go about beating the Saints for the first time since March 2018?
Well from Prior’s perspective, the Rhinos are playing in a new way and so far that style has been pretty effective.
The Rhinos have won 10 of their last 11 games and have only lost five games under new boss Rohan Smith, though crucially one of those game against St Helens.
Nonetheless, Prior believes this style will see Leeds win the Grand Final on Saturday: “I think the way we’ve been playing at the end of the year has been different and I think it’s a style that has been able to beat just about any team when we’ve been on. I think the way we’ve been playing and our style of footy in the back half will be enough to get the job done on Saturday.”