2014 Super League Grand Final

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2014 (2014) Super League Grand Final  ()
12 Total
STH Saintscolours.svg 212 14
WIG Wigancolours.svg 60 6
Date11 October 2014
StadiumOld Trafford
LocationManchester, England
Harry Sunderland TrophyJames Roby
RefereesPhil Bentham
Attendance70,102
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The 2014 Super League Grand Final was the conclusive and deciding match of Super League XIX. It was held on Saturday 11 October 2014,[1] at Old Trafford, Manchester with a 6pm kick-off time. The game was played between the top two teams from the regular season, St Helens RLFC and Wigan Warriors.[2]

Background[edit]

The 2014 Super League season (known as the First Utility Super League XIX due to sponsorship by First Utility)[3] was the 19th season of rugby league football since the Super League format was introduced in 1996. Fourteen teams competed for the League Leaders' Shield over 27 rounds (including the Magic Weekend in Manchester), after which the highest finishing teams will enter the play-offs to compete for a place in the Grand Final and a chance to win the championship and the Super League Trophy.

Pos Team Pld W D L PF PA PD Pts
1 Saintscolours.svg St. Helens 27 19 0 8 796 563 +233 38[4]
2 Wigancolours.svg Wigan Warriors 27 18 1 8 834 429 +405 37

St Helens[edit]

Def Castleford, 41–0 in the Qualifying Final on 19 September
Def Catalans Dragons, 30–12 in the Semifinal on 2 October.[5][deprecated source]

Wigan[edit]

Def Huddersfield, 57–4 in the Qualifying Final on 18 September
Def Warrington, 16–12 in the Semifinal on 3 October.[6][deprecated source]

Match details[edit]

12 October 2014
18:00 BST
St. Helens Saintscolours.svg 14–6 Wigancolours.svg Wigan Warriors
Tries: Soliola Try 54'
Makinson Try 69'
Goals: Percival 3/3 30', 54', 69'
(Report) Tries: Burgess Try 40'
Goals: Smith 1/3 17'
Flower Red card 3'
Old Trafford, Manchester
Attendance: 70,102
Referee: Phil Bentham
Man of the Match: James Roby
St Helens Position Wigan Warriors
17 Paul Wellens (c) Fullback 1 Matthew Bowen
2 Tommy Makinson Wing 2 Josh Charnley
22 Mark Percival Centre 5 Anthony Gelling
4 Josh Jones Centre 23 Dan Sarginson
5 Adam Swift Wing 32 Joe Burgess
15 Mark Flanagan Stand-off 6 Blake Green
6 Lance Hohaia Substituted off 5' Scrum-half 7 Matty Smith
16 Kyle Amor Prop 10 Ben Flower Red card.svg 3'
9 James Roby Hooker 19 Sam Powell Substituted off 31'
8 Mose Masoe Substituted off 10' Prop 17 Dom Crosby Substituted off 24'
10 Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook Second-row 11 Joel Tomkins Substituted off 56'
11 Iosia Soliola Substituted off 21' Second-row 12 Liam Farrell
3 Jordan Turner Loose forward 13 Sean O'Loughlin (c)
13 Willie Manu Substituted in 5' Interchange 22 Eddy Pettybourne Substituted in 48'
18 Alex Walmsley Substituted in 10'Substituted off 24' Interchange 24 Tony Clubb Substituted in 24'Substituted off 48'
27 Greg Richards Substituted in 24' Interchange 25 John Bateman Substituted in 56'
28 Luke Thompson Substituted in 21' Interchange 27 George Williams Substituted in 31'
Nathan Brown Coach Shaun Wane

Following a fiery opening that started with the kind of big tackles that this derby game has become known for, the game suffered a dramatic twist in only the second minute of the game when Wigan Prop, Ben Flower, became the first and only player to be sent off in a grand final by referee Phil Bentham after he punched Lance Hohaia in the face, thus knocking him out, then as he lay defenceless on the floor, he punched him in the face again.[7]

This forced Wigan to play 78 minutes with 12-men, causing a switch in the Wigan approach to one of smash-and-grab. A valiant first-half performance by Wigan's 12-men meant they entered the break with a 6–2 lead.[8][deprecated source]

Despite further strong defensive displays by the Wigan outfit in the ensuing second-half, Iosia Soliola forced himself over the Wigan try-line in his final appearance in the Red-Vee to put St. Helens ahead, and in control of the game. An admirable, yet desperate display by Wigan, to get themselves back into contention was halted, when Tommy Makinson crashed over for Saints, 12 minutes from time to make the score 14–6, after a precise kick over-the-top of the Wigan defence from Saints stalwart, Paul Wellens. Despite a late Wigan flurry, Makinson's try proved to be the one that sealed the game and the championship for St. Helens, meaning that the Saints claimed their first championship title since 2006, and their sixth overall in the Super League era (St Helens are now equal with Leeds Rhinos for titles since 1996, both have 6 titles).[9][10]

World Club Series[edit]

By winning this match the Saints had qualified for the World Club Series Final, to be played early in the 2015 season against the winners of the 2014 NRL Grand final, the South Sydney Rabbitohs.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2014 Super League fixtures announced". Super League. Archived from the original on 14 January 2014. Retrieved 23 January 2014.
  2. ^ "Super League Grand Final 2014: Wigan favourites but St Helens have momentum ahead of Old Trafford showdown". Daily Telegraph. 4 October 2014. Retrieved 7 October 2014.
  3. ^ "First Utility powers title sponsorship of Super League". Super League. Retrieved 23 January 2014.
  4. ^ "League Table". Super League. Super League. Archived from the original on 21 September 2013. Retrieved 27 September 2013.
  5. ^ "St Helens 30–12 Catalan (sic) Dragons: Classy Saints march into Grand Final to end Dragons' play-off dream". Daily Mail. 2 October 2014. Retrieved 7 October 2014.
  6. ^ "Wigan 16–12 Warrington: Joe Burgess the hero as Warriors leave it late to secure Grand Final spot". Daily Mail. 3 October 2014. Retrieved 7 October 2014.
  7. ^ "St Helens 14 Wigan Warriors 6: Moment of madness from Wales international Ben Flower costs Wigan dear". Daily Telegraph. 11 October 2014. Retrieved 15 October 2014.
  8. ^ "St Helens 14–6 Wigan: Tommy Makinson and Sia Soliola secure Grand Final glory after Warriors prop Ben Flower sees red". Daily Mail. 11 October 2014. Retrieved 15 October 2014.
  9. ^ "St Helens win Grand Final after Wigan's Ben Flower is sent off". Guardian. 11 October 2014. Retrieved 15 October 2014.
  10. ^ "St Helens 14–6 Wigan Warriors". BBC Sport. 11 October 2014. Retrieved 15 October 2014.

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