2014 Super League Grand Final
|2014Super League Grand Final|
|Date||11 October 2014|
|Harry Sunderland Trophy||James Roby|
The 2014 Super League Grand Final was the conclusive and deciding match of Super League XIX. It was held on Saturday 11 October 2014, 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.
The 2014 Super League season (known as the First Utility Super League XIX due to sponsorship by First Utility) 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.
12 October 2014
|St. Helens||14–6||Wigan Warriors|
|Tries: Soliola 54'
Goals: Percival 3/3 30', 54', 69'
|(Report)||Tries: Burgess 40'|
Goals: Smith 1/3 17'
|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 5'||Scrum-half||7||Matty Smith|
|16||Kyle Amor||Prop||10||Ben Flower 3'|
|9||James Roby||Hooker||19||Sam Powell 31'|
|8||Mose Masoe 10'||Prop||17||Dom Crosby 24'|
|10||Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook||Second-row||11||Joel Tomkins 56'|
|11||Iosia Soliola 21'||Second-row||12||Liam Farrell|
|3||Jordan Turner||Loose forward||13||Sean O'Loughlin (c)|
|13||Willie Manu 5'||Interchange||22||Eddy Pettybourne 48'|
|18||Alex Walmsley 10' 24'||Interchange||24||Tony Clubb 24' 48'|
|27||Greg Richards 24'||Interchange||25||John Bateman 56'|
|28||Luke Thompson 21'||Interchange||27||George Williams 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.
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.[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).
World Club Series
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