The biggest game in Super League, the Super League Grand Final, is quickly approaching and it is shaping up to be an exciting final. Castleford have been in sensational form all season, finishing ten points clear of second placed leads, and finishing with a +391 point difference at the end of the season. To an outsider, it looks like a Castleford win is all but guaranteed, but Leeds have experience in games like this which might give them the edge over their opponents.
There’s not long left until the final beings, so if you’re planning on placing a bet on the rugby betting market, you should be aware of these players that could make a difference.
Castleford player Luke Gale has been in sensational form this season, scoring the most goals, gaining the most points, and racking up 20 assists. Castleford have been scoring for fun this season, and Gale has been a vital part of their success.
A drop-goal in golden-point extra time took Castleford through to the Grand Final for the first time in their history, and showed everyone why he deserved the Man of Steel award he was awarded just a few days later! Gale also has even more motivation to perform, as he will be playing against the team that released him at the start of his career. A win here would show Leeds exactly what they missed out on.
If the Rhinos are unable to contain Gale, it is difficult to see anything other than a Castleford win.
Greg Eden is another Castleford player which Leeds will have to keep an eye on. While team-mate Luke Gale is leading the way with total goals and total point gained, Eden has essentially secured the top try scorer award. The Castleford winger has already scored 38 tries in 28 appearances this season, and is likely to add to his tally as he has scored 8 tries in the previous four meetings between the two sides. If Leeds Rhinos aren’t keeping a close eye on him, Eden can easily add to his already impressive try tally this season.
Kallum Watkins may not be at the top of leaderboards such as number of tries scored or total points, the Leeds Rhinos player has been chipping in with a fair few tries and goals this season – especially in crucial matches. In the semi-final match against Hull, Watkins scored the vital conversion to take Leeds into the Grand Final. His ability to perform under pressure means he could once again prove to be the difference in this huge match.
Leeds Rhinos veteran Danny McGuire has been ever-present in the Leeds Rhinos team since his debut in 2001. Throughout his career, McGuire has registered numerous assists and tries, and is currently the highest try-scorer in the competition’s history. In the league, McGuire has registered 24 assists, and will be hoping to add at least one more before he switches clubs for the first time in his career. Although Castleford go into this game in sensational form, Leeds have experience in these finals (winning their previous six!) and will rely on players like McGuire to lead them to another victory.
A special mention also has to go to McGuire’s team-mate Rob Burrow. Both players have racked up over 1,000 appearances at the club since making their debut in 2001, and will be playing their final games for Leeds at the Grand Final. Like McGuire, Burrow wants to finish his career at the club with a win, and could be the difference between victory and defeat.
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