Leeds Rhinos v Wigan Warriors: Grand Final big match preview

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Check out our at-a-glance Grand Final guide as Leeds Rhinos face Wigan Warriors at Old Trafford.

Wigan’s star man

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Stand-off George Williams has had a superb season and was named young player of the year at the Man of Steel awards this week. A talented, instinctive player, with outstanding skills and a clever running game, he will be a massive threat to Leeds with ball in hand.

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Key battle

There are intriguing contests all over the field, as would be expected in a Grand Final, but the showdown at hooker between Rhinos’ Rob Burrow and Wigan’s Leeds-born Michael McIlorum will be crucial to the outcome and is a fascinating clash of styles.

Last meeting

August 14, 2015. Super-8s. Leeds Rhinos 25 (Tries McGuire, Moon, Hall, Watkins. Goals Sinfield 4. Drop goal Hardaker), Wigan 18 (Farrell 2, Bateman, Manfredi. Goal Bowen). Attendance: 15,026. Referee: Richard Silverwood.

Peter Smith’s verdict

Leeds possibly have the better individuals, but Wigan are a well-drilled unit who have got stronger as the season has gone on. They are in superior form, but Leeds may be more battle-hardened. It’s intriguingly poised, but if Leeds can get up for one last, big effort, they should edge a thriller.

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