IT’S NOT just Leeds Rhinos players aiming to go out on a high today.
Rhinos’ Jamie Peacock, Kevin Sinfield and Kylie Leuluai will all play their last competitive game for the club in the First Utility Super League Grand Final against Wigan Warriors.
But Wigan also have players who are moving on and one of them, full-back Matty Bowen, has special reason to bow out with a Grand Final winner’s ring.
Bowen is set to link up – in an off-field role – with Australian NRL winners North Queensland Cowboys, who will face this evening’s victors in the World Club Challenge next February.
“I’m excited, it’s what you train and play for, to be in the big games,” said Bowen, who admitted he does not want to leave, but is making way for returning local hero Sam Tomkins.
“I am looking forward to it. We set our sights on being consistent this year and getting back to Old Trafford [after losing in last year’s final] and we’re pleased we’ve done that.
“It should be a great final. Leeds have shown they are a great team, winning the Challenge Cup and the League Leaders’ shield. They have been consistent all year so it’ll be a tough task for us.”
Bowen will be up against this year’s Man of Steel in the shape of rival full-back Zak Hardaker.
The Aussie said he is a big admirer of Leeds’ in-form No 1.
He said: “He has been good, he has played well all year.
“The last time we played them, in the Super-8s, he saved two tries.
“He is a classy full-back and he’s someone we will have to take care of this weekend,” said Bowen.