Leeds Rhinos: Treble-chasers are Grand Final underdogs

Kevin Sinfield training with the Leeds Rhinos at the teams Kirkstall training ground ahead of Saturday's Grand Final. (Picture: Tony Johnson)
Kevin Sinfield training with the Leeds Rhinos at the teams Kirkstall training ground ahead of Saturday's Grand Final. (Picture: Tony Johnson)
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WIGAN WARRIORS are slight favourites to win tonight’s Super League Grand Final - which is good news for fans of Leeds Rhinos who can be backed at 11-10 to complete a glorious treble.

Wigan finished just behind Challenge Cup victors Leeds in the Super 8s table yet are as short as 8-11 with a few firms to exact the ultimate revenge at Old Trafford.

Rhinos, meanwhile, are as big as 11-10 with Sky Bet and the Leeds-based firm can expect plenty of interest with wagers on a team who have that all important winning mentality.

With two victories apiece over the regular season, there’s little between the two sides - as the betting market suggests - but there’s something extremely appetising from a punting perspective about Rhinos who simply refuse to throw in the towel.

It’s impossible to have anything but the utmost respect for last year’s beaten finalists Wigan who were only denied the league leaders’ shield on points difference but Rhinos have the ultimate incentive in chasing the club’s first ever domestic treble, let alone the added ingredient of attempting to provide the perfect send off for Kevin Sinfield, Jamie Peacock and Kylie Leuluai.

And if you’re looking for a wager to land the Harry Sunderland Trophy it may pay to stick with the obvious and support the retiring Kevin Sinfield at 5-1 with BetVictor.

The rugby league world and his wife will be watching Sinfield in his last ever rugby league game, probably drawing further positive attention to what will no doubt be a first-class performance anyway.

Sinfield was superb in the semi-final victory against St Helens and in what will no doubt be a tight encounter against Wigan, his stellar kicking could well win the day.

Wigan’s George Williams and Matty Smith are next in the market at 8s ahead of Man Of Steel Zak Hardaker who could warrant an interest at 12s.

Other Leeds players worth highlighting are Danny McGuire at 16s, Peacock at 18s, Kallum Watkins at 22s, Rob Burrow at 25s and Ryan Hall who looks a big price at 25s. Ditto Tom Briscoe at 33s,

Wigan’s Ben Flower, sent off in last year’s final after just two minutes, is 40-1 along with Carl Ablett and Joel Moon while Kylie Leuluai can be backed at 66s.

Wigan’s Dominic Manfredi and Joe Burgess top the first try-scorer market at 10-1 alongside Rhinos flyer Hall, just ahead of Briscoe and Josh Charnley at 11s.

But as far as the Harry Sunderland Trophy is concerned, nobody makes more appeal than the inspirational Sinfield who can take man of the match honours in his final game and go out in a blaze of glory for his beloved Leeds.

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