Leeds Rhinos: YEP Jury give their verdicts on the Grand Final

Leeds Rhinos' Danny McGuire dives over to score their first try at the Super League Grand Final.
Leeds Rhinos' Danny McGuire dives over to score their first try at the Super League Grand Final.
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Our YEP Jurors have their say on Leeds Rhinos’ stunning Grand Final victory over Wigan.

ANNE BOSANQUET

One game stood in the way of us taking the treble and sending off Sinfield, Peacock and Leuluai with a dream finish. The Rhinos made it happen at Old Trafford on Saturday, with a great performance.

The game started with Wigan putting points on the board first with Burgess going over.

It was then a tense wait before McGuire went over to level.

Leeds then took the lead with a try from Moon. However this try went to the video referee and was given, causing controversy.

McGuire then went over again for his second try of the game, from a great run by Watkins. The Rhinos led 16-6 at half-time.

The second half was much of the same with Manfredi putting points on the board early, albeit from a ball steal on Hall. This was followed quickly by another try from Wigan by Bowen, who was unstoppable.

It was converted and a penalty then saw Wigan take the lead 20-16.

It was at this point I thought the same as in the last few matches, we appeared to run out of steam. However, it was testament to Leeds’ determination and great teamwork that they pushed on.

Eventually we got a break and McGuire, again like in the game against Huddersfield, made the decisive kick which led to the winning try being scored. Walters scored his first try at a Grand Final game and this proved to be the crucial try of the game. This levelled the score. Sinfield held his nerve and converted, leaving us 22-20.

The last 15 minutes of the game were intense with Wigan trying their best to get through. As the hooter sounded Leeds had done the unthinkable and taken the treble. My stand-out player was Danny McGuire who took the man of the match and deservedly so.

The game at Old Trafford was emotional and something special.

It was the last time the ‘golden decade generation’ will play together and what a way to end this epic season. There’s been twist and turns, highs and lows, and multiple team injuries, but they’ve never given up.

I think next season will bring a lot of challenges for the Rhinos with some of our experience leaving.

I, for one, will be behind them – whatever the season may bring.

JON WINTER

If someone had told me at the start of the year that Leeds would win the Challenge Cup, League Leaders’ shield, Man of Steel, Coach of the Year and the Grand Final I’d have laughed in their face.

It has been an incredible season and it will be a long time before it is matched by another club, let alone Leeds.

In all honesty, I don’t think it has quite sunk in.

I’m sure it hasn’t for the players yet either.

It was a fitting end particularly for Jamie Peacock, Kevin Sinfield and – not forgetting – Kylie Leuluai.

The match was as close as everyone had anticipated, Wigan’s decision to go for the two points when two points ahead seemed to be the turning point and gave Leeds a chance to get a breather and some better field position.

Bringing on Josh Walters and Jimmy Keinhorst at the same time was a gamble, but it worked, with Keinhorst passing to Walters for the winning try and into the Leeds history books. Unsurprisingly, Danny McGuire was named man of the match.

He was terrific and stayed calm in the face of Wigan’s repeated post-try, childlike tactics.

He will be as important as ever next season being our most experienced player, and will, no doubt, be the next Leeds captain.

Big boots to follow!

DIANNE HALL

For once I am (almost) lost for words and, as anyone who knows me will tell you, that doesn’t happen often.

Wigan struck first, then we got our noses in front thanks to a brace from Danny McGuire and Joel Moon.

I thought that in the second half we would kick on.

However, Wigan shook us with two quick tries followed by a penalty (perhaps they should have gone all-out for the try).

Cue the Rhinos to dig deep and score the game-levelling try through Josh Walters, converted by Sir Kev. Two points in front! Game on! A tense 15 minutes followed with some magnificent defence to thwart everything that Wigan threw at us.

Finally the hooter went.

We had done the unthinkable!

JAMIE SMITH

After a hard-fought game at Old Trafford, the fairytale season had its fairytale ending as three legends ended their careers in the perfect way.

And the team also took its rightful place in history.

To Sir Kev, JP and Kylie – thanks for the memories. Legends.

GRAHAM POULTER

DID WE just win the treble? Did we turn up the treble? You bet we did!

What an amazing triumph for the team.

What a way for our departing heroes to win and leave on the greatest stage.

Justice was served on our newly crowned history treble-winning heroes.

I’m so very proud to be a Leeds Rhinos supporter, to be able to walk around with my head held high.

I’ll have a warm glow running through me the whole winter.

To everyone connected with the club, a massive thank you to you all for making all my rugby league supporting dreams come true.

Now, how do we follow this treble-winning team? Leeds history makers!

CRAIG TARBOTTON

The Perfect end to the perfect season.

A tough game at Old Trafford, but a deserved victory and a great send off for JP, Sir Kev and Kylie.

It was a nail-biting game; Danny McGuire was outstanding once again and the dream finish was never in doubt.

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