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Five reasons Leeds Rhinos will win the Grand Final

After finishing the season in second place and overcoming Hull FC in the semi-finals, Leeds head to Old Trafford chasing their eighth Super League title.

#1 Experience

Leeds go into the Grand Final with a more experienced side than Castleford and the fact that a majority of their squad have previously tasted success at Old Trafford before could be key.

The Rhinos will be led around the field by stalwarts Rob Burrow and Danny McGuire – both playing their last games for Leeds in what will be their ninth Grand Finals.

Head coach Brian McDermott has guided Leeds to the Super League title on three previous occasions and knows the best preparation and how to motivate individuals in the build up to the final on Saturday.

#2 Underdogs tag

Leeds rarely head into a final as the underdogs but having finished second behind a formidable Castleford side this season the bookies are predicting the Rhinos will come off second best.

The nerves and expectation can get the better of some players in Grand Finals and the underdog tag can often relieve some of that pressure.

Castleford are rightfully favourites but do not write the Rhinos off.

#3 Reward for a brilliant season

Castleford’s brilliance this season has often meant that Leeds’ achievements on the field have been overlooked.

The club had their worst season to date in 2016 and had to fight for their Super League survival in the Qualifiers.

Brian McDermott and his players have done a superb job in turning around their performances this season and they more than deserve their place in the final.

Leeds have been back to their best in attack, resilient in defence and are in good form heading into the final.

#4 Matt Parcell

Probably the signing of the season, Matt Parcell has been outstanding for Leeds since joining this campaign and the Australian hooker will be looking to win his first Grand Final.

His intelligence and quick thinking from dummy-half makes him a threat for the Rhinos and Castleford must ensure they don’t give him the opportunity to break through their line.

Parcell is the club’s leading tryscorer with 17 scores and is also Leeds’ top tackler. His eye for the try-line and work rate in defence makes him a huge asset for the Rhinos.

#5 Club for the big occasion

Leeds are one of Super League’s most successful clubs and whenever they head to Old Trafford or Wembley there is always an expectation that they should win.

The Rhinos have built a winning mentality on the biggest stage over the last 15 years and the side will look to add their eight Super League title to their list of accolades on Saturday.

Trainee sports journalist at News Associates, Manchester, UK.


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