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Grand Final records and achievements
6:40am Saturday 5th October 2013 in Wolves news
SOME of the records surrounding Super League’s Grand Final, with the 2013 showdown to be decided tonight between Warrington Wolves and Wigan Warriors at Old Trafford, kick off 6pm.
Don’t forget to follow our live blog from 4pm for all the build-up, as-it-happens match updates from 6pm, and reaction from players and coaches after the final hooter.
Jamie Peacock holds the record for most Grand Final appearances, having played in the Super League title decider on ten occasions. Peacock also holds the record for most Grand Final wins, with eight. He won with Bradford in 2001, 2003 and 2005 plus Leeds in 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011 and 2012. He was on the losing side for Bradford in 2002 and 2004.
Seven players share the unwanted record of five defeats in Grand Finals - Lee Gilmour, James Graham, Francis Meli, Leon Pryce, James Roby, Paul Wellens and Jon Wilkin. Graham, Meli, Roby, Wellens and Wilkin all lost with St Helens in successive years from 2007 to 2011. Gilmour lost with Saints in 2007, 2008 and 2009, with Bradford in 2002 and with Wigan in 2000. Pryce lost with St Helens in 2007, 2008 and 2009 and with Bradford in 1999 and 2002.
Carl Ablett, Ian Kirke and Kylie Leuluai share the record for most Grand Final appearances (5) without suffering defeat - having all been in the victorious Leeds sides of 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011 and 2012.
St Helens trio Paul Clough (2008, 2009, 2010, 2011), Chris Flannery (2007, 2008, 2009, 2010) and Matt Gidley (2007, 2008, 2009, 2010) - along with the late Terry Newton - share the unwanted record of most Grand Final appearances without a win. Newton lost with Leeds in 1998 and with Wigan in 2000, 2001 and 2003.
Kevin Sinfield holds the records for most appearances and wins as captain in a Super League Grand Final - having skippered Leeds on seven occasions (2004(W), 2005(L), 2007(W), 2008(W), 2009(W), 2011(W) and 2012(W).
Leon Pryce - Bradford v St Helens, 1999 - 18 years (played in the game on his 18th birthday) - The youngest player to win a Grand Final is Stevie Ward (18 years, 324 days), who was on the winning side for Leeds against Warrington in 2012 - The youngest player to score in a Grand Final is David Hodgson (19 years, 67 days), who touched down in defeat for Wigan against St Helens in 2000
Adrian Morley - Warrington v Leeds, 2012 - 35 years, 149 days - The oldest player to win a Grand Final is Paul Anderson (34 years, 355 days), who was on the winning side for St Helens against Hull FC in 2006 - The oldest player to score in a Grand Final is Brett Hodgson (34 years, 237 days), who kicked three goals in defeat for Warrington against Leeds in 2012
HARRY SUNDERLAND TROPHY
(Awarded to the man of the match in the Championship Final from 1965 to 1973; Club Merit Final 1974; Premiership Final 1975-1997; Super League Grand Final from 1998).
Les Boyd (1986) and Barry Philbin (1974) are the only players to have lifted the award as Warrington players.
Five players have twice won the Harry Sunderland Trophy with the same club: Alan Tait (Widnes - 1989, 1990 Premiership Finals), Chris Joynt (St Helens - 1993 Premiership Final, 2000 Super League Grand Final), Andrew Farrell (Wigan - 1996, 1997 Premiership Finals), Rob Burrow (Leeds - 2007, 2011 Super League Grand Finals) and Kevin Sinfield (Leeds - 2009, 2012 Super League Grand Finals).
Burrow, winning the award in 2011, became the first player to win the Trophy twice in the Grand Final.
Sinfield is one of just 11 players to have lifted both the Harry Sunderland Trophy and the Lance Todd Trophy (as man of the match in the Challenge Cup Final). Lee Briers, Michael Monaghan and Brett Hodgson could match that feat today.
Three players from the losing side have won the Harry Sunderland Trophy (all against St Helens): Bill Ashurst (Wigan, 1971), Henry Paul (Bradford Bulls, 1999) and Paul Deacon (Bradford Bulls, 2002).
The youngest player to win the trophy is Wigan centre Kris Radlinski (19 years, 42 days) against Leeds in 1995.
The oldest player to win the trophy is Bradford Northern loose forward Bob Haigh (34 years, 190 days) against Widnes in 1978.
In fifteen previous Super League Grand Finals, no player has been sent off or sin-binned.
9 St Helens (1999, 2000, 2002, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011)
6 Leeds Rhinos (2004, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012)
5 St Helens (2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011)
HIGHEST SCORE Bradford Bulls 37 Wigan Warriors 6 (2001) (also widest margin)
MOST TRIES BY A TEAM
6 Bradford Bulls (v Wigan Warriors, 2001)
MOST POINTS BY A LOSING TEAM
Bradford Bulls 18 St Helens 19 (2002) and Warrington Wolves 18 Leeds Rhinos 26 (2012)
BIGGEST ATTENDANCE 72,582 St Helens v Hull FC (2006)
FASTEST TRY Scott Naylor (Bradford Bulls) v St Helens, 2002 - 3 minutes
MOST TRIES BY A PLAYER 3 Michael Withers (Bradford Bulls) v Wigan Warriors, 2001
MOST GOALS BY A PLAYER 7 (including 1 fg) Paul Deacon (Bradford Bulls) v Wigan Warriors, 2003
MOST POINTS BY A PLAYER 14 (1 try, 5 goals) Kevin Sinfield (Leeds Rhinos) v Warrington Wolves, 2012
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