Grand Final from Old Trafford: Relive how it all unfolded, from the pre-match atmosphere to the final hooter (From Warrington Guardian)
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Grand Final from Old Trafford: Relive how it all unfolded, from the pre-match atmosphere to the final hooter
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- WARRINGTON Wolves are going for glory in their first Super League Grand Final.
- They are 80 minutes away from being crowned champions for the first time in 57 years.
- And in the process they could become only the third team in the Super League era to win the Challenge Cup and Grand Final double.
- It is going to be an emotional ride from the first whistle to the final hooter with hopefully a night of unprecented celebrations to follow.
- It's all live here. This is our time - Now The Wire!
That's it folks, reaction from the camp to follow in fresh stories.
Good night, see you next season.
Queen's We Are The Champions is ringing out around Old Trafford as the Leeds Rhinos set out on their lap of honour. They've done it two years on the running from fifth spot and broke Wolves' hearts two years running when it came to the crunch at play-offs time.
Great show of respect from Wolves' players as they stood on the pitch and watched Leeds collect the trophy and celebrate their win. These are feelings of 'what might have been' and the feelings that can inspire Wolves next season. Leeds skipper Kevin Sinfield paid tribute to Wolves in his speech, saying: "I think you're a wonderful team."
Well, congratulations to #leedsrhinos brilliant effort, unlucky #warringtonwolves great game. #superleague— @marklfc63 06 October 2012
Wolves' players can hold their heads high.
As they go off to thank the fans for their support, they should remember they have reached new ground for this club in the modern era.
It has been a stunning season. They've won the Challenge Cup, finished second in the league, reached their first Grand Final.
That's no consolation tonight after losing out at Old Trafford.
But it's one hell of a team that has laid a superb foundation to go one step further next year and finally end the championship drought.
You've done yourselves proud boys, you've done the club proud and you've done the town proud.
Unlucky #warringtonwolves #grandfinal rhinos experience came thro at the end!! #gutted— @Penzer83 06 October 2012
Wolves' players are in tears halfway between the halfway line and the Wolves end of Old Trafford, which is quickly emptying
SUMMARY: A great final. Wolves gave their all but conceded too many penalties in the early part of the second half and the amount of tackling took its toll on their attacking prowess. Leeds had all the territory and came up with the killer try through Ryan Hall.
FULL TIME: Warrington Wolves 18 Leeds Rhinos 26
It's all over.
Two minutes to go. Leeds are champions for fifth time in six years.
Tonight's attendance: 70,676 and Kevin Sinfield has won the Harry Sunderland Trophy as man of the match
76mins: Four minutes to go and Rob Burrow kicks a 40/20. Looks to be all over barring a miracle now.
71mins: TRY. Ryan Hall goes over for Leeds. The Rhinos kept the ball alive and Carl Ablett fed Hall on the outside of Joel Monaghan. Kevin Sinfield converts, 18-26
We're in the last 13 minutes of the game and Wolves are struggling to get out of their own half. Leeds are winning the territorial battle.
Squeaky bum time! #warringtonwolves #superleague— @MrHappySquid 06 October 2012
58mins: TRY. It had to come, Wolves have just conceded their fifth penalty of the half and paid the price. They had been holding out superbly but in the end Shaun Lunt's pass allows Carl Ablett to crash over the top of Briers and touch down. Kevin Sinfield lands the extras, 18-20. This is going to go down to the wire.
54mins: Wolves' defence holding out brilliantly after being under the cosh for seven minutes. Smith's men need more ball and less penalties against them.
You could see it all over Ryan Atkins' face how much this means to the Wolves players. Sweet for him playing against his hometwon club too
44mins: TRY. Ryan Atkins gets over the top of two Rhinos defenders on the short side from a Brett Hodgson pass. The chance came after Richie Mylr stole the ball off Zak Hardaker as the full back attempted a kick return. Hodgson misses the kick, 18-14
Celebrating Richie Myler's try
Richie Myler's opening try for Warrington tonight. Great picture by Guardian chief photographer Mike Boden
Never thought I'd see Warrington in a Grand Final in my lifetime. Come on you Wire!! #wire #superleague #grandfinal— @thee_chambo 06 October 2012
What a first half!! May have heart attack this keeps up, come the #wire #gfsl— @Welshy1405 06 October 2012
This final is really close! Great game so far come on #Wire— @Aidan7Wright 06 October 2012
Obviously not everyone is as mad about rugby as others....but a huge proportion of Warrington residents are in Old Trafford tonight living the dream....Wolves in their first Super League Grand Final and going for their first title in 57 years. Now The Wire
6:52pm Sat 6 Oct 12
Nice commentary but get things into perspective - what do you want for tea? xx
Another 40 mins of that and my heart will pack up! #superleague #warringtonwolves #wiresGF2012— @MartynSeddon 06 October 2012
Feelings of Saints last week about this game at half time.
Wolves trailed 14-6 in both games and struck shortly before half time to take the momentum into the dressing rooms.
We all know what happened at Langtree Park, with Wolves running wild in the second period.
It's Level. It's tense. #LeedsRhinos #WarringtonWolves— @RozieBreen 06 October 2012
HALF-TIME: Warrington Wolves 14 Leeds Rhinos 14
40mins: Jamie Jones Buchanan not square at the play-the-ball gifts Brett Hodgson a penalty shot which he fires over to level the scores at 14-14 with the last kick of the half
37mins: TRY. Wolves are back in it. An extra six tackles were earned when Danny McGuire deflected a Lee Briers pass on the left. Crafty Briers then popped up on the right to throw a long ball on the outside of Ryan Hall for Joel Monaghan to scoot over. Brett Hodgson did the business with the kick, 12-14
35mins: A couple of Leeds handling mistakes and Wolves' first penalty raise fresh hope
33mins: Wolves' fans are very quiet. It's all Leeds on and off the field at the moment.
#warringtonwolves :( nooo— @Lilypop1505 06 October 2012
27mins: TRY. The Mike Cooper penalty proves costly, although controversially. Zak Hardaker's pass to en Jones-Bishop was a mile forward but missed by Richard Silverwood and the winger cut inside Chris Riley and Brett Hodgson to score a try again converted by Kevin Sinfield from the touchline, 6-14. Wolves need to get a grip of this riproaring showdown.
26mins: Mike Cooper joins the action and hits Brett Delaney high with his first tackle. Penalty to Leeds.
25mins: First penalty of the game to Leeds for BBen Harrison's interference at Ryan Bailey's play-the-ball. Kevin Sinfield lands the kick from 30 metres, 6-8
23mins: Michael Monaghan arrives on the filed and knocks on from Ryan Atkins' offload. Scrum to Leeds on Wolves' 40m line
21mins: Adrian Morley and Paul Wood are on
19mins: TRY: Joel Monaghan couldn't take Kevin Sinfield's hick kick under pressure from Ryan Hall. The ball fell kindly to Carl Ablett and he turned out of Brett Hodgson's tackle to feed Sinfield and he scored with a stretch out of Stefan Ratchford's tackle. Sinfield converted from the touchline, 6-6
11mins: Ryan Hall has a Leeds try ruled out for a forward pass from his skipper Kevin Sinfield
8mins: It's been a dream start from Wolves. They look strong and assured. Leeds have messed up two kicks at the end of their sets.
7mins: Jamie Jones-Buchanan is sprawled on the floor with an injured shoulder
Get in #WarringtonWolves— @carloshiatt 06 October 2012
3mins: TRY. Richie Myler shrugs off a defendr and darts over. The try came after Ben Jones-Bishop dropped Lee Briers' cross-field kick and Chris Riley was held up over the line. Then Myler worked his magic. Wolves' fans have gone ballistic and appear to be filling more than half the stadium. Brett Hodgson has added the goal, 6-0
We're up and running, Lee Briers has kicked off
Hayley Westenra is ripping into the traditional Grand Final hymm Jerusalem.
The players enter the arena to a stunning wall of noise.
This is it. Rip in boys, bring the trophy home to Warrington.
Jonathan Davies has just taken his seat.
He should have been a champion Warrington player in 94 but we were robbed by a Russell Smith penalty in that famous Wigan game.
The red carpet has been rolled out for classical singer Hayley Westenra and the trophy has just been brought out. Just minutes until kick off.
Too excited for #slgf. Come on #warringtonwolves— @BarrieCarton 06 October 2012
Steve Prescott MBE has just received the match ball from an aerial gymnast and placed it on the halfway line for the big kick off.
We're getting close now.
This is going to be the most nerve racking 80mins ever #believe #wiresgoingtooldtrafford #warringtonwolves #grandfinal2012— @Graeme_baum 06 October 2012
Good luck to Warrington Wolves Simon Moran and Tony Smith. The double is on #thewire #warringtonwolves #grandfinal— @thechrisyork 06 October 2012
Hope we can step up to the occasion and win the second final of the year! #YearOfTheWolf #WarringtonWolves #LeedsRhinos #GrandFinal— @pritch123 06 October 2012
Leeds have been out and warmed up.
Wolves are still doing their thing.
Don't tire yourselves out boys! You'll need every ounce of energy in this place tonight.
Come on the Wolves!! #grandfinal #wire #johnnycomelately— @chrsdvn 06 October 2012
QUITE a few ex-Warrington players in the crowd tonight.
Along with Mike Nicholas mentioned earlier, John Fieldhouse, Mark Forster and Norman Turley have been spotted so far.
Ex- England rugby union World Cup winner Jason Robinson is in the main stand too.
I wonder if this fella can bear watching tonight. Maybe Warrington v Wigan next year, hey Sam?
At Old Trafford and the atmosphere is buzzing!!! #COTW #wire #ISWT— @megodea92 06 October 2012
Wolfie's such a dude!
He's casually entered the arena in a style of Ben Westwood.
Ronnie the Rhino was like a headless chicken as he exploded out of the tunnel.
It's got the Wolves fans singing again and now the Rhinos are responding.
Moz is 80 minutes from his dream. This was the front page of the Warrington Guardian season preview supplement back in February.
Looking forward to the Super League Grand Final. Warrington this is your time. This is your destiny. #Warringtonwolves— @TheSumoGuy 06 October 2012
The atmosphere is building nicely inside Old Trafford with the pitch announcer kicking into his stride.
Just heard the first chants of 'Oh Warry, Warry, Warrington' from the Stretford End.
I think we're all starting to feel a bit giddy here now.
We've all waited a long. long time for this.
The skippers have just entered the field for the coin toss.
Adrian Morley has won the toss and decided to kick off.
CONGRATULATIONS to the 17 selected for Warrington Wolves tonight.
Tough on Garreth Carvell and Tyrone McCarthy, who have been stars through the year for Wolves.
But it is difficult to argue with Tony Smith picking the team that did the job in the semi final at Langtree Park last week.
Leeds have made a couple of changes from the side that lost to Wolves in the Challenge Cup Final at Wembley in August.
Jimmy Keinhorst is injured and so drops out, with Danny McGuire featuring this time after his one match ban saw him miss last week's Leeds win at Wigan.
Stevie Ward drops to the bench.
Zak Hardaker; Ben Jones-Bishop, Kallum Watkins, Carl Ablett, Ryan Hall; Danny McGuire, Kevin Sinfield; Kylie Leuluai, Rob Burrow, Jamie Peacock, Jamie Jones-Buchanan, Brett Delaney, Ryan Bailey. Subs: Ian Kirke, Darrell Griffin, Stevie Ward, Shaun Lunt.
Wolves have named same team as against St Helens last week:
Brett Hodgson; Joel Monaghan, Stefan Ratchford, Ryan Atkins, Chris Riley; Lee Briers, Richie Myler; Ben Harrison, Micky Higham, Chris Hill, Ben Westwood, Trent Waterhouse, Simon Grix. Subs: Michael Monaghan, Adrian Morley, Paul Wood, Mike Cooper.
Leeds team to follow
Chris Terris Taylor: "A few grey clouds floating lazily over Old Trafford now, but overall could not have wished for better weather. Perfect conditions for Wolves' expansive playing style."
Getting a nose bleed in these seats at old trafford- what we do to see the the wolves hard a few rhinos #warringtonwolves #wolves4thewin— @sammyhale 06 October 2012
My gorgeous nephew kieron at the game #wolves4thewin #warringtonwolves http://t.co/yzXVb3FI— @sammyhale 06 October 2012
Good luck #Wire at OT - Here's to the Challenge Cup / super League double— @YozzerUtd 06 October 2012
GOOD LUCK WIRES!! Especially @ratch06 - I love youu!!!! #WarringtonWolves— @AmbzyDeDonville 06 October 2012
Good luck to Warrington Wolves! #wire RT“@warringtonnews: Warrington Wolves Grand Final - follow our live blog here. http://t.co/V2Ul5BV2”— @CatherineLawler 06 October 2012
BREAKING: Chairs at a premium in the Old Trafford press box as the assembled RL media chow down on some curry. #Wire http://t.co/9IHFasIj— @Cterristaylor 06 October 2012
Leaning on a goal post with World Cup winner Nobby Stiles at Old Trafford
Ready to roar on Wolves in their Guardian scrum caps at Old Trafford
Come on Warrington #thewire— @EmilieDeacon 06 October 2012
News editor Gareth Dunning is mixing with the fans outside Old Trafford and has just bumped into former Wolves chairman Doug Hoyle.
Lord Hoyle said: "This is a wonderful day.
"Having seen it from when I took over as chairman in 1999 is great.
"And it is so much down to Tony Smith. I think we can do it but it will be close!"
Remember this from the start of the season? Wolves skipper Adrian Morley was with Saints' Paul Wellens and Widnes' Shaun Briscoe at the pre-season launch at Old Trafford. I reckon he was looking to see where Wolves' name would fit on Grand Final night.
Soo excited for tonight! #WarringtonWolves #SuperLeagueGrandFinal— @mitchellmccomb 06 October 2012
RT @KevinAshford7: RT @KevinAshford7: Old Trafford looks good ahead of today's Super League Grand Final. #warringtonwolves #leeds http://t.co/M7lLyaSg— @PaddyMacca88 06 October 2012
Barmy Army soaking up the atmosphere at Old Trafford ahead of the Grand Final
Good luck to the mighty Wire today at OT. #grandfinal— @Swannyg66 06 October 2012
Warrington Wolves fans dressed to impress at Old Trafford for tonight's historic first Wolves appearance in a Super League Grand Final
Mike Nicholas arrives at Old Trafford for the Grand Final
getting so excited for later, bring on #OldTrafford! eeeeeep! #wolves2012GF #rugbyleague #wire #iswt #COTW— @dawberry 06 October 2012
Traffic warning for #wire fans heading for #slgf - avoid M62 after Winwick due to accident. Police on scene. Get on at Birchwood instead.— @hayleytuttsmith 06 October 2012
THIS is it!
Eighty minutes from Wolves paradise.
The atmosphere is building outside Old Trafford, primrose and blue everywhere from about 1pm.
Of course, the colours on display represent both teams and the spectacle outside shows it's going to be an incredible atmosphere inside the Theatre of Dreams tonight.
Mike Nicholas, the Welsh back rower who was a member of the all-conquering Warrington team of 1973/74 (apart from being the title winners, was among the early arrivals for tonight's glory shot.
"I think they'll do it," he said.
"You could see it in the players after the win against Saints, the way Briersy was punching the air."