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2008 Grand Final
Old Trafford, Manchester



Keiron Cunningham and Kevin Sinfield pose with the Super League trophy

St Helens are on a 23-match unbeaten run going into the Super League Grand Final while Leeds are looking to defend their title

Welsh diva Katherine Jenkins braves the rain to warm up the crowd before kick-off with a rousing rendition of Jerusalem

Welsh diva Katherine Jenkins braves the rain to warm up the Old Trafford crowd before kick-off with a rousing rendition of Jerusalem

Lee Smith puts Paul Wellens under pressure

The wet conditions make life difficult for the players of both sides

But after a strong start by Leeds, it is St Helens who open the scoring, Lee Gilmour breaking through the Rhinos defence

But after a strong start by Leeds, it is St Helens who open the scoring, Lee Gilmour breaking through the Rhinos defence

Man of Steel James Graham is the tryscorer but Matt Gidley ensures Gilmour is praised for his role

Man of Steel James Graham (left) is the tryscorer but Matt Gidley ensures Gilmour is praised for his role in the fantastic score

Lee Smith dives over for Leeds

Leeds draw level on 23 minutes when stand-in full-back Lee Smith dives over after a superb offload by Jamie Jones-Buchanan

Smith, playing at full-back because of an injury to Brent Webb, is mobbed by team-mates Scott Donald (left) and Rob Burrow

Smith, playing at full-back because of an injury to Brent Webb, is mobbed by team-mates Scott Donald (left) and Rob Burrow

James Peacock, as usual, does a lot of the donkey work for Leeds

James Peacock, as usual, does a lot of the donkey work for Leeds

While Rhinos team-mate Danny McGuire is always a threat

While Rhinos team-mate Danny McGuire is always a threat

Leeds lead 12-6 at the break but Matt Gidley pulls Saints level at the start of the second half with a well-worked try

Leeds lead 12-6 at the break but Aussie centre Matt Gidley pulls Saints level at the start of the second half with a well-worked try

But McGuire scores the first of his tries, sliding over under the posts despite the best efforts of Saints scrum-half Sean Long

The dangerous McGuire then scores the first of his tries, sliding over under the posts despite the best efforts of Sean Long

Saints cannot force their way back into the game - so it's back-to-back titles for the Rhinos

And it's back-to-back Super League titles for the magnificent Rhinos

Leeds pose for the cameras following their 24-16 victory

Leeds pose for the cameras following their 24-16 win at Old Trafford



see also
St Helens 16-24 Leeds Rhinos
04 Oct 08 |  Rugby League
Grand Final as it happened
04 Oct 08 |  Rugby League


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