Betfred Super League Grand Final Squad News

Leeds Rhinos and St Helens face off at Old Trafford to become champions in the 2022 Betfred Super League Grand Final tonight, knockout at 6pm.

Before the squads run out, here are some key stats, figures and facts about Rohan Smith and Kristian Woolf’s squads.

*Statistics provided by OPTA


Team News

Rohan Smith has named his starting line-up to face St Helens at Old Trafford in the Betfred Super League Grand Final tonight, kicking off at 6pm.

With Aidan Sezer ruled out by concussion protocols, Cameron Smith starts in the halves alongside Blake Austin allowing Zak Hardaker and Richie Myler to continue their roles at center and fullback respectively.

Rhyse Martin is back from suspension and starts on the second row alongside James Bentley. Zane Tetevano will start the game as a free forward. The bench is unchanged since last week’s victory at Wigan in the semi-finals.

16. Richie Myler sponsored by YF Furniture

20. Tom Briscoe sponsored by Wetherby Whaler

33. Zak Hardaker sponsored by Rhinos Safety Ltd

4. Liam Sutcliffe sponsored by Mtech

5. Ash Handley sponsored by Roxy Ballroom

17. Cameron Smith sponsored by Warner Fish Merchants

6. Blake Austin sponsored by Vale Services

8. Mikolaj Oledzki sponsored by LR Motors (Yorkshire) Limited

24. Jarrod O’Connor sponsored by Boardrm

10. Matt Prior spoon by K Bins

11. James Bentley sponsored by Trivent Ltd

12. Rhyse Martin sponsored by Mailway Packaging Solutions

13. Zane Tetevano sponsored by NIC FM Services Group

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9. Kruise Leeming sponsored by Fenton Finance

19. Bodene Thompson sponsored by ACS Stainless Steel

22. Sam Walters sponsored by Warners Fish Merchants

25. James Donaldson sponsored by ACS Stainless Steel Fixings


Distribution 2022

St Helens have won 41 Super League games against the Rhinos. Eight of the last ten meetings have been won by the team in red and white, while Leeds’ previous home win over Saints was a 16-14 Super 8 result in 2017. Leeds, on the other hand, have not won only one of their last ten meetings. SU meetings with the Saints.

In the Grand Finale, it’s another image. The Rhinos are on a four-game winning streak against the Red Vee at Old Trafford, including all three final wins between 2007 and 2009. St Helens come into Saturday’s game on their own form, having lifted the trophy of the great final in each of the past five years.

Having toppled the Wigan League’s top scorers in the semi-finals, Leeds will have to beat the team that have conceded the fewest points this season. St Helens have allowed just 386 runs against them in 2022 (Wigan’s second-best with 503), while Kristian Woolf’s side have also conceded 72 tries.

Saints also dominated possession, sitting second behind Huddersfield with 51.2%, but Leeds’ set completion percentage comes out on top (Rhinos complete 77.6% of their sets, compared to 75.4% for the Saints). Woolf’s side also came top in yards, after contact yards and line breaks – the latter metric sees Leeds holding close averaging 4.7 line breaks per game compared to 5.8 at St Helens.

Leeds’ offloading game, thanks to Rhyse Martin, Cam Smith and James Bentley, is the fourth-best in the League, while the Rhinos and Saints top the tackles charts (Leeds lead with 954 in all competitions).


St Helens Top Artists

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Tommy Makinson

22 tries (3rd in SL)

Try the aids

Jack Welsby

27 assists (3rd in SL)

Gate

Jonny Lomax

421 litters (4th in SL)

Tackles

Joe Batchelor

736 tackles (15th in SL)

Unloadings

Agnatius Paasi

42 unloads (3rd in SL)


Face-to-face

An exciting battleground in this year’s Grand Final will be between back rowers Joe Batchelor and Rhyse Martin, who have been two of the most in-form forwards in the League.

Batchelor had a good season under Woolf as he broke into the starting squad. The former York City knight was snapped up by the Saints in 2019 after helping James Ford’s side exit League One and was thrown deep last season when he featured in his first big final against the Catalans.

This season he has started every Super League game he has appeared in, most of them in the second tier. He is the club’s third top try scorer with nine tries (the same as former Rhino Konrad Hurrell), including seven in the Betfred Super League. In the club’s semi-final win over Salford, he registered the opening two tries which put the Red Vee on their front foot.

Defensively, he tops the Saints’ tackles chart with 736 in the League, which puts him fifteenth overall when looking at the League. He misses the most tackles (averaging almost four per game), which has caused his efficiency percentage to plummet.

Martin is a welcome return to the Leeds ranks after serving his two-match ban. The Rhinos top scorer had his best season in blue and amber, with eight tries and 84 goals contributing to 200 total points in all competitions this year.

Martin’s attacking abilities aren’t limited to scoring either. His number of runs is the fourth best by a Leeds player in 2022 and ranks 20th compared to Super League competition. He has also nearly reached 2,400 yards for the season and leads the club in offloads (his total of 36 is the fifth highest in the League this season).


Standout stats from the 2022 season: St Helens

St Helens full-back Jonny Lomax is one of the Red Vee’s most experienced players in the grand final having featured in the club’s three final wins between 2019 and 2021.

A natural playmaker, he has 22 assists (second by a Saints player and tenth in the Super League) and 28 try appearances. Coupled with his seven tries, he appears to be the Saints player most involved in creating scoring opportunities this season. He’s also a good runner, making 441 runs in all competitions this season and making 29 runs online (the two most by a Saints player).

His yard tally also ranks in the top five for the Saints team – only Tommy Makinson, Alex Walmsley and former Rhino Konrad Hurrell have more. Additionally, he led in kicks in play for the Red Vee averaging 5 kicks per game (twelfth in the Super League) and created six tries with his boot.


Standout stats from the 2022 season: Leeds Rhinos

Prop Mikolaj Oledzki makes his Grand Finals debut on Saturday as the ubiquitous prop prepares to make his 30th appearance of the season.

2022 has been a great season for the striker, who has been one of Leeds’ best statistical performers. His performances against the Catalans (home and away), Wigan and Wakefield saw the prop win the CitySprint Rhinos Index Award, which is second with James Bentley.

Oledzki has more carries and total yards than any Rhinos forward this season and ranks second on the entire team in the same metrics (only Ash Handley beats the accessory). Oledzki tops the Rhinos post-contact tally chart with an average of 54.6 post-contact yards made in games this year and a standout game was against Castleford in round 27 when the striker covered 152 yards in 19 races.

Defensively, he is one of Leeds’ most effective tacklers. No Leeds player has made more tackles than the accessory (791 tackles), and compared to Super League competition, he ranks tenth overall. 43 tackles were against Hull FC in March and last time out against Wigan he was one of the Rhinos’ leading tacklers with 26 (Cam Smith made the most with 40).


Team News


Milestones

Brad Dwyer

Leeds hooker Brad Dwyer can make his 250th career appearance tonight.

Dwyer has played for six clubs in his career and has played most of his games with the Rhinos (121). He also has 88 appearances for Warrington.

Dwyer has also been on loan and double registered with London Broncos (12 apps), Featherstone Rovers (3 apps), Swinton Lions (19 apps) and Huddersfield Giants (6 apps).

Bodene Thompson

Leeds striker Bodene Thompson is one appearance away from reaching 250 for his career.

The striker, who started at the Gold Coast Titans before moving to the West Tigers, has made most of his NRL appearances with the New Zealand Warriors. Leigh brought him to the UK in 2018 but ended the year with Warrington after a mid-season move.

He also spent two years with Toronto Wolfpac before signing for Leeds in the summer of 2020.

Tom Briscoe

Winger Briscoe is one try away from his 150th Super League try.

During his fourteen Super League seasons, he amassed 83 tries for Hull FC and 68 for Leeds; his last coming against Toulouse in April 2022.


How to stay in touch

Watch St Helens and Leeds battle it out to be crowned Super League Betfred 2022 champions in this year’s grand final, live on Sky Sports Arena and Main Event from 5pm on Saturday (6pm kick-off). hours).

You can also listen to radio commentary on TalkSport from 5:30 p.m., BBC 5 liveand Radio BBC Leeds with James Deighton joined by former Rhinos player and coach Francis Cummins starting at 5 p.m. with full preparation.

Highlights from the game can be seen on BBC One at 10.50pm on Saturday evening and available on iPlayer thereafter here.

To follow the updates of the game, remember to consult the Official Rhino Twitter account with updates throughout construction and during play.

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