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Wigan Warriors full-back Jai Field has been named player of the year by the Rugby League Writers and Broadcasters Association.

The 25-year-old joined the club for 2021 but had an injury-hit first season with the Cherry and Whites.

Field went on to have a breakout season in 2022, however, scoring 20 tries and winning the Challenge Cup.
 

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The Super League play-off semi-finals will take place as scheduled on 16 and 17 September.

Wigan Warriors will face Leeds Rhinos on Friday, with St Helens taking on Salford Red Devils the following day.

Super League confirmed the matches following the announcement that the funeral of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II will be on Monday, 19 September.

The Super League awards ceremony scheduled for that evening has been switched to Tuesday, 20 September.
 

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The Super League play-off semi-finals will take place as scheduled on 16 and 17 September.

Wigan Warriors will face Leeds Rhinos on Friday, with St Helens taking on Salford Red Devils the following day.

Super League confirmed the matches following the announcement that the funeral of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II will be on Monday, 19 September.

The Super League awards ceremony scheduled for that evening has been switched to Tuesday, 20 September.
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2022 - GRAND FINAL

ST HELENS V LEEDS



Old Trafford - Saturday 24 September​



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Honestly was not expecting Leeds to make the GF, Rohan Smith has really turned them around since taking over.
 
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Betfred Super League Grand Final: St Helens v Leeds Rhinos
Venue: Old Trafford Date: Saturday, 24 September Kick-off: 18:00 BST
Coverage: Commentary on BBC Radio 5 Live, BBC Radio Merseyside, BBC Radio Leeds & BBC Sounds, live text commentary on BBC Sport website & app; highlights at 22:50 BST on BBC One

St Helens back-rower Morgan Knowles will miss Saturday's Super League Grand Final after losing his appeal against a two-game ban for "dangerous contact".

The 25-year-old England international was given a Grade B charge following an incident with Salford's Chris Atkin in Saturday.

Knowles was sin-binned for the incident at the time by referee Chris Kendall.
 

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Betfred Women's Super League Grand Final
York City Knights (0) 4
Try: Peach
Leeds Rhinos (12) 12
Tries: Beevers 2 Goals: Winfield-Hill 2

Caitlin Beevers scored twice as Leeds won the Women's Super League Grand Final for the first time since 2019 with victory over York City Knights.

Beevers gave Leeds an early lead and the Rhinos then defended resolutely to go in 6-0 in front at the break.

Leeds extended their advantage early in the second half when Beevers powered her way over again.

Sinead Peach scored a brilliant solo try to give York hope of a comeback but Leeds held on.

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Betfred Super League Grand Final: St Helens v Leeds Rhinos
Venue: Old Trafford Date: Saturday, 24 September Kick-off: 18:00 BST
Coverage: Commentary on BBC Radio 5 Live, BBC Radio Merseyside, BBC Radio Leeds & BBC Sounds, live text commentary on BBC Sport website & app; highlights at 22:50 BST on BBC One

St Helens must not get drawn in by the emotion of potential storylines as they prepare for Saturday's Super League Grand Final against Leeds Rhinos, says playmaker Jonny Lomax.

Saints can win the trophy for a record fourth time in a row if they are successful at Old Trafford.

It would also be departing boss Kristian Woolf's third straight title.

"It will be spoken about, but we try to keep things normal and not overthink," Lomax told BBC Radio 5 Live.

"We have to go into the game and try to go ready to play and enjoy it.

"You can't be writing storylines before anything else, you've got to stay in the now and crack on from there."
 

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Betfred Super League Grand Final: St Helens v Leeds Rhinos
Venue: Old Trafford Date: Saturday, 24 September Kick-off: 18:00 BST
Coverage: Commentary on BBC Radio 5 Live, BBC Radio Merseyside, BBC Radio Leeds & BBC Sounds, live text commentary on BBC Sport website & app; highlights at 22:50 BST on BBC One

Leeds Rhinos boss Rohan Smith says he "wasn't shocked" St Helens back-rower Morgan Knowles won a second appeal over a two-match suspension, meaning he can play in the Super League Grand Final.

Knowles lost his initial appeal for the ban over "dangerous contact" in an incident with Salford' Chris Atkin.

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Team news​

St Helens have named Will Hopoate, Josh Simm and Dan Norman in their 21-man squad for Saturday's Grand Final.

Hopoate has not featured since their win over Hull KR in August because of a hamstring injury, while Simm returns from an injury picked up in their derby against Wigan. Norman is back from a broken cheekbone suffered against Toulouse.

Leeds welcome back England winger Ash Handley and Rhyse Martin for the trip to Old Trafford, but will be without half-back Aidan Sezer after he failed a head injury assessment in their play-off semi-final at Wigan.

Handley missed their past two games with a foot injury while Martin has now served a two-game suspension following a high tackle against Castleford.

St Helens (from): Welsby, Makinson, Hopoate, Percival, Lomax, Roby, Lees, Mata'utia, Batchelor, Knowles, Lussick, McCarthy-Scarsbrook, Sironen, Paasi, Wingfield, Bell, Simm, Davies, Hurrell, Norman, Bennison.

Leeds (from): Sutcliffe, Handley, Austin, Oledzki, Leeming, Prior, Bentley, Martin, Tetevano, Dwyer, Myler, Smith, Thompson, Briscoe, Walters, O'Connor, Donaldson, Mustapha, Tindall, Sinfield, Hardaker.

Referee: Liam Moore.
 

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Betfred Super League Grand Final
St Helens (12) 24
Tries: Lees, Bennison, Hurrell, Percival Goals: Makinson 4
Leeds (6) 12
Tries: Leeming, Martin Goals: Martin 2

St Helens won a record-breaking fourth consecutive Super League Grand Final as they ended Kristian Woolf's tenure by comfortably beating Leeds Rhinos.

Saints made swift work of taking the lead through Matty Lees, with Jon Bennison sending them further ahead.

Kruise Leeming cut the deficit on the verge of half-time but Konrad Hurrell powered over shortly after the restart.

Mark Percival extended Saints' advantage to 18 points before Rhyse Martin crossed for Leeds late on.

Victory for St Helens brings to an end Woolf's time in charge on a major high, having won the showpiece end-of-season event in each of his three seasons in charge.

Building on the title won in 2019 under Justin Holbrook, St Helens became the first team to win four Super League titles in a row and also surpassed Leeds to win a record-setting ninth Grand Final.

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Salford Red Devils half-back Brodie Croft has been named the 2022 Steve Prescott MBE Man of Steel.

Super League's annual award is decided by points accrued on a round-by-round basis across the season.

The 25-year-old Australian made 25 try assists and scored seven tries in the regular season.

He is the second Salford player to win the award in the past four seasons, after Jackson Hastings won it in 2019.

Ex-Melbourne Storm half Croft joined Salford from Brisbane Broncos in August 2021.
 

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Betfred Super League Grand Final
St Helens (12) 24
Tries: Lees, Bennison, Hurrell, Percival Goals: Makinson 4
Leeds (6) 12
Tries: Leeming, Martin Goals: Martin 2

St Helens won a record-breaking fourth consecutive Super League Grand Final as they ended Kristian Woolf's tenure by comfortably beating Leeds Rhinos.

Saints made swift work of taking the lead through Matty Lees, with Jon Bennison sending them further ahead.

Kruise Leeming cut the deficit on the verge of half-time but Konrad Hurrell powered over shortly after the restart.

Mark Percival extended Saints' advantage to 18 points before Rhyse Martin crossed for Leeds late on.

Victory for St Helens brings to an end Woolf's time in charge on a major high, having won the showpiece end-of-season event in each of his three seasons in charge.

Building on the title won in 2019 under Justin Holbrook, St Helens became the first team to win four Super League titles in a row and also surpassed Leeds to win a record-setting ninth Grand Final.

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It was always going to be tough, but still a great effort to make the GF, considering the start of the year they had.
 
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It was always going to be tough, but still a great effort to make the GF, considering the start of the year they had.
The Rhinos are a good side BUT St Helens is one of the few times I have backed a winner this year so well done to the Saints.
 
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Betfred Super League Grand Final
St Helens (12) 24
Tries: Lees, Bennison, Hurrell, Percival Goals: Makinson 4
Leeds (6) 12
Tries: Leeming, Martin Goals: Martin 2

St Helens won a record-breaking fourth consecutive Super League Grand Final as they ended Kristian Woolf's tenure by comfortably beating Leeds Rhinos.

Saints made swift work of taking the lead through Matty Lees, with Jon Bennison sending them further ahead.

Kruise Leeming cut the deficit on the verge of half-time but Konrad Hurrell powered over shortly after the restart.

Mark Percival extended Saints' advantage to 18 points before Rhyse Martin crossed for Leeds late on.

Victory for St Helens brings to an end Woolf's time in charge on a major high, having won the showpiece end-of-season event in each of his three seasons in charge.

Building on the title won in 2019 under Justin Holbrook, St Helens became the first team to win four Super League titles in a row and also surpassed Leeds to win a record-setting ninth Grand Final.

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Saw replay this on Foxtel.

Good game. They play different to us. Not better - just different.