Warrington Wolves will go into the Grand Final pumped with confidence after the late inclusion of half-back Chris Sandow and experienced forward Ryan Bailey.
Warrington Wolves face the Wigan Warriors this Saturday at Manchester’s Old Trafford, which looks set for a sell-out in what should be a thrilling final.
The Warrington Wolves were lifted with the late news that former Parramatta Eels halfback Chris Sandow may yet appear at the Grand Final, despite missing the Semi Final against St Helens due to injury.
Prop forward Ryan Bailey also returns to the 19-man squad and will add experience to the pack, appearing at Old Trafford six times in his career with Leeds.
Impressive youngster Brad Dwyer also returns for Warrington, potentially adding impact from the bench if chosen by coach Tony Smith.
On the other side, Wigan Warriors are without captain Sean O’Loughlin for this weekend’s clash due to injury, which has left rumours of the skippers retirement after the game
However, Welsh forward Ben Flower returns to the squad after his short ban for an incident that occurred the last time these two teams met.
Wigan Warriors have made the Grand Final for the past three years, last winning the trophy in 2013 against the Warrington Wolves. They then went on to lose to both St Helens in 2014 and Leeds Rhinos in 2015.
History could be made Saturday, with the Wolves yet to pick up the trophy in the Super League era.
Tony Smith, Warrington and the fans will be hoping it’s third time lucky in the Super League campaign, receiving the runners up medal twice before.
The partnership of Chris Sandow and Kurt Gidley will be crucial in Warrington’s success, with Ratchford chiming in from fullback. This three-way partnership will no doubt be the heart of every Warrington attack and will make for an entertaining watch.
Sandow returns for Warrington, and will be one of the players to watch within the game. The 27-year-old has 25 try assists to his name this season, the second best in the competition, while also crossing the whitewash eleven times himself.
On the contrary, Wigan will look to give youngster George Williams as much ball time as possible. The 2015 Super League Young Player of the Year has arguably been one of the best players in cherry and white this season, and will be hoping that he can link up well with partners Smith and Sarginson.
The England international is also well-known for scoring tries himself, with nine tries this season.
One of the most exciting players in the game will be Anthony “Man of the People” Gelling. The centre had one of the finest games in his career in the Semi Final, before conducting one of the best interviews Super League has ever seen with Bill Arthur on Sky Sports.
Gelling scored the last try in Wigan’s triumph against Hull FC last Friday, and he definitely poses a threat against the Warringon defence with the ability to pass, kick and the strength to go over the try-line himself.
No matter the score, there’s no doubt we’re in for a final that’s going to have hits, thrills and no doubt controversial decisions – because when was the last time a Super League game didn’t?