超級聯賽總決賽。利茲犀牛隊老闆羅漢-史密斯對摩根-諾爾斯的決定 "不感到震驚

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超級聯賽總決賽。利茲犀牛隊老闆羅漢-史密斯對摩根-諾爾斯的決定 "不感到震驚

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利茲犀牛隊老闆羅漢-史密斯說他 "並不感到震驚",聖海倫隊的後排球員摩根-諾爾斯贏得了對兩場停賽的第二次上訴,這意味着他可以參加超級聯賽總決賽。

聖赫倫斯在周三提交了第二次上訴,並看到禁令被推翻了。

史密斯告訴BBC利茲電台:"比賽審查和司法程序有很多曲折,"。

"我並不感到震驚。我們正計劃着他是否上場。

"這取決於每個人對它的看法,但是周二人們的看法和周三人們的看法是不同的。這本身就給球迷帶來了一些困惑,但事實就是如此。"

聖海倫隊周六對陣利茲隊,旨在連續贏得四場超級聯賽總決賽,這是以前從未實現的壯舉。

這將是克里斯蒂安-伍爾夫在離開聖徒之前執教的最後一場比賽。

然而,利茲的老闆史密斯將希望贏得第一個聯賽冠軍,俱樂部在他上任後的五個月里改變了他們的狀態。

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利茲隊在本賽季開始時表現不佳,前老闆理查德-阿加在3月份卸任,因為俱樂部在開局的6場比賽中只贏了一次。

傑米-瓊斯-布坎南在4月史密斯被任命之前臨時接手,從那時起,利茲隊就有了令人印象深刻的表現。

進入總決賽後,他們贏得了過去13場比賽中的11場,包括在加泰羅尼亞龍隊和維岡隊的附加賽中獲勝,在聯賽中獲得第五名後第三次進入總決賽。

"我們當時在積分榜上排名第11,我們在看圖盧茲的分數。這就是誠實的事實。人們都在喃喃自語說'這到底是怎麼回事',"利茲隊隊長克魯斯-利明告訴BBC利茲電台。

"我覺得這只是一支非常缺乏信心的球隊。當Jonesy[Jones-Buchanan]接手後,我們從努力工作中獲得了信心。然後當Rohan進來的時候,他在裡面撒了一些系統和知識。

"他讓我們保持中立,而且總是在考慮下周,我們從不滿足於自己的成績。我們獲得了這種勢頭。無論我們打得好還是壞,它都消失了。"

  • 沒有詹姆斯-本特利。利茲犀牛隊後排球員對老特拉福德的第二次機會感到高興

由於利茲的目標是第九次超級聯賽總決賽的勝利,史密斯在周六對老特拉福德的旅行中選擇哪一方有很多選擇。

"每周都很難確定一個團隊。我們的團隊有這樣的多面性,有時需要找到適合當天比賽的馬,"史密斯補充道。

"我們仍然在努力解決這個問題,我們已經用一些不同的方式進行了練習。無論我們以何種方式解決,我們都有多面性和信念。我們有很多不同的組合,所以這不是問題。"

賈斯汀-霍爾布魯克帶領聖海倫隊在2019年擊敗劣勢的索爾福德紅魔隊時,取得了他們在總決賽中的第一次勝利。

那是他在去NRL之前負責俱樂部的最後一場比賽,伍爾夫從被冠狀病毒干擾的2020賽季開始接手。

那場比賽的結果是,傑克-韋爾斯比在最後一球中得分,他們在空蕩蕩的KCOM體育場擊敗了維岡,連續獲得了第二個冠軍,所謂的 "三連冠 "是在上賽季的決賽中擊敗加泰羅尼亞人實現的。

據隊長詹姆斯-羅比說,從來沒有球隊獲得過四連勝,但這個事實並沒有影響聖徒的準備工作。

"我們意識到這是以前從未做過的。他告訴BBC默西塞德廣播電台:"我們知道這以前從未發生過,這就在我們的腦海里,但與此同時,我們必須出去,並儘可能地表現得最好。

他告訴BBC默西塞德廣播電台:"我們有額外的動力,我們不僅僅是贏得一個普通的總決賽,這將是第四個,這從來沒有做過。

"有可能你會被認為是有史以來最好的球隊之一,所以它就在那裡,這是一個巨大的激勵因素。

"我們必須保持這種平衡。我們可以對此感到興奮,但我們必須首先做好工作。"

伍爾夫希望 "以高姿態結束

在為聖海倫隊效力期間,伍爾夫接替了霍爾布魯克的工作,延續了他們在北半球的統治地位。

除了在俱樂部贏得兩次總決賽之外,他還帶領他們贏得了2021年挑戰杯,確保了自2008年以來的第一次溫布利勝利。

但在他離開之前,他能否進一步鞏固他的遺產,並帶領聖徒隊獲得歷史性的冠軍?

在接受BBC默西塞德電台採訪時,伍爾夫說。"這根本不是關於我,而是關於這群人。他們為了這個機會一直在努力工作,不僅僅是12個月,而是很多年,讓自己處於這種狀況,給自己這個機會。

"我很幸運能成為一小群人中的一員,他們想要努力工作,想要競爭,想要成功,並且願意把自己放在一個位置上做到這一點。

"我們都想在這裡完成一個高點,並對我們的成果感到非常滿意。這不是關於我或我如何在這個俱樂部完成工作,而是關於這個團體和他們能夠實現的目標。

"他們非常配得上這個機會,因為他們是多麼努力地工作,多麼努力地競爭,這就是使他們成為這樣一個特殊群體的原因。"

聖海倫隊已經將威爾-霍普特、喬什-西蒙和丹-諾曼列入他們參加周六總決賽的21人陣容。

霍普特因為腿筋受傷,自8月份戰勝赫爾-KR以來一直沒有出場,而西姆則從對維岡的德比戰中受傷後返回。諾曼則從對陣圖盧茲時的顴骨骨折中恢復過來。

利茲隊歡迎英格蘭邊鋒Ash Handley和Rhyse Martin參加對老特拉福德的旅行,但將沒有中後衛Aidan Sezer,因為他在對維岡的附加賽半決賽中沒有通過頭部受傷評估。

漢德利因腳傷錯過了他們過去的兩場比賽,而馬丁在對陣卡斯爾福德的比賽中被高位截擊,現在已經停賽兩場了。


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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.

Saints submitted a second appeal on Wednesday and saw the ban overturned.

"There's been a lot of twists and turns with the match review and judiciary process," Smith told BBC Radio Leeds.

"I wasn't shocked. We were planning on if he was playing.

"It's up to each individual to form an opinion on it, but the opinion of people on Tuesday was different to the opinion of people on Wednesday. That in itself creates a bit of confusion for fans, but it is what it is."

St Helens take on Leeds on Saturday aiming to win four Super League Grand Finals in a row, a feat never achieved before.

It will be Kristian Woolf's final game in charge of Saints before he leaves the club.

However, Leeds boss Smith will be looking to win a first league title with the club having transformed their form in the five months since his appointment. • None How well do you know your Super League Grand Final history? Take our quiz

Leeds started the season poorly, with former boss Richard Agar stepping down from his role in March after the club won just once in their opening six games.

Jamie Jones-Buchanan took over on an interim basis prior to Smith's appointment in April and since then Leeds have put together an impressive run of form.

Coming into the Grand Final, they have won 11 of their past 13 matches, including play-off wins at both Catalans Dragons and Wigan, to reach the Grand Final for the third time having finished fifth in the league.

"We were 11th in the table and we were watching Toulouse's scores. That's the honest truth. People were murmuring saying 'what's going on here?'," Leeds captain Kruise Leeming told BBC Radio Leeds.

"I feel like it was just a team very low on confidence. When Jonesy [Jones-Buchanan] took over, we got confidence from hard work. Then when Rohan came in he sprinkled some systems and knowledge in there.

"He kept us neutral and it was always about next week, we never rested on our laurels. We gained this momentum. Whether we'd played good or bad, it was gone." • None James Bentley: Leeds Rhinos back-rower delight at Old Trafford second chance

As Leeds target a ninth Super League Grand Final win, Smith has a number of options on which side to pick for Saturday's trip to Old Trafford.

"It's difficult every week to settle on a team. We have such versatility in our group that sometimes it's about finding the horse for the course on the day," Smith added.

"We're still working through that and we've practised in a few different ways. We've got versatility and belief no matter which way we settle. We've got a lot of different combinations so it's no problem."

Justin Holbrook led St Helens to their first of a succession of Grand Final victories when they beat underdogs Salford Red Devils back in 2019.

That was his final game in charge of the club before departing for the NRL, with Woolf taking over from the beginning of the coronavirus-interrupted 2020 season.

The result of that campaign saw Jack Welsby score with the final play of the ball as they defeated Wigan at an empty KCOM Stadium to seal a second title in a row, with the so-called 'three-peat' achieved by beating Catalans in last season's final.

No team has ever won four in a row, but that fact is not affecting Saints' preparations, according to captain James Roby.

"We're aware it's never been done before. It's at the back of our minds but at the same time we've got to go out and perform as best as we can," he told BBC Radio Merseyside.

"There's that added motivation that we're not just winning a normal Grand Final, it would be a fourth, which has never been done.

"Potentially you could then get regarded as one of the best teams of all time, so it's there and it's a massive motivating factor.

"We've got to keep that balance. We can get excited about it but we've got to do the job in the first place."

Woolf wants to 'finish on a high'

During his time with St Helens, Woolf picked up where Holbrook left off and continued their spell of dominance in the northern hemisphere.

As well as his two Grand Final wins with the club, he also led them to the 2021 Challenge Cup, ensuring a first Wembley triumph since 2008.

But before he departs, can he further bolster his legacy and lead Saints to a historic title?

Speaking to BBC Radio Merseyside, Woolf said: "It's not about me at all, it's about this group of men. They've been working really hard for this opportunity, not just for 12 months but a number of years to put themselves in this situation and give themselves this opportunity.

"I'm just lucky to be part of a small group that want to work hard, want to compete, want success and are willing to put themselves in a position to do that.

"We all want to finish on a high here and be really happy with what we come up with. It's not about me or how I finish at this club, it's about this group and what they're able to achieve.

"They're very deserving of this opportunity because of how hard they work and how hard they compete, and that's what makes them such a special group."

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.

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