Top 20 Grand Final moments (10-1): Sky Sports' Old Trafford top 10
By Michael Cantillon
Last Updated: 06/10/17 9:47am
Another Super League Grand Final is nearly upon us, and this Saturday's clash between Castleford and Leeds will be the 20th to have taken place.
We have had a look at our top-20 Grand Final moments from the last two decades when there have been some unforgettable Old Trafford occasions.
In case you missed it, moments 20 to 11 can be viewed here, while our top-10 Grand Final moments are below:
10) Leeds see off legends in style
In 2015 the Leeds Rhinos had the opportunity to become just the third club in history to win the treble following the achievements of the Bradford Bulls (2003) and St Helens (2006) before them.
Leeds claimed the Challenge Cup after annihilating Hull KR 50-0, clinched the League Leaders' Shield by mere points difference over Wigan and then faced the Warriors again in the showpiece final of the season.
Club legends Jamie Peacock, Kevin Sinfield and Kylie Leuluai were all playing their final game for the Rhinos, with everyone associated with the club desperate to give them the perfect send-off.
With just over 16 minutes to go Leeds were trailing and the fairytale-ending looked lost, but Josh Walters popped up with a crucial try, which Sinfield crucially converted.
The Rhinos then held out for a dramatic 22-20 victory, as Sinfield ended with the record of most points in Super League Grand Finals, and Peacock finished his career with the record of most tackles, most carries, most metres, most appearances and most wins in Grand Finals.
What a way to clinch a treble.
9) Withers notches hat-trick in record score
Two years after Bradford's dramatic 1999 Grand Final defeat, they made it back to Old Trafford and put in one of the most scintillating displays ever seen at that stage.
Michael Withers, the man so tormented by the knock-on decision against him in 1999, plundered in a hat-trick as the Bulls destroyed Wigan 37-6, still a record victory today.
So complete was their display that the game was essentially over by half-time with the Bulls leading 26-0 in front of a then-record crowd of 60,164.
8) Leeds end 32-year heartache
In 2004 the Leeds Rhinos made it to their first Grand Final since 1998 and set about bridging a three-decade gap since their last championship triumph.
Not since the days of 1972 had the Rhinos toasted a league success and if they were to do it in 2004 they were going to have to beat the Bulls, who were on a run of four straight final appearances and two titles in three years.
Kevin Sinfield and co led 10-4 at the break following a Matt Diskin try, but the second period saw Bradford roar back and close the scores to 10-8.
Five minutes from time Danny McGuire jinked his way to the line for Leeds as they saw out a memorable 16-8 victory amid some of the most emotional scenes witnessed at a Grand Final.
7) Saints cause a stir with help of video ref
The second Grand Final in 1999 saw St Helens face Bradford and it still remains one of the most controversial games the sport has seen.
Just two weeks prior to the final Bradford destroyed the Saints 40-4 in a qualifying play-off at Odsal, but their next meeting was to prove a vastly different affair.
The Bulls began well at Old Trafford courtesy of a super Henry Paul score before the the key moment occurred.
Leon Pryce raced away to score what seemed a perfectly legitimate try for Bradford to give them a seemingly unassailable 12-2 lead, but referee Stuart Cummings had other ideas.
Cummings went to the video referee, Dave Campbell, who after several reviews ruled that Michael Withers had knocked on with the slightest of fingertip touches earlier in the move and denied the score.
With 15 minutes left the Saints pinched a try of their own through Kevin Iro as they clinched an 8-6 victory to the fury of Withers and the Bulls.
6) Dazed Sinfield recovers for glory
Inspirational Leeds skipper Kevin Sinfield led the Rhinos to yet another Grand Final in 2012, their fifth in six years.
Having finished fifth in the league the Rhinos had to secure their place the hard way and in the final a heroic performance from Sinfield saw them claim yet another thrilling title.
The Rhinos fell behind 6-0 at the beginning of the first half and 18-14 10 minutes into the second, but a try from Sinfield and five goals saw his 14-point haul clinch a 26-18 win.
What made it all the more amazing was that Sinfield had been knocked out cold early in the second period after a sickening head knock but dragged himself up to lead his side to victory.
5) One-eyed Green
The 2013 final saw Wigan play Warrington and the standout memory from that clash is Blake Green.
The stand-off was badly hurt just three minutes into the game as he was tackled and then punched in the face while prone and vulnerable by Ben Westwood.
Referee Richard Silverwood missed the incident and so Westwood escaped a red card with it placed on report, but Green was left needing oxygen on the pitch with a serious split under his right eye, which throughout the rest of the game would swell to such an extent that his eye became virtually completely shut.
Despite his painful ailment, later discovered to be a fractured eye socket, the Australian put in one the performances of his career as he scored a try and gave everything, earning the Harry Sunderland Trophy. Magnificent.
4) Drop-goal carnage in 2002
The events of the 2002 Grand Final between Bradford and St Helens were so epic that two of our top-four moments come from the game.
The Bulls led 18-12 before the Saints embarked on a breathtaking comeback to level the game at 18-18.
Reminiscent of last week's incredible semi-final finale between Castleford and St Helens, both the Bulls and Saints then attempted late drop-goals to win the game.
Three missed attempts followed to win it from Paul Sculthorpe and Sean Long for Saints and Paul Deacon for Bradford.
With just 50 seconds remaining, and extra-time looking inevitable, Long made himself available again and made no mistake to put St Helens 19-18 up in a moment of incredible excitement. But that was far from the end of the drama...
3) Ben Flower's moment of insanity...
Perhaps the most negative moment on our countdown is Ben Flower's antics in the 2014 final between Wigan and St Helens.
Unfortunately it is one incident which will never be forgotten. Just one minute and 42 seconds had passed at Old Trafford when Flower and Lance Hohaia tussled off the ball, leaving the Kiwi out cold on the turf.
Replays showed the two had clashed earlier in the move, and after Flower knocked-on Hohaia came in with a push but Flower's response was unforgivable.
An absolutely humongous punch from the prop first floored Hohaia, who fell to the ground clearly unconscious, and Flower followed it up with a sickening punch to the temple of the unconscious Saints man.
Flower duly received the first ever Grand Final red card, forcing Wigan to play 78-odd minutes with 12 men and lose 14-6. The incident was so horrendous that it went viral.
2) Burrow makes his mark
Quite simply, Rob Burrow's try in the 2011 Grand Final is the finest ever seen at Old Trafford.
Seeking a fourth crown in five years, Leeds yet again came up against rivals St Helens in the final game of the season and with the game all-square at 2-2 after 33 minutes, Burrow popped up with the most brilliant score.
From fully 50 metres out, the league's smallest player (5'5") slalomed, ducked and stepped his way though what seemed the entire Saints defence. A truly incredible try.
Burrow would also later set up a try for Ryan Hall in a comfortable 32-16 victory, condemning St Helens to a fifth straight Grand Final defeat.
1) Chris Joynt's voluntary tackle
Possibly the most exciting Grand Final ever involves Bradford and St Helens in 2002, three years after their first controversy-infused meeting.
Having led for so long and been pegged back with 16 minutes left, Bradford were desperately searching for a winner when Sean Long stepped up for St Helens to seemingly win it with a drop-goal in the final minute of play (see moment four).
With St Helens having reclaimed the restart, the final looked for all money to be done and dusted but Saints captain Chris Joynt then appeared to take a voluntary tackle with just seven seconds left on the clock to run out the game.
The decision should have been a penalty against Joynt in a very kickable position but referee Russell Smith missed it to send the Bulls apocalyptic with rage.
Indeed so incensed was Bradford hooker Jimmy Lowes at the final whistle that he had to be restrained by team-mates. Drama of just unbelievable proportions.
Watch the Grand Final between Castleford Tigers and Leeds Rhinos on Saturday. Coverage begins on Sky Sports Arena at 5pm and on Sky Sports Main Event from 6pm.