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The race for Old Trafford

Sun Sep 15, 2019 10:48 am

Now that the relegation issue has been resolved, all eyes turn to the race for Old Trafford.

After a topsy turvy season for everyone apart from Saints, we are left with 5 clubs vying to become champions.
Saints determination after having lost the cup final will be stronger than ever but, the pressure does seem to get to them on the big occasion.
Wigan, after a desperate start to the season seem to have found some steel and resolve and would be my tip for GF winners
Salford, who nobody had thought about in the pre season predictions, just seem to keep winning but, their inexperience in the "big time" surely means that they will falter at the critical moment but, as massive underdogs, they will have plenty of neutrals hoping that they will prosper.
Warrington, can they lift themselves again ? surely not and their form of late hasn't been too great.
Castleford, just scraped in to the 5, look a little short on the quality needed to make it to Old Trafford. Being without Gale all season has cost them a couple of places in the final standings and for me, they are unlikely to make the final.

Saints v Wigan final with Wigan coming out on top but, it would be great to see Salford make it.

Re: The race for Old Trafford

Sun Sep 15, 2019 11:13 am

At the moment I can’t see anything other than a St Helens v Wigan GF however anything can happen in a one off knock out game.

For obvious reasons I want Wigan to win. It would be fantastic for the sport if Salford could pull off the unthinkable but with a lack of experience in play off rugby I can’t see them winning another game & think the usual suspects will do the business when it matters.

My prediction:

Wigan v Salford - Wigan
Warrington v Cas - Warrington

St Helens v Wigan - St Helens
Salford v Warrington - Warrington

Wigan v Warrington - Wigan

St Helens v Wigan - St Helens (unless they go in undercooked and bottle it again)

Re: The race for Old Trafford

Sun Sep 15, 2019 12:37 pm

The only time Old Trafford will be full is if Salford get there.Man Utd fans are already jumping on the bandwagon.Mentioned a few times on their forums.Some made the trip to Leeds last away game

Re: The race for Old Trafford

Sun Sep 15, 2019 2:12 pm

Personally I would love to see Wigan v Salford final with the fairytale win for Salford most unlikely thou, So a Wigan v Saints final with Wigan winning for me.

Re: The race for Old Trafford

Sun Sep 15, 2019 2:35 pm

Warrington v Cas - Cas
Wigan v Salford - Wigan

Cas v Salford - Cas.
St Helens v Wigan - St Helens

Wigan v Cas - Wigan.

GF St Helens v Wigan - St Helens to win.

Re: The race for Old Trafford

Sun Sep 15, 2019 2:55 pm

Trainman wrote:At the moment I can’t see anything other than a St Helens v Wigan GF however anything can happen in a one off knock out game.

For obvious reasons I want Wigan to win. It would be fantastic for the sport if Salford could pull off the unthinkable but with a lack of experience in play off rugby I can’t see them winning another game & think the usual suspects will do the business when it matters.

My prediction:

Wigan v Salford - Wigan
Warrington v Cas - Warrington

St Helens v Wigan - St Helens
Salford v Warrington - Warrington

Wigan v Warrington - Wigan

St Helens v Wigan - St Helens (unless they go in undercooked and bottle it again)


I agree with this. I don’t get the Wigan love in at the moment, I think most people backing them to win the Grand Final is because they won it last year and Saints lost the cup final. I wasn’t impressed with Wigan at all on Thursday or against Warrington. They’ve still got some quality players and I think they’ll get to the final via the route above but this team is missing their two best players from last season and a top coach. I think Saints will have enough to win it, I’d like Salford to but that’s not happening.

Re: The race for Old Trafford

Sun Sep 15, 2019 4:33 pm

No one thought Leicester City would win the PL.

Re: The race for Old Trafford

Sun Sep 15, 2019 8:29 pm

Wigan v Salford - Wigan
Warrington v Cas - Warrington

St Helens v Wigan - Wigan
Salford v Warrington - Warrington

St Helens v Warrington - St Helens

Wigan v St Helens - Wigan

Salford will get hammered twice IMO. Play offs are a different beast to regular season games. Wigan to win a tight one at Saints. Saints to empty the tank beating Warrington and have nothing left for the final.

Re: The race for Old Trafford

Sun Sep 15, 2019 9:37 pm

Seems to me that it's:

Cas & Salford - Irrelevant (Although I'd love either to get a win or two in the Play Offs, but can't see it happening)

Saints, Wigan and Warrington in the final or semis:

Saints would beat Wigan
Wigan would beat Warrington
Warrington would beat Saints

Re: The race for Old Trafford

Mon Sep 16, 2019 5:59 am

Can only see a Saints v Warriors final, but like most neutrals i would love to see the Red Devils get there
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