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• Rhinos head to Old Trafford after nailbiting Headingley win
For well over a decade, there is little doubt that the Super League landscape in Yorkshire has been dominated by Leeds Rhinos. Since Bradford’s Grand Final victory of 2005, no side from the county has lifted the trophy high at Old Trafford other than Leeds – but next Saturday, the Rhinos’ dominance will be put to the ultimate test in the season’s showpiece finale.
Six months ago, in the days following their 66-10 defeat at Castleford, the Leeds coach, Brian McDermott attracted criticism aplenty for suggesting his side could still reach – and win – the Grand Final for the eighth time. Then, it appeared a ludicrous comment, given how the Rhinos were only months removed from their annus horribilis of 2016 which saw them finish ninth and flirt with relegation.