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PAUL WELLENS 7 Tower of strength in difficult conditions denied Carl Ablett a try before going off injured.

TOMMY MAKINSON 7 Made a try-saving tackle on Ryan Hall and scored an opportunist try to level at 8-8.

MICHAEL SHENTON 7 Topped Saints' tackle count with 16 in first half and scored crucial try before going off with elbow injury.

FRANCIS MELI 6 denied early try by Kevin Sinfield but enjoyed a solid defensive show in midfield.

JAMIE FOSTER 7 Excellent tackle on Brett delaney and nerveless with his goalkicking.

LEE GASKELL 8 Recent form kept out Catalan-bound Leon Pryce. Sent Michael Shenton over for his try in second half.

JONNY LOMAX 7 The Super League Young Player of the Year was probing to find a chink in the Rhinos' armour.

JAMES GRAHAM 7 Hoped for celebration before joining Canterbury Bulldogs and missed when given a breather.

JAMES ROBY 8 Super League's top hooker turned in workaholic display and had try disallowed for knock-on.

TONY PULETUA 6 Aiming for first win in three Finals but at fault for failing to prevent Rob Burrow's opening try.

JON WILKIN 6 Solid tackling show and always eager to link up in attack in Saints stunning fightback.

SOL SOLIOLA 6 Was too eager with a ball steal on danny Buderus to give Kevin Sinfield the Rhinos' first points.

PAUL CLOUGH 5 An unsung hero in the Saints pack all season but his handling error denied James Roby a try.


Scott Moore 6

Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook 6

Andrew dixon 7

Gary Wheeler 6

ROYCE SIMMONS 7 The Aussie, in his first season, was aiming to steer Saints to first trophy since triumph over Hull.

Leeds Rhinos

BRENT WEBB 7 Veteran scored fifth try in five games to cut gap to 16-14 after allowing Tommy Makinson to touch down.

BEN JONES-BISHOP 5 Too casual from the restart to put his side under pressure and mistake led to Shenton's try.

ZAK HARDAKER 6 Looked comfortable in biggest match of his career.

CARL ABLETT 7 Had won all three of previous Grand Finals and went close to giving Leeds an early lead.

RYAN HALL 6 The Rhinos most potent attacking weapon didn't shirk defensive duties.

KEVIN SINFIELD 8 Skippered a Grand Final side for record sixth time. Stopped Francis Meli firing Saints ahead.

DANNY MCGUIRE 6 Wet conditions didn't suit his attacking game but did his share of work in defence.

KYLIE LEULUAI 6 Late fitness worry but put in several punishing tackles including big hit on James Graham.

DANNY BUDERUS 6 Farewell match for before rejoining Newcastle Knights after missing 2009 final through injury.

JAMIE PEACOCK 6 Produced another typical no-nonsense display as he chased a record-extending seventh Grand Final.

JAMIE JONES-BUCHANAN 6 Never knows when to quit with forceful defensive display.

BRETT DELANEY 6 Another convert from the three quarters and his surging run gave Leeds confidence.

CHRIS CLARKSON 6 Played his part in a relentless display by the Rhinos pack which gave Saints plenty of problems.


Rob Burrow 9

Ryan Bailey 6

Ian Kirke 6

Ali Lauitiiti 6

BRIAN MCDERMOTT 7 Big Mac has endured an up-and-down first season but his side went into the final full of confidence.


Calm, cool and collected in his first Grand Final in charge and wisely went to video ref Ben Thaler for Tommy Makinson's try.
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:Sunday Mirror (London, England)
Date:Oct 9, 2011
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