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Can Wigan Win the 2018 Super League Grand Final?

Can Wigan Win the 2018 Super League Grand Final?

Thursday 12 Jul 2018 5:46pm

The Wigan Warriors are one of rugby league’s most decorated clubs, winning the league title a record 21 times in their illustrious history.

Current head coach Shaun Wane has led his charges to three Super League Grand Finals victories since 2010, and it would take a brave man to back against the Warriors as they look to secure another crown before Wane bows out.

So Far, So Good for Hungry Warriors

At the time of writing, Wigan are sitting pretty in second spot in the Super League table – six points behind runaway leaders St Helens. Justin Holbrook’s side have been simply sublime in recent months and plenty of fans will be expecting Saints to lift the trophy at Old Trafford this year.

It would be foolish to write Wigan off, though; Wane’s side are difficult to stop on top form and they do tend to save their best moments for the playoffs. Expect the Warriors to hit new heights once the postseason begins.

Winning the Super League Grand Final would give Wane the perfect send-off and it wouldn’t be a huge surprise to see the Warriors lifting the title at Old Trafford later this year.

Wigan are right in the mix to feature in the showpiece and fans will already have one eye on a potential clash with arch-rivals St Helens. The two North West teams are battling it out at the Super League summit and Wigan will be confident of coming out on top.

Wane Cannot Focus Too Much on Future Plans

Following the conclusion of the 2018 Super League season, Wane will join up with Scottish Rugby. The Wigan boss has agreed to switch codes from league to union and punters will be hoping that Wane’s expansive style can help Scotland to compete in the 2019 Six Nations.

As of June 30, Scotland are 10/1 to win the competition in bet365’s rugby union betting odds and Gregor Townsend’s side could be set for a positive tournament. Wane could be part of two cross-code winning teams if everything goes to plan.

For the time being, though, Wane’s focus will be on Wigan and winning the Super League showpiece. The Warriors have been the second best team in England’s top flight this year in terms of games won, offensive points scored and defensive points conceded.

The League Leaders’ Shield is heading to St Helens but Wigan won’t be too disheartened, especially if they go on and pip Saints to Grand Final glory. That is, after all, the main objective at the start of every Super League campaign.

Wigan Or Saints? Only Time Will Tell

St Helens are the red-hot favourites to go on and win the Old Trafford showpiece this year but Shaun Wane will be determined to leave Wigan on a high.

Another Grand Final crown would be the perfect way for Wane to depart and the Warriors will be right in the mix come playoff time. Neutrals will be hoping that both teams manage to advance to the big event – it has all the makings of a modern classic.

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