10th October 2018, 11:31 | womens_rugby_league

Final 'too close to call' - Wilkinson

Final 'too close to call' - Wilkinson

Wigan Warriors Women Head Coach Amanda Wilkinson belives this weekend's Women's Super League Grand Final is 'too close to call' as she prepares her side to face Leeds Rhinos at the Manchester Regional Arena on Saturday, 1pm kick off.

The two sides have faced off three times in all competitions this year, Leeds winning 20-14 on the road in May, Wigan claiming a 23-22 win in Leeds last month, while Leeds were impressive 26-8 winners at Robin Park in the Challenge Cup semi-final in July.

Looking ahead to the game she said: "It's exciting and a little bit of history will be made on Saturday.

"It's great to be part of it, but this week we'll look to go into training and do what we always do, enjoy the occasion on the day and make sure we stay focused.

"We've had some great battles with Leeds during the year," she added.

"They are a tough, well-drilled and physical side, but we're smart and we know how to defend. It will be a close game - we're confident but it really is too close to call.

"We've just got to turn up and perform on the day. It'll just be about which team handles the pressure who will get the spoils."

The current campaign is the Warriors' first-ever season having been formed late last year, and Wilkinson has been pleasantly surprised by her side's progress.

"At the start, we really didn't think we'd come so far in such a short space of time.

"Over 100 girls turned up for trials, but to start from scratch, to building a squad of 28 that have taken us all the way to the grand final - that was never in my thoughts.

"I just didn't want us to finish bottom this year, and we've ended up one point off top spot."

So what can fans expect from the Warriors on Saturday?

"Our strong point is our defence," says Wilkinson.

"Fans turning out will see some big hits and a never say die attitude from our girls, but we're not afraid to pass the ball around and attack.

"They're a close-knit team who give everything for each other. Every time they play, they leave their bodies on the pitch and that's all you can ask for as a coach."

  • Women's Super League Grand Final
  • Leeds Rhinos v Wigan Warriors
  • 1pm
  • Women's Championship Grand Final
  • Stanningley v Leigh Miners Rangers
  • 11am
  • Manchester Regional Arena
  • Saturday, October 13
  • £5 Adults | Under 16s: FREE

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