Grand Finals Special Betting Tips & Predictions: Makinson Will Shine | Sports News

Tony O’Brien

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Tommy Makinson has been in fine form for St Helens this season

Tony O’Brien

Rugby league tips, best bets and stats for the Super League grand final at Old Trafford on Saturday.

where to watch

Sky Sports Arena & Main Event, 6 p.m. Saturday

Best bets

Tommy Makinson first try scorer
1pt each way 15-2 Betfair, Paddy Power

Joe Batchelor first try scorer
1pt 14-1 each way Betfair, Paddy Power

Jack Welsby man of the match
1pt 6-1 Betfred, Coral, Ladbrokes

Tommy Makinson man of the match
1pt 11-1 bet365

Rhyse Martin man of the match
1pt 16-1 general

Grand Final Preview

Tommy Makinson has helped himself to 230 points in the Betfred Super League this season and the influential St Helens winger could cap off a great campaign with a winning performance at Old Trafford on Saturday night.

Makinson has scored 22 tries in 21 appearances this season, alongside 71 goals, and he looks like a real threat to score Manchester’s first try.

Leeds conceded 150 points more than their Grand Final rivals during the regular season and although they have tightened in the final weeks of the campaign, nerves could get the better of the Rhinos, who are in their first decisive title for five years. .

Many members of the Rhinos squad have never played in the late-season showpiece and they could be vulnerable to a ruthless Saints side who are seasoned performers at this stage of the proceedings.

Makinson looks a good bet to win the Harry Sunderland Man of the Match Trophy if Saints rack up the points, while live playmaker Jack Welsby could also shine on the big stage.

Welsby’s incredible last try in the 2020 final in Hull won the title for St Helens that night and his influence in the side continues to grow.

At just 21, Welsby has shown great maturity since that magical moment two years ago and is a crucial cog in the champions’ attack.

The Saints number one has registered 27 assists since becoming a half-back this season and was on the shortlist of three finalists for the Man of Steel award which went to Salford’s Brodie Croft.

Welsby joins the game quickly and times his runs perfectly, creating multiple opportunities for others to cross paths with, and Joe Batchelor has been a major beneficiary in recent weeks.

Batchelor has peaked at the perfect time, scoring three tries in his last two outings, and takes plenty of saves when close to the line where his team could see plenty of action.

Stefan Ratchford was the last non-Saint to win the Man of the Match award in 2018 despite his side Warrington losing to Wigan on that occasion.

And Rhyse Martin could follow suit as he looks set to return to Leeds’ line-up on Saturday as his skills with the boot could be key to the Rhinos’ chances of provoking a Manchester clash.

If Leeds do well, Martin will likely be at the heart of things and he could be duly recognized with man of the match honours.


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FIRST PUBLICATION AT 12:40 PM, SEPTEMBER 23, 2022

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