GIANTS coach Paul Anderson is backing the Leeds Rhinos’ ‘warriors’ to bring the Super League trophy back to West Yorkshire.
But the former Great Britain prop admits he isn’t getting over-excited about tomorrow’s Old Trafford Grand Final between Leeds and Warrington Wolves!
It’s not that he’s lost interest in the sport. It’s just that his sole rugby league focus is preparing the Giants for the start of pre-season training in a month’s time.
“To be honest, I might not even watch it,” said Anderson (inset).
“Because we’re not involved, the game really doesn’t mean that much to me. When it comes to rugby league matters, it’s Huddersfield Giants and nothing else for me.
“But, having said that, I’d still like to see Leeds bring the trophy back to Yorkshire again.
“For starters, I’ve got a lot of time for (Leeds coach) Brian McDermott. We played together at Bradford and I like his honesty, as well as the fact he’s a typical Yorkshireman with deep pockets and short arms!
“I’m really happy to see him doing so well at Leeds, just like I am for (assistant coach) Jimmy Lowes and Jamie Peacock.
“I also played alongside those two for a number of years, too.
“JP is still going strong and I know that whatever happens tomorrow night he’ll be giving it absolutely everything.”
And Anderson knows that will apply to a number of the Rhinos.
“Leeds have a lot of attributes I really admire,” he added.
“They’ve got a lot of ‘warriors’ in the side in the likes of JP, Kevin Sinfield and even Rob Burrow, who may be small in stature but always stands tall in the big game.
“And that’s a key for Leeds.
“So often, their big players come to the fore in the big games. They did that in that great win at Wigan last week and I know they can do it again tomorrow night and win that trophy again.”
Both Leeds and Warrington are expected to be at full strength for the showdown.
The Rhinos have half-back Danny McGuire available after missing his side’s semi-final win over Wigan through suspension.
He was named in McDermott’s 19-man squad, along with forwards Richard Moore and Chris Clarkson, who are the ones expected to make way.
Warrington coach Tony Smith has included forwards Garreth Carvell and Tyrone McCarthy in his 19 after they missed out on the semi-final win over St Helens, but he is likely to field an unchanged team.