Leeds favourites to win third successive Super League crown

Leeds Rhinos have been installed as odds-on favourites to complete an unprecedented hat-trick of engage Super League titles by beating St Helens in Saturday’s engage Super League Grand Final at Old Trafford.

William Hill, the official bookmakers of the RFL, have the defending champions as 8/15 favourites to retain the title they won in both 2007 and 2008 with Grand Final victories over this weekend’s opponents, St Helens.

Saints are priced at 11/8 to avenge last year’s 24-16 defeat at Old Trafford and win the engage Super League title for the first time since 2006.

William Hill are offering odds of 10/1 against Ryan Hall, the Leeds winger who topped the try-scoring charts in engage Super League in 2009, scoring the first try on Saturday. Other leading contenders to score the first try include Leeds duo Brent Webb and Scott Donald and St Helens winger Ade Gardner, who are all priced at 12/1.

Opposing scrum-halves Rob Burrow of Leeds and St Helens’ Sean Long are joint favourites to win the Harry Sunderland Trophy as man of the match. Lee Smith, the Harry Sunderland Trophy winner in 2008, is 25/1 while other contenders are Jamie Peacock and James Graham (both 16/1), Paul Wellens (10/1) and Danny McGuire (8/1).

William Hill are also offering a range of special bets including odds of 5/4 that there will be a successful drop-goal and 3/1 that a player will be shown a yellow card.

Tickets for the 2009 engage Super League Grand Final at Old Trafford on Saturday October 10 are priced from £21 and can be purchased by calling the RFL Ticket Office on 0844 856 11 13, by visiting www.rugbyleaguetickets.co.uk or by texting super to 80808 on an internet-enabled mobile telephone.