After a long, hard-fought season, the last dance has arrived as Wakefield Trinity PDRL face Warrington Wolves in the 2021 PDRL Grand Final.
Following a year out due to Covid-19, Physical Disability Rugby League will once again be in the spotlight as the 2019 finalists re-emerge from the shadows aiming for Grand Final glory.
The last few years has been the dream for PDRL, and after coming to the centre of attention, the sport took centre stage when Wakefield and Warrington met at Old Trafford in 2019.
That 10-4 defeat to Warrington two years ago may haunt this Trinity side for all eternity, however, they will have the chance to stake their revenge at York later today.
After falling short just two years earlier, Wakefield Trinity PDRL set their sights set on big things in 2021. Back-to-back derby day draws against Leeds and Castleford got Trinity up and running, but it was against the Rhinos who finally conceded defeat as Wakefield pulled out all the stops with a superb 16-6 victory.
Their tails were finally up, and following a consistent string of results for the remainder of the campaign, Trinity found themselves second in the table at the end of the year, with their sights firmly set on the crown.
Very much like Trinity, Warrington Wolves have been very much at the forefront of PDRL’s rise from a small-time sport to being played on centre-stage.
With their celebrity contingent, including The Last Leg host, Adam Hills, following them all the way, the Warrington side have gone from strength to strength in recent years, being crown as the best PDRL side on the planet in 2018 following their 34-12 victory over South Sydney Rabbitohs at the ANZ Stadium in Australia.
Early successes didn’t stop there, however, and after returning from down under, the club completed the treble in 2019, ending with a victory over Trinity at Old Trafford.
2021 has been a different sort of year for the sport altogether, and after the restart in April, Warrington continued in their rich vein of form, finishing the season at the top of the pack after seven wins and three defeats.
With some firepower in attack and creativity at the back, the Wire will most definitely cause some problems for Trinity on Sunday afternoon.
“I am immensely proud of what we have achieved as a team this year, especially after a year out due to Covid.
“To come second in the league with the serious injuries – to key players – we’ve had this season has really tested the squad’s strength in depth.
“We are raring to go and can’t wait to walk out onto that pitch on Sunday.”
How to watch
With the momentous occasion beckoning, the RFL have confirmed that streaming of the game will take place on the Our League app from 3pm, however, spectators will be allowed into the stadium for just £2.
York St John’s Sports Fields,
What: PDRL Grand Final
Where: York St John’s University
When: Sun, 19th September 2021, 3pm