Liam Moore to referee Super League Grand Final

Liam Moore Super League referee SWpix
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Liam Moore will referee the Super League Grand Final at Old Trafford for the second consecutive season.

The 27-year-old has been appointed as the referee for Saturday’s Super League showpiece between reigning champions St Helens and Leeds.

Moore took charge of his first Grand Final last October, with Kristian Woolf’s side beating Catalans Dragons 12-10 in front of 45,000 fans at the Theatre of Dreams.

And he will return to Old Trafford this weekend when Saints take on Rohan Smith’s Rhinos.

“It’s always an honour to be appointed for such a prestigious fixture,” Moore said.

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Liam Moore making history

The Wiganer refereed consecutive Challenge Cup finals at Wembley in 2020 and 2021. At the time, he became the youngest-ever Challenge Cup referee when was appointed for the behind-closed-doors final between Leeds and Salford.

The Rhinos claimed a 17-16 win over Salford in 2020 thanks to a drop goal from Luke Gale. In Moore’s second Cup final the following year, St Helens finished comfortable 26-12 winners against Castleford.

In this Saturday’s Grand Final, Moore will be assisted by seven match officials. Ben Thaler will be the video referee, with Jack Smith and Warren Turley the touch judges.

Chris Kendall will be the reserve referee, with Dean Bowmer being reserve touch judge.

Peter Taberner will be the match commissioner and Dave Milburn the timekeeper.

St Helens and Leeds without key men

Both teams will be missing a fair share of players on Saturday. Woolf will be without Regan Grace, Lewis Dodd and Alex Walmsley through injury whilst Morgan Knowles is suspended.

The Rhinos have been dealt a blow to half-back Aidan Sezer, who will miss the game through concussion. Leeds will be without their two starting wingers in Ash Handley and David Fusitu’a as well as two of their brightest young talents in Harry Newman and Morgan Gannon.

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  1. Are there any sites that record the results of matches, contentious decisions, etc, classified by referee and team. So Referee A in charge of team B in home games team B wins 40% of tge time, away 20% of the time, penalty count averages 6:14 for and against, points scored 12:22 for and against, contentious decisions go 50% in their favour, etc, then you can drill down to specific matchups between sides in League, Cup, and Playoff matches.

    Just wondering, it won’t be affecting my 50p bet, I’m confident enough to not even bother watching the match, just turn up to collect my winnings when they’re next open, mind you, they’re pretty sharp, I might not get odds, like back in 1995 when I went into a City of London bookies to back Wigan against Bath in the League match. The bookie dragged me round the back, “Are you from up North? You know as well as I do it’s going to be a one-sided thrashing, I bet you couldn’t place this bet back home could you, well I’m not stupid, you can’t place it here either!”, he went on and told me he wouldn’t give any odds on Wigan to win, even with a 100 point start, but to go back to the office and take the bet with anyone stupid enough to back Bath for every penny. A few gave me Wigan with a 20 point head start! A couple odds of 3-1, as “we’re going to show you oiks how to play Rugby”, Friday night I was sat nervously round a friends house for the first 15 minutes, after that I was dancing round the living room. I collected more money on the Monday than I earned in the month, and I was on £500 a day. I took the bookie a bottle of champagne, part of my winnings, we had a good laugh as he advised me to stay away from the return Union match. He knew his business! I took his advice.

    This match has a similar feel about it, one-side thrashing I’m afraid. I’d like to be proved wrong, I’d like a game similar to the final played in Hull, last gasp startling play out of nowhere to snatch it, but I’m not confident.

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