It is not how you start but how you finish and England forward Jon Wilkin is convinced his St Helens team will come out on top at the end of the Engage Super League season.
Tomorrow’s 14th Grand Final will be the first not to feature either of the top two teams, with leaders Warrington falling to fifth-placed Leeds and Saints toppling defending champions Wigan in last weekend’s semi-finals.
It will be a resumption of normal service at Old Trafford, where Leeds and St Helens met for three years in a row from 2007 with the Rhinos emerging triumphant each time.
They have 14 Grand Final appearances between them since 1998 but they have been forced to do it the hard way this year after initially struggling under new coaches.
Both clubs have won 10 of their last 12 matches in all competitions to prove Wilkin’s point and earn a tilt at the title.