- Grand Final: Catalans Dragons 2-10 Wigan
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There is nothing quite like the brutal reality of professional sport to remind us that not every fairy tale is due a happy ending. As the full-time hooter sounded at Old Trafford and Sam Tomkins’s magnificent rugby league career drew to a close, he could do nothing but sink to his knees. Wigan’s players embraced in celebration with one exception: Tomkins’s lifelong friend and former teammate, the Warriors captain, Liam Farrell.
Farrell’s first thought, despite leading Wigan to a first Grand Final success in five years, was to console his friend. It was a moment that epitomised the spirit games such as these are so often played in but even Tomkins, in the final match of a stellar playing career, would admit his side were beaten by the better team in the one game that matters more than the rest.
Written by Aaron Bower at Old Trafford
This news first appeared on https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2023/oct/14/catalans-dragons-wigan-super-league-grand-final-rugby-league-match-report under the title “Wigan Warriors crowned Super League champions after downing Dragons”. Bolchha Nepal is not responsible or affiliated towards the opinion expressed in this news article.