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Leeds Rhinos v Wigan Warriors, Saturday 29th May, kick off 2.30pm

26th May 2010

By Leeds Rhinos

One of the oldest rivalries in Challenge Cup history will have another chapter written this Saturday when Leeds and Wigan go head to head for the 28th time in the famous old competition.

Wigan Warriors are seeking to reverse their 23-16 sixth round defeat at Leeds Rhinos two years ago. Earlier that season Wigan won for the last time at Headingley Carnegie, 14-10 in Engage Super League.

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Since then Leeds have won all three League encounters at home, while losing on their last two trips to Wigan. Wigan hold the record for most RL Challenge Cup Final appearances (28) and most wins (17). Leeds have won the Cup 11 times in 20 finals.

On 12 of the times the two teams have met in the Challenge Cup the winners have gone on to the final, plus Wigan have beaten Leeds twice at Wembley.

Wigan have played Leeds more times than any other team in the Challenge Cup with Saturday's 28th meeting two more than their famous rivalry with St Helens. Likewise, the 27 previous visits is Leeds' highest total against any other opponent. The nearest rival to that is Warrington, whom Leeds have played on 20 occasions, then Bradford, Hull and Wakefield with 18, and Widnes and St Helens on 17. However, the St Helens figure has rose dramatically in recent years with Leeds playing St Helens in eight of the last 11 Carnegie Challenge Cup campaigns.

Fans will be able to purchase tickets on the day of the game from the Leeds Rugby ticket office on St Michael’s Lane or they can purchase them during normal office hours by calling 0871 423 1315 or online 24 hours a day at www.therhinos.co.uk/buytickets Junior season ticket holders can gain free entry to this game but must contact the club in advance to gain a ticket for entry into the ground.

Previous RL Challenge Cup meetings
1898-99 (2) Leeds 3 Wigan 0
1910-11 (3) Leeds 4 Wigan 13
1912-13 (1) Wigan 38 Leeds 0
1924-25 (2) Leeds 2 Wigan 0
1925-26 (2) Leeds 17 Wigan 10
1926-27 (2) Leeds 13 Wigan 3
1937-38 (1) Leeds 27 Wigan 4
1943-44 SF* Leeds 10 Wigan 5
Wigan 11 Leeds 4
1946-47 (3) Wigan 0 Leeds 5
1947-48 (2) Wigan 17 Leeds 3
1949-50 (2) Leeds 7 Wigan 2
1956-57 (1) Leeds 13 Wigan 11
1958-59 (1) Wigan 12 Leeds 5
1959-60 (2) Wigan 14 Leeds 11
1960-61 (1) Leeds 5 Wigan 5
Replay Wigan 32 Leeds 7
1962-63 (2) Wigan 20 Leeds 11
1965-66 SF Wigan 7 Leeds 2 At Huddersfield (Fartown)
1967-68 SF Leeds 25 Wigan 4 At Swinton
1972-73 (1) Leeds 11 Wigan 25
1987-88 (2) Wigan 30 Leeds 14
1993-94 (F) Wigan 26 Leeds 16 At Wembley
1994-95 (F) Wigan 30 Leeds 10 At Wembley
1999 (4) Leeds 28 Wigan 18
2007 (5) Leeds 18 Wigan 22
2008 (6) Leeds 23 Wigan 16
* Two legs

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Leeds Rhinos 12 Wigan Warriors 10

29th May 2010

By Leeds Rhinos

Lee Smith scored a last minute to try to book the Rhinos place in the semi final of the Carnegie Challenge Cup and win a titanic battle with Wigan.

Leeds Rhinos and Wigan Warriors locked horns once again in the Carnegie Challenge Cup as the two biggest names in British rugby league went head to head for a place in the semi final.

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The Rhinos welcomed back Jamie Peacock after the England captain missed two weeks with a knee injury. He returned on the bench whilst the starting line up was unchanged from the previous weeks win at Bradford.

Wigan included winger Amos Roberts in their starting line up after he recovered from a serious knee injury earlier in the season.

Rain fell all day at Headingley Carnegie producing difficult handling conditions for both teams. Early on they struggled to deal with it with several knock ons however the game settled down after ten minutes with the kicking game coming to the fore.

Andy Coley was lucky to escape with just a warning and being placed on report after eight minutes when he picked up Brett Delaney and dropped him head first to the ground. Fortunately for the Leeds centre, he was able to wrap up as he went towards the ground and landed on the top of his back.

The Rhinos moved down field after that and had chances to open the scoring after 12 and 14 minutes when Sinfield elected to kick for goal from penalties. Remarkably on both occasions, the ball struck the post and bounced away to leave the scores still level.

Pat Richards did not make the same mistake after 23 minutes when Jamie Peacock was penalised for a high shot on Sam Tomkins.

The game was being played predominantly in the forwards with some big hits coming in from both teams. That led to spilled ball in the conditions. Eastwood was guilty of trying to force the pass deep in his territory after 30 minutes and Wigan snatched up the chance. The home side were then penalised for ball stealing in the next tackle and Richards doubled his side's lead.

With six minutes remaining in the half, Richards increased the lead to 6-0 when McGuire was penalised for interference. However, almost straight from the re-start Leeds got the chance to cut that deficit when Andy Coley knocked on and then threw the ball away to conceded a penalty. Sinfield kicked the chance to make it 6-2.

Coley then gifted Leeds another two points when he did a needless late challenge with a minute to go in the half. Sinfield kicked the chance to make it 6-4.

There was still time for late drama however when McGuire failed to gather the kick off and it took some drastic last ditch defence to prevent a late try.

Richards had the chance to extend his side's lead after four minutes of the second half. Senior was coming away from his own line when Wigan threw three men into the tackle. With one Wigan player lying over his chest and head, Senior attempted to get himself free and accidentally caught Joel Tomkins in the head with his boot. It seemed a harsh penalty to concede and justice was done when Richards pulled his effort wide.

Wigan were reduced to 12 men after 47 minutes following a late hit on McGuire after he kicked down field by Liam Farrell. As Farrell was leaving the field, Sinfield lined up the penalty from 20 metres out and duly kicked it to level the scores.

Leeds could not make the most of the numerical advantage and just as Wigan were returning to 13 men Richards nudged his side back in front after Jamie Jones-Buchanan was left no option but to dive on a spilled ball from an offside position five metres from his own line after 58 minutes.

Wigan looked like were going to be the first team to score a try with fifteen minutes to go however as Sam Tomkins looked to exploit a two man overlap outwide, his lobbed pass was snatched out of the air by Ryan Hall. The winger then broke 50 metres up field before being tackled. Ryan Bailey then earned a penalty from the next tackle and Sinfield stepped up to level the score from 45 metres out.

However, three minutes later Richards put Wigan back in front when Delaney was penalised for interference in the tackle making it 10-8 and setting up a tense finish.

When Brett Delaney threw a pass into touch with Scott Donald open it appeared that the chance was gone for Leeds however in the last minute of the game, Lee Smith took a pass off Sinfield and bumped off three would be tacklers to score. Sinfield missed the conversion but the Rhinos had won 12-10 and were back in the semi final of the Cup.

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