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Leeds Rhinos 12 Wigan Warriors 26

30th July 2010

By Leeds Rhinos

Wigan moved closer to claiming the League Leaders Shield with a 26-12 win over Leeds Rhinos at Headingley Carnegie but the Rhinos will have a nervous wait ahead of next week’s Carnegie Challenge Cup semi final.

Carl Ablett and Ryan Bailey were both placed on report in the first half and Brian McClennan will have to wait to find out the outcome from the RFL Disciplinary before he can formalise his plans for St Helens next Saturday.

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Leeds Rhinos returned to Headingley Carnegie looking to turn over the league leaders Wigan and create repeat of their cup victory earlier this season.

Brian McClennan was able to recall Jamie Peacock and Keith Senior to the starting line up whilst Rob Burrow made his comeback from a knee injury with a spot on the bench.

Wigan came into the game on the back of a big win at Hull FC the previous week and were looking to extend their four point lead at the top of the Engage Super League table.

The game started in bizarre fashion. Kevin Sinfield tried to catch Wigan flat footed with a short kick off however his attempt dropped a little too short and Wigan were awarded a penalty on half way. Having kicked downfield, referee Steve Ganson penalised the home side for offside. Just as it appeared that the Rhinos were on the backfoot, Wigan knocked on with their first touch. That early flurry action was followed by a cloud burst as the heaven's opened setting another wet scene for these two sides to battle out on.

That previous meeting in the Carnegie Challenge Cup contained little flair from either side however, to the credit of both teams, they did attempt to through the ball around in the early exchanges. Joel Tomkins knocked on to end a promising break by the Warriors before McGuire's burst up field met a similar fate.

However, the Warriors did open the scoring after eight minutes. The home fans appealed for a forward pass in the build up but referee Ganson waved play on and when Darrell Goulding kicked back in field under pressure from Ryan Hall and McGuire, Thomas Leuluai was on hand to touch the ball down. Richards added the conversion to make it 6-0.

After that early set back the Rhinos came back into the game but despite a number of good breaks they could not find their way through. However, the game took an ill tempered edge after 18 minutes when Carl Ablett caught Sam Tomkins high as both went for a high ball. Joel Tomkins came running in to start a brawl and was soon joined by most of the forwards on the pitch. Ablett found himself on report and the Rhinos momentum was checked.

Ryan Bailey soon joined Ablett on report when the prop was penalised for raising his knee as he took a ball in from a long drop out by Wigan after Donald had forced a repeat set. Instead of having a full set attacking the Warriors line, the Rhinos found themselves on the back foot and when referee Ganson awarded Wigan another repeat set when he adjudged Danny Buderus had played at Paul Deacon's through kick the pressure was beginning to tell. Two tackles later, George Carmont managed to evade the tackle of Sinfield and Webb to plant the ball down and score Wigan's second try. Richard's added the conversion to make it 12-0 after 26 minutes.

Soon afterwards saw the arrival of Rob Burrow and the little half back instantly lifted his side. He seemed to be the victim of a high shot as he broke through but as usual Burrow brushed off the lack of protection and continued to break up field. The momentum seemed to be lost when Ryan Bailey was judged to have knocked the ball as he went to play the ball on the Wigan line, despite Stuart Fielden leaning on his back.

However, the Rhinos manage to put their frustrations to one side and continued to plug away at the Warriors line. Eventually they got their reward as Chris Clarkson bounced off the initial change and spun around to touch down. Sinfield added the conversion as the half time hooter blew and it made it 12-6 at half time.

The second half saw the rain continue along with the whistle blowing. Andy Coley looked the most surprised man in Leeds when he found himself being sent to the sin bin after just four minutes of the second half following a late tackle on Rob Burrow. Leeds needed to make the most of their numerical advantage and, despite knocking on their first attempt, they came back in the next set to put more pressure on the Warriors. Burrow kicked ahead and then made a decisive hit on Sam Tomkins and the ball to force a knock on 15 metres from the Wigan line. McGuire was quickest to react and manage to get the ball to Keith Senior, who powered his way over from close range. Sinfield added the conversion to level the score at 12-12 after 46 minutes.

Wigan managed to retake the lead through a Pat Richards penalty after 52 minutes when Ablett was penalised for lying on a metre short of the Rhinos line.

The Rhinos pressed hard once again looking for a try to take them back in front but the closest they came was a kick through by McGuire which just beat Brett Delaney as he tried to chase through to touch it down.

The visitors were more clinical with their next chance when they created an opening for Harrison Hansen and the New Zealand international burst through from 30 metres out beating Webb and Delaney to score. Richards was on target with the conversion to give his side a 20-12 lead after 62 minutes.

Wigan sealed the win with a simple try from Martin Gleeson after a mix up in the defence allowed the centre time and space to scoot down the touchline and score. Richards missed his first kick of the night but Wigan were in command.

It looked as if Ryan Hall had set up a grandstand finish with eight minutes to go. The winger appeared to brilliantly regather the ball as he slid along the ground on his back before grounding it only for the video referee to adjudge that he had knocked on. Wigan then came back down field on the back of two penalties and Pat Richards was able to ensure their victory with a penalty from 25 metres out to make it 26-12.

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