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Leeds Rhinos 17 Warrington Wolves 18

22nd September 2006

By Leeds Rhinos

Lee Briers hit a late drop goal to give Warrington an incredible win at Headingley Carnegie.

Leeds and Warrington put everything on the line at Headingley Carnegie on Friday night. The winners knew they would progress a step closer to Old Trafford whilst the losers season would be over. There was a ten minute delay because of the late arrival of the Warrington team the game but both teams were quickly up to speed once kick off arrived. The Rhinos created the first opportunity and scored from it after five minutes. Danny McGuire made the initial break before Kevin Sinfield released Rob Burrow. The diminuitive scrum half ducked between two would be high tacklers by Warrington forwards then underneath another high arm by Reardon before picking himself up to touch down. Sinfield added the conversion to make it 6-0. It was not long though before Warrington got their first try and not surprising it came off the work of their talisman Lee Briers. He kicked a 40:20 and the Wolves then moved the ball wide for Henry Fa'afili to touch down despite the close attentions of Sinfield. The try went to video ref Steve Presley who adjudged the giant winger had just got the ball down before hitting the touchline. Briers missed the conversion from the South Stand touchline to leave it 6-4 to the home side after 11 minutes.

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Warrington had a further try ruled out by the video ref this time when Paul Rauhihi knocked on as Keith Senior had lost control of the ball under his own posts. Warrington were to rue their missed chance as Burrow once again tore them apart. He burst through on half way, ducking under the tackle again before drawing the full back and passing to his partner Danny McGuire to grab his 27th try of the season. Sinfield added the conversion to make it 12-4 after 20 minutes. Leeds applied plenty of pressure on the Warrington side in the remainder of the half and even earned a rare 40:20 off the kicking of Sinfield but they were unable to break a stout Wolves defensive line. The Wolves finally got into the Leeds half just before half time and earned a penalty after Jamie Thackray was penalised for offside. Briers kicked the penalty to make it 12-6 at the interval.

Leeds were their own worst enemy at the start of the second half when first Rob Burrow appeared to knock on five metres from his own line then Chev Walker threw a high pass straight into touch. From the scrum, Warrington moved the ball from one side of the pitch to the other and back again and Mike Sullivan made an arcing run to score in the corner. Briers conversion attempt hit the post and bounced away to leave it 12-10 to Leeds after 41 minutes. Worse was to come for Leeds when Danny McGuire appeared to seriously injure his knee in making a brilliant cover tacklen to stop a certain try however the young Great Britain star later returned to the field. Leeds needed to gain some momentum from somewhere and it came from a rampaging run by Ali Lauitiiti. He took the Rhinos forward and then Ryan Bailey earned a penalty when Kohe Love went high. Sinfield added the penalty to make it 14-10 after 50 minutes. The Leeds skipper added another penalty after offside close to the Warrington line after 58 minutes but the visitors soon levelled the game when Ben Westwood was quickest to react to a kick through to touch down. Briers added the conversion to level the game at 16-16 on the hour mark.

Both sides were showing signs of nerves however Leeds managed to retake the lead on 68 minutes when Kevin Sinfield cooly stepped back into the pocket to hit a drop goal. Jordan Tansey knocked on though in the first tackle after the re-start and Briers was able to counter with a drop goal of his own to level matters once again. Warrington had the chance to extend their lead with a Briers drop goal but it was blocked and Thackray hacked ahead before sprinting downfield. It looked as if he would produce a replay of his try earlier this season against the Wolves but the ball bounced away from him. Instead Warrington went down the other end and Briers struck a 40 metre drop goal to give Warrington the lead with two minutes remaining. The game ended in controversy as Leeds seemed to pack down for a scrum with a second remaining on the clock but referee Silverwood signalled time and the Rhinos season was over.

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