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Leeds Rhinos v Warrington Wolves, Saturday 25th August, 2.30pm

18th August 2012

By Leeds Rhinos

The game we have all been waiting for is next for Leeds Rhinos as they return to Wembley Stadium for the third consecutive year looking to win the Carnegie Challenge Cup against Tony Smith’s Warrington Wolves.

The two sides have met in two previous Challenge Cup Finals and it is one win apiece so something has to give next Saturday. Back in 1936, a then record crowd packed into Wembley Stadium to see the likes of Eric and Fred Harris lead Leeds to glory. Then two years ago Tony Smith turned the tables on his former club when he led the Wolves to victory at Wembley with only Lee Smith scoring a consolation try for Brian McClennan's team.

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If you've not got your Challenge Cup Final ticket yet, make sure you pick up yours this weekend with less than 700 tickets left in the Rhinos allocation.

Total ticket sales for the game have already exceeded 60,000 but there are STILL some tickets available for general sale.
All £21 and £26 seats are sold out but you can still get tickets priced at £31.

However, we have the chance for you to win a pair of tickets with our exclusive competition in conjunction with sponsors Leeds Metropolitan University. Simply click here to answer the simple question and we will select a winner at noon on Tuesday 21st August from all the entries to win the tickets.

With return coach travel from Headingley Carnegie priced at £30 per person you can have a fantastic day out at Wembley, supporting Leeds Rhinos in their bid to bring home the trophy, for just £61. The coach will depart from Headingley Carnegie Stadium at 7am on Saturday 25th August. Fans using the official coach travel are able to park at Headingley Carnegie Stadium in the morning however must remove their cars prior to midnight on Saturday 25th August.

To book your place call us now on 0871 423 1315 (calls cost 10p per minute and may be more from mobiles). If you only want to book travel you can do that 24 hours a day at www.therhinos.co.uk/buytickets  

Other tickets are available direct from the Rugby Football League by calling the ticket hotline on 0844 856 1113 or online 24 hours a day at www.rugbyleaguetickets.co.uk

Don't forget to also visit the online store to get all your Wembley gear in time for our big day out in the Capital. Click here to visit our special Wembley section in the store.

It will be the Rhinos 23rd Challenge Cup Final having won eleven and lost eleven of the previous 22.

Warrington Wolves are appearing in their 16th RL Challenge Cup Final and have won the trophy seven times. They were winners in 1905, 1907, 1950 (Wembley), 1954 (at Bradford after drawn Wembley final), 1974 (Wembley), 2009 (Wembley) and 2010 (Wembley). They were losers in 1901, 1904, 1913, 1928, 1933 (Wembley), 1936 (Wembley), 1975 (Wembley) and 1990 (Wembley).

Adrian Morley is the only player of this year’s finalists to have played at the old Wembley Stadium. Morley was with Leeds Rhinos when they beat London Broncos 52-16 in the last Cup Final to be played at the old Wembley.


1900-01 (1) Leeds 0 Warrington 19
1908-09 (1) Warrington 3 Leeds 5
1909-10 (SF) Leeds 11 Warrington 10 At Broughton
1914-15 (1) Warrington 5 Leeds 4
1926-27 (1) Warrington 3 Leeds 12
1927-28 (SF) Warrington 9 Leeds 2 At Rochdale
1928-29 (1) Warrington 8 Leeds 0
1935-36 (F) Leeds 18 Warrington 2 At Wembley
1949-50 (SF) Warrington 16 Leeds 4 At Bradford
1952-53 (3) Warrington 25 Leeds 8
1953-54 (SF) Warrington 8 Leeds 4 At Swinton
1956-57 (2) Leeds 28 Warrington 6
1965-66 (3) Warrington 2 Leeds 2
Replay Leeds 8 Warrington 0
1969-70 (2) Warrington 5 Leeds 11
1974-75 (SF) Warrington 11 Leeds 4 At Wigan
1979-80 (2) Warrington 8 Leeds 2
1993-94 (5) Leeds 38 Warrington 4
1996 (5) Warrington 10 Leeds 30
2005 (4) Leeds 26 Warrington 22
2010 (F) Warrington 30 Leeds 6 At Wembley

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Leeds Rhinos 18 Warrington Wolves 35

25th August 2012

By Leeds Rhinos

There was more Wembley heartache for Leeds Rhinos as they lost out to Warrington in the Carnegie Challenge Cup Final.

The game turned on a decision by video referee Phil Bentham to deny Brett Delaney a try at the start of the second half for a knock on by Kylie Leuluai and Warrington never looked back from that point.

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Leeds Rhinos returned to Wembley for a third consecutive year hoping it would be third time lucky as they took on Tony Smith's Warrington Wolves side.

Head Coach Brian McDermott sprung a surprise prior to kick off with German international Jimmy Keinhorst named on the bench for only his fourth first team appearance. The Leeds Met second year student only made his debut at the end of July but now found himself on the biggest stage of all.

Stevie Ward started at scrum half in tandem with Kevin Sinfield whilst Rob Burrow was named at hooker and Shaun Lunt on the bench.

The opening exchanges were tight affairs as both teams produced strong opening sets. Leeds had the best early chance when Jamie Peacock produced a rampaging run in midfield but the chance came to nothing as Brett Hodgson swallowed up Kevin Sinfield’s deep kick.

Warrington then struck the front after eight minutes when Richie Myler made the most of an offload in midfield and spotted wide, empty space outwide to kick into for Joel Monaghan to race through and collect the ball and score. Hodgson added the conversion to make it 6-0.

Leeds responded well to that early set back with Rob Burrow taking the game to Tony Smith’s side with a typical break but the Wolves were looking to stretch the Rhinos with every possession as they looked to offload with every opportunity.
The Champions were working hard in defence to try and pressure the Wolves offload game and they go their reward when Ryan Atkins threw a pass into touch on his own 40m line. Leeds then got back to back penalties to take them to within striking range of the Wolves line before Ian Kirke crossed for his first try of the season. Sinfield added the conversion to make it 6-6 after 20 minutes

The try was the signal for an incredible down pour of rain, the likes of which haven’t been seen since the 1968 Watersplash Final. From the re-start, Leeds got possession and cleverly Sinfield booted the ball downfield to try and play out the storm in the Warrington half. They looked like their got their reward with a Wolves knock on on two occasions. The Wolves appeared to have weathered the storm as they came away from their line only for Paul Wood to throw a punch at Carl Ablett with his side in possession handing Sinfield a kick at goal as the weather subsided slightly. The captain was on target to make it 8-6 after 23 minutes.

Jones-Bishop produced a brilliant piece of defence to maintain that lead as he recognised he was second best to collect a Briers cross field kick and instead of challenging, waited for Chris Riley to take the ball then took him into touch in the wet. Leeds were then awarded their fifth consecutive penalty as they came away from their line but could not make the most of the possession.

In contrast, Warrington then got their first two penalties of the game and moved down field with menace as quick hands saw Trent Waterhouse crash over from close range. Hodgson added the conversion to put his side back in front 12-8 after 29 minutes.

The Wolves clearly sensed their chance and were able to move back down field as a 5-0 penalty count to the Rhinos were quickly equalised to 5-5 without Leeds barely having had possession. The Rhinos then lost Jamie Jones-Buchanan to a leg injury as he had to be helped off the field.

Leeds had to dig deep to get away from their own line but they did just that and then got their reward following a cross field kick from Sinfield towards Hall saw the Leeds man taken out by Lee Briers as he leaped for the ball. Referee Richard Silverwood waved play on but the touch judge then intervened and Sinfield slotted over the penalty to make it 12-10 just before half time.

The Rhinos were denied a try at the start of the second half by video referee Phil Bentham after a massive hit by Kylie Leuluai on Hodgson near the Wolves line freed up the ball. Delaney picked up the loose ball and went over for the try but the video ref, after long and pain staking reviews from all angles, adjudged that the Leeds prop had knocked on.
Warrington made the most of their let off as they mounted a wave of pressure on the Leeds line. It started when Hardaker was trapped in goal by Myler. From the drop out, Briers appeared to knock the ball on but referee Silverwood saw otherwise and waved play on. Warrington then earned a repeat set with good kick pressure on Hall and eventually the pressure was too much and Riley made the extra man to score out wide. Hodgson could not add the conversion so his side’s lead remained at 16-10 after 49 minutes.

The momentum of the game had now shifted in favour of the Wolves and when Watkins was slid into touch in his own half after a half break they made the most of it. Leeds did well to prevent one try with desperate defence but from a repeat set, they again worked the ball quickly along the backline and this time Atkins touched down. Hodgson was on target this time leaving the Rhinos needing two converted tries to level the game.

The game took a decisive turn with 21 minutes to go when Warrington crossed for another score. This time it came from a break by Joel Monaghan down the touchline. He got a quick play the ball and an offload by Westwood in traffic gave Tyrone McCarthy a simple try next to the posts. The decision went to the video ref but there was little debate. Hodgson added the conversion to make it 28-10.

Lee Briers edged his side closer to victory with a drop goal soon after and despite a try from Watkins from a break and kick from Hardaker, Leeds were swimming against a tide of Warrington pressure. Sinfield missed the touchline conversion attempt and when Leeds could not cross in the next set following some good pressure, you sensed the game was gone.
Warrington confirmed their victory with five minutes to go when Lance Todd trophy winner Hodgson crossed from close range. He converted his own try to put his side 35-14 in front.

Leeds had a consolation try in the final minute as Watkins showed great strength to stretch out and score but Sinfield missed the touchline conversion and Leeds were condemned to another Wembley defeat at 35-18.

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