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Leeds Rhinos 18 Wigan Warriors 14

26th September 2008

By Leeds Rhinos

The Rhinos are heading back to Old Trafford for their fourth Grand Final in five years after beating Wigan 18-14 at Headingley Carnegie. They needed a late try from Lee Smith, who will have a nervous wait to see if he plays next Saturday after being put on report, and the game was dogged by controversy after a series of seemingly strange decisions by the officials. Both teams made just two changes from last week's line up with Kirke coming in for Tansey for the Rhinos and Colbon replacing O'Carroll for Wigan. The Rhinos attacked the Western Terrace in the first half which was packed full of Wigan fans to create a great atmosphere inside Headingley Carnegie.

A great piece of defence by Donald and Jones-Buchanan gave Leeds the early initiative as they tackled Calderwood and dragged the former Rhino into touch. Nothing came of the possession but Leeds had put an early marker down that they were out to challenge Wigan across the field. Lee Smith was placed on report after ten minutes by referee Steve Ganson for an incident with Wigan's Phil Bailey. Bailey was penalised for holding down Smith but as the Leeds man tried to free himself to play the ball, his boot connected with the head of Bailey. Both teams were going toe to toe in every challenge and you sensed it would only take a small thing to spark off a major row. It came on the 19th minute. Jamie Jones-Buchanan made a brilliant break down field after busting through only to be tackled by Calderwood seven metres short. Calderwood dived on the play the ball to stop a certain try but in all the comotion a mass pushing match started. Lee Smith was grabbed around the neck by Trent Barrett from behind and Keith Senior came racing in to support his team mate before exchanging blows with Phil Bailey. Once the dust had settled, Calderwood and Senior were both sent to the sin bin to cool down and Sinfield kicked the penalty to give his side the lead. Wigan had their best spell of the game after the stoppage and twice forced Leeds to drop out. From the second one, Pat Richards was able to equalise when the touch judge came onto the field for an alleged high tackle by McGuire on Gareth Hock which happened in front of Steve Ganson. Richards did not hang around to argue and kicked the goal to make it 2-2 after 31 minutes. However, the Rhinos struck right back with the first try of the game. Webb was held down four metres from his own line to gain a penalty and then back chat from Cameron Phelps earned the Rhinos an extra ten metres. They made the most of the advantage and moved down field through Burrow and McGuire. It looked like the latter would score but he opted to throw a pass out wide to Smith, who had to stretch high into the sky to take the ball, knocking it down with his finger tips into his grasp before racing over to score. Sinfield just pushed his conversion attempt wide to the left but Leeds now led 6-2 after 35 minutes.

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The second half continued where the first half had left off, with bruising hits coming in from both teams. Leeds had the first chance to score when Ali Lauitiiti powered his way over the line in the corner but video referee Ian Smith spotted that Calderwood had got his arm under the ball to prevent the Kiwi touching down after 46 minutes. The Rhinos were denied again three minutes later by Smith. A cross field kick by McGuire was batted back by Donald to Lauitiiti. He offloaded to Jones-Buchanan who charged for the corner. However, Calderwood once again came flying across to produce his fourth try saving tackle and push the Leeds man into touch. He was at it again two minutes later. Jones-Buchanan made a great break on half way before passing to McGuire, who broke 30 metres down field. As the ball came back into centre field, it looked certain that Burrow would score between the posts, but up popped Calderwood to deny another former team mate. Video referee Ian Smith was then called upon a third time and came up with a decision that seemed to amaze everyone inside Headingley Carnegie. Replays, and there were five minutes worth, clearly showed that Jamie Peacock got the ball down before Richard Mathers got his hand underneath. However, Smith ruled otherwise and the Rhinos were denied. Leeds took the decision on the chin and came back again forcing a repeat set by pinning George Carmont in goal. And from the ensuing set, Keith Senior became the Leeds player who was finally awarded a try by Smith. Sinfield added the conversion to make it 12-2 after 59 minutes. Sinfield increased that lead with 11 minutes left when he kicked his second penalty of the night from 35 metres out after Donald had been pulled back when he kicked ahead. The second half had been virtually spent exclusively in the Wigan half however with seven minutes left the Warriors managed to counter attack. Liam Colbon looked certain to score but was tackled ten metres short. However, they spread the ball across the field and Harrison Hansen eventually forced his way over. Richards added the touchline conversion to make it 14-8. However, any nerves were dispelled after 76 minutes when Lee Smith, as he had done at Old Trafford a year ago, scored the sealing try. Wigan spilled the ball in midfield and the young winger hacked ahead before diving on the loose ball to score in the corner. Sinfield was unable to add the conversion so the scores remained 18-8. There was still time left however for another controversial decision from Ian Smith. Replays seemed to suggest that Brent Webb had got his leg underneath the ball when Palaaesina stretched out to score but Smith once again went against the Rhinos and Richards added the simple conversion to set up a grandstand finish at 18-14 with a minute left. Sinfield kicked deep to put Wigan deep in their half however Stuart Fielden knocked on and the Rhinos were able to wind down the clock on the Wigan line and book their return to Old Trafford. 

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