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Leeds Rhinos 18 Wigan Warriors 20

10th April 2007

By Leeds Rhinos

There was last minute disappointment for the Rhinos at Headingley Carnegie as a Phil Bailey try snatched victory for the Warriors.

Pat Richards gave Wigan an early lead kicked a penalty from 20 metres out for offside to make it 2-0 after 7 minutes.
However, once the Rhinos finally kept possession for a spell they managed to convert it into points. Leeds took a quick tap from a penalty 20 metres out before the ball was moved wide. Brent Webb took the ball to the line before offloading to Rob Burrow who fed Keith Senior out wide. The giant centre spotted a gap and powered his way over. Sinfield's conversion was just wide leaving the score 4-2 after 11 minutes.

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The Rhinos continued to apply the pressure but were unable break through the Wigan line with a number of seemingly high tackles going unpunished from the visitors. However, after 23 minutes the frustration boiled over and Ryan Bailey was penalised for a high shot of Stuart Fielden. From the ensuing set, Wigan got close to the line before a clever grubber kick by Thomas Leuluai was touched down by Bryan Fletcher just before the dead ball line. Richards added the conversion to make it 8-4 to Wigan.

With two minutes remaining in the half, Wigan were reduced to 12 men when Stuart Fielden was sin binned for persistent penalties in the tackle however the Rhinos could not take advantage of their numerical advantage before the hooter.

Wigan started the second half strongly and further increased their lead after 45 minutes when Trent Barrett kicked ahead for Mark Calderwood to chase from close range and score. Richards added the conversion to make it 14-4 to the visitors.

Richards further extended the lead four minutes later with a penalty after Clinton Toopi was penalised for interference in the tackle on Palea'aesina.

That score seemed to stun Leeds in to action and the forwards in particularly took the game by the scruff of the neck, powering up field at every opportunity. The Rhinos were denied a try by video ref Ian Smith when Danny McGuire touched down a kick by Sinfield that the Wigan defence struggled to deal with. However, Smith said a Wigan hand had touched the ball first and gave a goal line drop out.

However, there was no denying the Rhinos a minute later as Burrow showed great pace to spot a gap and then supreme strength to hold up the ball and stretch for the line to score.

The game was levelled two minutes later when Gareth Ellis came steaming onto a pass from Sinfield to spin over the line and touch down. Sinfield converted both tries to make it 16-16 after 62 minutes.  Having levelled the game, the Rhinos hit the front five minutes later when Gareth Hock was penalised for deliberately slowing down the play the ball and was sin binned. Sinfield kicked the penalty to make it 18-16.

Leeds should have extended their lead when Ellis picked up a knock on by Wigan and passed to Toopi with the line at his mercy. However, as he went to ground the ball it fell from his grasp and the try went begging.   However, there was still time for one more nightmare for the Rhinos. Having defended their line well, Senior attempted an offload on the fourth tackle 20 metres out to McGuire. His pass went into touch and Wigan had one more chance.

Having snatched victory at Odsal in their last outing, the shoe was on the other foot for Leeds at Headingley Carnegie as Phil Bailey went in at the corner to snatch a 20-18 win for Wigan. Richard's conversion went wide but the hooter had gone and the Rhinos unbeaten home record went with it.
 

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