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Leeds Rhinos 18 Wigan Warriors 22

12th May 2007

By Leeds Rhinos

Leeds hopes in the Carnegie Challenge Cup were extinguished at Headingley Carnegie as Wigan hung on to win 22-18 thanks to a try from former Rhino Mark Calderwood.

The visitors started the strongest and pressurised Leeds with some tough defence deep in their own half however, having absorbed that early pressure, the Rhinos powered up field. A good break by Keith Senior released Lee Smith and he did well to stay in field. Leeds fed the ball wide before Clinton Toopi spotted a gap between Phil Bailey and Mark Calderwood and drove for the line, reaching out one handed to put the ball down. Sinfield added the touchline conversion to make it 6-0 after five minutes.

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It was not long before Wigan hit back though and it was their talisman Trent Barrett who caused the danger. He broke through close to the Leeds line and although he was tackled, Leeds were on the back foot. Quick hands from Bryan Fletcher then released Chris Ashton who cut in to the line to go over for the try. Richards added the conversion to level the score.

Wigan continued to have the lion's share of possession with Leeds camped inside their own half. Eventually the pressure told and Barrett released Sean O'Loughlin from just inside the Leeds half and he raced clear to score. Richard's conversion making the score 12-6 to the visitors after 22 minutes.

That try seemed to fire Leeds into life and they had two good opportunities down the left hand side but Toopi was unable to take the pass on one occasion and then had the ball illegally stripped from him by Thomas Leuluai on another occasion, which went unpunished.

However, Leeds finally got the points their purple patch deserved when Brent Webb stepped round Gareth Hock before dragging Eamon O'Carroll over the line with him and touching down one handed for his 13th try of the season. Sinfield's conversion levelled the scores after 29 minutes.

The Rhinos dominated the last ten minutes of the half and could have two more scores but the ball went to ground.
Wigan managed to retake the lead at the start of the second half with a penalty from Richards. The danger was created by a 40:20 kick by Barrett and after Leuluai looked to go quickly from close range Jamie Thackray was penalised for not being square at marker.

The Rhinos responded well and moved up field but a dropped pass by Toopi saw the momentum of the move end.
The Warriors extended their lead with another penalty from Richards after Leeds were penalised for offside ten metres from their own line, making it 16-12 to the visitors after 50 minutes.

Lee Smith was unlucky shortly afterwards to knock Pat Richards' offload into touch as it came back at him chasing back and from the ensuing head and feed, Wigan scored.

Ashton did the initial damage before throwing a pass outwide to Calderwood who touched down under pressure from Donald and McGuire. Richards' conversion made it 22-12 to Wigan.

The Rhinos needed a moment of inspiration and it came with 20 minutes to go. Leeds gained a penalty and then a repeat set on the Wigan line before Webb made a great break from close range and held off two would be tacklers to put the ball down on the line over his head. The try was eventually awarded by video referee Ian Smith and Sinfield's conversion made it 22-18 to the visitors.

The Rhinos battered the home line in the last ten minutes but could not find a way through and Brian Noble's side hung on to win.

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