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Leeds Rhinos v Wigan Warriors, Saturday 27th August, 2.30pm

20th August 2011

By Leeds Rhinos

Leeds Rhinos are off to Wembley next Saturday for the Carnegie Challenge Cup Final where they will face Wigan in the most eagerly anticipated show downs in many years.

This year’s Wembley showpiece sees the two clubs with the most Challenge Cup Final appearances meet head on. Tickets and travel are still available for the Headingley Carnegie ticket office either in person or by calling 0871 423 1315 (calls cost 10p per minute). You can also book online at www.rugbyleaguetickets.co.uk

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WIGAN WARRIORS make their record-extending 29th Challenge Cup Final appearance (the club has won the Challenge Cup a record number of 17 times), whilst LEEDS RHINOS appear in their 22nd Cup Final (11 wins).

The Rhinos move one ahead of the club with the third most appearances, St Helens, who have contested 21 Challenge Cup Finals (winning 12).

Leeds have never beaten Wigan in a major final, having previously lost the following games:
1983 John Player Trophy (15-4, at Elland Road)
1994 Challenge Cup (26-16, at Wembley)
1995 Challenge Cup (30-10, at Wembley)
1995 Premiership Final (69-12, at Old Trafford)
1998 Super League Grand Final (10-4, at Old Trafford)

Wigan will make their first appearance at the new Wembley Stadium, having previously won a record 15 of 22 Finals at the old stadium, including a record eight wins in a row between 1988 and 1995.

Leeds return to the scene of 2010's 30-6 Final defeat to Warrington Wolves, their only previous visit to the new stadium. The club were previously successful in six of 11 Wembley finals, including winning the last showpiece at the old stadium in 1999.

Leeds Rhinos – previous Challenge Cup Finals:
2010 Lost (v Warrington, 30-6) (at Wembley Stadium)
2005 Lost (v Hull, 25-24) (at Millennium Stadium, Cardiff)
2003 Lost (v Bradford, 22-20) (at Millennium Stadium, Cardiff)
2000 Lost (v Bradford, 24-18) (at Murrayfield, Edinburgh)
1999 Won (v London Broncos, 52-16) (at Wembley Stadium)
1995 Lost (v Wigan, 30-10) (at Wembley Stadium)
1994 Lost (v Wigan, 26-16) (at Wembley Stadium)
1978 Won (v St Helens, 14-12) (at Wembley Stadium)
1977 Won (v Widnes, 16-7) (at Wembley Stadium)
1972 Lost (v St Helens, 16-13) (at Wembley Stadium)
1971 Lost (v Leigh, 24-7) (at Wembley Stadium)
1968 Won (v Wakefield, 11-10) (at Wembley Stadium)
1957 Won (v Barrow, 9-7) (at Wembley Stadium)
1947 Lost (v Bradford, 8-4) (at Wembley Stadium)
1943 Lost (v Dewsbury, 16-15 – aggregate score after two legs)
1942 Won (v Halifax, 15-10) (at Odsal Stadium, Bradford)
1941 Won (v Halifax, 19-2) (at Odsal Stadium, Bradford)
1936 Won (v Warrington, 18-2) (at Wembley Stadium)
1932 Won (v Swinton, 11-8) (at Central Park, Wigan)
1923 Won (v Hull, 28-3) (at Belle Vue, Wakefield)
1910 Won (v Hull, 26-12 – replay after 7-7 draw)
(both at Fartown, Huddersfield)

Wigan Warriors – previous Challenge Cup Finals:
2004 Lost (v St Helens, 32-16) (at Millennium Stadium, Cardiff)
2002 Won (v St Helens, 21-12) (at Murrayfield, Edinburgh)
1998 Lost (v Sheffield Eagles, 17-8) (at Wembley Stadium)
1995 Won (v Leeds, 30-10) (at Wembley Stadium)
1994 Won (v Leeds, 26-16) (at Wembley Stadium)
1993 Won (v Widnes, 20-14) (at Wembley Stadium)
1992 Won (v Castleford, 28-12) (at Wembley Stadium)
1991 Won (v St Helens, 13-8) (at Wembley Stadium)
1990 Won (v Warrington, 36-14) (at Wembley Stadium)
1989 Won (v St Helens, 27-0) (at Wembley Stadium)
1988 Won (v Halifax, 32-12) (at Wembley Stadium)
1985 Won (v Hull, 28-24) (at Wembley Stadium)
1984 Lost (v Widnes, 19-6) (at Wembley Stadium)
1970 Lost (v Castleford, 7-2) (at Wembley Stadium)
1966 Lost (v St Helens, 21-2) (at Wembley Stadium)
1965 Won (v Hunslet, 20-16) (at Wembley Stadium)
1963 Lost (v Wakefield, 25-10) (at Wembley Stadium)
1961 Lost (v St Helens, 12-6) (at Wembley Stadium)
1959 Won (v Hull, 30-13) (at Wembley Stadium)
1958 Won (v Workington, 13-9) (at Wembley Stadium)
1951 Won (v Barrow, 10-0) (at Wembley Stadium)
1948 Won (v Bradford, 8-3) (at Wembley Stadium)
1946 Lost (v Wakefield, 13-12) (at Wembley Stadium)
1944 Lost (v Bradford, 8-3 – aggregate score after two legs)
1929 Won (v Dewsbury, 13-2) (at Wembley Stadium)
1924 Won (v Oldham, 21-4) (at The Athletic Ground, Rochdale)
1920 Lost (v Huddersfield, 21-10) (at Headingley, Leeds)
1911 Lost (v Broughton Rangers, 4-0) (at Weaste, Salford)

Previous Challenge Cup meetings:
2010 (Quarter-final) Leeds 12 Wigan 10
2008 (Quarter-final) Leeds 23 Wigan 16
2007 (Round 5) Leeds 18 Wigan 22
1999 (Round 4) Leeds 28 Wigan 18
1995 (Final) Leeds 10 Wigan 30
(at Wembley Stadium)
1994 (Final) Leeds 16 Wigan 26
(at Wembley Stadium)
1988 (Round 2) Wigan 30 Leeds 14
1973 (Round 1) Leeds 11 Wigan 25
1968 (Semi-Final) Leeds 25 Wigan 4
(at Station Road, Swinton)
1966 (Semi-final) Leeds 2 Wigan 7
(at Fartown, Huddersfield)
1963 (Round 2) Wigan 20 Leeds 11
1961 (Round 1) Leeds 5 Wigan 5
1961 (Round 1, Replay) Wigan 32 Leeds 7
1960 (Round 2) Wigan 14 Leeds 11
1957 (Round 1) Leeds 13 Wigan 11
1948 (Round 2) Wigan 17 Leeds 3
1947 (Quarter Final) Wigan 0 Leeds 5
1944 (Semi-final, 1st leg) Leeds 10 Wigan 5
1944 (Semi-final, 2nd leg) Wigan 11 Leeds 4
1938 (Round 1) Leeds 27 Wigan 4
1927 (Round 2) Leeds 13 Wigan 3
1926 (Round 2) Leeds 17 Wigan 10
1925 (Round 2) Leeds 2 Wigan 0
1913 (Round 1) Wigan 38 Leeds 0
1911 (Quarter-final) Leeds 4 Wigan 13
1899 (Round 2) Leeds 3 Wigan 0

2011 meetings:
Wigan 26, Leeds 24 (SLR20, 1/7/11)
Leeds 22, Wigan 22 (SLR8, 1/4/11)


ROUND 4 (7/5/11)
Leeds Rhinos 30, Crusaders 20
Tries: McShane, Pitts, Burrow, Hall, Buderus; Goals: Sinfield 5
ROUND 5 (20/5/11)
Leeds Rhinos 40, Harlequins 20
Tries: Hardaker, Jones-Buchanan, Delaney, Lauitiiti, Leuluai, Hall, Clarkson; Goals: Sinfield 6
Hull FC 22, Leeds Rhinos 38
Tries: Jones-Bishop 2, Lauitiiti, Delaney, Ablett 2; Goals: Sinfield 7
SEMI-FINAL (7/8/11)
Castleford Tigers 8, Leeds Rhinos 10 (after golden point extra time)
Try: Watkins; Goals: Sinfield 3
(at Keepmoat Stadium, Doncaster)
ROUND 4 (8/5/11)
Wigan Warriors 52, Barrow Raiders 0
Tries: Leuluai 2, Coley, Carmont, Deacon, S Tomkins 2, O’Loughlin, Richards; Goals: Richards 8
ROUND 5 (22/5/11)
Bradford Bulls 22, Wigan Warriors 26
Tries: Richards 2, S Tomkins, Finch, Farrell; Goals: Richards 3
Warrington Wolves 24, Wigan Warriors 44
Tries: Hansen, S Tomkins, Coley, Richards 2, Charnley 2, O’Loughlin; Goals: Richards 6
SEMI-FINAL (6/8/11)
St Helens 12, Wigan Warriors 18
Tries: Carmont, Charnley, S Tomkins; Goals: Richards 3
(at Halliwell Jones Stadium, Warrington)

Of the current Leeds squad, only Jamie Peacock has previously won a Challenge Cup – but not for the Rhinos. Peacock previously won the Cup with Bradford in 2000 and 2003.

Peacock is set to play his first Challenge Cup Final for Leeds (having missed the 2010 defeat to Warrington due to injury), and it will also be his first appearance at Wembley Stadium – having previously played in Finals at Murrayfield (2000), Twickenham (2001) and Cardiff (2003).

No player in the current Leeds squad played at the old Wembley Stadium. Captain Kevin Sinfield only made one appearance in the Rhinos' successful 1999 Cup run – in the Quarter Final against Widnes Vikings.

Sinfield is the only player in either of the competing teams to have previously won the Lance Todd Trophy as man of the match – in 2005's 25-24 defeat to Hull FC at Cardiff's Millennium Stadium.

Leeds have used 24 players in this season's Challenge Cup campaign – with Carl Ablett, Danny Buderus, Rob Burrow, Chris Clarkson, Brett Delaney, Ryan Hall, Ian Kirke, Kylie Leuluai, Jamie Peacock and Kevin Sinfield playing in every round.

Buderus, Delaney, Hall, Leuluai and Sinfield also played in every round in the Rhinos' run to the 2010 Challenge Cup Final.

Leeds Rhinos – Challenge Cup Final appearances
Carl Ablett
2010 Lost (v Warrington, 30-6)
Ryan Bailey
2003 Lost (v Bradford, 22-20)
2005 Lost (v Hull, 25-24)
2010 Lost (v Warrington, 30-6)
Danny Buderus
2010 Lost (v Warrington, 30-6)
Rob Burrow
2003 Lost (v Bradford, 22-20)
2005 Lost (v Hull, 25-24)
2010 Lost (v Warrington, 30-6)
Chris Clarkson
2010 Lost (v Warrington, 30-6)
Brett Delaney
2010 Lost (v Warrington, 30-6)
Ryan Hall
2010 Lost (v Warrington, 30-6)
Jamie Jones-Buchanan
2005 Lost (v Hull, 25-24)
2010 Lost (v Warrington, 30-6)
Ian Kirke
2010 Lost (v Warrington, 30-6)
Ali Lauitiiti
2005 Lost (v Hull, 25-24)
Kylie Leuluai
2010 Lost (v Warrington, 30-6)
Danny McGuire
2005 Lost (v Hull, 25-24)
2010 Lost (v Warrington, 30-6)
Jamie Peacock
2000 Won (v Leeds, 24-18)
2001 Lost (v St Helens, 13-6)
2003 Won (v Leeds, 22-20)
(all for Bradford Bulls)
Kevin Sinfield
2003 Lost (v Bradford, 22-20)
2005 Lost (v Hull, 25-24)
2010 Lost (v Warrington, 30-6)
Lee Smith
2010 Lost (v Warrington, 30-6)
Brent Webb
2010 Lost (v Warrington, 30-6)

Paul Deacon and Stuart Fielden (out for the season injured) are the only members of the Wigan squad to previously win a Challenge Cup, both whilst with Bradford. Deacon was in the 2003 Bulls side that beat Leeds at Cardiff's Millennium Stadium.

All 17 of Wigan's team for 2011's Challenge Cup Final will be making their first Wembley appearance.
Gareth Hock and Sean O'Loughlin are the only other members of the Wigan squad who have previous Challenge Cup Final experience – both played in the Warriors' 32-16 defeat to St Helens in Cardiff in 2004.

O'Loughlin did not feature in Wigan's 2002 Cup run, which culminated in victory at Murrayfield against St Helens.
Wigan have used 22 players in this season's Challenge Cup campaign – with Josh Charnley, Andy Coley, Paul Deacon, Brett Finch, Ryan Hoffman, Thomas Leuluai, Jeff Lima, Michael McIlorum, Sean O'Loughlin, Pat Richards, Joel Tomkins and Sam Tomkins playing in every round.

Wigan Warriors – Challenge Cup Final appearances
Paul Deacon
2001 Lost (v St Helens, 13-6)
2003 Won (v Leeds, 22-20)
(both for Bradford Bulls)
Gareth Hock
2004 Lost (v St Helens, 32-16)
Sean O’Loughlin
2004 Lost (v St Helens, 32-16)

Most wins
3 Sean Long (St Helens): 2001, 2004, 2006
Youngest and oldest

PETER RAMSDEN of Huddersfield is the youngest player to win the Lance Todd Trophy, receiving it on his 19th birthday after scoring two tries in the 15-10 defeat of St Helens in 1953.

FRANK WHITCOMBE is the oldest winner, the Bradford Northern prop being 29 days short of his 35th birthday in 1948. He became the first player of a losing side to receive the award after an 8-3 defeat to Wigan.

FRANCIS CUMMINS of Leeds (17 years 200 days) became the youngest player to appear in a Challenge Cup Final when he played on the wing and scored a try in the defeat against Wigan in 1994.
The youngest winner was ANDY FARRELL (17 years 11 months), playing substitute for Wigan when they beat Widnes in 1993.
The oldest player to appear in a Cup Final was Workington Town full back GUS RISMAN, who was 41 years 29 days when he led his side to victory over Featherstone Rovers in 1952.

RICHARD EYRES of Widnes was the last player to be sent off in a Challenge Cup Final, against Wigan at Wembley in 1993. The referee was Russell Smith.
The sin-bin was introduced in January 1983 and was occupied in a Cup Final for the first time that year when Hull’s Paul Rose was despatched by referee Robin Whitfield. Later in the game Featherstone Rovers’ Terry Hudson was also sent to the sin bin.
The last player to be sent to the sin-bin in a final was SHANE RIGON of Bradford Bulls in the 2001 Final against St Helens at Twickenham, by Russell Smith.

Most finals and wins
17 wins in 28 finals by Wigan
Wembley: 15 wins in 22 finals by Wigan
Highest score
Leeds Rhinos 52 London Broncos 16 (at Wembley Stadium, 1999)
(also widest margin)
Most tries by a team
9 Huddersfield (v St Helens, 37-3) (at Watersheddings, Oldham, 1915)
9 Leeds Rhinos (v London Broncos, 52-16) (at Wembley Stadium, 1999)
Most points by a losing team
Bradford Bulls 32 St Helens 40 (at Wembley Stadium, 1996)
(also record aggregate of points – 72)

Most successful fightback
St Helens overcame the biggest deficit of 14 points to win a Final when they beat Bradford Bulls 40-32 at Wembley in 1996. The Saints trailed 26-12 from the 53rd to the 57th minute.

Biggest attendance
102,569 Halifax v Warrington (1954 replay at Odsal Stadium, Bradford)
Wembley: 99,801 Hull v Wigan (1985)

Most tries by a player
4 Leroy Rivett (Leeds Rhinos) in the 52-16 defeat of London Broncos at Wembley in 1999.
Players to have scored three tries:
Bob Wilson (Broughton Rangers, v Salford) (1902)
Stan Moorhouse (Huddersfield, v Warrington) (1913)
Tom Holliday (Oldham, v Swinton) (1927)
Robbie Paul (Bradford Bulls, v St Helens) (1996)
Chris Hicks (Warrington Wolves, v Leeds Rhinos) (2010)

Most goals by a player
8 Cyril Kellett (Featherstone Rovers) in the 33-14 defeat of Bradford Northern at Wembley in 1973.
8 Iestyn Harris (Leeds Rhinos) in the 52-16 defeat of London Broncos at Wembley in 1999.

Most points by a player
20 Neil Fox (2 tries, 7 goals) in Wakefield Trinity’s 38-5 defeat of Hull at Wembley in 1960.
20 Iestyn Harris (1 try, 8 goals) in Leeds Rhinos’ 52-16 defeat of London Broncos at Wembley in 1999.

Most appearances
11 Shaun Edwards (Wigan 1984, 1985, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995; London Broncos 1999) – all at Wembley.

Most wins
9 Shaun Edwards – as above, except loser in 1984 and 1999

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Leeds Rhinos 18 Wigan Warriors 28

27th August 2011

By Leeds Rhinos

There was a heartbreak for the Rhinos in the Carnegie Challenge Cup Final as they lost out to Wigan in a classic Final that saw Leeds make an incredible comeback to push the Warriors all the way.

The game saw the two clubs with the most Challenge Cup Final appearances meet in the Wembley showpiece for the first time since 1995, although it had been over a decade since either had lifted the famous trophy. 

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Wigan, playing at the new Wembley for the first time, showed little nerves on the big stage and dominated the opening 15 minutes of the game, with Brett Finch organising his Wigan side well to keep them in control and put immense pressure on the Rhinos in attack.  Josh Carnley got the Warriors off the mark with a try on 8 minutes.  Some slick play from Wigan saw them spread the ball across the Leeds defence to the winger, and despite last ditch tackles from Brent Webb and Carl Ablett he was able to dive over for the try.  Pat Richards was unable to convert bringing the score to 4-0

The Warriors looked comfortable but some good defence kept them from extending their lead and Ryan Hall showed his strength to bump off four Wigan players in the in goal area to stop a certain try.

On 23 minutes though the Warriors benefited from a Leeds mistake, when Brent Webb was unable to get control of a high ball and the resulting play allowed Jeff Lima to power past Kevin Sinfield for his side’s second. Richards this time added the extra points to edge his side 10-0 ahead.

Leeds struggled to get in the Wigan half and their opponents looked composed and it was not long before their next score, which came from an fantastic piece of skill from Sam Tomkins, who after collecting a kick ran across the face of the Leeds defence, before offloading to his brother Joel, who finished off the move by running 80 metres to get the try.  Richards’ conversion made it 16-0.

Just when it looked like nothing would go the Rhinos’ way, the team produced an incredible comeback with six minutes of the half left to bring them within six points.  Sinfield, Jamie Jones-Buchanan and Carl Ablett all combined to set up the score for Ryan Hall in the right hand corner.  Sinfield’s difficult conversion attempt hit the post, but this score seemed to give Leeds confidence.

With three minutes left to play Leeds showed that there was still plenty more to come in this game.  Rob Burrow used his pace to get his side in a strong attacking position and sent out a pass to Kallum Watkins who found the supporting Ben Jones-Bishop who was able to find his way over the try line on his first appearance at Wembley.  Sinfield converted the try to make the half time score 16-10 to Wigan.

The second half started much more evenly than the first had begun and as the game progressed Leeds looked more convincing as they looked to build momentum. 

Now on the back foot Wigan began to make errors and a knock on by Ryan Hoffman gave Leeds the chance for the next try.  Leeds were awarded the scrum and from this the ball was played out to Carl Ablett, who powered his way over the line taking the Wigan tacklers with him.  Sinfield though was unable to add the conversion, but there was a renewed sense of confidence in the team that they could get the win.

Wigan responded quickly though and despite what looked like a forward pass from Lee Mossop to Jeff Lima, the prop was awarded a try and once again Richards added the two extra points to make it 22-14.

Leeds had one more chance to snatch it when the impressive Jones-Bishop rounded Richards and kicked ahead for McGuire but Sam Tomkins just did enough to the relief of the Wigan fans.  The Warriors then punished Leeds for this missed chance when with three minutes left to play Thomas Leuluai forced his way over for a fifth try.

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