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Leeds Rhinos 22 Wigan Warriors 20

10th October 2015

By Leeds Rhinos

This game was billed as the clash that the game wanted as Leeds and Wigan met for the first time in the Grand Final since the inaugural Old Trafford decider back in 1998 and it certainly lived up to expectations.

Wigan struck first when Liam Farrell broke clear on halfway and fed Joe Burgess for the winger to go over and score in his final game before joining Sydney Roosters in the NRL. Matty Bowen added the conversion to give his side a 6-0 lead after just four minutes.
 
The Rhinos needed to hit back quickly and they were gifted the chance when Matty Smith knocked on the re-start. From the ensuing pressure, Kevin Sinfield slid a perfect grubber kick through a gap for Danny McGuire to race through and touch down. Sinfield added the conversion to level the score.
Leeds had to produce some strong defence to keep Wigan out after that score as they threw everything at the Rhinos. Brian McDermott's side then hit the front after 28 minutes when Joel Moon stayed alert. Danny McGuire was adjudged to have lost the ball backwards in the tackle and Hardaker picked up the loose ball before passing to Moon. The centre still have plenty to do but cut back inside to score. Sinfield was off target with the conversion attempt but his side had the lead for the first time.
 
The Rhinos then increased their lead just before half time when Kallum Watkins made a break from 40 metres out before passing to McGuire to score in the corner. Sinfield was on target this time to increase his side's lead to 16-6 at the break.
 
Wigan were always going to come out in determined form at the start of the second half and they camped themselves in the Rhinos half for most of the first ten minutes of the half. The Rhinos had looked to have survived the danger until Dominic Manfredi jumped above Ryan Hall. Both wingers caught O'Loughlin's kick but Manfredi was able to use the weight of the players coming down to wrestle the ball from Hall and score.
 
Bowen added the conversion to cut the gap and then put his side in front when he stepped back inside the cover defence and went over between the posts to set up his own fairytale finish. He kicked the conversion and a subsequent penalty to put his side into a 20-16 lead having blitzed the Rhinos at the start of the half.

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Leeds needed to find a response and they did when Joel Moon was alert to a spilled high kick from Sinfield. He offloaded to Jimmy Keinhorst  and he popped up a pass to Josh Walters who powered his way over from close range. Sinfield added the conversion to edge his side into a 22-20 lead.
 
The drama continued to the final minute but the Rhinos held on for a dramatic win to seal the treble for the first time in the club's history.

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