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Leeds Rhinos v Manly Sea Eagles, Friday 17th February, 8pm

11th February 2012

By Leeds Rhinos

The biggest club game in the history of Headingley Carnegie Stadium arrives on Friday 17th February with the Heinz Big Soup World Club Challenge against Manly Sea Eagles.

Leeds Rhinos have announced that less than 24 hours after the final allocation of tickets for the Tetley's South Stand went on sale for the Heinz Big Soup World Club Challenge next Friday, 17th February, that the terrace has now sold out.

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Ground entry tickets are still available for the Western Terrace for the eagerly awaited clash with NRL Champions Manly Sea Eagles however all three of the other sides of the ground are now sold out with an incredible night in store for the biggest club game Headingley Carnegie has ever hosted. These tickets are £22 for adults and £15 for juniors and concessions. Tickets can be booked 24 hours a day at www.therhinos.co.uk/buytickets or by calling 0871 423 1315 (calls cost 10p per minute and may be more from mobiles).

The only way supporters can now purchase seats for the game is as part of hospitality package in the Long Bar. This includes a two course pre-match meal, souvenir programme and a pay bar facility plus access to the Players Bar post game. The whole package costs £95 per person plus VAT and can be booked by calling 0113 2033222.

Commenting on sell out of the South Stand, Rhinos captain Kevin Sinfield said, "This is fantastic news for the game and really exciting for the whole squad. Headingley Carnegie has an electric atmosphere with a big crowd on a Friday night. The Leeds supporters have once again given the team their absolute backing and we are hoping for another special night to add to the dozens we have had down the years. It would be great to think that the whole ground would be a sell out come the night of the game as that would send out a massive message about the great work that is going on in Rugby League at present."

It will be the second time that Leeds and Manly have clashed for the world title, with Manly taking the spoils in 2009 when they beat the Rhinos 28-20 at Elland Road in front of a crowd of 32,569.

The 2012 Heinz Big Soup World Club Challenge will be the fifth time that Leeds have taken on the NRL Champions in eight years with wins over Canterbury in 2005 and Melbourne Storm in 2008. The previous four games having all taken place at Elland Road however now Headingley Carnegie will host the game for the first time.

Headingley Carnegie, which is one of only four venues still in existence from the first ever season of Rugby League back in 1895, hosted the first ever Challenge Cup Final between St Helens and Batley back in 1897 and the World Cup Final in 1970 between Great Britain and Australia. However, this will be the biggest ever home game for Leeds since the ground was first opened in 1890.

 

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Leeds Rhinos 26 Manly Sea Eagles 12

17th February 2012

By Leeds Rhinos

Leeds Rhinos beat Manly Sea Eagles 26-12 to become World Champions again thanks to a brace from man of the match Ryan Hall.

The Rhinos made two changes to the side that lost at Wigan the previous week with Ben Jones-Bishop and Kallum Watkins coming into the side for Weller Hauraki and Lee Smith.

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Manly were set to name their strongest possible side for the clash which included Australian internationals Jamie Lyon, Anthony Watmough, Brent Kite, Tony Williams, Daly Cherry-Evans and the Stewart brothers, Brett and Glenn.

Leeds Rhinos were given the best possible start when Jason King knocked on on the first tackle of the game however they could not take advantage after a knock on near the Sea Eagles line. However, the Rhinos mounted wave after wave of pressure inside the first ten minutes as an early signal of intent. Manly though showed great spirit in defence in their first serious hit out of the season and the managed to keep their line intact.

However, eventually the pressure had to tell and after a string of penalties near the visitors line, Rob Burrow got quick ball away from dummy half to Kevin Sinfield. The skipper found Brent Webb, who took the ball to the line before releasing Kallum Watkins to open the scoring after 19 minutes. Sinfield added the conversion to make it 6-0.

Manly were always going to respond to that score with a counter blow and they turned the screw on Leeds for the next spell of the game. Anthony Williams was a constant threat with his powerful runs but time and time again Leeds came up with the answers on defence. Then, just as a try seemed to be coming, Brett Stewart attempted an offload outwide which Hall intercepted and went 90 metres to score. Sinfield added the conversion to make it 12-0 after 28 minutes.

The Sea Eagles did respond soon afterwards and this time it was full back Brett Stewart who made the difference as he cut through the defence following a spell of pressure on the Leeds line to score. Jamie Lyon added the conversion to half the Rhinos lead.

The game was in the balance at that stage and the next try looked like a crucial moment in the game and it was the Rhinos who came up with the goods. Sinfield spotted a gap out wide and kicked crossfield with incredible accuracy right into the arms of Ryan Hall, who outjumped his opposite number to go in for his second try of the game. Sinfield missed the conversion but the Rhinos led 16-6 at the break.

Leeds lost England second-rower Jamie Jones-Buchanan with a knee injury four minutes into the second half and they were forced into some desperate defence as Manly began to find their rhythm. The Rhinos would later also lose Ryan Bailey to concussion as their resources were stretched in the final quarter.

Scrum-half Cherry-Evans dummied his way over for the visitors' second try after 50 minutes and Lyon's second goal cut the gap to just four points.

As the tension mounted, tempers began to flare as Manly grew in ascendency thanks mainly to the excellent play of half back Cherry-Evans.

However, Leeds held their nerve and, after hooker Paul McShane was thrown back from the line by Glenn Stewart, Burrow worked the ball out wide and Watkins got Jones-Bishop over for the clincher.

Leeds then piled on the misery for their visitors when Sinfield's kick caused confusion in their defence and Ablett pounced for a fifth try, with Sinfield booting his third goal. The win meant the Rhinos equalled the tally of World titles won by Wigan and Bradford with three on an unforgettable night at Headingley Carnegie.

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