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Leeds Rhinos v Warrington Wolves, Friday 14th May, 8pm

7th May 2010

By Leeds Rhinos

The most eagerly anticipated game so far this season at Headingley Carnegie is next up as the reigning Engage Super League Champions go head to head with the Carnegie Challenge Cup holders Warrington Wolves.

Tony Smith will come back to Headingley Carnegie with his current club riding high at the top of the Engage Super League after a fantastic start fo the season.

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Of course, Smith is not the only connection between the two clubs with Richie Mathers, Adrian Morley and Garreth Carvell all having emerged from the Rhinos Academy down the years. In Smith’s first season at the Halliwell Jones Stadium, he guided the Wolves to victory at Wembley and now his side clearly have their sights set on the Rhinos Super League crown.

The Rhinos win over Wakefield at the Magic weekend up at Murrayfield propelled them back into the top eight and Brian McClennan’s side know that victory over the Wolves would go a long way to showing that they are back on course to retain their title.

Warrington have not won a regular season game at Headingley Carnegie since 2002 when they won 23-22. They did of course beat the Rhinos in 2006 in the Play Offs on the only occasion that Tony Smith failed to take the Rhinos to a Grand Final. A single point was the difference that day too with Lee Briers kicking the drop goal in both matches to seal the win, the latter one being for a 17-18 win.

Last season, the Rhinos sealed a dramatic win over Warrington with a touchline conversion from Kevin Sinfield sealing the points after a last gasp try from Scott Donald to level the game, the skippers goal making it a 24-22 win for the Champions.

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Leeds Rhinos 26 Warrington Wolves 16

14th May 2010

By Leeds Rhinos

The Rhinos recorded an epic 26-16 win over Warrington at Headingley Carnegie but they were made to fight all the way for it by the visitors.

Warrington under Tony Smith have been in sensational form so far this season, challenging Wigan at the top of the table as they look to add a trip to Old Trafford to their victorious visit to Wembley last season.

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The Rhinos saw the return of Danny McGuire, after being rested for the previous weeks clash with Blackpool in the Carnegie Challenge Cup, and he was joined in the half backs by skipper Kevin Sinfield. Youngster Chris Clarkson earned himself a spot in the starting line up after impressing in the previous two outings.

There were some fun and games before kick off when Warrington went to the Carnegie Stand end of the pitch only for Leeds to come out and go to their usual end. Referee Ben Thaler had the final say and sent Warrington to the other end of the pitch.

The Wolves enjoyed the lions share of possession in the opening exchanges mainly due to errors from the hosts. Jamie Peacock knocked on at a play the ball before Ryan Hall failed to take in a long pass by Richard Mathers when he would have been away if he could have taken the ball.

Leeds had to throw everything into defence and it looked like it came at a price when Jamie Peacock had to be helped from the pitch after his standing leg buckled under his body as he attempted a tackle on Adrian Morley. Three tackles later it took a brilliant cover tackle by Danny Buderus to deny Matt King the opening try in the corner as he hit the corner flag diving for the line.

Soon afterwards Ryan Bailey seemed to be harshly penalised for laying on when his shirt was being held and from the next set Warrington did get the first try of the game. They moved down field before an astute kick by Simon Grix was well read by Matt King, who beat Brett Delaney to the bounce to score. Chris Bridge added the conversion to make it 6-0 after 13 minutes.

Leeds seemed to get in to their stride after that score as they moved the ball down the left with McGuire asking questions of the Wolves defence. Having gained a penalty to move down field, they made the most of it as the half back put Carl Ablett away to score. Sinfield added the conversion to level the score after 18 minutes.  

Ten minutes later the Rhinos took the lead. After several appeals for high shots from the home fans, eventually the Rhinos were awarded a penalty on half way which gave them vital ground near the Wolves line. The ball was moved along the backline and good inter play by McGuire and Brent Webb saw the latter throw a wide pass to Ryan Hall to give the winger the space to go down the touchline and score. Sinfield added an excellent conversion to make it 12-6.

Leeds had a great chance as the half drew to a close when Kylie Leuluai made a lung busting 30 metre break before offloading to Webb. Richard Mathers was penalised for deliberately slowing down the play the ball and it looked like the Rhinos would have a great chance to score. Unfortunately a loose pass from Webb saw the chance missed.

The half ended with a crunching tackle by Brett Delaney and Lee Smith on Matt King that drove the former Australian international into touch and gave Leeds one last chance to increase their lead by Sinfield’s long range drop goal attempt was wide as the half time hooter went.

King did not appear at the start of the second half and it got worse for the Wolves just three minutes in when Brent Webb and Keith Senior worked a move down the North Stand side that saw the full back scamper over for a try. Sinfield added the conversion to make it 18-6.

The game seemed to take a decisive turn just before the hour mark. Lee Smith made a sensational 50 metre break before eventually being hauled down 20 metres from the Wolves line. However, Chris Hicks was so desperate to protect his line that he gave away a penalty and found himself in the sin bin after 59 minutes. Sinfield kicked the subsequent penalty to make it 20-6.

The Rhinos had another great chance when McGuire broke downfield but he did not see the supporting run of Webb however the fans did not have to wait long for the next try as sixty seconds later, McGuire collected Ablett’s offload after the forward crashed through the visitors defence and went over for his side’s fourth try. Sinfield added the conversion to make it 26-6 with 14 minutes to go.

Leeds had a scare three minutes later when it looked certain that Ben Harrison would score only for Buderus and McGuire to combine to knock the ball from his grasp as he went over the line. However, the pressure did count in the end as Scott Grix finished off a spell of quick handling. Bridge converted to make it 26-12.

Nerves started to jangle with five minutes to go when Ben Harrison made amends for his earlier missed chance by forcing the ball down under pressure in the corner. Bridge was off target this time leaving the scoreline finely balanced at 26-16. Wolves sensed blood and came pouring back down field with them only denied when Webb and Sinfield knocked the ball dead in goal from grubber kicks.

Finally the Rhinos managed to relieve the pressure and they held on for a memorable win.

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