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Leeds Rhinos 26 Warrington Wolves 18

6th October 2012

By Leeds Rhinos

Leeds Rhinos defeated Warrington Wolves in the 2012 Stobart Super League Final to be crowned the Champions for the fifth time in six years in an incredible night at Old Trafford.

Leeds Rhinos returned to Old Trafford to face their old mentor Tony Smith in the 2012 Stobart Super League as they looked to retain their title.

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The Rhinos welcomed back Danny McGuire after suspension ruled him out at Wigan the previous week whilst Warrington named an unchanged side from the team that beat St Helens seven days earlier.

The Rhinos seized the early initiative from the kick off when they gained a repeat set from their first attack but when Jamie Peacock was caught on the last tackle 20 metres from the Warrington line, the Wolves came alive.

They immediately went on the attack and gained quick yards with Briers producing a towering bomb to complete the set that Ben Jones-Bishop lost as he leapt to out jump the Warrington attackers. Warrington made the most of their chance and although they were held up over the line, two tackles later a short pass by Lee Briers to Richie Myler saw the England half back go over. Brett Hodgson added the conversion to make it 6-0 after 14 minutes.

Warrington had the lions share of possession in the first quarter and Leeds were forced into a lot of defending. However, slowly they found their feet and were unlucky to have a try disallowed for Ryan Hall after touch judge James Child adjudged that Kevin Sinfield’s final pass was forward to the England winger.

Leeds did not let the set back put them off their stride and eventually got over for their first try when Hall challenged for a high kick with Stefan Ratchford and Carl Ablett picked up the loose ball. He got a call from Sinfield and flicked a blind pass behind him which the skipper latched onto and stretched out to score his first Grand Final try. He converted his own try to level the score after 18 minutes.

The Rhinos extended their lead shortly afterwards with a penalty for a high tackle 30 metres out and Sinfield was on target again.

Leeds were now in the ascendance and were beginning to get some field position on the back of a couple of penalties. They crossed for a second try after 27 minutes when Ben Jones-Bishop took Danny McGuire’s pass and bumped off two would be tacklers to touch down in the corner. Sinfield added the touchline conversion to make it 14-6 to Brian McDermott’s men.

Warrington were never going to go away without a fight and they roared back into the game on the back of some intense pressure on Leeds as they came away from their own line. They forced an error from the Rhinos and then gained three repeat sets deep in Rhinos territory and eventually the pressure was made to tell as Joel Monaghan touched down in the corner. Hodgson was on target to bring his side back into the game.

The Wolves full back then levelled the game with the final kick off the first half with a penalty when Jamie Jones-Buchanan was penalised for offside at the play the ball. The hooter sounded as Hodgson lined up the kick and he made no mistake to level the game at 14-14 at the break.

Leeds were facing yet another challenge and the situation looked serious when Sinfield took another fearful blow early in the second half following a clash of heads with Michael Monaghan.

Once again Sinfield rose to his feet but only in time to see Hodgson feed the ball from dummy half to Leeds-born centre Ryan Atkins, who crashed over for his side's third try.

However, the Wolves were forced to defend for most of the third quarter. A string of penalties enabled the Rhinos to lay siege to their opponents line and the pressure paid off on 58 minutes when the impressive Ablett took Shaun Lunt's short pass to crash over for his side's third try.

Sinfield maintained his accuracy with his fourth goal to edge his side into a two-point lead, and Leeds made sure of the win when Ablett worked Hall over for a fourth try nine minutes from the end.

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