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2017 Super League Champions

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Leeds Rhinos v Wigan Warriors, Friday 2nd May, kick off 8pm

26th April 2014

By Leeds Rhinos

Having progressed to the last eight of the Cup, the League Leaders next take on last season’s double winners with Wigan are the visitors to Headingley Carnegie next Friday night.

The game will be preceeded by the Leeds Varsity Rugby League Challenge between the University of Leeds and Leeds Metropolitan University as part of the 150 years celebrations of rugby in the city. 

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Wigan looked to have returned to top form over Easter having won both games comfortably and, with a game in hand because of the World Club Challenge, they are moving through the field as they climb back towards the top of the table. 

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Leeds Rhinos 28 Wigan Warriors 12

2nd May 2014

By Leeds Rhinos

Leeds produced their best performance of the season as they defeated Wigan with Zak Hardaker producing a man of the match winning performance.

For the second week running, the Rhinos opponents managed to knock on from the kick off and gave the home side the perfect chance to attack. This week it was former Bull John Bateman who came up with the early error. Leeds showed good patience with the ball with a great break by Mitch Achurch taking them close to the line. Kevin Sinfield then chipped a kick wide which Ryan Hall chased up before knocking it down at the feet of Danny McGuire, who picked up before diving over. The decision went to video referee Richard Silverwood but it was a formality and the
Rhinos had opened the scoring after just two minutes. Sinfield added the conversion to give his side a 6-0 lead.

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The Rhinos increased their lead after 14 minutes when Leeds worked a move from the base of the scrum with Clarkson, Sinfield and Moon combing to put Hardaker in space. He then went for a gap and left Sarginson flat footed before racing for the corner to dive one handed and put the ball down. Sinfield was off target with the conversion attempt but Leeds were good value for their 10-0 lead.

Wigan found their feet after those early set backs and enjoyed their best spell of possession. Leeds were indebted to some desperate defence to keep them out, not least when hooker Michael McIlorum appeared to be held up over the line by three tacklers. However, referee Bentham judged he was still in the field of play and order the play the ball on the Rhinos line. Loose forward Tony Clubb did not hang around and barged his way from close range to register the perfect response from the visitors. Matty Smith added the conversion to put the game back in the balance at 10-6.

Both teams produced some fantastic rugby after that with them asking questions of each other on attack and defence and showing just why no other team other than this pair have lifted the Super League title in the last seven years. Leeds had to produce something special to unlock the Warriors defence and they did just that with three minutes to go in the first half.

Like so many times this season, it was Hall who was the catalyst for Leeds as he broke clear from near his own line, bumping off three would be tacklers before finding Moon, who produced a great supporting run. Wigan managed to haul him down but they were back peddling and quick ball along the line saw Watkins put Briscoe in at the corner. Sinfield added the touchline conversion to give his side a 16-6 lead at the break.

If that try had been eyecatching, the Rhinos next one was truly special. With just five minutes gone in the second half Leeds attacked from deep, Watkins kicked ahead before catching his own kick and keeping the play alive. The ball came in field and Peacock picked up an offload off the deck before moving it wide, Moon then produced a fine kick behind the Wigan defence and Hall timed his run to perfection to collect and go over for the try in the corner. Sinfield added the touchline conversion to put his side into a commanding 22-6 lead.

Leeds had a try disallowed for Joel Moon soon after and then Wigan hit back with three minutes to go when Scott Taylor went over from dummy half, converted by Smith, to make it 22-12.

However, the Rhinos finished as they had started and they had the last word when Liam Sutcliffe proved too strong from close range to stop. Sinfield kicked his fifth goal from six attempts to wrap up a 28-12 win.

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