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Leeds Rhinos 28 Wigan Warriors 18

14th February 1999

By Leeds Rhinos

The Rhinos banished lingering memories of defeat at Old Trafford in the Grand Final last year, by overcoming a determined Wigan challenge in this Silk Cut Challenge Cup spectacular at Headingley.

The victory was all the more impressive given that Graham Murray's team were reduced to 12 men after Barrie McDermott had been sent-off early in the first half, for a head high tackle on Simon Haughton.

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Despite this setback the Rhinos never relinquished the lead at any stage of the game.

Before McDermott's untimely exit, good work from big-hitters Darren Fleary and Anthony Farrell, punching a hole up the centre had sucked in the Wigan cover and left an overlap that Brad Godden made the best of, to force his way through for the opening try.

Leroy Rivett added another with an immaculate in and out manoeuvre that left the Wigan defence chasing shadows and left Rivett score int he corner.

Iestyn Harris produced two quality conversions both Leeds tries and added a drop goal to further stretch the lead.

 

 

 

However, before the half was over the Warriors has struck back and got to within one point of the home team.

Simon Haughton crashed over from close range to even things up, before Kris Radlinski finished off a sweeping passing move that included a clever Greg Florimo long pass to drag John Monie's team back into the game at half time.

Wigan missed the chance to take the lead when Mark Reber dropped a "must score' pass in the second period and after a further Leeds drop goal from Ryan Sheridan and a penalty from Harris the Rhinos again crossed the whitewash.

Marcus St Hilaire backed up a swift break from his forwards before darting over the line between the sticks.

The Rhinos next try sealed the affair and Man of the Match, Ryan Sheridan jinxed over the line after Brad Godden has been held up, just short, by desperate Wigan defending.

With Iestyn kicking magnificently a fourteen-point gap had grown which proved too big a mountain to climb.

A late try for Jason Robinson from his own steeping kick provided little consolation for the men in cherry and white.

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