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Leeds Rhinos 32 Warrington Wolves 12

11th April 2008

By Leeds Rhinos

Two tries from Scott Donald and a commanding defensive display were the highlights of a 32-12 win for the Rhinos at Headingley Carnegie. Leeds Rhinos returned to Headingley Carnegie looking to get back to winning ways after defeat to Wigan in their previous game. Brian McClennan was without six players for the clash with the Wolves however Warrington were missing the inspirational Lee Briers and were forced to make a late change at Headingley Carnegie with Paul Johnson ruled out in the warm up.

Both teams missed chances early on to put their opponent under pressure. Warrington worked hard to force Leeds to drop out only for Michael Monaghan to knock on the resultant kick. Then a hanging kick by Sinfield only just evaded the jump of Lee Smith in the corner. However, it was the visitors who scored first when Jon Clarke crabbed across field from dummy half before finding Louis Anderson with a short pass and the second rower powered through a gap. Chris Hicks added the conversion to make it 6-0 after eight minutes. The Rhinos recovered well from that early set back and could have hit back after 15 minutes only to see Lee Smith's try denied by referee Ian Smith. Rob Burrow had created the position with a great break and offload to Brent Webb, then Sinfield chipped to the corner and Smith appeared to get the ball down one handed but touch judge and referee said it was over the touchline. The Rhinos looked to be toiling away with little reward and then Matt King, the Australian test player, made the mistake of winding the Rhinos up. He decided to go in with a cheap shot with his knees into the face of Ryan Bailey, although referee Smith was on the spot the incident went unnoticed but not by Bailey and his team mates. They produced a thunderous set of tackles including a bone jarring smash from Bailey on Adrian Morley to burst their game into life. Within two minutes the Rhinos had hit back, Senior released Scott Donald on half way but he had half the Warrington team in front of him, however the Queenslander produced an exhibition of world class finishing to skip, weave and duck through the defence before sprinting for the line, leaving a wake of Wolves behind him. Sinfield added the conversion to make it 6-6 after 29 minutes. The Rhinos continued to press but they had to settle for a penalty on the hooter from Kevin Sinfield, as it was however it gave his side a valuable 8-6 lead at the break.

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The Rhinos came out determined after the interval and harried the Wolves on defence and attack. Eventually after eight minutes, Warrington over reacted to a loose pass by Burrow which went to the ground, the defensive line shot up allowed Webb to spin on the spot and race clear. He instictively threw the ball over his shoulder knowing Donald would be there, and the winger raced down the line to score his 12th Super League try of the season. Sinfield added a great touchline conversion to make it 14-6. The Leeds skipper then extended his side's lead with a penalty after 57 minutes as the Rhinos looked to turn the screw on the visitors. That process continued two minutes later when Jon Clarke was sin binned for dissent and from the tap by Sinfield, Webb found Carl Ablett who crashed over in the corner. For good measure Sinfield added another touchline conversion, this time from the other side to make it 22-6 to the Champions. Warrington finally got on the scoreboard with ten minutes to go when Chris Hicks was able to go over unopposed as Scott Donald only just failed to pinch an interception. He converted his own try to make it 22-12. However, any fears of a fight back were quashed with two quick fire tries from Rob Burrow and Luke Burgess. The first came after a great break by Burrow, he fed Tansey who headed for the corner. He would have scored but for a heroic chase by Adrian Morley, however he had the prescence of mind to look back inside and fed Burrow to score. Two minutes later, Burgess showed incredible strength to wriggle out of a challenge and stretch for the line. Sinfield converted the latter to make it 32-12 to his side with five minutes remaining. The Leeds captain had a chance to extend the winning margin but his penalty in the last second struck the post and rebounded out so the final score remained 32-12 and maintained the Rhinos lead at the top of the engage Super League

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