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Carnegie Challenge Cup semi final is next up!

7th July 2012

By Leeds Rhinos

Next Saturday night, two of the greatest names in world Rugby League will go head to head at the Galpharm Stadium to earn the right to return to Wembley.

The Rhinos are looking to make it third time lucky if they can get back to the Final whilst Wigan are aiming to start a dynasty to rival their great Cup teams by retaining the Cup they won last year against the Rhinos.

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Rhinos Head Coach Brian McDermott believes the Rhinos supporters can make a huge difference on the day against the League Leaders, who have already beat the Champions twice this season. He commented, "We face a massive challenge against Wigan in the Carnegie Challenge Cup semi final. Undoubtedly we will go into the game as underdogs given Wigan’s form this season and our last two games against them. However, there is a great deal of belief within the squad that if we turn up on the day and play at our best that we have a shot at getting back to Wembley. Importantly, we will need your support there on the day to cheer us on, it makes such a difference to the team, as it did in our run to the title last season and I look forward to seeing you there."

Those thoughts were echoed by England international Carl Ablett, he added, "Wigan have been the benchmark this year. The last time we played them, they did a job on us and we need to raise our game and play at a level whereby we can complete. Having said that, it is a totally different game to the league games, it’s a semi final on a neutral ground and anything can happen.

"Having a big Leeds follower at the Galpharm will certainly give us an extra lift. I remember the last time we played there in the play offs last year, the Leeds fans behind the posts made it like a home game and it is a great stadium to play at when it’s like that,” added Ablett.

Tickets can be purchased either by coming along to Headingley Carnegie Stadium Ticket Sales Office, over the phone on 0871 423 1315 (calls are charged at 10 pence per minute – calls from mobiles may vary) or online at www.therhinos.co.uk/buytickets.

Advance Ticket prices (these will be available until the day before the match – subject to availability)

£26 (Along the side – halfway)
£20 (Along the side)
£18 (Behind the posts)

£13 (Along the side – halfway)
£10 (Along the side)
£9 (Behind the posts)

Match Day Ticket prices

£28 (Along the side – halfway)
£22 (Along the side)
£20 (Behind the posts)

£14 (Along the side – halfway)
£11 (Along the side)
£10 (Behind the posts)

*Concessions = Senior Citizens 65 and over/ Aged 16 and under / Students upon production of a valid student card
Juniors Under 2 are not required to pay for a ticket but you must claim a free ticket for them from Leeds Rugby Ticket Sales Office
Disabled (Wheelchair and Ambulant) are entitled to receive a complimentary helpers ticket upon production of valid ID. Disabled tickets are charged depending on age.

Travel to the Galpharm Stadium

Leeds Rhinos are offering travel to the Carnegie Challenge Cup Semi Final for only £9*. The coaches will depart from Headingley Carnegie Stadium (Car Park F) at 3.15pm which gives you plenty of time to arrive at the stadium and you don't need to worry about parking your car! It is also a great chance to meet up with Rhinos fans and back the team to hopefully a successful win on their cup trail to the Carnegie Challenge Cup Final 2012. Travel is on sale now!!!!

*Season ticket holder travel vouchers are not valid for this match.

To book your tickets and travel for this game please call 0871 423 1315 (calls are charged at 10 pence per minute – calls from mobiles may vary), by coming down to the Leeds Rugby Ticket Sales Office at Headingley Carnegie Stadium or online at www.therhinos.co.uk/buytickets.

Don't forget to ask for an ''IF' Form from the Leeds Rhinos Ticket Sales Office! This unique form offers Season ticket holders, Rhinos 4 Life members, Leedsline agents and Bronze members the chance to pre-book Carnegie Challenge Final 2012 tickets should we be successful in the semi finals! TERMS AND CONDITIONS APPLY! These are available to download now online at www.therhinos.co.uk/ifform. These must be submitted prior to 5pm on Friday 13th July.

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Leeds Rhinos 39 Wigan Warriors 28

14th July 2012

By Leeds Rhinos

Leeds Rhinos booked a return trip to Wembley with an incredible win over Wigan Warriors at the Galpharm Stadium thanks to a man of the match winning performance from Kevin Sinfield.

Leeds Rhinos were aiming to make it three years running at Wembley but they faced their most formidable opponent in the Cup holders and League Leaders, Wigan.

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Wigan included Josh Charnley and Michael McIlorum after both were declared as injury doubts in the week whilst Leeds Rhinos were as expected with Kylie Leuluai and Jamie Jones-Buchana returning to the side and Chris Clarkson missing out.

In a remarkable semi final, two of the greatest names in the game of Rugby League went toe to toe for eighty pulsating minutes in a game that would have befitted a sell out Wembley showpiece Final.

The Rhinos got off to an incredible start with three tries in the opening 11 minutes through Ryan Hall, Ben Jones-Bishop and Zak Hardaker and Wigan were left shell shocked. The usually mercurial Sam Tomkins produced errors that directly led to tries for Leeds and the Rhinos were in command.

Hall set the scoreboard going just three minutes into the game, pouncing after Tomkins had uncharacteristically fumbled Sinfield's towering kick to the corner.

Sinfield's 40-20 kick then set up the position for Jones-Bishop to score his first try, taking centre Kallum Watkins' pass to touch down at the other corner.

Wigan could not get out of their own half at that stage and, when winger Josh Charnley lost the ball in Ryan Bailey's tackle on his own 20-metre line, the Rhinos struck again, with Jamie Peacock breaking through to get full-back Zak Hardaker over.

Sinfield added two of the conversions to make it 16-0 and Wigan's frustrations showed when Brett Finch was penalised for disputing referee Ben Thaler's decision to pull up his team for obstruction.

However, Finch quickly made amends by helping to create two tries in three minutes for George Carmont and Gareth Hock.

But Hall grabbed his second try, courtesy of a superb break and offload from McGuire and Bailey stretched out of a two-man tackle to plant the ball on the line.

Jones-Bishop then registered his second try, taking Sinfield's kick by his finger-tips and touching down with inches to spare.

Sinfield was off target for the third time and Wigan took advantage to get back to within two scores before half-time.
Finch put substitute Liam Farrell through a hole in the Leeds defence and, although the final pass was poor, Ben Flower demonstrated quick thinking to hack the ball forward and won the race to touch down.

Tomkins kicked his third conversion and added a penalty on the stroke of half-time to make it 30-20.

Leeds gained further breathing space nine minutes into the second half when impressive second rower Brett Delaney burst through and got the supporting Hardaker over despite a suspicion of a knock-on by McGuire.

Wigan were still not finished, however, and skipper Sean O'Loughlin gathered Tomkins' kick to score his side's fourth try but they were also chasing the game.

Sinfield's 64th-minute drop goal effectively settled the tie but Wigan got their fifth try through Charnley but it was fitting that Sinfield should have the final say, putting over a last-minute penalty to wrap up the scoring.

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