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Leeds Rhinos v Warrington Wolves, Saturday 28th August, 2.30pm – Wembley

10th August 2010

By Leeds Rhinos

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Warrington Wolves, the holders, are appearing in their 15th RL Challenge Cup Final and have won the trophy six times. They were winners in 1905, 1907, 1950 (Wembley), 1954 (at Bradford after drawn Wembley final), 1974 (Wembley) and 2009 (Wembley). They were losers in 1901, 1904, 1913, 1928, 1933 (Wembley), 1936 (Wembley), 1975 (Wembley) and 1990 (Wembley).

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Keith Senior of Leeds Rhinos and Adrian Morley, the Warrington captain, are the only players of this year’s finalists to have played at the old Wembley Stadium. Senior was in the Sheffield Eagles team that beat Wigan Warriors 17-8 in 1998. Morley was with Leeds Rhinos when they beat London Broncos 52-16 in the last Cup Final to be played at the old Wembley. He has already played at the new Wembley, leading Warrington to victory last year.

Three Warrington players have played in all nine Cup-ties over the past two seasons, which includes last year’s triumph at Wembley. They are Matt King, Ben Westwood and Ben Harrison.

Michael Monaghan of Warrington is in line to become only the second player to win the Lance Todd Trophy in successive seasons after lifting the award in last year’s defeat of Huddersfield Giants. Paul Wellens of St Helens won it in 2007 (v Catalans Dragons) and 2008 (v Hull FC). He shared the 2007 award with team mate Leon Pryce.

Kevin Sinfield of Leeds is the only other player in this year’s final to have won the Lance Todd Trophy. He was on the losing Leeds side against Hull in 2005.

Lee Briers of Warrington has kicked a career total 69 drop goals in all matches, more than any other Super League player. He has kicked 64 for Warrington and five for Wales. He landed three in last year’s Carnegie Challenge Cup, including the “Golden Point” winner at Hull Kingston Rovers in round six and one in the final at Wembley.
The record total of one-point drop goals is 97 by Norman Turley (Warrington, Runcorn Highfield, Swinton, Blackpool Borough, Rochdale Hornets, Barrow, Workington Town, Trafford Borough and Whitehaven) from 1974 to 1991.

LEEDS ON WINNING RUN
Warrington last beat Leeds, 22-12 at home in Super League, in 2008. Since then Leeds have won 20-14 (A), 24-22 (H) in 2009 and 26-16 (H), 37-30 (A) this season. All in Super League.

PREVIOUS RL CHALLENGE CUP MEETINGS
1900-01 (1) Leeds 0 Warrington 19
1908-09 (1) Warrington 3 Leeds 5
1909-10 (SF) Leeds 11 Warrington 10 At Broughton
1914-15 (1) Warrington 5 Leeds 4
1926-27 (1) Warrington 3 Leeds 12
1927-28 (SF) Warrington 9 Leeds 2 At Rochdale
1928-29 (1) Warrington 8 Leeds 0
1935-36 (F) Leeds 18 Warrington 2 At Wembley
1949-50 (SF) Warrington 16 Leeds 4 At Bradford
1952-53 (3) Warrington 25 Leeds 8
1953-54 (SF) Warrington 8 Leeds 4 At Swinton
1956-57 (2) Leeds 28 Warrington 6
1965-66 (3) Warrington 2 Leeds 2
Replay Leeds 8 Warrington 0
1969-70 (2) Warrington 5 Leeds 11
1974-75 (SF) Warrington 11 Leeds 4 At Wigan
1979-80 (2) Warrington 8 Leeds 2
1993-94 (5) Leeds 38 Warrington 4
1996 (5) Warrington 10 Leeds 30
2005 (4) Leeds 26 Warrington 22

ROUTE TO THE FINAL – LEEDS RHINOS

Fourth round
Hull FC (A) Won 48-24
Tries: Hall (4), Webb (2), Kirke, Ablett
Goals: Sinfield (8)

Fifth round
Blackpool Panthers (H) Won 70-22
Tries: Webb (5), Coady (3), Hall, Lauitiiti, Delaney, Eastwood
Goals: Sinfield (11)

Sixth round
Wigan Warriors (H) Won 12-10
Try: Smith
Goals: Sinfield (4)

Semi-final
St Helens (At Huddersfield) Won 32-28
Tries: McGuire (2), Hall (2), Webb
Goals: Sinfield (6)

ROUTE TO THE FINAL- WARRINGTON WOLVES

Fourth round
Featherstone Rovers (H) Won 48-24
Tries: Myler (3), Riley (2), Solomona (2), Grix, V. Anderson
Goals: Westwood (4), Bridge (2)

Fifth round
Huddersfield Giants (A) Won 60-4
Tries: Bridge (5), Hicks (3), Atkins, Riley, Higham, Myler
Goals: Westwood (4), Briers (2)

Sixth round
Bradford Bulls (A) Won 26-22
Tries: Hicks (2), V. Anderson, Atkins, Briers
Goals: Bridge (3)

Semi-final
Catalans Dragons (At Stobart Stadium, Widnes) Won 54-12
Tries: L. Anderson (3), Harrison, King, Riley, Briers, Myler, Clarke
Goals: Westwood (7), Briers, Myler

LANCE TODD TROPHY
Most wins
3 Sean Long (St Helens): 2001, 2004, 2006

Youngest and oldest
Peter Ramsden of Huddersfield is the youngest player to win the Lance Todd Trophy award, receiving it on his 19th birthday after scoring two tries in the 15-10 defeat of St Helens in 1953.
Frank Whitcombe is the oldest winner, the Bradford Northern prop being 29 days short of his 35th birthday in 1948 when he became the first player of a losing side to receive the award after losing 8-3 to Wigan.

YOUNGEST AND OLDEST FINALIST
Francis Cummins of Leeds became the youngest player to appear in an RL Challenge Cup final when he played on the wing and scored a try in the defeat against Wigan in 1994 at 17 years 200 days.
The youngest winner was Andrew Farrell, a Wigan forward playing substitute at 17 years 11 months when they beat Widnes in 1993.
The oldest player to appear in a Cup final was Workington Town full back Gus Risman, who was 41 years 29 days when he led his side to victory over Featherstone Rovers in 1952.

DISMISSALS
Richard Eyres of Widnes was the last player to be sent off in an RL Challenge Cup final, against Wigan at Wembley in 1993. The referee was Russell Smith.
The sin bin was introduced in January 1983 and was occupied in a Cup final for the first time that year when Hull’s Paul Rose was despatched by referee Robin Whitfield. Later in the game Featherstone Rovers’ Terry Hudson was also sent to the sin bin.
The last player to be sent to the sin bin in a final was Shane Rigon of Bradford Bulls in the 2001 final against St Helens at Twickenham, by Russell Smith.

CHALLENGE CUP FINAL RECORDS

Most finals and wins
17 wins in 28 finals by Wigan
Wembley: 15 wins in 22 finals by Wigan

Highest score
Leeds Rhinos 52 v. London Broncos 16 at Wembley in 1999
(Also widest margin)

Most tries by one team
9 by Huddersfield 37 v St Helens 3 at Oldham in 1915
Leeds Rhinos 52 v London Broncos 16 at Wembley in 1999

Most Points by losing team
Bradford Bulls 32 v. St Helens 40 at Wembley in 1996.
Also record aggregate of points – 72.

Most successful fightback
St Helens overcame the biggest deficit of 14 points to win a final when they beat Bradford Bulls 40-32 at Wembley in 1996 after trailing 26-12 from the 53rd to 57th minute.

Biggest attendance
102,569 for Halifax v. Warrington in 1954 replay at Odsal Stadium, Bradford.
Wembley: 99,801 for Hull v Wigan in 1985

Most tries by a player in a Final
4 by Leroy Rivett for Leeds Rhinos in the 52-16 defeat of London Broncos at Wembley in 1999.
Players to have scored three tries in a Cup final are: Bob Wilson (Broughton Rangers) v. Salford in 1902; Stan Moorhouse (Huddersfield) v. Warrington at Leeds in 1913; Tom Holliday (Oldham) v. Swinton at Wigan in 1927 and Robbie Paul (Bradford Bulls) v St Helens at Wembley in 1996.

Most goals by a player in a Final
8 by Cyril Kellett in Featherstone Rovers’ 33-14 defeat of Bradford Northern at Wembley in 1973.
Iestyn Harris in Leeds Rhinos’ 52-16 defeat of London Broncos at Wembley in 1999

Most points by a player in a Final
20 by Neil Fox (2 tries, 7 goals) in Wakefield Trinity’s 38-5 defeat of Hull at Wembley in 1960.
Iestyn Harris (1 try, 8 goals) in Leeds Rhinos’ 52-16 defeat of London Broncos at Wembley in 1999.

Most Cup Final Appearances
11 by Shaun Edwards (Wigan 1984, 1985, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995; London Broncos 1999) – all at Wembley.

Most Cup Final Wins
9 by Shaun Edwards: As above except loser in 1984 and 1999

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Leeds Rhinos 6 Warrington Wolves 30

28th August 2010

By Leeds Rhinos

The Rhinos lost out in their bid to secure the Carnegie Challenge Cup, as holders Warrington Wolves ran in six tries at Wembley.

Ali Lauitiiti and Scott Donald were the unfortunate pair to miss out on selection from the 19 man squad with 20 year old Chris Clarkson in the starting line up.

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Warrington coach Tony Smith announced his squad 24 hours before the final with the shock omission of Richard Myler.

There were contrasting fortunes at the start of the game when Danny Buderus knocked on from the kick off however his team mates made amends straight away when they dragged Ryan Atkins into touch on the first tackle.

The Rhinos seemed to settle into their stride after that and could have opened the scoring after just three minutes. Good work from Delaney and Smith took the Rhinos downfield and after recovering the ball twice off knock downs by the Wolves, Ryan Bailey looked set to score his first try since July 2007. However, replays showed that Mathers and Louis Anderson managed to get under the ball to stop the try. Danny Buderus and Rob Burrow both went close in the ensuing three tackles that remained in the set but they could not find a way over.

The game developed into a midfield tussle after that as both teams looked to take control of the game. However there was some tremendous defence on display that kep the score locked at 0-0.

That changed after 14 minutes when Lee Briers kicked to the corner and Brett Delaney lost the flight of the ball. Ryan Atkins leaped in front of the Rhinos centre to collect the ball and score in the same movement. Westwood was off target with the conversion attempt to leave the score 4-0.

Briers then kept up the pressure on the Rhinos when he kicked a 40:20 in the next set. Eventually the pressure came to tell and Chris Hicks cut  back in off his wing before stepping around two would be tacklers to score. Westwood this time hit the post to leave the score at 8-0.

Leeds managed to get back on the attack after that quick fire set back but too often individual errors cost them position and the chance to attack the Warrington line from close in.

They were then caught by a counter attack from Warrington that covered nearly 80 metres and eventually saw Atkins skip between two Rhinos defenders before going 25 metres to score between the posts. Westwood added the simple conversion to make it 14-0 after 34 minutes.

It remained that way until half time and the Rhinos emerged fired up looking to make in roads into that lead as soon as possible. Brett Delaney went close after five minutes of the half before being stopped inches short and then 12 minutes later he was held up over the line by his old Gold Coast Titans team mate Richie Mathers.

Leeds were left to rue those missed chances when just after the hour mark, Chris Hicks out jumped a back pedaling Ryan Hall to reach up and collect the ball and touch it touch as he fell. Crucially, Westwood got the touchline conversion to take his side four scores in front.

However, the Rhinos did not give in and they got a score back when Lee Smith brushed off the challenge of Mathers to touch downin the corner. Sinfield added the conversion to give the Rhinos the smallest of lifelines. 

Those hopes were looked like they were going to be dashed when Richie Mathers crossed with 11 minutes to go. However, replays showed he ran through a gap created by a blocking runner and the scores was ruled out.   

The Champions were not so fortunate five minutes later when Briers was fortunate to regain possession after it was knocked down by the Rhinos however he set up the position for Warrington to cross and for Hicks to complete his hat trick in the corner, and to become only the sixth player in the history of the competition to score three tries in a Final. Westwood missed the conversion but at 24-6 the games was up for the Rhinos.

On 77 minutes Louis Anderson put the game beyond any doubt when he crossed in the corner for Warrington's sixth try and Westwood once again added the conversion to ensure the Carnegie Challenge Cup would be heading back to the Halliwell Jones, with the final score 30-6.

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