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Leeds Rhinos 6 Wigan Warriors 26

25th September 2010

By Leeds Rhinos

The Rhinos incredible run of success came to an end with a 26-6 defeat to Wigan at Headingley Carnegie that means for the first time since 2006, the Rhinos will not be going to Old Trafford.

Brian McClennan has recalled Jamie Jones-Buchanan to his starting line up to face Wigan at Headingley Carnegie.

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Jones-Buchanan has been out since suffering an injury against Warrington in the Carnegie Challenge Cup Final. Chris Clarkson is amongst the replacements whilst Wigan sprung a surprise by recalling Paul Deacon to the half backs.

There had been a great deal of hype in the build up the game and the early exchanges certainly lived up to the billing. The Rhinos had the best of the early chances with Brett Delaney breaking through before being tackled short. However, it was Wigan who took the lead after 15 minutes when Pat Richards kicked a penalty when Buderus was penalised for interference.

It was not long before the Rhinos responded though. Four minutes later, Martin Gleeson lost the ball in the tackle and Sinfield was quickest to react. The skipper dummied to pass wide but then raced through the gap to score his fourth try of the season. He converted for good measure to give his side a 6-2 lead.

Both teams were giving their all and deserved tremendous credit at the end of a long hard season. The Rhinos were looking to build pressure on Wigan and they got the ideal opportunity when Ryan Hall earned a penalty ten metres out. However, Wigan defended well and then counter attacked. Video referee Ben Thaler was called upon to judge an effort by Darrell Goulding. The winger appeared to push Brent Webb off the ball and then grounded the ball six inches short of the line but referee Silverwood decided to hand the decision upstairs. The try was not given and the Rhinos were awarded a scrum.

However, as they came away from their line they were guilty of pushing the pass and Lauitiiti's effort to Burrow was snatched up by Wigan. They mounted another attack and an offload from Joel Tomkins eventually fell to Goulding, who cut back inside to score. Richards added the conversion to make it 8-6 after 37 minutes.

The Rhinos endured a nightmare start to the second half. After just a minute, Scott Donald failed to deal with a Deacon kick, which he appeared to have covered, and Joel Tomkins reacted quickest to the loose ball. He juggled and spun but eventually regathered the ball to score.

Six minutes later, Wigan were handed a controversial try by the video referee. As Wigan attacked the line, the Warriors player appeared to attempt an offload but instead knocked on under pressure. However, video ref Thaler adjudged that the ball had been stolen and allowed play to carry on which then saw George Carmont hack on and beat Carl Ablett to touch the ball down. Richards converted both tries to give his side a 14 point lead.

The Rhinos battled hard to try and find a way back into the game. Delaney went close before the Rhinos twice forced repeat sets on the Wigan line however the closests the home side came to scoring was when Buderus went for the line from dummy half, gambling that the slide defence would go with the two players outside him however he was wrapped up and the chance went begging.

Buderus was unfortunate to miss out on a try with six minutes to go when video referee Ben Thaler was eagle eyed and search out the hooker in an offside position from the original play the ball before he took Burrow's pass. The former Australian skipper was dumb struck by the decision but it summed up perfectly the Rhinos luck on the night.

To add salt into the wound, Martin Gleeson scored with the final play of the game, again off a penalty against the Rhinos. Richards added the conversion to make the final score 26-6 and send his team to Old Trafford to face St Helens.

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