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Leeds Rhinos v Wigan Warriors, Friday 1st June, kick off 8pm

27th May 2012

By Leeds Rhinos

Leeds Rhinos return to Headingley Carnegie next Friday for one of the most eagerly awaited games of the season as the Cup holders take on the Champions.

The two teams will meet in the Carnegie Challenge Cup semi final next month but next Friday it will be the Stobart Super League points that will be on the line.

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The Rhinos have not beaten Wigan in six games in the league and you have to go back to March 2009 for the last victory, a 34-10 win at Headingley Carnegie.

Since then Wigan have held the upper hand as they have secured a 26-12 win at Headingley Carnegie in 2010 on their way to winning the title and then snatched a last second draw through a Sam Tomkins penalty last season. The Warriors defeated Leeds at DW Stadium earlier this season so Leeds will not lack motivation for this massive clash.

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Leeds Rhinos 8 Wigan Warriors 50

1st June 2012

By Leeds Rhinos

Leeds Rhinos endured a nightmare night against League Leaders Wigan at Headingley Carnegie as they conceded 50 points at home for the first time since August 1996.

Wigan were without a trio of players through suspension from their win over St Helens and second row Harrison Hansen, who suffered a jaw injury.

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Leeds were without Kallum Watkins after he suffered a knee injury in the Bradford win so Carl Ablett switched from the pack to the centres with Chris Clarkson starting at loose forward.

The signs were ominous for the Rhinos straight from the kick off as Carl Ablett was pulled up for a harsh knock on with the first touch and then referee James Child refused to go to the video referee two minutes later after he failed to spot that prop Jeff Lima had lost the ball as he scored next to the post.

Whilst their bench was missing key players, Wigan's backline was virtually at full strength with Sam Tomkins, Brett Finch and Thomas Leuluai pulling the strings. However it was Tomkins who ran the show for the visitors. He set Liam Farrell up for his side's second try, which there was also an element of doubt over as he grounded the ball early and appeared to lose control momentarily as he went over the line. Once again, referee Child decided against checking upstairs and awarded the score. Charnley converted both scores to give his side a 12-0 lead.

The Rhinos had a half chance when Ryan Hall went for an interception near his own line but just as he looked set to race clear, the ball got away from his finger tips and the chance was gone.

Wigan winger Josh Charnley and second rower Jack Hughes had further tries disallowed by video referee Ian Smith but Leeds briefly stemmed the tide when back-to-back penalties gave them the position for winger Ryan Hall to grab his 16th try of the season, courtesy of McGuire's long pass.

Even when Wigan coach Shaun Wane began to rotate his forwards, there was little sign of any let-up and Lima was held up on his back over the line before skipper Sean O'Loughlin took Brett Finch's perfectly-timed short pass to cross for a third try, to which Charnley added a third goal to make it 18-4.

Tomkins then carved open the home defence to get centre George Carmont sprinting over before scrum-half Thomas Leuluai added a fifth try on the stroke of half-time, jinking his way over for a trademark solo score.

Leeds had lost McGuire to injury by then and their fortunes went from bad to worse in the second half.

A desperate ankle tap by Sinfield on Tomkins halted the immediate danger after the full-back broke out of defence but it created the position for centre Darrell Goulding to send Charnley over unopposed for his 21st try of the Super League season.

Tomkins was also involved in the move that enabled winger Anthony Gelling to go over for the next try on the hour.

Leeds grabbed a consolation try through Hall, his second of the match, before Tomkins struck once more, breaking out of his own half to send Leuluai over for his second try.

Stand-off Finch then rounded off the rout by collecting Rhinos hooker Shaun Lunt's kick to score his side's ninth try five minutes from the end, with Charnley taking his goal tally to seven from nine attempts.

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