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Warrington Wolves 22 Leeds Rhinos 12

2nd August 2008

By Leeds Rhinos

The Rhinos suffered defeat at the Halliwell Jones Stadium after a strong second half performance from Warrington saw them score four tries to see off their Yorkshire opponents. Leeds were missing a number of players due to injury coming into the game and were also without Scott Donald, who missed his first game since joining the club, due to the birth of his daughter. The Rhinos team looked determined to put last week's semi final defeat behind them and Warrington, boosted by the permanent appointment of coach James Lowes, were more than a mach for them in the first half.

Despite this though neither team were able to break through and the first half looked like it would remain scoreless with tough defending along with some misplaced passes keeping both sides frustrated in attack. Warrington got the chance to take the lead in the 12th minute when they were awarded a penalty but Chris Hicks missed the kick. Eventually a try came for Leeds on the 23rd minute through Kylie Leuluai. A great run from Rob Burrow upfield put the Rhinos in a good position before the scurm half offloaded to Diskin who then sent Leuluai crashing over. Sinfield added the conversion to bring the score to 6-0. This seemed to fire Warrington up and in the closing stages of the half they threw everything at Leeds and frantic defence twice kept the homeside from scoring. With a minute left of the half though Warrington finally broke through when Lee Mitchell made the break for the Wolves and showed great vision by offloading to Hicks to his left who before sending the supporting Matt King to the corner for the try. Hicks missed the conversion to leave Leeds with a two point lead going into half time. After waiting 23 minutes for a try in the first half, fans had to wait just 5 minutes for a score in the second half. Excellent work from Adrian Morley, who used his pace and power to evade the Leeds defence, before offloading to Jon Clarke, who dived over for a try under the posts. Hicks converted to put Warrington in front. From here the Wolves began to dominate and it was not long before they had extended their lead. After the ball quickly passed through six pair of Warrington hands, Hicks was the final recipient and the full back was able to find space to go over. Once again however he was unable to add the conversion leaving the score 14-6.

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Hicks made up for this and added to the Rhinos misery on 59 minutes when he benefited from a Kevin Penny break to score the home team's fourth try. For the third time in the game however he missed the conversion. This try sent a buzz through the Warrington team and the home fans and their dominance told once again when Lee Mitchell sprinted free from the Leeds pack and raced in from 50 metres for another try in the left corner. Hicks missed the conversion but Warrington were now in a commanding position heading into the final minutes of the game. Despite the deficit the Rhinos never gave in and they were eventually rewarded with a second try from Leuluai, but with just three minutes remaining it proved mere consolation and the score ended 22-12 to Warrington.

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