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Warrington Wolves 30 Leeds Rhinos 37

27th June 2010

By Leeds Rhinos

A fantastic second half fightback from the Rhinos and 45 metre drop goal from Kevin Sinfield sealed a brilliant win for the Champions at the Halliwell Jones Stadium.

Leeds Rhinos managed to beat the closure of the M62 to make it to the Halliwell Jones Stadium in time for a much anticipated clash with Tony Smith’s high flying Wolves side.

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The game was played in bright sunshine and the Champions found themselves behind early on when Matt King crossed for the home side. Lee Briers was off target with the conversion attempt but the Wolves were good value for their early lead.

The Rhinos responded in fantastic fashion with Keith Senior rolling back the years with a solo run as he powered his way in from 40 metres out. Sinfield added the conversion to give the visitors the lead after 15 minutes.

However, Warrington enjoyed the lions share of possession after that and responded with two tries Chris Hicks and Ryan Atkins. The Rhinos were giving away too much territory through penalties and the Wolves made them pay. Crucially however Briers missed both conversion attempts to leave the score at 12-6.

The Rhinos made the most of that lapse to level the score when Greg Eastwood cut a brilliant line to take Sinfield’s pass and go over for the score. Sinfield added the conversion to level the score after 31 minutes.

Warrington were keen to go in at half time back in front and they got their chance after forcing the Rhinos to drop out from behind their own line with four minutes to go in the half. Three tackles later, Hicks crossed for his second try. Briers finally found his kicking boots to add the conversion and then on the half time hooter he added a penalty to make it 20-12 at the break.

The Rhinos made the best possible start to the second half when Scott Donald leaped brilliantly to take Sinfield’s cross field kick as Chris Riley lost the flight of the ball in the bright sunshine. Donald caught the ball and fell to the ground to score the try in the same motion. Sinfield added the conversion to make it 20-18 after 42 minutes.

Warrington were fortunate to extent their lead three minutes later when a missed placed pass bounced into the arms of Matt King for him to score. Briers added the conversion to give his side 26-18.

However, the Rhinos stepped up a gear after that and scored two tries in quick succession to take the lead. The first came from Danny Buderus, who used all his experience to get over from close range and that was quickly followed by a score on the wing from Ryan Hall. McGuire spotted an overlap and threw a wide pass for Hall to score in the corner. Sinfield converted both to make it 30-26.

The Wolves though were not going to give up that easily and came right back at the Rhinos and managed to level the score through Chris Riley. There was an element of controversy in the try after Briers took Donald out at the other end of the field before the Wolves broke 100 metres before Riley took Atkins pass to score. Crucially Briers missed another the conversion to leave the scores tied.

It was going to take a champion effort for the Rhinos to respond and that was exactly what came from Paul McShane and Danny McGuire. McShane got a quick play the ball before passing one handed to McGuire to go in from 40 metres out, dummying best friend Richie Mathers to score between the posts. Sinfield made it 36-30 with 14 minutes to play.

With six minutes to play the game was still in the balance but the Rhinos needed to only look to their skipper to seal a famous win as he slotted over a drop goal from 45 metres out.

Warrington battled hard for the final minutes but the Rhinos held firm and to produce a fantastic win over the Wolves and put them in great spirits ahead of next Saturday’s massive clash with St Helens at Headingley Carnegie.

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