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2017 Super League Champions

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Wigan Warriors v Leeds Rhinos, Friday 5th September 8pm

29th August 2014

By Leeds Rhinos

Be there for one of Rugby League’s biggest regular season game as Super League Champions Wigan Warriors take on Challenge Cup holders Leeds Rhinos at the DW Stadium on Friday 5th September in The Big One 5.

The two cross-pennine rivals went head to head in one of the most entertaining and brutal games of the season so far at the Magic Weekend, and there is everything to play for in the rematch as playoff places are on the line.

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Matchday will also see a huge line-up of entertainment including the Joining Jack Rugby Legends side, featuring stars such as Jason Robinson and Paul Sculthorpe in action.

In addition the will also be live music from the New York Brass Band, Carolynne Poole and headerliner, Starsailor frontman James Walsh. 
Tickets and travel are now on sale for the game now. The tickets for unreserved seating in the North Stand, behind the posts at one end of the ground. These are priced at £21 adults, £14 OAP’s (over 60), Students and Juniors under 16. Tickets for Junior Season Ticket Holders can be exchanged for a match ticket in advance of the match by producing the voucher from their away voucher booklet at the Rhinos ticket office. Ambulant Disabled tickets are priced at £14 and helper tickets are also available if required and upon production of valid ID. Wheelchair Disabled fans and any disabled supporters requiring car parking, please contact Wigan’s Disabled Co-ordinator, Louise Peet on 0871 6633 552.
Official coach travel for this match is priced at £15.00. Due to the England Cricket game at Headingley, coaches will depart from The Rugby Academy near Morrisons, Kirkstall at 5pm. There will be no car parking available at the Academy but there is parking nearby. This is in the shopping complex and are left at car owners own risk. Don’t forget that if you are a season ticket holder you can travel to this match for free! You must exchange the voucher you received with your season ticket at the ticket office – terms and conditions apply.
Match tickets will be available until 2.00pm on Friday 5th September from the Rhinos Ticket Office. To book either or both tickets and travel, please call the Ticket Office Hotline on 0871 423 13 15 (calls are charged at 10p per minute – calls from mobiles may vary) or book online at www.therhinos.co.uk/buytickets

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Wigan Warriors 21 Leeds Rhinos 6

5th September 2014

By Leeds Rhinos

Leeds Rhinos lost out to Wigan Warriors at DW Stadium despite a second half try from Liam Sutcliffe.

Given the recent history between these two famous clubs, no other team has won a Super League title in seven seasons other than this pair, this was always going to be an absorbing contest. Add into the mix, the two fiery encounters already this season and it made for a must see contest.

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The opening exchanges were typically cagey with both teams showing their defensive prowess. Leeds went closest when Kallum Watkins made the most of a midfield move but was held up five metres short of the line.

Wigan were utilising the excellent kicking games of Matty Smith and Blake Green to put pressure on the Rhinos trio of Zak Hardaker, Ryan Hall and Tom Briscoe, however the Leeds men stood firm and came up with the correct response.

However, Leeds found themselves under pressure when they were penalised near their line and despite some strong goal line defence, the Rhinos were undone by a clever kick to the corner and Joe Burgess was on hand to collect the bouncing ball ahead of Tom Briscoe and score. Smith added the conversion to give his side a 6-0 lead after 14 minutes.

The game continued to be a tight affair after that but Leeds could not take advantage of the half chances that came their way. Wigan made them pay when Hardaker attempted to set up a long range attack 30 metres from his line only to see Smith intercept his pass and go untouched to score. He converted the try himself to double the home sides lead after 23 minutes.

The Rhinos went close in the closing stages of the first half when Ablett nearly got over from close range however when Sinfield’s crossfield kick was caught by Hall, he could not get the ball away to a team mate and Smith latched onto the loose ball to break upfield to half way. Leeds managed to keep Wigan out but when Sinfield lost possession under pressure from Sean O’Loughlin, it led to a penalty for the home side and Smith, despite slipping over, managed to get his penalty kick over to make it 14-0 at half time. 

Leeds came out fired up after the break and they gave themselves a lifeline when Liam Sutcliffe finished off a bizarre passage of play. Jimmy Keinhorst kicked a dipping Wigan pass ahead, he dribbled the ball on before Ryan Hall picked it up and fed Sutcliffe to score. Sinfield added the touchline conversion to give his side hope. 

They had further chances to cut the deficit but individual errors near the line cost them and the visitors were unable to build any momentum on the Wigan line to create the pressure that would have brought further tries. 

Wigan were clinical after that and took their chance to kill the game off when Ben Flower crashed over after Dan Sarginson had been denied a try by the video referee. Smith added the conversion and then knocked over a drop goal with the last kick of the game to seal the result.

The score almost exactly mirrored the Rhinos win at DW Stadium a year earlier that ended a four game losing run for Wigan who then went on to complete the double in the play offs. Leeds will be hoping that that particular omen is a good one as they prepare to finish the season at Hull FC next Friday. 

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