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Wigan Warriors v Leeds Rhinos, Thursday 9th July, kick off 8pm

6th July 2015

By Leeds Rhinos

Leeds Rhinos travel to Wigan Warrior’s DW Stadium this Thursday night for a mouth watering clash against Shaun Wane’s side that is always one of the highlights of the season.

The Rhinos defeated Wigan at Headingley Carnegie earlier this season but were then beaten at the Magic Weekend at St James Park in Newcastle by the Cherry and Whites. 

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Since that game, Wigan have lost to Saints and last Thursday to Warrington either side of victories over Huddersfield and Salford. 

The tickets are for unreserved seating in the North Stand, which is behind the posts at one end of the ground. These are priced at £21 adults and £14 for concessions (OAP's over 60, full time students and Juniors under 16). Tickets for Junior Season Members can be exchanged for a match ticket in advance of the match by producing the voucher from their away voucher booklet at the Leeds Rugby Retail Store or Ticket Office (match day only).

Ambulant disabled tickets are priced at £21 or £14 depending on age. Helper tickets are also available if required and upon production of valid ID. For wheelchair disabled tickets and disabled car parking, please contact Louise Peet, the DW Stadium Disability Liaison Officer on 0871 6633552.

Official coach travel for this match is priced at £15. The coach will depart from Car Park F on St Michaels Lane at 5pm. Don't forget that if you are a 2015 season member you can travel to this match for free! You must exchange the voucher you received with your season membership card at the Leeds Rugby Retail Store or Ticket Office (match day only) – terms and conditions apply.

Match tickets will be available until 3pm on Thursday 9th July from the Leeds Rugby Retail Store. 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), come down to the Leeds Rugby Retail Store at Headingley Carnegie Stadium or book online at www.therhinos.co.uk/buytickets.

Wigan Warriors details are:
Ground Address – DW Stadium, Stadium Way, WN5 0UN
Website – www.wiganwarriors.com
Ticket Hotline Number – 0871 66 33 552 (calls cost 10p per minute from a BT landline, other operators may vary)
Car Parking – Car Parking is available in Car Park 1 at the stadium priced at £5 per car
Coach Parking – Coach parking is available at the stadium at £20 and Mini Bus Parking is £10

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Wigan Warriors 26 Leeds Rhinos 24

9th July 2015

By Leeds Rhinos

Leeds Rhinos lost out to a late Matty Smith penalty at Wigan despite tries from Paul Aiton, Brad Singleton, Ash Handley and Rob Burrow.

The Rhinos are without a number of players with Zak Hardaker suspended for one game and Jamie Jones-Buchanan (calf), Tom Briscoe (shoulder), Stevie Ward (ankle), Mitch Achurch (wrist), Liam Sutcliffe (knee) and Ashton Golding (back) all ruled out through injury. 

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Wigan have utility forward Tony Clubb back from injury and he replaces Ryan Sutton while the Warriors have also recalled second rower John Bateman after being rested against Warrington.

Winger Josh Charnley returns to the side in place of Dom Manfredi, who has an ankle problem. Wigan coach Shaun Wane will give late fitness checks to skipper Sean O'Loughlin and stand-off George Williams before deciding if they can make the starting line-up.

Leeds had the best of the early exchanges and kept Shaun Wane’s side camped inside their own half. The visitors looked the most likely of scorers until Wigan took advantage of the bounce of the ball. The home side appeared to have lost the ball in the tackle only for referee Richard Silverwood to signal the ball had gone backwards, Matty Bowen reacted quickest and caught the Rhinos flat footed to break clear. He passed to Liam Farrell who was stopped near the Leeds line however a penalty soon after kept the pressure on and it was only when Wigan kicked dead on the last that the Rhinos could breath easier.
 
As if stunned by that, the Rhinos made sure on their next visit to the Wigan line. Adam Cuthbertson put Danny McGuire through a gap and although the momentum was initially halted in the corner, the ball was moved to the other side and Paul Aiton spotted a gap from dummy half to squeeze over. Kevin Sinfield added the conversion to make it 6-0 after 11 minutes.
 
The Rhinos were good value for their lead at that stage but they were then hit by a double blow by Wigan as they crossed for two tries in three minutes. The first came from Farrell after Bowen had put Joe Burgess in space down the win and he had kicked in field for Farrell. The forward collected the ball on the first bounce and went over for the try.
 
Wigan had their tails up now and gained a penalty from the restart on halfway. They moved the ball in field and Sean O’Loughlin held off the attempted tackle by Kallum Watkins to get the ball down. Matty Smith converted both tries to give his team a 12-6 lead.
 
The Rhinos hit back with a well crafted try from Brad Singleton. The move started when Aiton intercepted on half way and set off down field. The Rhinos kept the ball alive and a reverse pass from Cuthbertson put Singleton in space and he crashed over for his eighth try of the season. Sinfield added the conversion to level the score.
 
Leeds looked like they had scored a sensational try soon after when they offloaded at will in the process before Cuthbertson finally put McGuire over to score. However, referee Silverwood ruled a no try on the field before passing it upstairs to the video referees and the score was disallowed as Watkins as adjudged to have obstructed Joel Tomkins as the Wigan threw his arms up in protest.
 
Wigan made the most of their let off and went down field, eventually crossing for a third try when Bowen collected George Williams kick to score. Smith added the conversion to give his side a 18-12 lead.
 
The Warriors then camped themselves on the Leeds line in the final minutes of the half but the Rhinos produced some outstanding defence to keep them out and finally they resorted to an attempted drop goal by Smith which went wide by some margin to leave the score at 18-12 at the break.
 
The start of the second half was just as cagey from both teams with defences ruling the pattern of the game. It looked like the game would be decided on fine margins and that was certainly the case with the first try of the half. Wigan attempted to offload the ball, the initial pass was backwards but rolled forward only for Smith to appear on replays to knock on anyway before Moon slid in. However, referee Silverwood adjudged that Moon had knocked on and gave Wigan the scrum. Bowen made the most of the chance but cutting through before Smith kicked to the corner for Charnley to beat Hall to the try. Smith added the touchline conversion to give his side a 24-12 lead.
 
The Rhinos had to produce some incredible defence to keep the margin at that most notably a fantastic tackle by McGuire on McIlorum that was matched by Watkins fail in his team mate at full back to stay out on the support runner from Wigan and deny the easy score.
 
Leeds then hit back in typical fashion with Cuthbertson causing panic in the middle with his offload game before Sinfield kicked to the corner for Handley to chase. The young man showed a cool head to all the ball to run and then dive on it. Sinfield added the conversion from wide out to bring his side back to 24-18.
 
In the final ten minutes the Rhinos produced wave after wave of pressure on the Wigan line. Time and again, the Warriors came up with the answer however Leeds kept battering away and finally the break through came when Burrow side stepped two would be tacklers to go over beside the posts. Sinfield added the conversion to level the game with four minutes to go.
 
However there was still time for one last drama. Leeds were penalised for obstruction 40m out as Ablett broke clear and referee Silverwood offered Smith the chance to win the game. He coolly slotted the penalty and with five seconds left on the clock, time had run out in this game for the Rhinos. 

 

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