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Wigan Warriors v Leeds Rhinos, Friday 11th March, kick off 8pm

5th March 2016

By Leeds Rhinos

One of the fiercest rivalries in world Rugby League will begin again next Friday when Leeds Rhinos travel to Wigan Warriors for a Grand Final rematch.

Leeds got their first win of the season on Friday whilst Wigan made it four wins from four in Super League this year as they came out of a tough-looking clash at Hull FC with a 26-25 victory.

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Wigan squandered a 14-point lead and trailed by four going into the final eight minutes, with a flying finish from Josh Charnley and two Matty Smith drop goals doing the trick bailing them out. Smith's second drop goal came with 105 seconds left and just after Marc Sneyd had cancelled out his first.

Wigan were without six first-team players and dealt a blow before the Hull game with skipper Sean O’Loughlin ruled out. However, Warriors boss Shaun Wane confirmed that O’Loughlin (knee infection) would be fit to return for next week’s game at the DW against Leeds Rhinos.

On that game, he said: “We’ve not played yet and we will improve. It will be a tough week for the players, we’ve got Leeds who got a win today coming next Friday so that’s another challenge again but the players are buzzing and our dressing room is a great place to be at the moment.”

Tickets and travel are now on sale for the Leeds Rhinos away match against Wigan Warriors at the DW Stadium, Wigan on Friday 11th March, kick off 8pm. 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 £22 adults and £15 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 £22 or £15 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 £16. The coach will depart from Car Park F on St Michaels Lane at 5pm. Don’t forget that if you are a 2016 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.
 
NEW FOR 2016 – We will be introducing a new coach travel departure venue starting from this match. There will now be a coach departing for the Wigan game from The Buffers, Rakehill Road, Scholes, LS15 4AL. The cost will be £16 and it will depart at 4.30pm.  Please note when booking you must request travel from The Buffers to ensure you are included on the list. This option is available until 5pm on Wednesday 9th March.
 
Match tickets will be available until 3pm on Friday 11th March from the Leeds Rugby Retail Store. Tickets and Travel will be available to book online at www.therhinos.co.uk/buytickets until 12noon on Thursday 10th March. To book either or both tickets and travel, please call the Ticket Office Hotline on 0371 423 13 15, 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 and are on a first come basis as they have had car parking limited for 2016.
Coach Parking – Coach parking is available at the stadium at £20 and Mini Bus Parking is £10
 

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Wigan Warriors 28 Leeds Rhinos 6

11th March 2016

By Leeds Rhinos

Leeds Rhinos endured a tough night at Wigan as they lost out 28-6 to the Warriors with only a last second try from Zak Hardaker to show for their efforts.

Leeds Rhinos were looking for their first win at the DW Stadium since 2013. That night the Rhinos wore Superman shirts and they knew they would need a similarly heroic performance to get the victory over Shaun Wane’s men.
 
Wigan were unbeaten so far this season going into the game and had not been beaten at the DW Stadium for nearly two years. The home side were dealt a blow just before kick off when England international George Williams was ruled out although he was replaced in the halves by skipper Sean O’Loughlin on his return to the side.
 
The Warriors enjoyed the better of the possession and territory in the first quarter with Dan Sarginson looking dangerous coming in from full back into the line. The home side came closest to opening the scoring when Liam Farrell went over after 12 minutes. Referee Ben Thaler referred the decision to video referee Richard Silverwood but signalled a try on the field. However, Silverwood spotted an obstruction in the build up and the score was ruled out.
 
Leeds’ best chance came when Liam Sutcliffe kicked to the corner early near the Wigan line but the bounce evaded Ash Handley and Josh Charnley was able not only take the ball but also break up field to rub salt into the wound.
 
Wigan finally broke the deadlock after 28 minutes when winger Dom Manfredi broke from deep. Having evaded a number of attempted tackles, he looked certain to score only for Zak Hardaker to recover from a previous attempt and chase back to haul him down. However, Leeds were chasing back and John Bateman took the ball and dummy half and barged his way over. Matty Smith added the conversion to give his side a 6-0 lead.
 
The Rhinos finished the half strongly as they finally managed to get some good field position in the Wigan half but Kallum Watkins was caught in possession as the hooter sounded and it remained 6-0 at the break.
 
The visitors were much brighter in the second half but they could not find a way to break open the Wigan defence.  Beau Falloon, on debut, looked to get involved at every opportunity and he latched onto a loose Wigan pass to attack the home defence. Leeds did get a repeat set but they were unable to make the most of the possession.
 
On defence, Leeds continued to work hard, especially near their own line. Ash Handley was put under pressure under the high ball and he was unfortunate not to make a spectacular break when he burst through only for the last man to catch him by the ankles as the pitch opened up for him.
 
However it was Wigan who took control of the game around the hour mark with a blitz of tries. The first came from Oliver Gildart as he bumped off the tackles in the corner to force his way over. Smith missed his conversion attempt so Leeds still had hope at 10-0.
 
But Leeds then found themselves giving easy metres away to the home side through penalties and eventually Dom Manfredi scored his side’s third try after Taulima Tautai caused havoc with his offload.
 
Smith added the conversion then set up the next score when he caught his rebounded grubber kick on the last. A quick play the ball got the ball to Tony Clubb and held off Falloon and Hardaker to score.
 
That score had came after a bright spot from the visitors as Hall took Hardaker’s short kick off, he returned the ball to Hardaker who offloaded to Kallum Watkins. However, just as a score seemed to be coming the chance was gone.
 
Wigan then sealed the victory when Anthony Gelling caught the Rhinos flat footed from another penalty before going through to score.  Smith converting to make it 28-0.
 
Leeds did manage to avoid a first nilling since 1998 with the final play of the game when Hardaker crossed and converted his own try to make the final score 28-6.

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