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Wigan Warriors v Leeds Rhinos, Thursday 5th September, kick off 8pm

31st August 2013

By Leeds Rhinos

Next Thursday, the eyes of the Rugby League world will be fixed on DW Stadium as the Challenge Cup holders clash with the reigning Super League Champions in a hugely significant contest a week out from the start of the play offs.

A win for Brian McDermott's side could see the Rhinos leapfrog Wigan into third place in the final table. The game has been given extra significance with the announcement of a groundbreaking partnership between the two clubs. 

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Wigan Warriors, Leeds Rhinos, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, ISC Sport and Sky Sports have partnered for the ultimate display of human ability. Fans of Super League are used to being amazed by the supreme skills of the players on show but when Wigan clash with Leeds on Thursday 5th September at DW Stadium live on Sky Sports 2, both teams will bear the mark of the Man of Steel.

The two teams will feature the famous Superman logo on the front of their shirts to celebrate the release of Man of Steel™ which will be available on Blu-ray 3D™, Blu-ray, DVD from 2nd December and can be pre-ordered now. Man of Steel™ will also be available in the Sky Movies Store from December.

The game kicks off the final round of games in the Super League regular season, a week ahead of the start of the play offs and the race to Old Trafford for the Grand Final to see who will be crowned Champions, with all the play off games live and exclusive on Sky Sports. Leeds have won five of the last six titles with only Wigan in 2010 breaking their grip on the Super League title.

Leeds and Wigan have met twice already this season, with the Champions taking the spoils at Headingley Carnegie back in March and Wigan snatching victory in a close contest at Manchester City's Etihad Stadium at the conclusion of the Magic Weekend in May.

Wigan and Leeds' official apparel partner, ISC Sport, is producing a limited number of replica shirts per club for retail sale. You can pre-order yours now by simply clicking here

Fans coming to the match are also encouraged to dress up as their favourite superhero, with prizes for the best costumes. Plus fans should look out for promotions on both club websites to win exclusive Man of Steel™ merchandise in the build up to the big clash.

Tickets and travel are now on sale for the game. The tickets for unreserved seating in the North Stand, behind the posts at one end of the ground. These are priced at £21 adults, £15 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 £15 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, Norma Sherratt on 0871 6633 552.

Official coach travel for this match is priced at £15. The coach will depart from Car Park F on St Michaels Lane at 5.00pm. 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 3.00pm on Thursday 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.

Wigan details are:
Ground Address – The DW Stadium, Loire Drive, Robin Park, Wigan, WN5 OUH
Website – www.dwstadium.com
Ticket Hotline Number – 0871 6633 552
Car Parking – Car Parking is available at £5 per car, £10 per mini bus and £20 per coach.

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Wigan Warriors 6 Leeds Rhinos 20

5th September 2013

By Leeds Rhinos

Tries from Ben Jones-Bishop, Kallum Watkins, Carl Ablett and Joel Moon sealed a memorable win for the Rhinos over Wigan.

Wigan welcomed back nearly all their star names after an unfamiliar line up lost narrowly to Hull FC six days earlier. Leeds had Jamie Jones-Buchanan back in the starting line up whilst Brett Delaney was amongst the subs. 

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The Rhinos had the better of the opening exchanges and looked to put pressure on Wigan from the off. They were denied a try in the opening minutes when Carl Ablett showed tremendous strength to hold off three defenders and get over the line. However, video referee Steve Ganson adjudged he had made a double movement in trying to get the ball down and the try was ruled out.

Video referee Ganson was not called upon shortly afterwards when Wigan were awarded a 40:20 kick despite replays suggesting the ball had gone out of play just short of the twenty metre line. The home side nearly rubbed salt in the wound as they crossed at the end of the set only for referee Silverwood to rule the final pass forward.

Jamie Peacock and Brad Singleton were producing some thundering runs for Leeds whilst Harrison Hansen produced a thundering hit that echoed around the stadium on Kylie Leuluai.

Having absorbed three back to back sets on their own line, Wigan turned defence into attack and looked like scoring only for Blake Green’s wide pass to be latched onto by Ben Jones-Bishop, who raced 90 metres down the touchline to score in the corner, chased all the way by Sam Tomkins. Kevin Sinfield missed the touchline conversion attempt, his first miss in 35 attempts, but his side had a 4-0 lead after 22 minutes.

Wigan should have hit back soon afterwards when Iain Thornley broke through 25 metres out but, with options either side, who went for the line and some desperate defence from Leeds kept him up and then forced an error on the last tackle.

Jones-Bishop was denied a second try when Silverwood judged his was offside at the kick after he made the most of some confusion in the defence. Leeds looked like they might increase their lead as the half drew to a close. Burrow’s slid a kick to the corner which Hall regathered but could not get over the line. Wigan full back Tomkins then stripped his England team mate of the ball and Wigan had one last chance to attack.

The home side then took full advantage going the full length to score in the final minute of the half. Green did the damage, getting passed Watkins before galloping up field and passing back inside to Pat Richards to finish. He converted his try to make it 6-4 to the home side at the break in an enthralling contest.

Leeds made a lightning start to the second half and retook the lead inside the opening five minutes. Joel Moon went close for the corner but then offloaded back inside, Carl Ablett, who was immense throughout for the Champions, was the man on the spot to collect and then push away Sam Tomkins to score. Sinfield added the conversion to give his side a narrow 10-6 lead.
Wigan had chances, most notably from a cross field kick to Richards that needed a desperate last ditch tackle from Jones-Bishop to deny the home side a try. However, it was Leeds who struck next to give themselves a two score advantage.
This time Joel Moon got the try his efforts deserved as he backed up the break, took the offload and squeezed over in the corner. Sinfield added the conversion to give his side a 16-6 lead with 19 minutes to go.

Leeds then hit a killer blow when video referee Steve Ganson awarded Kallum Watkins his 18th try of the season after the centre kicked ahead and regathered to touch down. The try came from a breath taking break by Ryan Hall, supported by Zak Hardaker that took Leeds away from the own line and summed up the team effort on the night. Sinfield was off target this time but the Rhinos were worthy winners.  

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