'TRUE' RHINOS ON THE CHARGE

Leeds coach Tony Smith welcomed the return of the "true Rhinos" after they comfortably saw off Wigan to book their place in next week’s Super League Grand Final.

Leeds coach Tony Smith welcomed the return of the "true Rhinos" after they comfortably saw off Wigan to book their place in next week’s Super League Grand Final. The Rhinos bounced back to beat Wigan 40-12 in tonight’s final eliminator and will meet the Bulls in an all-Yorkshire affair at Old Trafford. "We got back to what we have doing most of the year," said Smith. "That’s all we had to do. I thought we were very Leeds-like, more energetic. "I also thought we handled the occasion a whole lot better. We were more composed, although I thought at one stage the ball was a hot potato." "We have earned the right to be at Old Trafford now, the next step is to earn the right to carry the trophy around Old Trafford and that is the next step." Leeds raced into a 22-0 lead inside 33 minutes, with left winger Marcus Bai scoring one try and helping set up a length-of-the-field effort for Danny McGuire. Wigan rallied briefly thanks to tries either side of half-time from Andy Farrell and Luke Robinson, but Bai struck twice more in the space of nine minutes to complete his hat-trick and earn the man-of-the-match award. "Marcus was very good again," added Smith. "He has been pretty good for us all year and he was a runner-up in our player-of-the-year awards. "I also thought Chris McKenna was outstanding. It was one of the best games I’ve seen him play for anyone." The match marked the end of their Wigan careers for five players – including Adrian Lam and Craig Smith, who have now retired. "It’s not a nice way to finish their careers at Wigan," admitted coach Denis Betts. "It’s a very sombre and emotional dressing room, because we under-performed. "But I thought Leeds played very, very well. They were the best team on the night and really deserved what they got. They play an exciting brand of rugby league."