Rhinos hoping for repeat of history against Wigan

Grand Final semi-final Wigan v Leeds Rhinos

Thursday night see Leeds Rhinos begin their journey through the play offs with a trip to the DW Stadium to take on Wigan Warriors, kick off 7:45pm. The match marks the eleventh meeting between the two sides in the post season, each having won five apiece since the Grand Final was introduced in 1998.

Ahead of the game, we have dug into the archives for you to look back at our previous meetings with the cherry and whites in the play offs in years gone by.

1998 – Wigan Warriors 17 Leeds Rhinos 4


Ahead of the two sides meeting in the inaugural Super League Grand Final, Leeds and Wigan met in the first round of the play offs in 1998, with the Warriors coming out on top.

Francis Cummins got Leeds’ sole try as Graham Murray’s side struggled to deal with John Monie’s men, who ran out 17-4 winners at Central Park thanks to tries from Mark Bell, Lee Gilmour and Henry Paul.

2002 – Wigan Warriors 41 Leeds Rhinos 18

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Four years after their first encounter in the post season, Leeds returned to Lancashire to face Wigan in the 2002 play off series.

Now at the DW Stadium, the Challenge Cup holders Wigan were looking to become the first side to complete the double in the modern day and were ruthless against Leeds, going 18 points up inside of 20 minutes and then 27-6 up by the hour mark thanks to tries from Andy Farrell, who scored 20 of Wigan’s 41 points, Martin Aspinwall, Shaun Briscoe, future Rhino David Furner and Kris Radlinski. Adrian Lam, who coaches Wigan on Thursday night, also added a drop goal while Matt Adamson, Ryan Sheridan and Kevin Sinfield got consolation tries for the Rhinos.

2003 – Leeds Rhinos 22 Wigan Warriors 23


Danny Tickle’s 77th-minute drop goal took Wigan to Old Trafford after a pulsating Super League play-off clash with Leeds. The final eliminator was heading for extra time at 22-all until Tickle struck to send the Warriors to the final.

Leeds’ young stars Danny McGuire and Rob Burrow helped the Rhinos dominate the first half to go in 14-10 ahead but Wigan refused to give in; Brian Carney and Sean O’Loughlin scoring a brace each before Tickle stepped up to kick the all important drop goal to turn the tables on Daryl Powell’s side.

2004 – Leeds Rhinos 40 Wigan Warriors 12

Leeds brushed off their previous two play off defeats to Wigan by booking their place in the 2004 Grand Final with a 40-12 result against the cherry and whites.

In front of a capacity crowd, top try scorers Danny McGuire and Marcus Bai led the scoring for Tony Smith’s side (Bai with a sensational hat trick), plus Richie Mathers, Chev Walker and Ryan Bailey sealed the Rhinos’ place in the final with further tries. Andy Farrell and Luke Robinson responded for the visitors, who never settled into the game having beaten Wakefield and St Helens to get to the semi finals.

2007 – Leeds Rhinos 36 Wigan Warriors 6

A convincing display from the Rhinos saw Tony Smith’s side return to Old Trafford for the first time in three years with a 36-6 win over Wigan.

Back at Headingley after a 10-8 defeat to St Helens in their first play off game, the home side blew Brian Noble’s side off the pitch; Brent Webb and Rob Burrow leading the way with two tries apiece. Ali Lauitiiti also got over the whitewash while Kevin Sinfield added two penalty goals and two drop goals – Pat Richards was the only points scorer for the Warriors.

2008 – Leeds Rhinos 18 Wigan Warriors 14

Leeds and Wigan met a year later in 2008 too, and the Rhinos again proved why they would go onto lift the Super League trophy for a second consecutive year.

Lee Smith and Keith Senior gave Leeds a 14-2 advantage before Harrison Hanson brought the scoreline to within six points with a try. Smith’s 40 metre effort though sealed the Rhinos’ place back at Old Trafford as the winger capitalised on an inaccurate pass down the line to intercept and score. Iafeta Palea’aesina grabbed a try back for Wigan but Leeds were on their way back to the Grand Final.

2010 – Wigan Warriors 26 Leeds Rhinos 27

Leeds drew the League Leaders’ Wigan in the first round of the 2010 play off series and the match is one of Super League’s greatest contests to date.

Having gone 14-0 down, most predicted the Rhinos were out of the contest but tries from Danny Buderus and Ryan Hall, plus a penalty goal from Kevin Sinfield in the dying minutes of the half, levelled the game up at 14-14 with a place in the semi finals on the line. McGuire, Scott Donald, Pat Richards and Liam Farrell added tries to the scoreboard, which remained locked in a stalemate until Sinfield’s drop goal on 75 minutes. In a dramatic turn of events though, Richards had the chance to win the game for Wigan with a penalty on the touchline but the winger couldn’t convert, sending Leeds through with a 27-26 win.

2010 – Leeds Rhinos 6 Wigan Warriors 26


The Rhinos’ incredible run of play off success came to an end with a 26-6 defeat to Wigan at Headingley that meant for the first time since 2006, the Rhinos would not be going to Old Trafford.

Kevin Sinfield, who’s drop goal had gifted Leeds the win against Wigan back in the qualifying play offs, scored the only try of the night for Brian McClennan’s side as the Warriors, who went on to lift the Super League trophy, ran riot thanks to tries from George Carmont, Martin Gleeson, Darrell Goulding and Joel Tomkins, plus five goals from Pat Richards.

2012 – Wigan Warriors 12 Leeds Rhinos 13

One of, if not, the best play off meetings between the two clubs came nine years ago in the 2012 campaign. The reigning champions Leeds were looking to get to Old Trafford from fifth place for a second consecutive year and through the boot of Kevin Sinfield OBE, the visitors to the DW Stadium managed to edge Wigan by a single point.

Kallum Watkins’ break away try in the opening minutes put wind in Leeds’ sails and two penalty goals and a drop goal from Sinfield put Brian McDermott’s side eleven points up at the break. Wigan fought back in the second half, thanks to tries from Harrison Hansen and Pat Richards, before a third penalty goal put Leeds back in front, but a final gasp drop goal from Brett Finch went wide, sealing Leeds’ place back at Old Trafford.

2013 – Wigan Warriors 22 Leeds Rhinos 12

The Rhinos bowed out of the 2013 season with a 22-12 defeat at Wigan in the play offs in the sides’ most recent encounter.

Against the Challenge Cup holders and eventual Grand Final winners, the Rhinos showed spirit but couldn’t overcome Shaun Wane’s side as Joel Moon and Liam Sutcliffe scored the only tries for the Rhinos – Sutcliffe’s coming in the dying moments. Josh Charnley, Liam Farrell, Darrell Goulding and Iain Thornley scored the tries for Wigan as they knocked out the reigning champions.


With victory over Hull KR in their final game of the regular Betfred Super League season, Leeds Rhinos secured fifth place, meaning they will travel to the DW Stadium on Thursday 23rd September to face Wigan Warriors, kick off 7.45pm.

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