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Leeds Rhinos 26 Manly Sea Eagles 12

Leeds Rhinos beat Manly Sea Eagles 26-12 to become World Champions again thanks to a brace from man of the match Ryan Hall.

The Rhinos made two changes to the side that lost at Wigan the previous week with Ben Jones-Bishop and Kallum Watkins coming into the side for Weller Hauraki and Lee Smith.

Manly were set to name their strongest possible side for the clash which included Australian internationals Jamie Lyon, Anthony Watmough, Brent Kite, Tony Williams, Daly Cherry-Evans and the Stewart brothers, Brett and Glenn.

Leeds Rhinos were given the best possible start when Jason King knocked on on the first tackle of the game however they could not take advantage after a knock on near the Sea Eagles line. However, the Rhinos mounted wave after wave of pressure inside the first ten minutes as an early signal of intent. Manly though showed great spirit in defence in their first serious hit out of the season and the managed to keep their line intact.

However, eventually the pressure had to tell and after a string of penalties near the visitors line, Rob Burrow got quick ball away from dummy half to Kevin Sinfield. The skipper found Brent Webb, who took the ball to the line before releasing Kallum Watkins to open the scoring after 19 minutes. Sinfield added the conversion to make it 6-0.

Manly were always going to respond to that score with a counter blow and they turned the screw on Leeds for the next spell of the game. Anthony Williams was a constant threat with his powerful runs but time and time again Leeds came up with the answers on defence. Then, just as a try seemed to be coming, Brett Stewart attempted an offload outwide which Hall intercepted and went 90 metres to score. Sinfield added the conversion to make it 12-0 after 28 minutes.

The Sea Eagles did respond soon afterwards and this time it was full back Brett Stewart who made the difference as he cut through the defence following a spell of pressure on the Leeds line to score. Jamie Lyon added the conversion to half the Rhinos lead.

The game was in the balance at that stage and the next try looked like a crucial moment in the game and it was the Rhinos who came up with the goods. Sinfield spotted a gap out wide and kicked crossfield with incredible accuracy right into the arms of Ryan Hall, who outjumped his opposite number to go in for his second try of the game. Sinfield missed the conversion but the Rhinos led 16-6 at the break.

Leeds lost England second-rower Jamie Jones-Buchanan with a knee injury four minutes into the second half and they were forced into some desperate defence as Manly began to find their rhythm. The Rhinos would later also lose Ryan Bailey to concussion as their resources were stretched in the final quarter.

Scrum-half Cherry-Evans dummied his way over for the visitors' second try after 50 minutes and Lyon's second goal cut the gap to just four points.

As the tension mounted, tempers began to flare as Manly grew in ascendency thanks mainly to the excellent play of half back Cherry-Evans.

However, Leeds held their nerve and, after hooker Paul McShane was thrown back from the line by Glenn Stewart, Burrow worked the ball out wide and Watkins got Jones-Bishop over for the clincher.

Leeds then piled on the misery for their visitors when Sinfield's kick caused confusion in their defence and Ablett pounced for a fifth try, with Sinfield booting his third goal. The win meant the Rhinos equalled the tally of World titles won by Wigan and Bradford with three on an unforgettable night at Headingley Carnegie.

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Leeds Rhinos 26 Manly Sea Eagles 12

Leeds Rhinos beat Manly Sea Eagles 26-12 to become World Champions again thanks to a brace from man of the match Ryan Hall.

The Rhinos made two changes to the side that lost at Wigan the previous week with Ben Jones-Bishop and Kallum Watkins coming into the side for Weller Hauraki and Lee Smith.

Manly were set to name their strongest possible side for the clash which included Australian internationals Jamie Lyon, Anthony Watmough, Brent Kite, Tony Williams, Daly Cherry-Evans and the Stewart brothers, Brett and Glenn.

Leeds Rhinos were given the best possible start when Jason King knocked on on the first tackle of the game however they could not take advantage after a knock on near the Sea Eagles line. However, the Rhinos mounted wave after wave of pressure inside the first ten minutes as an early signal of intent. Manly though showed great spirit in defence in their first serious hit out of the season and the managed to keep their line intact.

However, eventually the pressure had to tell and after a string of penalties near the visitors line, Rob Burrow got quick ball away from dummy half to Kevin Sinfield. The skipper found Brent Webb, who took the ball to the line before releasing Kallum Watkins to open the scoring after 19 minutes. Sinfield added the conversion to make it 6-0.

Manly were always going to respond to that score with a counter blow and they turned the screw on Leeds for the next spell of the game. Anthony Williams was a constant threat with his powerful runs but time and time again Leeds came up with the answers on defence. Then, just as a try seemed to be coming, Brett Stewart attempted an offload outwide which Hall intercepted and went 90 metres to score. Sinfield added the conversion to make it 12-0 after 28 minutes.

The Sea Eagles did respond soon afterwards and this time it was full back Brett Stewart who made the difference as he cut through the defence following a spell of pressure on the Leeds line to score. Jamie Lyon added the conversion to half the Rhinos lead.

The game was in the balance at that stage and the next try looked like a crucial moment in the game and it was the Rhinos who came up with the goods. Sinfield spotted a gap out wide and kicked crossfield with incredible accuracy right into the arms of Ryan Hall, who outjumped his opposite number to go in for his second try of the game. Sinfield missed the conversion but the Rhinos led 16-6 at the break.

Leeds lost England second-rower Jamie Jones-Buchanan with a knee injury four minutes into the second half and they were forced into some desperate defence as Manly began to find their rhythm. The Rhinos would later also lose Ryan Bailey to concussion as their resources were stretched in the final quarter.

Scrum-half Cherry-Evans dummied his way over for the visitors' second try after 50 minutes and Lyon's second goal cut the gap to just four points.

As the tension mounted, tempers began to flare as Manly grew in ascendency thanks mainly to the excellent play of half back Cherry-Evans.

However, Leeds held their nerve and, after hooker Paul McShane was thrown back from the line by Glenn Stewart, Burrow worked the ball out wide and Watkins got Jones-Bishop over for the clincher.

Leeds then piled on the misery for their visitors when Sinfield's kick caused confusion in their defence and Ablett pounced for a fifth try, with Sinfield booting his third goal. The win meant the Rhinos equalled the tally of World titles won by Wigan and Bradford with three on an unforgettable night at Headingley Carnegie.