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Leeds Rhinos 26 Warrington Wolves 18

A try from Liam Hood less than ten minutes from time helped seal a 26-18 win for the Champions at Headingley Carnegie.

Leeds Rhinos returned to Headingley Carnegie for the first time since becoming World Champions to take on Tony Smith's League leading Warrington Wolves.

Liam Hood was named on the bench for the Rhinos for his home debut whilst Ryan Bailey returned to the squad in place of Ian Kirke on the bench. Otherwise the Champions were unchanged from the side that won at Castleford seven days earlier.

The Rhinos came out in determined fashion and took the game to Warrington. They dominated the early encounters but Warrington were more than a match with a well drilled defence. Leeds tried various options but the visitors came up with the answers on each occasion.

The closest Leeds came to a score was when Ben Jones-Bishop had a try disallowed by video referee Ian Smith. Kallum Watkins attempted to put his winger away in the corner but he narrowly ran out of room as he desperately tried to touch the ball down in the corner.

Warrington had their moments too with Ryan Atkins looking dangerous and Paul Wood held up over the by a brilliant cover tackle from Danny McGuire.

However, Leeds did open the scoring after 21 minutes and it was Danny McGuire who finally unlocked the Warrington defence. He took the ball at first receiver before dummying and stepping his way passed Ratchford and stretching out to score. Sinfield added the conversion to make it 6-0.

The Rhinos doubled their lead seven minutes later with a fine finish by Zak Hardaker. The space was created by a wide pass from Webb to Hall. The England man attracted four defenders such is his try scoring reputation and well timed pass to Hardaker allowed the centre to power through the line and score. Sinfield was on target again to make it 12-0.

Leeds were in control of the game at this stage but a team of Warrington’s quality were always going to have a spell of pressure and they finished the final ten minutes of the half on the up. They got their first try back after 31 minutes centre Matty Blythe powered his way over from close range. Briers adding the conversion.

The visitors then levelled the game in controversial circumstances. Replays appeared to show Ben Westwood drive into Brent Webb’s head with his forearm after the tackle. Webb retaliated and was penalised. Whilst Leeds felt aggrieved Warrington took full advantage and rumbled up field. Another penalty on the Leeds line gave them six more tackles and eventually replacement Chris Hill, who was impressive throughout, barged his way over. Briers levelled the score to make it 12-12 at half time.

The rain that had threatened before kick off began to fall even harder during the break as both teams looked to seize the early initiative. It was the home side who struck first when Leeds produced an 80 metre counter attack. It started with Webb taking a loose kick near his own line before Rob Burrow took up the charge with a dart from dummy half. The Rhinos were on the front foot and quick ball along the line created space for Watkins to go over for a try in his fifth consecutive game this season. Sinfield added the conversion to make it 18-12.

However the lead lasted less than five minutes as Warrington struck through Ben Westwood after the video referee adjudged he had gone the ball down with momentum after falling short initially. Briers was on target again to level the score.
Both teams could feel disappointed to have tries chalked off by the video referee after that. Firstly Warrington had a Myler try ruled out after it was adjudged that a player was offside following a towering bomb by the half back. Then Leeds were denied a score for Ben Jones-Bishop when Kylie Leuluai was found guilty of a blocking run that did not appear to block anyone.

Leeds did take the lead after 54 minutes when Mickey Higham was penalised for a high shot on Burrow. Sinfield pointed to the post and calmly nudged his side in front.

The game was set up for a tense finale and you sensed a mistake might be the difference with both team’s defences looking strong. So it was as Myler failed to knock Sinfield’s kick dead and Liam Hood was on hand to touch down having just come on the field. Sinfield added the conversion and the Rhinos had a winning lead at 26-18.

Warrington battled hard to try and grab a lifeline in the closing moments but the Champions were equal and the Wolves desire to go through the season unbeaten had come to an end at Headingley Carnegie.

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Leeds Rhinos 26 Warrington Wolves 18

A try from Liam Hood less than ten minutes from time helped seal a 26-18 win for the Champions at Headingley Carnegie.

Leeds Rhinos returned to Headingley Carnegie for the first time since becoming World Champions to take on Tony Smith's League leading Warrington Wolves.

Liam Hood was named on the bench for the Rhinos for his home debut whilst Ryan Bailey returned to the squad in place of Ian Kirke on the bench. Otherwise the Champions were unchanged from the side that won at Castleford seven days earlier.

The Rhinos came out in determined fashion and took the game to Warrington. They dominated the early encounters but Warrington were more than a match with a well drilled defence. Leeds tried various options but the visitors came up with the answers on each occasion.

The closest Leeds came to a score was when Ben Jones-Bishop had a try disallowed by video referee Ian Smith. Kallum Watkins attempted to put his winger away in the corner but he narrowly ran out of room as he desperately tried to touch the ball down in the corner.

Warrington had their moments too with Ryan Atkins looking dangerous and Paul Wood held up over the by a brilliant cover tackle from Danny McGuire.

However, Leeds did open the scoring after 21 minutes and it was Danny McGuire who finally unlocked the Warrington defence. He took the ball at first receiver before dummying and stepping his way passed Ratchford and stretching out to score. Sinfield added the conversion to make it 6-0.

The Rhinos doubled their lead seven minutes later with a fine finish by Zak Hardaker. The space was created by a wide pass from Webb to Hall. The England man attracted four defenders such is his try scoring reputation and well timed pass to Hardaker allowed the centre to power through the line and score. Sinfield was on target again to make it 12-0.

Leeds were in control of the game at this stage but a team of Warrington’s quality were always going to have a spell of pressure and they finished the final ten minutes of the half on the up. They got their first try back after 31 minutes centre Matty Blythe powered his way over from close range. Briers adding the conversion.

The visitors then levelled the game in controversial circumstances. Replays appeared to show Ben Westwood drive into Brent Webb’s head with his forearm after the tackle. Webb retaliated and was penalised. Whilst Leeds felt aggrieved Warrington took full advantage and rumbled up field. Another penalty on the Leeds line gave them six more tackles and eventually replacement Chris Hill, who was impressive throughout, barged his way over. Briers levelled the score to make it 12-12 at half time.

The rain that had threatened before kick off began to fall even harder during the break as both teams looked to seize the early initiative. It was the home side who struck first when Leeds produced an 80 metre counter attack. It started with Webb taking a loose kick near his own line before Rob Burrow took up the charge with a dart from dummy half. The Rhinos were on the front foot and quick ball along the line created space for Watkins to go over for a try in his fifth consecutive game this season. Sinfield added the conversion to make it 18-12.

However the lead lasted less than five minutes as Warrington struck through Ben Westwood after the video referee adjudged he had gone the ball down with momentum after falling short initially. Briers was on target again to level the score.
Both teams could feel disappointed to have tries chalked off by the video referee after that. Firstly Warrington had a Myler try ruled out after it was adjudged that a player was offside following a towering bomb by the half back. Then Leeds were denied a score for Ben Jones-Bishop when Kylie Leuluai was found guilty of a blocking run that did not appear to block anyone.

Leeds did take the lead after 54 minutes when Mickey Higham was penalised for a high shot on Burrow. Sinfield pointed to the post and calmly nudged his side in front.

The game was set up for a tense finale and you sensed a mistake might be the difference with both team’s defences looking strong. So it was as Myler failed to knock Sinfield’s kick dead and Liam Hood was on hand to touch down having just come on the field. Sinfield added the conversion and the Rhinos had a winning lead at 26-18.

Warrington battled hard to try and grab a lifeline in the closing moments but the Champions were equal and the Wolves desire to go through the season unbeaten had come to an end at Headingley Carnegie.