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8th June 2001: Leeds 18 Wigan 36

Leeds Rhinos v Wigan Warriors - Tetley's Super League VI Round 15
Friday 8th June 2001. Kick Off 8:00pm at Headingley

Match Report by Andy Ellis (wiganwarriors.rivals.net)

How good was Andy Farrell. What a display from the inspirational Wigan captain. It looked in the balance for a while but a stunning second half performance saw the boys through. Lets build on this now and make the Grand Final.

In a great game dominated by the wonderful skills of both Iestyn Harris and Andy Farrell Wigan eventually ran out 36-18 victors at Leeds tonight.
Both sides made a smart opening to the match at Headingley this evening with some hard tackles flying in from the off.
However, it was Leeds that drew first blood with a brilliantly orchestrated move instigated by Iestyn Harris. The Wigan defence was poor and allowed Leeds far too much room and Harris took full advantage chipping over the top for the onrushing Karl Pratt to touch down under the posts. Harris made no mistake with the kick as Leeds took a seventh minute 6-0 lead.

Wigan though, had an immediate response stretching the Leeds defence to breaking point before levelling the scores. Former Leeds star Terry Newton carried the ball before releasing Adrian Lam, and despite Leeds managing to haul him down a yard from the line his momentum carried him over for the score. Andy Farrell converted comfortably to tie the scores at 6-6.
Wigan then stole into a slender lead as Leeds conceded a penalty within kicking distance and Farrell placed his attempt perfectly between the sticks. He added another two on the half hour mark as the referee awarded Wigan another penalty, this time for obstruction, and Wigan claimed a four point advantage

However, Leeds hit back before the interval as Harris caused all sorts of problems running along the Wigan line. He created plenty of space for Tonie Carroll and Chev Walker to work with and after they had exchanged passes Carroll went over for the score, whilst Harris' conversion ensured that Leeds had a slender 12-10 lead at the break.
The second half started with Wigan asking all the questions and the Leeds' defence had to be at its very best to deny Wigan a try in the opening attack as The Warriors enjoyed two sets of six.

However, it seemed only a matter of time and eventually Wigan broke through five minutes into the second period. Leeds were overloaded on the flank and when the ball was flicked wide to Steve Renouf he managed to get over comfortably to grab the first score of the second half. Farrell made the kick look easy as Wigan got back in front 16-12.

Wigan managed to extend their advantage to a crucial six points following a 57th minute penalty. Harris' showing dissent to the referee, ensuring the kick was brought forward ten yards and within range, and Farrell made no mistake to maintain his 100 percent kicking record on the evening.
And Farrell proved to be the thorn in Leeds' side to an even greater degree just a couple of minute later. He threw a dummy to Andy Hay and Kevin Sinfield, who both bought it, and then coasted through the gap before touching down. His conversion came as no surprise as Wigan managed to gain some breathing space for the first time on the evening.

Leeds were effectively finished courtesy of a controversial try. Harris' pass towards Keith Senior was never completed due to interference from Paul Johnson but the referee played on and quick thinking from Radlinski released Brian Carey.

The Irishman raced the length of the field escaping the attentions of Hay, and Farrell's conversion meant Wigan had a rather flattering lead of 30-12.
However, there was to be a consolation try in the game for The Rhino's and arguably it was the try of the night. It was a great solo effort from young Robert Burrow as he twisted one way and then the other, bamboozling the Wigan defence before diving over for the score. Harris converted but despite late Leeds' pressure, Wigan still had one last trick up their sleeve. Steve Renouf again broke clear for an easy try and Farrell had the final say kicking the final conversion to take his personal points tally for the game to 20, as Wigan secured a 36-18.

Team Sheets

- Leeds Position Wigan -
5 Francis Cummins Full Back Kris Radlinski 1
15 Chev Walker Winger Paul Johnson 15
3 Tonie Carroll Centre Steve Renouf 3
4 Keith Senior Centre Gary Connolly 4
14 Marcus St Hilaire Winger David Hodgson 23
1 Iestyn Harris Stand Off Chris Chester 19
2 Karl Pratt Scrum Half Adrian Lam 7
8 Darren Fleary Prop Terry O'Connor 8
9 Robbie Mears Hooker Terry Newton 9
10 Barrie McDermott Prop Harvey Howard 20
11 Andy Hay 2nd Row Mick Cassidy 11
22 David Wrench 2nd Row Dave Furner 14
13 Kevin Sinfield L.Forward Andy Farrell 13
16 Mark Calderwood Substitute Brian Carney 5
17 Anthony Farrell Substitute Neil Cowie 10
23 Matt Diskin Substitute Denis Betts 12
29 Rob Burrow Substitute Mark Smith 21

Score Sheet

Leeds Rhinos 18 --- Wigan Warriors 36
Karl Pratt
Tonie Carroll
Rob Burrow
--- Tries:
Adrian Lam
Steve Renouf 2
Andy Farrell
Brian Carney
Iestyn Harris 3
--- Goals:
Andy Farrell 7

Scoring Pattern

08mins:28 Leeds 04 Wigan 00 Try: Karl Pratt
- Leeds 06 Wigan 00 Conversion: Iestyn Harris
11mins:21 Leeds 06 Wigan 04 Try: Adrian Lam
- Leeds 06 Wigan 06 Conversion: Andy Farrell
14mins:52 Leeds 06 Wigan 08 Penalty Goal: Andy Farrell
30mins:13 Leeds 06 Wigan 10 Penalty Goal: Andy Farrell
36mins:33 Leeds 10 Wigan 10 Try: Tonie Carroll
- Leeds 12 Wigan 10 Conversion: Iestyn Harris
Half Time Leeds Rhinos 12 Wigan Warriors 10
45mins:38 Leeds 12 Wigan 14 Try: Steve Renouf
- Leeds 12 Wigan 16 Conversion: Andy Farrell
57mins:56 Leeds 12 Wigan 18 Penalty Goal: Andy Farrell
60mins:04 Leeds 12 Wigan 22 Try: Andy Farrell
- Leeds 12 Wigan 24 Conversion: Andy Farrell
63mins:56 Leeds 12 Wigan 28 Try: Brian Carney
- Leeds 12 Wigan 30 Conversion: Andy Farrell
72mins:31 Leeds 16 Wigan 30 Try: Rob Burrow
- Leeds 18 Wigan 30 Conversion: Iestyn Harris
78mins:34 Leeds 18 Wigan 34 Try: Steve Renouf (2)
- Leeds 18 Wigan 36 Conversion: Andy Farrell
Full Time Leeds Rhinos 18 Wigan Warriors 36

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