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2012 Rugby League Nines Series - Grand Final Night
Posted by cherryandwhite on July 01 2012 - 23:41

Rugby League 9s Series - Grand Final Night
Tuesday 26th June 2012 at Headingley Carnegie Stadium, Leeds.

9s Series Rule Variations

  • Matches are nine a side played 7 and half minutes each way. Interchanges are unlimited with all squad members available in each game.
  • Their are no scrums. Simple turnover restarts play after a mistake or the end of a tackle set.
  • Usual scoring of 4 points per try and 2 points per conversion (which is dropped kicked).
  • However instead of option for a conversion, teams have the option to opt for a "powerplay" which gives them one tackle to score an additional try from the 10-metre line instead. Powerplay tries are worth 4 points.
  • After a try conversion, or successful power play try, the game restarts on half way with a tap for the side that has just conceded. However if a power play has been attempted and failed, the side that has just conceded gains 10 free metres, thus being able to tap on the oppositions 40 metre line.
  • Restarts are not controlled. You can race to restart quickly after a score and if the defence ain't ready - tough luck!

Wigan Grand Final Night Squad

Louis Tierney, Joe Burgess, George Williams, John O'Donnell, Ryan King, Ryan Hampshire, Scott Leatherbarrow, Shae Lyon Fraser, Joe Bullock, Greg Burke, Iain Thornley, Matty Crow, Ellis Grimes, Andrew Cunningham, Liam Carberry, Josh Rooney, James Greenwood.


Having won all 12 matches in the group stage, Wigan disappointed again on Grand Final Night by losing to Featherstone in the Quarter Finals.

It was a controversial defeat though because TV evidence showed that Featherstone played with ten men (instead of nine) for at least three minutes at the start of the second half. Ironically Wigan scored during that period but they got to defend a "powerplay" with an extra man and ultimately that could have proved vital.

However, overall Wigan put in two disappointing displays to lost not only the Quarter Final of the main competition but also the Semi Final of the Plate competition.

Quarter Final

Wigan Warriors 4 Featherstone Rovers 6
WiganlTry: lJohn O'Donnell
Wigan Power Play Tries (0/1): (None Successful)
Wigan Conversions:  (None Attempted)
Half Time: Wigan Warriors 00 Featherstone Rovers 00
08mins:37 Wigan 04 Featherstone 00 Try: John O'Donnell
- Wigan 04 Featherstone 00 (Powerplay Attempt Failed)
11mins:30 Wigan 04 Featherstone 04 Try: Tom Carr
- Wigan 04 Featherstone 06 Conversion: Kieron Johnson (1/1)
Full Time: Wigan Warriors 04 Featherstone Rovers 06

Plate Semi Final

Wigan Warriors 4 Warrington Wolves 6
WiganlTry: lJoe Bullock
Wigan Power Play Tries (0/1): (None Successful)
Wigan Conversions:  (None Attempted)
Half Time: Wigan Warriors 00 Warrington Wolves 00
12mins:48 Wigan 00 Warrington 04 Try: Ben Hellewell
- Wigan 00 Warrington 06 Conversion: Brad Dwyer (1/1)
13mins:45 Wigan 04 Warrington 06 Try: Joe Bullock
- Wigan 04 Warrington 06 (Powerplay Attempt Failed)
Full Time: Wigan Warriors 04 Warrington Wolves 06

Full Grand Final Night Results

Quarter Finals
6:00pm - Leeds Rhinos 22 London Broncos 12
6:20pm - Wakefield Wildcats 0 Cumbria 10
6:40pm - Warrington Wolves 8 Hull Kingston Rovers 14
7:00pm - Wigan Warriors 4 Featherstone Rovers 6

Plate Semi Finals
7:20pm - Wakefield Wildcats 18 London Broncos 4
7:40pm - Wigan Warriors 4 Warrington Wolves 6

Semi Finals
8:00pm - Leeds Rhinos 4 Cumbria 18

8:20pm - Hull Kingston Rovers 8 Featherstone Rovers 12 (Golden Point)

Plate Final
8:40pm - Wakefield Wildcats 28 Warrington Wolves 6

Rugby League 9s Grand Final
9:20pm - Cumbria 16 Featherstone Rovers 10

RFL Grand Final Night Match Report

It was an all Co-operative Championship final for the culmination of the 2012 Rugby League 9s tournament which saw Cumbria crowned winners after a 16-10 victory against Featherstone Rovers at Headingley Carnegie Stadium.

The closely fought final was decided by a last minute try from Cumbria's captain Brett Carter to ensure he lifted the trophy in front of the 1,461 strong crowd and to see Cumbria take home the ?5,000 prize money.

The winning side also produced the player of the tournament as centre Carl Sice claimed the accolade following his outstanding performance.

The Co-operative Championship teams secured their places in the final following victories against two Stobart Super League sides. Cumbria beat the host club Leeds Rhinos in a convincing 18-4 victory with loose forward Liam Campbell securing two tries in the first semi-final.

It was a Rovers affair in the second semi-final as Hull KR took on Featherstone with the Championship side coming out on top. The tightly fought match ended 8-8 after the final whistle resulting in a tense golden point decider. Following unsuccessful drop goal attempts by each side, Featherstone stand-off Tom Hemmingway secured success for his team with a try under the posts.

In the Plate final, Wakefield Trinity Wildcats hat trick hero Sam Fletcher stole the show to ensure a Wildcats win against Warrington Wolves ending 28-6.

A photo finish was needed to decide Rugby League's fastest man as Leeds Rhinos' Jamel Chisolm and London Broncos' Omari Caro finished neck and neck. A video replay confirmed that Caro had claimed the title and the ?1000 prize money.

Rugby League 9s favourites, Wigan Warriors, took an early exit from the competition when they were knocked out by 2011 Co-operative Championship winners Featherstone Rovers in the quarter-final.  Rovers ended Wigan's unbeaten run in the competition with a 6-4 win against the Stobart Super League side.

Hull KR defeated the 2011 Rugby League 9s title holders Warrington Wolves in the quarter-final, knocking them out of the competition by scoring 14 points in the last three minutes to finish 14-8.



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