You just knew. You just
knew. Wigan kept having chances to seal the game but couldn't take
them. Leeds nicked the result and condemned Wigan to a second
Nothing has changed last season. Lets get this
right. A lightweight Leeds pack finished the game stronger than
our not far off full strength pack. Not good enough.
Wigan came out and perhaps got lucky first half. They defended
well and took their chances when they arose.
In the early minutes Leeds came close to scoring three times
but Keith Senior, Ryan Bailey and Ali Lauitiiti all failed to
finish off good moves.
Wigan took advantage by opening the scoring in the 20th minute.
Centre Pat Richards palmed back Denis Moran's high kick and
18-year-old substitute Joel Tomkins followed up score with his
first touch of the ball. It was against the run of play.
Then as half time approached Wigan hit the Rhinos with two
tries in quick concession.
First Wayne Godwin, who many fans say should be starting ahead
of Mick Higham, scored a try all by himself in the 36th Minute.
Leeds had barely recovered from that shock when full-back Chirs
Ashton, swooped on Pat Richards' grubber kick to score a third try
and Danny Tickle kicked his second conversion to send us in at
half time with a 16-0 lead.
I felt we needed just one score to mentally put this match
beyond Leeds but despite repeated efforts we just didn't have it
in us to score. Perhaps leadership is still a problem.
Leeds simply took their chances. Hitting back with second half
tries from Shane Millard, Danny McGuire before Kevin Sinfield and
Rob Burrow sealed an inevitable Leeds win in the last four
Very, very disappointing,