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Match Report: Leeds 18 Wigan 22
Posted by Bilko on May 13 2007 - 10:03

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Leeds Rhinos v Wigan Warriors. Carnegie Challenge Cup Round 5.
Saturday 12th May 2007. Kick Off 2:45pm at Headingley.

Thoughts on the Match

Well it is becoming almost tradition nowadays. Wigan go to Headingley, come home with a narrow win and ex Rhino Mark Calderwood gets on the score sheet. Its a far cry from 2005 when I was one of a few that witnessed Leeds 70 Wigan 0.

I'm always of the impression that if you put pressure on Leeds, they will buckle. They generally do not come out on top in tight matches. Today proved it yet again, although to be fair I did fear they'd do to us what we did to them last month.

Wigan showed  great dogged determination and it was yet another fine away day for us Wigan fans. It's was a big step towards us repeating the feat of 1929 when we were Rugby League's first winners at the old Wembley and maybe, just maybe its fated towards us becoming the first winners at new Wembley.

The Quarter Final draw (which is Tuesday at 4:45 on BBC News 24) is looking like being all Super League but we should have no fears whether drawn at home or away. I mean we've had 7 out of 9 victories away from home this season despite perhaps us still having yet to find some real consistency, both week to week and within the 80 minutes? I'll say this, Catalans away would be nice! :)

Story of the Match from Official Website

Wigan progressed through to the Quarter Finals of the Carnegie Challenge Cup with a sensational 18-22 success away to the Leeds Rhinos on Saturday afternoon. 

A typical nail biter, as so often has been the case when these two have matched up in recent meetings. Only two points seperated the two in the recent Super League game, only four points in this one as Wigan completed a League and Cup double at Headingley. 

While both scored three tries it was two penalties from the boot of Pat Richards which was just about enough to see the Warriors home. Full credit to Wigan for a superb defensive show particularly in the dying moments with the Rhinos pressing for points. 

On five minutes, Leeds took the lead through a Clinton Toopi try. Toopi into a gap between Phil Bailey and Mark Calderwood and the Kiwi stretched over. Kevin Sinfield added a difficult conversion, 6-0. 

Wigan responded almost immediately with their first attack of the game. Barrett took the Warriors close to the Rhinos line. A short pass from Fletcher sent in Chris Ashton for the try. Richards goal made it 6-6. 

The Warriors came close to scoring again on 17 minutes, quick hands saw the ball move out to the right, just for a second it looked as if Mark Calderwood had the chance to squeeze in at the corner, instead he cut inside and the opportunity was lost. 

On 21 minutes superb work by Barrett sent Skipper Sean O’Loughlin into a gap and he was able to arc away from Brent Webb for Wigan’s second try. Richards added the extras 6-12. 

The Rhinos levelled the game on the half an hour mark. The Warriors conceded three penalties close to their own line and from the possession Leeds were able to get their second try. Brent Webb the scorer, Sinfield’s conversion made it 12-12. 

On 38 minutes Leeds spurned a great chance with the try line open. Lee Smith away down the right, he found Gareth Ellis inside only for the second rower to drop the ball. So all square at the break. 

Wigan edged into a 12-14 advantage on 43 minutes, Thackray penalised for not standing square, Richards accurate with the penalty goal. 

The cherry and whites were awarded another penalty on 48 minutes for a two man tackle trying to steal the ball away from Paleaaesina, Richards made it 12-16. 

Wigan got themselves into a ten point advantage with their third try of the game on 51 minutes. Ashton with good work and he combined out wide with Barrett to send in former Rhino Mark Calderwood in at the corner. Richards made it five from five with a magnificent conversion, 12-22. 

Webb got his second try of the game on 60 minutes, just managing to get the ball down despite a couple of Wigan defenders, the points given by the video referee. Sinfield added the conversion, 18-22. 

McGuire found space and got a pass away to Ian Kirke, Leuluai made a crucial tackle on the last with less than ten minutes left close to the line. 

Leeds pressed late on in the dying seconds but the Warriors held on for a superb victory to progress into the last eight of the competition.

Game Breaking Moment

The sideline conversion from Pat Richards following our third try was a pivotal moment.

Reaction to the Action

Brian Noble: "We bent our backs today and showed a lot of desire. I thought we handled their big players well. This team is driving me nuts. There is a lot of improvement in us. We showed what we could do in the first 20 minutes when I thought we looked the better team but we kept inviting them back in our half."

Leeds Coach Tony Smith: "I thought they deserved their win. Wigan's defence was very good and they scrambled well. The game is about taking your opportunities. Had we taken the ones we created, it might have been a different result but I still don't think our performance was great. I thought we were off the boil, particularly in the first half. The desire was there from us but it came out in wrong ways. We tried too hard to offload the ball at times when we needed to run it. You've got to produce it on the day. In this competition you don't get any second chances. We were well below what we can do and that's the disappointing thing."

Team Sheets

-LeedsPositionWigan-
1Brent WebbFull BackChris Ashton1
2Scott DonaldWingerMark Calderwood2
3Clinton ToopiCentrePhil Bailey3
4Keith SeniorCentreDavid Vaealiki14
5Lee SmithWingerPat Richards5
6Danny McGuireStand OffTrent Barrett6
7Rob BurrowScrum HalfThomas Leuluai7
10Jamie PeacockPropStuart Fielden8
9Matt DiskinHookerShane Millard16
8Kylie LeuluaiPropIafeta Paleaaesina10
11Jamie
Jones-Buchanan
2nd RowGareth Hock11
12Gareth Ellis2nd RowBryan Fletcher12
13Kevin SinfieldL.ForwardSean O'Loughlin13
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14Ali LauitiitiSubstituteMick Higham9
15Jamie ThackraySubstituteHarrison Hansen19
16Ryan BaileySubstituteDarrell Goulding20
18Ian KirkeSubstituteEamon O'Carroll24

Score Sheet

Leeds Rhinos 18-Wigan Warriors 22
Tries (3):
Clinton Toopi
Brent Webb 2
-Tries (3):
Chris Ashton
Sean O'Loughlin
Mark Calderwood
Goals:
Kevin Sinfield 3/3
-Goals:
Pat Richards 5/5

Scoring and Incident Pattern

05mins:13Leeds 04Wigan 00Try: Clinton Toopi
-Leeds 06Wigan 00Conversion: Kevin Sinfield (1/1)
09mins:43Leeds 06Wigan 04Try: Chris Ashton
-Leeds 06Wigan 06Conversion: Pat Richards (1/1)
21mins:12Leeds 06Wigan 10Try: Sean O'Loughlin
-Leeds 06Wigan 12Conversion: Pat Richards (2/2)
30mins:06Leeds 10Wigan 12Try: Brent Webb
-Leeds 12Wigan 12Conversion: Kevin Sinfield (2/2)
Half TimeLeeds Rhinos 12 Wigan Warriors 12
43mins:28Leeds 12Wigan 14Penalty Goal: Pat Richards (3/3)
49mins:50Leeds 12Wigan 16Penalty Goal: Pat Richards (4/4)
51mins:43Leeds 12Wigan 20Try: Mark Calderwood
-Leeds 12Wigan 22Conversion: Pat Richards (5/5)
59mins:22Leeds 16Wigan 22Try: Brent Webb
-Leeds 18Wigan 22Conversion: Kevin Sinfield (3/3)
Full TimeLeeds Rhinos 18 Wigan Warriors 22

Video Highlights

Referee

Phil Bentham

Match Attendance

9,612

Match Weather

Mixed bag. Sunny at times but also some drizzle. Breezy.

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