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Match Report: Leeds 36 Wigan 6
Posted by Bilko on October 06 2007 - 10:00

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Friday 5th October 2007
Leeds Rhinos 36 Wigan Warriors 6
Headingley, Leeds
Engage Super League 12 Elimination Play Off

Kick Off 8:00pm

 

- Wigan       - Leeds      
5 Pat Richards  T   G    1 Brent Webb  T2     
23 Liam Colbon       2 Scott Donald      
3 Phil Bailey       3 Clinton Toopi      
20 Darrell Goulding       4 Keith Senior      
14 David Vaealiki       5 Lee Smith      
6 Trent Barrett       6 Danny McGuire      
7 Thomas Leuluai       7 Rob Burrow  T2     
8 Stuart Fielden       8 Kylie Leuluai      
16 Shane Millard       9 Matt Diskin      
10 Iafeta Paleaaesina       10 Jamie Peacock      
11 Gareth Hock       11 Jamie Jones-Buchanan      
12 Bryan Fletcher       12 Gareth Ellis      
13 Sean O'Loughlin       13 Kevin Sinfield    G7   DG2 
Interchange:
9 Mick Higham       14 Ali Lauitiiti  T     
18 Paul Prescott       16 Ryan Bailey      
19 Harrison Hansen       18 Ian Kirke      
21 Danny Hill       22 Carl Ablett      

Report: 

When you arrive for the game 20 minutes late due to the dire traffic you just know it isn't going to be your night and so it proved.

Brave effort I thought but simply no petrol left in the tank. Good run though in recent weeks we just need to find more consistency next year.

This may be technically the third week of the play offs but for us it started a couple of weeks before that. We've beaten three of the top four and fell short away from home against a side that had a vital week off during our run! We should be proud not down!

I'm just pleased in the end to have been back in the play offs after two years out and giving a good account of ourselves as well. Roll on 2008!

Leeds set up a showdown with St Helens in Super League's Grand Final with an emphatic win over Wigan at Headingley.

Kevin Sinfield kept alive his run of scoring points in every game with an early penalty for the Rhinos.

And his side were soon 16-0 up after an incisive Jamie Peacock break sent Brent Webb in and Ali Lauitiiti powered over.

Wigan fought back with a Pat Richards try, but the plucky Warriors ran out of steam, Rob Burrow and Webb sealing a deserved win for the home side.

It was a case of one hard game too many for the visitors following their heroic but energy sapping victories over Hull FC and Bradford.

And Leeds were merciless in applying pressure from start to finish.

In fact, they could have had more scores, Wigan centre Phil Bailey denying Scott Donald with a last-ditch ankle tap with the score at 10-0.

The Rhinos thought they had put the game beyond their visitors two minutes into the second half when they pounced on a stray pass from Wigan second rower Gareth Hock.

Stand-off Danny McGuire tapped the loose ball towards the line but slow-motion replays showed he lost control just short of the line.

With man-of-the-match Peacock setting a superb lead up front and Burrow causing problems with his tricky footwork, the Rhinos continued to threaten.

Immaculate kicking from Sinfield, who added two second-half drop goals, meant that Wigan were unable to claw their way back on terms.

Richards, Super League's leading scorer, converted his own try to cut the deficit to 10 points as the game entered the final quarter.

But it was only a fleeting fight back, with Leeds conjuring a hat-trick of late tries to put an exclamation mark on their win.

Scoring: 
12th Minute Leeds 02 Wigan 00 Penalty Goal: Kevin Sinfield (1/1)
15th Minute Leeds 06 Wigan 00 Try: Brent Webb
- Leeds 08 Wigan 00 Conversion: Kevin Sinfield (2/2)
21st Minute Leeds 10 Wigan 00 Penalty Goal: Kevin Sinfield (3/3)
36th Minute Leeds 14 Wigan 00 Try: Ali Lauitiiti
- Leeds 16 Wigan 00 Conversion: Kevin Sinfield (4/4)
Half Time Leeds Rhinos 16 Wigan Warriors 00
55th Minute Leeds 16 Wigan 04 Try: Pat Richards
- Leeds 16 Wigan 06 Conversion: Pat Richards (1/1)
63rd Minute Leeds 20 Wigan 06 Try: Rob Burrow
- Leeds 22 Wigan 06 Conversion: Kevin Sinfield (5/5)
66th Minute Leeds 26 Wigan 06 Try: Brent Webb (2)
- Leeds 28 Wigan 06 Conversion: Kevin Sinfield (6/6)
71st Minute Leeds 29 Wigan 06 Drop Goal: Kevin Sinfield
74th Minute Leeds 33 Wigan 06 Try: Rob Burrow (2)
- Leeds 35 Wigan 06 Conversion: Kevin Sinfield (7/7)
77th Minute Leeds 36 Wigan 06 Drop Goal: Kevin Sinfield
Full Time Leeds Rhinos 36 Wigan Warriors 06
Referee: 

Steve Ganson

Attendance: 

16,112

Results: 

2007 Super League Play Offs - Week 3

Friday 5th October 2007
Eliminator: Leeds 36 Wigan 6

2007 Super League Play Offs - Grand Final

Saturday 13th October 2007
St Helens 6 Leeds 33

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