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
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 Leeds were merciless in applying pressure from start to
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
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
Richards, Super League's leading scorer, converted his own try
to cut the deficit to 10 points as the game entered the final
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.