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Match Report: Leeds 12 Wigan 10
Posted by Bilko on May 29 2010 - 19:25

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Leeds Rhinos v Wigan Warriors - Carnegic Challenge Cup Quarter Final.
Saturday 29th May
 2010. Kick Off 2:30pm at Headingley.

Well, sport can be cruel and after two hours of driving rain in our faces their is no crueller way to lose a game of Rugby League than that.

Personally I don't think you can point the finger of blame at anyone. It came down to an accidental offside in the end. Had that been kicked away we would have won, suppose you have to credit the Leeds defence at that one. Luck was on their side.

Some point the blame at Sam Tomkins for his wild pass that went intercepted out wide. Maybe a bad error but he saw that Amos Roberts was clear on the wing and Ryan Hall just read it well.

The only real criticism is perhaps we went into the match with too light a bench? Feka Paleaaesina was warming up pre game but not selected. Surely that is the biggest sign he could ever get to suggest his Wigan career is well and truly over? Chris Tuson though isn't strong enough for me and he didn't even made the field today. That's plain daft. Why waste a substitute? I think Ben Davies, who made his debut last week at Crusaders, would have been a far better option than Tuson. Especially in those conditions.

At one point late in the game Brian McClennan threw on Jamie Peacock, Kylie Leuluai and Greg Eastwood together. Maybe, just maybe that gave Leeds the vital edge?

Bit galling to see Liam Farrell sin binned though. Just looking on the TV Replay John Kear is spitting feathers saying Farrell could have pulled out. I'd like to see him demonstrate how you pull out a tackle whilst jumping mid air? I'd say it's impossible to do that. He turned his back at least and simply couldn't avoid hitting him in my view. I think Jonathan Davies rightly corrected Kear on that one.

But after Jamie Peacock went unpunished with a bad high tackle on Sam Tomkins it's just more proof that the referee's boss Stuart Cummings is doing a bad job. Not just that incident but how many times whether at games or watching on TV do you see bad high tackles just end up going unpunished or on report? Why not give them a yellow card? What's the difference between that and a supposed late challenge? No one can surely argue Farrell's "late challenge" was worse than Peacock's high shot? Where's the justice in that? Then their was Keith Seniors kick in the eye of Joel Tomkins. Personally looking at it, it looks an accident but should players be having boots flaying around like that?

Despite all that I think Wigan lost this game in the five minutes up to half time. Having built up a healthy 6-0 lead we immediately knocked on and conceded a daft penalty through Andy Coley. Before we knew it, a healthy 6-0 had become a tight 6-4. Had we held on to 6-0 I think we would have won the game comfortably. I'm sure we'd have found a drop goal somewhere and I think in those dire conditions that would have been more than enough.

So sadly Wembley isn't to be for another season. But I saw enough to suggest we can win Super League this season. We need these games at home so if we can keep 1st or 2nd we'll get that. I've no doubt we'd have beaten Leeds today had the game been at Wigan. So for that reason it would be nice to get an elusive big cup tie at DW Stadium next year. This will take some getting over though. Should be an interesting match against Castleford next weekend.

Reaction to the Action

Coach Michael Maguire: "We're all very disappointed about the outcome. We're going to have to learn from that and take it forward. It was credit to our guys. We hung in there but unfortunately cracked right at the end. They're a good team and they've been around a long time winning games like that. We're going to have to utilise the disappointment in the Super League competition. We are in a good position in the League and we now need to put our focus towards that."

Leeds coach Brian McClennan: "We knew that, if it was close in the last quarter, we felt fairly confident because of our big-match experience. We're not being big-headed but, if it's close with 10 or 15 minutes to go, most teams get a bit edgy against us because we have a track record of getting teams at the death and that track record still stands."

Team Sheets

-LeedsPositionWigan-
28Lee SmithFull BackPat Richards5
2Scott DonaldWingerAmos Roberts2
3Brett DelaneyCentreMartin Gleeson3
4Keith SeniorCentreGeorge Carmont4
5Ryan HallWingerKarl Pryce20
13Kevin SinfieldStand OffSam Tomkins6
6Danny McGuireScrum HalfThomas Leuluai7
8Kylie LeuluaiPropStuart Fielden8
9Danny BuderusHookerMark Riddell9
16Ryan BaileyPropAndy Coley10
17Ian Kirke2nd RowJoel Tomkins12
18Carl Ablett2nd RowPhil Bailey16
11J.Jones-BuchananL.ForwardSean O'Loughlin13
-
10Jamie PeacockSubstitutePaul Prescott14
14Matt DiskinSubstituteMike McIlorum15
15Greg EastwoodSubstituteLiam Farrell25
27Chris ClarksonSubstituteChris Tuson*29
-Brian McClennanCoachMichael Maguire-

*Chris Tuson was an unused substitute.

Score Sheet

Leeds Rhinos 12---Wigan Warriors 10
Tries (1):
Lee Smith
---Tries (0):
Goals:
Kevin Sinfield 4/8
---Goals:
Pat Richards 5/6

Scoring and Incident Pattern

08mins:44Wigan On ReportAndy Coley (Alledged Dangerous Tackle)
11mins:54Leeds 00Wigan 00K.Sinfield Missed Penalty Goal (0/1)
13mins:34Leeds 00Wigan 00K.Sinfield Missed Penalty Goal (0/2)
22mins:52Leeds 00Wigan 02Penalty Goal: Pat Richards (1/1)
30mins:15Leeds 00Wigan 04Penalty Goal: Pat Richards (2/2)
34mins:02Leeds 00Wigan 06Penalty Goal: Pat Richards (3/3)
35mins:40Leeds 02Wigan 06Penalty Goal: Kevin Sinfield (1/3)
39mins:06Leeds 04Wigan 06Penalty Goal: Kevin Sinfield (2/4)
Half TimeLeeds Rhinos 04 Wigan Warriors 06
42mins:57Leeds 04Wigan 06P.Richards Missed Penalty Goal (3/4)
47mins:34Wigan Sin BinLiam Farrell (Late Challenge on Kicker)
48mins:10Leeds 06Wigan 06Penalty Goal: Kevin Sinfield (3/5)
51mins:21Leeds 06Wigan 06K.Sinfield Missed Penalty Goal (3/6)
57mins:41Leeds 06Wigan 08Penalty Goal: Pat Richards (4/5)
65mins:19Leeds 08Wigan 08Penalty Goal: Kevin Sinfield (4/7)
68mins:28Leeds 08Wigan 10Penalty Goal: Pat Richards (5/6)
78mins:16Leeds 12Wigan 10Try: Lee Smith
-Leeds 12Wigan 10K.Sinfield Missed Conversion (4/8)
Full TimeLeeds Rhinos 12 Wigan Warriors 10

Video Highlights

Top 5 Wigan Players as voted on our Message Board

Man of the Match: Pat Richards
2nd: Sean O'Loughlin 3rd: Mark Riddell 4th: Joel Tomkins 5th: Sam Tomkins

Referee

Phil Bentham

Video Referee

Steve Ganson

Penalties Conceded

Leeds 10 Wigan 13

Match Attendance

9,242 (2,500 Wigan Fans)

Television

Weather

Very Wet and Miserable

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