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Match Report: Leeds 12 Wigan 10
Posted by Bilko on May 29 2010 - 18:25

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Saturday 29th May 2010
Leeds Rhinos 12 Wigan Warriors 10
Headingley, Leeds
Carnegie Challenge Cup Quarter Final

Kick Off 2:30pm


- Wigan       - Leeds    
5 Pat Richards    G5    28 Lee Smith  T   
2 Amos Roberts       2 Scott Donald    
3 Martin Gleeson       3 Brett Delaney    
4 George Carmont       4 Keith Senior    
20 Karl Pryce       5 Ryan Hall    
6 Sam Tomkins       13 Kevin Sinfield    G4 
7 Thomas Leuluai       6 Danny McGuire    
8 Stuart Fielden       8 Kylie Leuluai    
9 Mark Riddell       9 Danny Buderus    
10 Andy Coley       16 Ryan Bailey    
16 Phil Bailey       17 Ian Kirke    
12 Joel Tomkins       18 Carl Ablett    
13 Sean O'Loughlin       11 Jamie Jones-Buchanan    
14 Paul Prescott       10 Jamie Peacock    
15 Michael McIlorum       14 Matt Diskin    
25 Liam Farrell       15 Greg Eastwood    
29 Chris Tuson*       27 Chris Clarkson    
Wigan 29. Chris Tuson was an unused substitute.


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.

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

Phil Bentham




2010 Challenge Cup Quarter Finals

Saturday 29th May 2010
Leeds 12 Wigan 10 (Live on BBC 1)
St Helens 32 Barrow 12

Sunday 30th May 2010
Batley 12 Catalan 74
Bradford 22 Warrington 26 (Live on BBC 2)

2010 Challenge Cup Semi Finals

Saturday 7th August 2010
St Helens 28 Leeds 32 (at Huddersfield - Live on BBC 1)

Sunday 8th August 2010
Warrington 54 Catalan 12 (at Widnes - Live on BBC 2)

2010 Challenge Cup Final

Saturday 28th August 2010
Warrington 30 Leeds 6 (at Wembley - Live on BBC 1)

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