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Leeds Rhinos 12 Warrington Wolves 48

5th August 2018

By Phil Daly

Leeds endured a brutal afternoon in the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup semi final as a clinical Wolves side book their spot at Wembley.

The Rhinos fell behind early on to a penalty from Tyrone Roberts, that came after  but managed to cross for the opening try of the game after 13 minutes when Ryan Hall spotted a gap on the short side and stepped his way through the defence before stretching out to score. Liam Sutcliffe added the conversion from the touchline to give his side a 6-2 lead.

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Leeds were left to rue the fact that they did not make more advantage of a good spell of pressure on the Warrington line from a penalty and a repeat set. Stefan Ratchford was denied a try by the video referee when he knocked on trying to get his arms free in a tackle from Jack Walker and Tom Briscoe before Leeds thought they had scored through Matt Parcell only for play to come back for a knock on spotted by referee Chris Kendall.

The Wolves hit the front after 23 minutes when Tom Lineham came across the face of the defence before barging through a gap and racing 50 metres to score between the posts. Roberts was on target again to give his side an 8-6 lead.

Warrington then struck a vital blow with a try in the next set. Hall seemed to have the high ball covered but he had it pinched in the air by Toby King and he managed to offload to Josh Charnley to score in the corner. Roberts conversion increased the lead to 14-6.

With nine minutes to go until the half time break, the Wolves crossed for a third try when Kevin Brown stepped back inside the defence and touch down beside the posts. Roberts’ conversion gave his side a 20-6 lead.

Leeds produced some desperate defence to keep Warrington out but on the hooter the Wolves managed to put themselves in a dominant position when Ben Murdoch-Masila stayed alive to take the offload and then go through the defence to score. With the final kick of the half, Roberts put his side twenty points in front.

The Rhinos had to make a strong start to the second half to give themselves any chance in the game and they did just that. Brad Dwyer was lively against his former club and made inroads before timing his pass to perfection to Adam Cuthbertson for the prop to charge his way over between the posts. Liam Sutcliffe added the conversion and the gap was cut to 26-12.

Leeds had another great chance soon after following a great break from Nathaniel Peteru down the touchline. Three tackles later, Richie Myler gave a no look pass to Brett Ferres who bust through the gap to touch down. However, the score was disallowed as referee Chris Kendall adjudged the pass went forward.

The Rhinos battled hard after that, including some impressive goal line defence to keep Warrington out but the Wolves sealed their trip to Wembley on the hour mark when Daryl Clark got out from dummy half and put Charnley in space to score in the corner. Roberts added the conversion from wide out and a subsequent penalty from in front of the posts minutes later to make it 34-12.

With eleven minutes remaining Warrington could begin to book their tickets for the Final when Toby King broke away from near halfway, dummied to Charnley and then raced through to score in the corner. Roberts kept up his 100% afternoon with the boot to increase the misery for the Champions and make it 40-12.

Warrington then rubbed salt into the wound with two more tries late on as Bryson Goodwin and Tom Lineham wrapped up the game.

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