Leeds Rhinos March On

Committed. That’s the word that I’d use to describe the efforts of  both Wigan Warriors and Leeds Rhinos after last night’s semi-final playoff. Both teams knew that it was the last chance saloon and neither side disappointed serving up something which has been sorely missed this season; a classic.

Super League Trophy

Wigan, massive favourites going into the match, gave Leeds a little bit more hope with the news before kick-off that Sam Tomkins wouldn’t be playing. They clearly missed his ability to return the ball from kicks. Kevin Sinfield was magnificent in pushing Wigan back with his kicking game. In my opinion far too much attention was placed on Jack Murphy by Sky TV and too much was made of the high kicks which rained down on him. They were the sort of kicks that any full back would have struggled with.

The first 60 minutes were very tight, interrupted by some strange decisions from Mr Silverwood. Thankfully neither side suffered too badly because of them. The game really opened up in the last 20 minutes and the scrambling defence, determination and commitment of both sides to defend their line was a joy to watch. Wigan fans will rightly be disappointed at loosing, but at least they lost giving it their all.

Kevin Sinfield

Once again the difference was one man, (Sir) Kevin Sinfield. He isn’t the best player in the world but what he brings to the team cannot be coached or bought. Not even Stevo was calling the one-pointer so early in the game, but Sinfield used his brains and after 80 minutes that split second decision has helped send Leeds to the Grand Final yet again.

What chance a Leeds Rhinos – St Helens final again?

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