Leeds Rhinos book their place in Challenge Cup final
Leeds Rhinos are just 80 minutes away from their first Challenge Cup success in 15 years, after they saw off the challenge of cup rivals Warrington Wolves to book their place at Wembley in two weeks time with a 24-16 win.
The platform was laid for a Rhinos victory after an incredible first-half performance from Leeds – who led 14-0 at the break. The Rhinos were never behind all game, and they led as early as the second minute when Kevin Sinfield’s penalty nudged them in front.
From that moment on it was all Leeds; and a brace of tries from Ryan Hall – coupled with two excellent conversions from the returning Sinfield – put Leeds in charge at the break. Warrington struck early on the second-half via Chris Bridge, but the Rhinos responded when Joel Moon danced his way over.
Stefan Ratchford gave Warrington hope after a smart team move, but the Rhinos confirmed the victory when Tom Briscoe picked off a Richie Myler pass to race home from 60 metres. Ben Westwood gave the Wolves the briefest of hope with a try in the final five minutes – but it was all in vein.
Leeds will now meet either Castleford or Widnes in the final two weeks today – with TotalRL.com providing full access of that game online, and on social media. If you’re not at the game, don’t miss out on our coverage.