Super League  Sunday 7th April 2013  Headingley Carnegie Stadium  Att: 15,059

Squad

Hardaker, Watkins, Moon, Hall, McGuire, Burrow, Leuluai, McShane, Peacock, Jones-Buchanan, Ablett, Sinfield, Ward, Delaney, Kirke, Clarkson, Achurch, Moore, Singleton.

Squad

Atkins, Bridge, Carvell, Cooper, Currie, Grix, Harrison, Higham, Hill, Hodgson, McCarthy, M. Monaghan, J. Monaghan, Myler, Ratchford, Riley, Waterhouse, Westwood, Wood.

Scorers

TRY SCORERS:

Ryan Hall

Paul McShane

Kallum Watkins

Ryan Hall

Danny McGuire

GOAL SCORERS:

Kevin Sinfield

Kevin Sinfield

Kevin Sinfield

Kevin Sinfield

Scorers

TRY SCORERS:

Ryan Atkins

Joel Monaghan

Richie Myler

Joel Monaghan

GOAL SCORERS:

Brett Hodgson

Brett Hodgson

Brett Hodgson

Full Report

Match Official: J Child

Leeds Rhinos winger Ryan Hall produced two devastating finishes to earn the Super League champions an impressive victory in tonight's Grand-Final rematch at Headingley.

Hall demonstrated his uncanny ability to score from near-impossible positions as he twice squeezed over at the corner for crucial tries as Warrington Wolves suffered a fourth defeat of the season.

The in-form Hall was in good company as the Rhinos demonstrated their determination to hang onto their crown despite the absence of four of their Grand Final heroes through injury and suspension.

Full-back Zak Hardaker made a big impact on his return from a six-week injury lay-off while early on it was the Danny McGuire show as the veteran half-back twisted out of Brett Hodgson's tackle to open the scoring with his 225th try for the club after just three minutes.

Kevin Sinfield kicked the conversion and added a penalty five minutes later to put the champions into an 8-0 lead.

Leeds looked full of confidence after their stunning win over Catalan Dragons in Perpignan but lacked some of their familiar precision and paid the price on 12 minutes.

Warrington right winger Joel Monaghan pounced on a wayward pass from Sinfield and sprinted 80 metres for an opportunist try.

But the Wolves were even more error-prone than their hosts, who took full advantage of handling mistakes by Ryan Atkins and Hodgson to open up a 16-6 lead.

Hall came up with his first trademark devastating finish, touching down one-handed while in mid-air, while the equally athletic Kallum Watkins fended off the attempted tackle of Chris Riley to touch down at the other corner.

Unable to find a kicking game to subject the Leeds defence to any sustained pressure, Warrington were beginning to look a sorry bunch until scrum-half Richie Myler spotted a gap in the home defence to pull another try back on 32 minutes.

Hodgson's second goal made it 16-12 but Hardaker marked his return from a dislocated thumb with a breathtaking 60-metre break out of defence to set up a fourth try three minutes before the break.

Hardaker beat three men on a dazzling run and, although Stefan Ratchford got back to make a try-saving tackle, it only delayed the inevitable, with hooker Paul McShane forcing his way over from the next play-the-ball.

A 20-12 interval lead was scant reward for the Rhinos' superiority, with Sinfield unusually missing three of his five kicks at goal, but the captain was quickly back in the groove in the second half, along with his team.

The England captain combined superbly with his trusted lieutenants Rob Burrow and McGuire to create just enough space for Joel Moon to get Hall over at the corner for his second try, the talented winger again producing a wonderful finish with very little room to manoeuvre.

This time Sinfield kicked the touchline conversion and Leeds consolidated their advantage with some stout defence, Hardaker pulling off try-saving tackles on Ratchford and Micky Higham.

It took some good fortune to finally unlock the Leeds defence as Ratchford regathered his initial kick that bounced back off Burrow before kicking again for Monaghan, who touched down for his second try after juggling with the ball.

Hodgson's third goal made it 26-18, the same scoreline from October's Grand Final and last year's corresponding league game, and spurred the Wolves to produce their best rugby of the match.

Sinfield kicked a penalty to give his side more breathing space but the visitors had the final say when Atkins went over for a consolation try in the last move of the match.

Match Action

  • 80m
    try

    Ryan Atkins

    Warrington

  • 74m
    goal

    Kevin Sinfield

    Leeds

  • 61m
    goal

    Brett Hodgson

    Warrington

  • 61m
    try

    Joel Monaghan

    Warrington

  • 50m
    goal

    Kevin Sinfield

    Leeds

  • 50m
    try

    Ryan Hall

    Leeds

  • 38m
    try

    Paul McShane

    Leeds

  • 33m
    try

    Richie Myler

    Warrington

  • 33m
    goal

    Brett Hodgson

    Warrington

  • 32m
    interchange_off

    Jamie Peacock

    Leeds

  • 32m
    interchange_on

    Paul McShane

    Leeds

  • 31m
    interchange_off

    Michael Monaghan

    Warrington

  • 31m
    interchange_on

    Mickey Higham

    Warrington

  • 29m
    interchange_on

    Richard Moore

    Leeds

  • 29m
    interchange_off

    Kylie Leuluai

    Leeds

  • 26m
    interchange_on

    Garreth Carvell

    Warrington

  • 26m
    interchange_on

    Paul Wood

    Warrington

  • 26m
    interchange_off

    Chris Hill

    Warrington

  • 26m
    interchange_off

    Ben Harrison

    Warrington

  • 25m
    try

    Kallum Watkins

    Leeds

  • 23m
    interchange_off

    Mitch Achurch

    Leeds

  • 23m
    interchange_on

    Chris Clarkson

    Leeds

  • 19m
    try

    Ryan Hall

    Leeds

  • 13m
    try

    Joel Monaghan

    Warrington

  • 13m
    goal

    Brett Hodgson

    Warrington

  • 9m
    goal

    Kevin Sinfield

    Leeds

  • 4m
    try

    Danny McGuire

    Leeds

  • 4m
    goal

    Kevin Sinfield

    Leeds