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RHI ANDMIGHTY; LEEDS Warrington 18 Leeds 26 SUPER LEAGUE GRAND FINAL Sinfield a bloody marvel as he takes blows but carries Leeds to glory.

Byline: Gareth WALKER REPORTS

TAIN MARVEL Kevin eld twice climbed off the as to lead Leeds Rhinos xth Grand Final success e seasons.

two occasions the most ssful skipper in the club's y looked set to retire to the es with injury.

r clearing a first-half kick he ed with Ben Westwood and Joel aghan, and needed lengthy atment to continue following knock to the ribs.

Then soon after the break, he again."ent down after eing hit high and late by - following a kick downfield.

But both times Sinfield battled on bravely and played yet another crucial role as the Rhinos continued their Old Trafford dominance. The stand-off finished with 14 points from a try and five immaculate goals, thereby writing yet another chapter in his remarkable Rhinos history.

With centre Carl Ablett terrorising Lee Briers down Wolves' right, Jamie Peacock outstanding in his 10th Grand Final and Rob Burrow excelling throughout, the Wolves fell short of their own fairytale finish on their Old Trafford debut.

Victory also made up for Leeds' Challenge Cup defeat to Wolves in August, and ensured they will take on Melbourne Storm in next year's World Club Challenge.

The sides had been locked together at 14-14 after a captivating the brighter, opening the scoring on five minutes.

Moments after Chris Riley had been held up over the line, Richie Myler spotted a gap in Rhinos defence and darted between Peacock and Jamie Jones-Buchanan to score.

Brett Hodgson added the simple conversion to complete a perfect Wolves start.

Target But the Rhinos then dominated the next half-hour, showing a constant willingness to push the ball wide and target Warrington halfback Briers in particular. Briers had to get through a mountain of defensive work on the right, with Leeds sending Ablett down the channel time after time. With Peacock setting a platform up front and Sinfield stepping forward Grand Final machine clicked into gear. They had one try disallowed when Sinfield's long pass to Ryan Hall was correctly ruled forward, but they were soon level.

Sinfield was immersed in the try, with his kick being spilled by Joel Monaghan, and allowing Ablett to send his skipper over for a rare try. Sinfield converted his own effort and then added a penalty when Ben Harrison was penalised for interference.

Another borderline penalty, for a Mike Cooper high tackle, gave Leeds the field position for their second try.

This time Peacock and Sinfield combined smoothly for Danny McGuire to pick out Ben Jones-Bishop. He made amends for a couple of earlier mistakes by stepping inside both Riley and extras made it 6-14.

At this stage it was all Rhinos, but Warrington found a route back into the contest just on half-time.

The Wolves had to wait until the 36th minute for their first penalty, but three in the closing stages of the half helped them level the scores.

Hooter After knock-ons from both Ablett and McGuire, Briers long pass sent Joel Monaghan over on the right.

Then with Wolves attacking the line with the hooter imminent, Leeds were penalised for not being straight at marker and Hodgson made it 14-all at half-time.

The momentum was now clearly with Warrington, and they regained the lead shortly after the restart.

Leeds full-back Zak Hardaker spilled the ball in a Myler tackle, the blindside from dummy half and Ryan Atkins powered over.

Then the balance of power switched, aided by four consecutive penalties to the Rhinos. Two of those led to their third try - but just as crucial was that tactic of Ablett targeting Briers.

First Ablett earned a penalty for a Briers high tackle on him. Then, close to the line, he ran over the top of Briers to score. Hodgson had missed his last difficult conversion but Sinfield made no such mistake, edging Leeds ahead by two points.

The next try was always going to be crucial and it went to Rhinos. After Ben Harrison had knocked on, McGuire and Ablett combined to send Hall over out wide.

And fittingly, Sinfield added the touchline conversion to seal another memorable night for his club.

HOW THEY RATED COMPILED BY JULIE STOTT LEEDS WARRINGTON WOLVES LEEDS RHINOS HODGSON ...............................6 HARDAKER............................

Sloppy tackle on Ablett let in Sinfield for try and also missed Jones-Bishop for second Leeds touchdown.

RILEY.......................................6 Brushed off too easily by Jones-Bishop for try and had few chances to shine in attack.

RATCHFORD...........................6 Couldn't escape the clutches of Leeds' tacklers. Struggled to make his usual impact on heartbreaking day.

ATKINS ....................7 Strength took him past Watkins and Jones-Bishop for try. Good defensive effort from the England centre.

J MONAGHAN...............................6 Mistake from Sinfield kick led to Leeds skipper going over, but finished his try off well.

Briers....................................8 Decent kicking game from Wolves' all-time leading points scorer. Always looked his side's most dangerous player.

MYLER....................................7 Excellent opening try, darting between Peacock and Jones-Buchanan, and lifted Wolves with early second half chance.

HARDAKER............................6 Knock-on under pressure from Myler near own line led to Atkins' try. Looked safe apart from that mistake.

JONES-BISHOP......................6 Gave Leeds the lead with first half try to make amends for error which led to Myler touchdown.

WATKINS ................................6 Powerless to stop Atkins brushing past him for try. Few opportunities to show normal counter-attacking skill.

ABLETT...................................7 Did good job at putting pressure on Briers' kicking game, got pass away for Sinfield's try and also scored one.

HALL........................................7 Deserved late try to clinch win for champions. Also put in greattack.ling stint to help out forwards.

MCGUIRE................................6 Terrific pass for Jones-Bishop try and threatening with darting runs, but kicking game not great.

SINFIELD................................9 Captained Leeds superbly for record extending seventh Final. Bomb led to his own try and played part in Jones-Bishop touchdown.

CAPTION(S):

LEEDER OF THE PACK: Sinfield was the Rhinos' inspiration

HALL RIGHT NOW: Leeds Ryan Hall celebrates his side's fourth try

RHINO BLASTY Ben Jones-Bishop goes in for Leeds second try
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