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Leeds Rhinos 6-30 Warrington Wolves
Full time So that is it from Wembley, Warrington are the winners and now all eyes shift to the engage Super League play-offs.
80 And there is the final hooter - Warrington are the Carnegie Challenge Cup winners for a second successive year! The Wolves thoroughly deserve their victory having been stellar in attack and defence. As ever, Briers was the catalyst for all their best work, while Hicks who will grab plenty of the headlines with his sensational hat-trick.
77 Westwood knocks over the kick as Warrington reach 30 points.
76 TRY! - Louis Anderson heaps more misery on the poor Rhinos. The loose forward easily cuts through a tired defence to touch down on the left. This is starting to get ugly.
74 Briers messes up the drop goal but it is about the only mistake he's made all afternoon. Despite that hat-trick from Hicks, the Lance Todd Trophy is going home in the hands of Warrington's influential stand-off.
73 Westwood shoves his conversion to the left, though it doesn't really matter any more. If he had knocked over all his kicks this would have been a rather ugly final score.
72 TRY! - They thought it was all over...well it is now! Hicks is the Warrington hero as he clinches the cup and a hat-trick to boot. The Wolves keep the ball alive and work it to their winger who then cuts back inside, fending off three tired tacklers to get the ball down.
70 Warrington think they've sealed it when Mathers cuts off his right foot and forces his way through to score. However his celebrations are cut short when the television official rules the try out - Ben Westwood had taken Kirke right out of the line as a dummy runner.
68 Sinfield adds the conversion to make it 20-6. Surely they can't win this??!!
67 TRY! - The Rhinos still believe as they finally get off the mark. Smith is the man to get over, galloping onto a pass down the right wing and forcing off the tackle of Mathers to ground the ball.
63 Westwood rubs salt in the Rhinos' wounds by knocking over the touchline conversion with ease. Make that a 20-point gap with time ticking away.
62 TRY! - Warrington have surely just put the final nail in the Leeds coffin. Briers is once again the creator, spiralling a kick out towards the right. It looks like he's put too much on it but from nowhere Hicks climbs above Hall to grab the catch. The winger does well to plant the ball down and the Wolves lead by 18.
60 The hour mark arrives at Wembley with Mr Silverwood celebrating the landmark by blowing for a penalty. The conditions are beginning to take their toll on both sets of players as the pace drops.
56 Jones-Buchanan limps off in the left corner - my the Rhinos have had their injury problems this afternoon. They certainly don't want to be losing forwards.
54 Warrington finally get going in attack, Monaghan cutting across field but proving unable to hit Riley with a pass. Briers completes the set of six with a kick to the corner that forces Hall to back pedal and catch. Drop out to follow.
51 It's all Leeds now. First Kirke pushes hard towards the posts and, after the forward is stopped short, the ball is worked out to the right. A lovely run-around move seems set to put Delaney over but for the second time this afternoon Mathers gets himself underneath an attacker to stop them from grounding the ball.
50 Burrow's now in a scrum cap after taking a blow to the head. Leeds cannot afford to lose either him nor his half-back partner McGuire at this stage of the contest.
48 Leeds press on both sides of the field, keeping the ball alive but proving unable to find a way through this tremendous Warrington defence. It seems Ablett might have finally found a gap but it soon closes up and his pass out of the tackle goes straight to Monaghan. At least that was a sign of hope for the Rhinos.
46 McGuire threatens with a burst down the left but the move - and possibly his participation in the final - comes to a shuddering halt when he's clipped by Briers' boot. The unintentional blow to the back of his head looks like it's knocked him out cold but, after a brief period of treatment, he's sitting up. He's going to stay on the pitch and play the ball, the Leeds fans clapping their stand-off for his sheer bravery.
45 Riley rises like a salmon to reel in Sinfield's high kick out to the right. It did seem that Monaghan had picked up a knock in Warrington's last set of six but the Australian appears keen to run the problem off.
42 Warrington break down the middle through Westwood. He weighs up his options and, rather than going inside for Higham, the second-rower kicks to the right for King to chase. The centre looks favourite but somehow that little man Burrow gets back to deny him, forcing a knock-on that gets Leeds the ball. A huge chance there for the Wolves to surely put this game to bed so early in the second half.
41 We're back underway in the final with Morley taking up the opening carry.
Half time So it's 14-0 to the Wolves thanks to a brace from Atkins sandwiching an effort from Hicks out on the right. Leeds have plenty of work to do - what they wouldn't give for a fully fit Jamie Peacock to help their attempts at a recovery. If they win this from here it could be the greatest comeback since Peter Andre.
40 David Solomona treats us to a magical piece of handling right before the half-time hooter, fooling two Leeds tacklers with an outrageous dummy. Eventually the Rhinos manage to complete the tackle and bring the first 40 minutes to a close.
36 Westwood can't miss from bang in front of the uprights, making it 14-0 in favour of the rampant Wolves. Atkins is breaking the hearts of the Leeds fans, including the rest of his family who are at the ground today! The centre's brace has put the reigning champions in full control of this contest.
35 TRY! Out of nothing Warrington get over for a third time. A high kick by Leeds breaks kindly back to Riley, who sets off on a mazy run to the halfway line. From the resulting play-the-ball Atkins picks up, throws a dummy to beat two tired forwards and then bursts clear.
33 A knock-on stops Warrington in their tracks and soon after a forward pass means a potential try-scoring chance for Leeds goes begging. It's all getting a bit too scrappy as we fast approach half time at Wembley.
31 A pass round his back by Jones-Buchanan looks to have set Hall free but Hicks shows he's just as good in defence as attack, getting across to force his fellow winger out of the field of play.
29 The errors continue as Higham lets the ball slip from his grasp as he tries to get up and get on with the game. Suddenly everything has become a little scrappy and we're hearing plenty of Mr Silverwood's whistle.
29 Monaghan spots two Leeds players offside and duly runs straight at them, winning the Wolves a clever penalty.
26 Another penalty follows, this time for stripping the ball in a two-man tackle on Senior. Leeds don't even contemplate taking on the kick, instead getting straight on with it. The risk backfires, though, when McGuire spills the ball in the tackle.
25 Warrington are this time caught out for not standing square at the tackle area, allowing Sinfield to send the ball deep into their territory. Leeds could do with something after a tough 10 minutes...
23 Just as I type that Warrington are penalised, Richard Silverwood's whistle coming much to the relief of the Rhinos. They push hard, particularly down the left with Senior, but finish the set with a tame six straight into the grateful arms of Briers.
22 A penalty for offside heaps more pressure on the Rhinos. However some superb defensive work out wide on the left takes the dangerous King into touch. Leeds get the ball back and need to calm the nerves with a steady set of six.
19 Westwood again misses the conversion, though he does get a little closer this time by striking the upright. Still, it's an 8-0 advantage to Warrington as we approach the midway point of the opening half.
18 TRY! And the Wolves are roaring now! Chris Hicks is the man to get over, the winger finishing superbly after cutting back inside from Matt King's pass. However it was that man Briers who created space with a long, floated pass that had such a tight spiral Dan Marino would have been proud of it.
17 Briers shows his class with the boot again, hammering a 40-20 to give Warrington another chance to attack.
16 Westwood can't add the extas, meaning it's a 4-0 scoreline in favour of the Wolves despite the fact they've had far less possession.
15 TRY! Warrington break the deadlock and it's Ryan Atkins who gets the opening try of the afternoon. Leeds looked to have snuffed out the danger following a break rom Matt King down the right but Briers' kick allows Atkins to catch and finish unopposed. Delaney completely misjudged it, allowing his rival centre the freedom of Wembley.
14 Leeds seem to have a concern over Danny McGuire. The influential stand-off is limping a little.
12 The handling errors continue as Keith Senior coughs up the ball. If you want to get in touch during the final then drop an e-mail to email@example.com. Predictions - particularly for the Lance Todd Trophy - are always welcome.
9 Adrian Morley looks up too soon with the line at his mercy after Lee Smith had failed to deal with a towering bomb. The ball rolled kindly towards the talismanic prop but he went without it, giving Leeds a huge repreive.
8 Carvell and Leuluai come together in a huge collision, the kind that would have seen a mere mortal like you or I flattened to the floor. This final is not disappointing in the opening stages.
5 The Wolves show their teeth in the tackle to keep the Rhinos at bay. Although they struggle to make too much ground on their first full set of six, the ball is kicked deep to help get them pushed up the field.
4 Ryan Bailey looks certain to score when he trundles through a huge gap but somehow can't get the ball down. Richie Mathers is steamrollered by his former team-mate but in falling backwards he gets underneath the ball. With help from Louie Anderson he manages to stop the big forward from grounding it. Superb defence but the Warrington line is creaking.
3 I should have mentioned that Leeds are in their predominantly yellow shirts and are now on the attack after taking a chance on the last tackle. McGuire eventually kicks it and a touch off a Warrington player results in a second successive set.
1 What a push! Buderus can breath a huge sigh of relief as Ryan Atkins is forced out of play on the first tackle by not one, not two, not even three but four hungry Rhinos.
1 We're underway at Wembley as Warrington kick off...and Leeds drop it! Buderus seems to lose it a little and falls forward at the very last second, resulting in him spilling it forward.
Abide With Me is being sung beautifully - even if the microphone is making it sound like a Norman Collier impression - as the players wait to emerge from the tunnel. We're just minutes away from kick off!
Tony Smith picked his team nice and early, announcing on Friday that Richie Myler wouldn't be part of Warrington's 17-man squad. It means Monaghan and Briers combine in the half-back roles. Mickey Higham returns on the bench with Jon Clarke starting at hooker.
So Leeds coach Brian McClennan has resisted the temptation to recall Scott Donald, meaning Lee Smith and Ryan Hall are on the wings. Chris Clarkson keeps his place in the pack and Carl Ablett is back on the bench following a three-game ban. However, there is no Ali Lauitiiti - not even on the bench.
Teams Leeds: Webb, Smith, Delaney, Senior, Hall, McGuire, Burrow, Leuluai, Buderus, Bailey, Clarkson, Jones-Buchanan, Sinfield. Replacements: Diskin, Eastwood, Kirke, Ablett. Warrington: Mathers, Hicks, King, Atkins, Riley, Briers, Monaghan, Morley, Clarke, Carvell, L. Anderson, Westwood, Harrison Replacements: Wood, Solomona, Higham, V. Anderson.
Good afternoon and welcome to our minute-by-minute coverage of the 2010 Carnegie Challenge Cup final at Wembley.
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