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Warrington Wolves dreams of completing a league and cup double have been left in tatters after being beaten 26-18 by Leeds Rhinos in the Grand Final.
Warrington Wolves dreams of completing a league and cup double have been left in tatters after being beaten 26-18 by Leeds Rhinos in the Grand Final.For the second year in a row, the team finishing 5th have stormed the play-offs to lift the trophy, after the Rhinos took a decisive grip on the game in the 2nd half.
Warrington struck first blood inside 5 minutes when Richie Myler went over, but Leeds responded through skipper Kevin Sinfield.
Leeds then nudged themselves in front when Ben Jones-Bishop squeezed over and Sinfield slotted over a penalty.
But Warrington were level at 14-14 at half time, as Joel Monaghan touched down moments before the break, and Hodgson kicked a late penalty.
Ryan Atkins opened up the scoring after the break to put Warrington back in front, but that was as good as it got for Tony Smith’s side, as their usual expansive and fluent passing game failed to spark to life.
As Wolves failed to push on, it was left to Carl Ablett and Ryan Hall to come up with the winning tries for Leeds, as they lifted the trophy for a record 6th time.