Leeds Rhinos 22-20 Wigan Warriors

Saturday 10th October 2015
KO: 18:00 - Round: Final

22-20 FT

HT: 16 6

Attendance: 73,512

Official: B Thaler

Venue: Old Trafford, Manchester

  • Leeds Rhinos

  • Tries
    Danny McGuire 2, Joel Moon, Josh Walters,

  • Goals
    Kevin Sinfield 3,

  • Drop Goals

  • Wigan Warriors

  • Tries
    Joe Burgess, Dom Manfredi, Matty Bowen,

  • Goals
    Matty Bowen 4,

  • Drop Goals

Match Highlights

Official Report / Commentary

Kevin Sinfield fittingly kicked the winning points to provide a fairytale finish to his magnificent rugby league career as he led Leeds Rhinos to a seventh Grand Final win in front of a sell-out 73,512 crowd at Old Trafford.

The Rhinos twice came from behind in a pulsating encounter against Wigan Warriors, with Sinfield converting a 64th-minute try from substitute Josh Walters to seal a 22-20 victory.

Sinfield's third goal means he ends his rugby league career on 4,231 points, making him the third highest scorer in the history of the game.

Jamie Peacock bowed out with a record 11th appearance at Old Trafford, as well as a ninth success, on his 553rd and final appearance while fellow front-rower Kylie Leuluai maintained his 100 per cent record in Grand Finals on his final appearance with a sixth triumph.

There were times when Wigan looked capable of spoiling Leeds' party - especially through the efforts of retiring Matty Bowen, who has now lost in all three of his Grand Final appearances in both hemispheres - but they were left to reflect on a second successive defeat in First Utility Super League's title decider.

Leeds' hero was stand-off Danny McGuire with two of their four tries, which helped his side to a first win over Wigan in seven major finals and belated revenge for their defeat in the inaugural Grand Final in 1998.

Thankfully, there was no hint of the drama that accompanied Ben Flower's dismissal at the start of the 2014 final but there was a familiar start for the Warriors when winger Joe Burgess once more opened the scoring.

Second-rower Liam Farrell took Matty Smith's pass to go through a gap and timed his final pass to perfection to get the Sydney Roosters-bound Burgess over for his 24th try of the season on his final appearance.

Bowen, who is returning to Australia, added the conversion to make it 6-0 but Smith marred his 200th Super League appearance by fumbling the ball from the re-start and McGuire went over in the next set of tackles after touching down Sinfield's grubber kick.

Sinfield's conversion levelled the scores and Leeds struck twice more in the last 14 minutes of the first half to take control.

Their second try came after McGuire appeared to knock on before full-back Zak Hardaker's offload got centre Joel Moon over, but the video referees ruled the ball went backwards.

There was no disputing the Rhinos' next try, which amply illustrated the quality of their outside backs as Tom Briscoe's run released Kallum Watkins up the wing and McGuire was on his inside to finish off for his second try.

Sinfield's second goal made it 16-6 at the break but the game was turned on its head within eight minutes of the restart.

Right winger Dom Manfredi, chosen ahead of England international Josh Charnley, stole the ball from Hall after he initially caught it from Sean O'Loughlin's high kick for an opportunist score and three minutes later Bowen beat four men on a jinking run to touch down.

Bowen kicked both conversions to edge his side back in front and they might have clinched it when substitute Larne Patrick bulldozed his way to the line but he lost his grip on the ball.

A penalty on the hour from Bowen opened up a four-point gap but there was time for one final twist to a magnificent match.

Hall palmed the ball back from McGuire's high kick and Moon and Jimmy Keinhorst kept it alive for Walters to score. Sinfield maintained his composure with the all-important kick to restore his side's lead.

Not even the intervention of a streaker could distract Leeds from their mission and they held off Wigan's late onslaught to lift the trophy for the first time for three years and give their departing heroes a fitting send-off.

  • 65: GOAL! scored for Leeds by Kevin Sinfield
  • 64: TRY! scored for Leeds by Josh Walters
  • 62: GOAL! scored for Wigan by Matty Bowen
  • 51: Interchange On for Leeds, Jimmy Keinhorst On
  • 51: Interchange Off for Leeds, Brett Delaney Off
  • 49: TRY! scored for Wigan by Matty Bowen
  • 49: GOAL! scored for Wigan by Matty Bowen
  • 47: Interchange Off for Leeds, Kylie Leuluai Off
  • 47: Interchange On for Leeds, Josh Walters On
  • 46: TRY! scored for Wigan by Dom Manfredi
  • 46: GOAL! scored for Wigan by Matty Bowen
  • 38: Interchange On for Wigan, Larne Patrick On
  • 38: Interchange Off for Wigan, Tony Clubb Off
  • 35: TRY! scored for Leeds by Danny McGuire
  • 35: GOAL! scored for Leeds by Kevin Sinfield
  • 33: Interchange On for Leeds, Kylie Leuluai On
  • 33: Interchange Off for Leeds, Brad Singleton Off
  • 28: TRY! scored for Leeds by Joel Moon
  • 23: Interchange Off for Wigan, Michael McIlorum Off
  • 23: Interchange On for Wigan, Sam Powell On
  • 20: Interchange Off for Wigan, Ben Flower Off
  • 20: Interchange On for Wigan, Lee Mossop On
  • 19: Interchange On for Wigan, Tony Clubb On
  • 19: Interchange Off for Wigan, Dom Crosby Off
  • 18: Interchange On for Leeds, Adam Cuthbertson On
  • 18: Interchange Off for Leeds, Jamie Peacock Off
  • 7: GOAL! scored for Leeds by Kevin Sinfield
  • 7: TRY! scored for Leeds by Danny McGuire
  • 4: TRY! scored for Wigan by Joe Burgess
  • 4: GOAL! scored for Wigan by Matty Bowen
  • Key Performers

    Tom Briscoe

    Offloads 4
    2 2

    Adam Cuthbertson

    Offloads 6
    2 2

    John Bateman

    Metres 152
    5 5
    Offloads 4

    George Williams

    Offloads 4
    5 5

    Liam Farrell

    Metres 155
    5 5

    Matthew Bowen

    Offloads 4
    5 5

    Head to Head

    Tries:

    Leeds Rhinos 4
    Wigan Warriors 3

    Goals:

    Leeds Rhinos 3
    Wigan Warriors 4

    METRES:

    Leeds Rhinos 1181
    Wigan Warriors 1480

    CARRIES:

    Leeds Rhinos 197
    Wigan Warriors 208

    TACKLES:

    Leeds Rhinos 352
    Wigan Warriors 340

    OFFLOADS:

    Leeds Rhinos 23
    Wigan Warriors 23

    PENALTIES:

    Leeds Rhinos 4
    Wigan Warriors 5

    BREAKS:

    Leeds Rhinos 4
    Wigan Warriors 5

    Full Match Statistics

    Player T TA TK MT MI TB AT C M AG CB DR E FT G MG OF P
    Danny McGuire 2 0 15 0 2 1 4 11 41 3.73 0 1 2 0 0 0 0 0
    Joel Moon 1 0 12 0 1 5 0 10 66 6.60 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Josh Walters 1 0 14 3 1 0 0 3 16 5.33 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Zak Hardaker 0 1 7 0 1 2 1 15 104 6.93 1 0 1 0 0 0 2 0
    Tom Briscoe 0 0 6 0 1 0 0 15 80 5.33 0 2 2 0 0 0 4 0
    Kallum Watkins 0 1 35 7 4 3 0 13 100 7.69 1 1 1 0 0 0 3 2
    Ryan Hall 0 0 3 0 1 5 0 21 120 5.71 0 1 1 0 0 0 1 0
    Kevin Sinfield 0 1 31 2 1 0 5 5 24 4.80 0 3 0 0 3 1 0 0
    Mitchell Garbutt 0 0 24 4 1 0 0 14 93 6.64 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Rob Burrow 0 0 7 0 3 4 1 13 83 6.38 0 9 0 0 0 0 1 0
    Jamie Peacock 0 0 48 7 6 0 0 22 106 4.82 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
    Brett Delaney 0 0 30 5 5 0 0 8 67 8.38 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Carl Ablett 0 0 38 5 9 2 0 12 87 7.25 0 1 0 0 0 0 2 0
    Brad Singleton 0 0 30 10 1 0 0 7 37 5.29 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1
    Kylie Leuluai 0 0 12 2 1 0 0 4 33 8.25 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
    Adam Cuthbertson 0 0 25 3 2 4 0 21 109 5.19 0 0 1 0 0 0 6 0
    Jimmy Keinhorst 0 1 15 4 1 0 0 3 15 5.00 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Player T TA TK MT MI TB AT C M AG CB DR E FT G MG OF P
    Matthew Bowen 1 0 1 0 2 7 0 23 134 5.83 1 1 1 0 4 0 4 0
    Dominic Manfredi 1 0 5 0 0 2 0 15 110 7.33 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 2
    Joe Burgess 1 0 3 0 1 3 0 14 145 10.36 0 3 1 0 0 0 3 0
    John Bateman 0 0 25 4 2 8 0 16 152 9.50 0 4 1 0 0 0 4 0
    Oliver Gildart 0 0 11 2 1 2 0 14 100 7.14 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0
    George Williams 0 0 25 1 2 5 4 15 80 5.33 0 1 0 0 0 0 4 1
    Matthew Smith 0 1 13 1 3 0 8 10 36 3.60 0 0 4 0 0 0 1 0
    Dominic Crosby 0 0 25 6 1 1 0 8 66 8.25 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Mike McIlorum 0 0 30 4 1 0 0 7 36 5.14 0 7 1 0 0 0 0 1
    Ben Flower 0 0 30 5 3 0 0 8 55 6.88 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Joel Tomkins 0 0 36 4 2 1 3 14 101 7.21 1 0 1 0 0 0 2 0
    Liam Farrell 0 1 42 12 1 5 0 16 155 9.69 2 1 1 0 0 0 0 1
    Sean O'Loughlin 0 1 37 5 3 3 1 15 78 5.20 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
    Sam Powell 0 0 15 2 1 0 0 5 18 3.60 0 3 0 0 0 0 1 0
    Tony Clubb 0 0 13 3 1 3 1 7 58 8.29 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Lee Mossop 0 0 21 5 1 0 0 13 90 6.92 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Larne Patrick 0 0 8 1 1 1 0 8 66 8.25 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0

    Stats Key

    T: Tries
    TA: Try assists
    TK: Tackles
    MT: Marker tackles
    MI: Missed tackles
    TB: Tackle busts
    AT: Attacking kicks
    C: Carries
    M: Metres
    AG: Av gain
    CB: Clean break
    DR: Run from dummy half
    E: Errors
    FT: Forty twenty
    G: Goals
    MG: Missed goals
    OF: Offload
    P: Penalties