Wigan Warriors 22 Leeds Rhinos 12: Battling Rhinos run out of steam at final hurdle

WIGAN remain on course to do the double after overpowering reigning Super League champions Leeds Rhinos in a breathless semi-final at the DW Stadium.

Leeds Rhinos' players show their disappointment after defeat to Wigan. Picture: Steve Riding.

The Challenge Cup winners ran in three second-half tries to triumph 22-12 and will meet Warrington in next Saturday’s Grand Final at Old Trafford.

It will be the first time the two north-west giants have met in a major final since Wigan beat Warrington in the 1990 Challenge Cup final at Wembley.

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It was a fitting way for Australian winger Pat Richards and England internationals Sam Tomkins and Lee Mossop to mark their final appearances at the DW Stadium as they prepare for their moves to the NRL.

Leeds, champions in each of the last two years, drew level at 6-6 thanks to Joel Moon’s terrific try four minutes into the second half, but this looked a game too far for them and they finished a well-beaten side.

Read Dave Craven’s full match report and analysis in Saturday’s Yorkshire Post.