2011 Carnegie Challenge Cup Final

Date published: Friday, August 19, 2011

LEEDS RHINOS v WIGAN WARRIORS
(Saturday 27 August, 2.30pm, BBC1)
(at Wembley Stadium)
This year’s Wembley showpiece sees the two clubs with the most Challenge Cup Final appearances meet head on.
WIGAN WARRIORS make their record-extending 29th Challenge Cup Final appearance (the club has won the Challenge Cup a record number of 17 times), whilst LEEDS RHINOS appear in their 22nd Cup Final (11 wins).
The Rhinos move one ahead of the club with the third most appearances, St Helens, who have contested 21 Challenge Cup Finals (winning 12).
Leeds have never beaten Wigan in a major final, having previously lost the following games:
1983 John Player Trophy (15-4, at Elland Road)
1994 Challenge Cup (26-16, at Wembley)
1995 Challenge Cup (30-10, at Wembley)
1995 Premiership Final (69-12, at Old Trafford)
1998 Super League Grand Final (10-4, at Old Trafford)
Wigan will make their first appearance at the new Wembley Stadium, having previously won a record 15 of 22 Finals at the old stadium, including a record eight wins in a row between 1988 and 1995.
Leeds return to the scene of 2010’s 30-6 Final defeat to Warrington Wolves, their only previous visit to the new stadium. The club were previously successful in six of 11 Wembley finals, including winning the last showpiece at the old stadium in 1999.
Leeds Rhinos – previous Challenge Cup Finals:
2010 Lost (v Warrington, 30-6) (at Wembley Stadium)
2005 Lost (v Hull, 25-24) (at Millennium Stadium, Cardiff)
2003 Lost (v Bradford, 22-20) (at Millennium Stadium, Cardiff)
2000 Lost (v Bradford, 24-18) (at Murrayfield, Edinburgh)
1999 Won (v London Broncos, 52-16) (at Wembley Stadium)
1995 Lost (v Wigan, 30-10) (at Wembley Stadium)
1994 Lost (v Wigan, 26-16) (at Wembley Stadium)
1978 Won (v St Helens, 14-12) (at Wembley Stadium)
1977 Won (v Widnes, 16-7) (at Wembley Stadium)
1972 Lost (v St Helens, 16-13) (at Wembley Stadium)
1971 Lost (v Leigh, 24-7) (at Wembley Stadium)
1968 Won (v Wakefield, 11-10) (at Wembley Stadium)
1957 Won (v Barrow, 9-7) (at Wembley Stadium)
1947 Lost (v Bradford, 8-4) (at Wembley Stadium)
1943 Lost (v Dewsbury, 16-15 – aggregate score after two legs)
1942 Won (v Halifax, 15-10) (at Odsal Stadium, Bradford)
1941 Won (v Halifax, 19-2) (at Odsal Stadium, Bradford)
1936 Won (v Warrington, 18-2) (at Wembley Stadium)
1932 Won (v Swinton, 11-8) (at Central Park, Wigan)
1923 Won (v Hull, 28-3) (at Belle Vue, Wakefield)
1910 Won (v Hull, 26-12 – replay after 7-7 draw)
(both at Fartown, Huddersfield)
Wigan Warriors – previous Challenge Cup Finals:
2004 Lost (v St Helens, 32-16) (at Millennium Stadium, Cardiff)
2002 Won (v St Helens, 21-12) (at Murrayfield, Edinburgh)
1998 Lost (v Sheffield Eagles, 17-8) (at Wembley Stadium)
1995 Won (v Leeds, 30-10) (at Wembley Stadium)
1994 Won (v Leeds, 26-16) (at Wembley Stadium)
1993 Won (v Widnes, 20-14) (at Wembley Stadium)
1992 Won (v Castleford, 28-12) (at Wembley Stadium)
1991 Won (v St Helens, 13-8) (at Wembley Stadium)
1990 Won (v Warrington, 36-14) (at Wembley Stadium)
1989 Won (v St Helens, 27-0) (at Wembley Stadium)
1988 Won (v Halifax, 32-12) (at Wembley Stadium)
1985 Won (v Hull, 28-24) (at Wembley Stadium)
1984 Lost (v Widnes, 19-6) (at Wembley Stadium)
1970 Lost (v Castleford, 7-2) (at Wembley Stadium)
1966 Lost (v St Helens, 21-2) (at Wembley Stadium)
1965 Won (v Hunslet, 20-16) (at Wembley Stadium)
1963 Lost (v Wakefield, 25-10) (at Wembley Stadium)
1961 Lost (v St Helens, 12-6) (at Wembley Stadium)
1959 Won (v Hull, 30-13) (at Wembley Stadium)
1958 Won (v Workington, 13-9) (at Wembley Stadium)
1951 Won (v Barrow, 10-0) (at Wembley Stadium)
1948 Won (v Bradford, 8-3) (at Wembley Stadium)
1946 Lost (v Wakefield, 13-12) (at Wembley Stadium)
1944 Lost (v Bradford, 8-3 – aggregate score after two legs)
1929 Won (v Dewsbury, 13-2) (at Wembley Stadium)
1924 Won (v Oldham, 21-4) (at The Athletic Ground, Rochdale)
1920 Lost (v Huddersfield, 21-10) (at Headingley, Leeds)
1911 Lost (v Broughton Rangers, 4-0) (at Weaste, Salford)
Previous Challenge Cup meetings:
2010 (Quarter-final) Leeds 12 Wigan 10
2008 (Quarter-final) Leeds 23 Wigan 16
2007 (Round 5) Leeds 18 Wigan 22
1999 (Round 4) Leeds 28 Wigan 18
1995 (Final) Leeds 10 Wigan 30
(at Wembley Stadium)
1994 (Final) Leeds 16 Wigan 26
(at Wembley Stadium)
1988 (Round 2) Wigan 30 Leeds 14
1973 (Round 1) Leeds 11 Wigan 25
1968 (Semi-Final) Leeds 25 Wigan 4
(at Station Road, Swinton)
1966 (Semi-final) Leeds 2 Wigan 7
(at Fartown, Huddersfield)
1963 (Round 2) Wigan 20 Leeds 11
1961 (Round 1) Leeds 5 Wigan 5
1961 (Round 1, Replay) Wigan 32 Leeds 7
1960 (Round 2) Wigan 14 Leeds 11
1957 (Round 1) Leeds 13 Wigan 11
1948 (Round 2) Wigan 17 Leeds 3
1947 (Quarter Final) Wigan 0 Leeds 5
1944 (Semi-final, 1st leg) Leeds 10 Wigan 5
1944 (Semi-final, 2nd leg) Wigan 11 Leeds 4
1938 (Round 1) Leeds 27 Wigan 4
1927 (Round 2) Leeds 13 Wigan 3
1926 (Round 2) Leeds 17 Wigan 10
1925 (Round 2) Leeds 2 Wigan 0
1913 (Round 1) Wigan 38 Leeds 0
1911 (Quarter-final) Leeds 4 Wigan 13
1899 (Round 2) Leeds 3 Wigan 0
2011 meetings:
Wigan 26, Leeds 24 (SLR20, 1/7/11)
Leeds 22, Wigan 22 (SLR8, 1/4/11)
ROUTES TO THE FINAL
LEEDS RHINOS
ROUND 4 (7/5/11)
Leeds Rhinos 30, Crusaders 20
Tries: McShane, Pitts, Burrow, Hall, Buderus; Goals: Sinfield 5
ROUND 5 (20/5/11)
Leeds Rhinos 40, Harlequins 20
Tries: Hardaker, Jones-Buchanan, Delaney, Lauitiiti, Leuluai, Hall, Clarkson; Goals: Sinfield 6
QUARTER-FINAL (24/7/11)
Hull FC 22, Leeds Rhinos 38
Tries: Jones-Bishop 2, Lauitiiti, Delaney, Ablett 2; Goals: Sinfield 7
SEMI-FINAL (7/8/11)
Castleford Tigers 8, Leeds Rhinos 10 (after golden point extra time)
Try: Watkins; Goals: Sinfield 3
(at Keepmoat Stadium, Doncaster)
WIGAN WARRIORS
ROUND 4 (8/5/11)
Wigan Warriors 52, Barrow Raiders 0
Tries: Leuluai 2, Coley, Carmont, Deacon, S Tomkins 2, O’Loughlin, Richards; Goals: Richards 8
ROUND 5 (22/5/11)
Bradford Bulls 22, Wigan Warriors 26
Tries: Richards 2, S Tomkins, Finch, Farrell; Goals: Richards 3
QUARTER-FINAL (23/7/11)
Warrington Wolves 24, Wigan Warriors 44
Tries: Hansen, S Tomkins, Coley, Richards 2, Charnley 2, O’Loughlin; Goals: Richards 6
SEMI-FINAL (6/8/11)
St Helens 12, Wigan Warriors 18
Tries: Carmont, Charnley, S Tomkins; Goals: Richards 3
(at Halliwell Jones Stadium, Warrington)
Of the current Leeds squad, only Jamie Peacock has previously won a Challenge Cup – but not for the Rhinos. Peacock previously won the Cup with Bradford in 2000 and 2003.
Peacock is set to play his first Challenge Cup Final for Leeds (having missed the 2010 defeat to Warrington due to injury), and it will also be his first appearance at Wembley Stadium – having previously played in Finals at Murrayfield (2000), Twickenham (2001) and Cardiff (2003).
No player in the current Leeds squad played at the old Wembley Stadium. Captain Kevin Sinfield only made one appearance in the Rhinos’ successful 1999 Cup run – in the Quarter Final against Widnes Vikings.
Sinfield is the only player in either of the competing teams to have previously won the Lance Todd Trophy as man of the match – in 2005’s 25-24 defeat to Hull FC at Cardiff’s Millennium Stadium.
Leeds have used 24 players in this season’s Challenge Cup campaign – with Carl Ablett, Danny Buderus, Rob Burrow, Chris Clarkson, Brett Delaney, Ryan Hall, Ian Kirke, Kylie Leuluai, Jamie Peacock and Kevin Sinfield playing in every round.
Buderus, Delaney, Hall, Leuluai and Sinfield also played in every round in the Rhinos’ run to the 2010 Challenge Cup Final.
Leeds Rhinos – Challenge Cup Final appearances
Carl Ablett
2010 Lost (v Warrington, 30-6)
Ryan Bailey
2003 Lost (v Bradford, 22-20)
2005 Lost (v Hull, 25-24)
2010 Lost (v Warrington, 30-6)
Danny Buderus
2010 Lost (v Warrington, 30-6)
Rob Burrow
2003 Lost (v Bradford, 22-20)
2005 Lost (v Hull, 25-24)
2010 Lost (v Warrington, 30-6)
Chris Clarkson
2010 Lost (v Warrington, 30-6)
Brett Delaney
2010 Lost (v Warrington, 30-6)
Ryan Hall
2010 Lost (v Warrington, 30-6)
Jamie Jones-Buchanan
2005 Lost (v Hull, 25-24)
2010 Lost (v Warrington, 30-6)
Ian Kirke
2010 Lost (v Warrington, 30-6)
Ali Lauitiiti
2005 Lost (v Hull, 25-24)
Kylie Leuluai
2010 Lost (v Warrington, 30-6)
Danny McGuire
2005 Lost (v Hull, 25-24)
2010 Lost (v Warrington, 30-6)
Jamie Peacock
2000 Won (v Leeds, 24-18)
2001 Lost (v St Helens, 13-6)
2003 Won (v Leeds, 22-20)
(all for Bradford Bulls)
Kevin Sinfield
2003 Lost (v Bradford, 22-20)
2005 Lost (v Hull, 25-24)
2010 Lost (v Warrington, 30-6)
Lee Smith
2010 Lost (v Warrington, 30-6)
Brent Webb
2010 Lost (v Warrington, 30-6)
Paul Deacon and Stuart Fielden (out for the season injured) are the only members of the Wigan squad to previously win a Challenge Cup, both whilst with Bradford. Deacon was in the 2003 Bulls side that beat Leeds at Cardiff’s Millennium Stadium.
All 17 of Wigan’s team for 2011’s Challenge Cup Final will be making their first Wembley appearance.
Gareth Hock and Sean O’Loughlin are the only other members of the Wigan squad who have previous Challenge Cup Final experience – both played in the Warriors’ 32-16 defeat to St Helens in Cardiff in 2004.
O’Loughlin did not feature in Wigan’s 2002 Cup run, which culminated in victory at Murrayfield against St Helens.
Wigan have used 22 players in this season’s Challenge Cup campaign – with Josh Charnley, Andy Coley, Paul Deacon, Brett Finch, Ryan Hoffman, Thomas Leuluai, Jeff Lima, Michael McIlorum, Sean O’Loughlin, Pat Richards, Joel Tomkins and Sam Tomkins playing in every round.
Wigan Warriors – Challenge Cup Final appearances
Paul Deacon
2001 Lost (v St Helens, 13-6)
2003 Won (v Leeds, 22-20)
(both for Bradford Bulls)
Gareth Hock
2004 Lost (v St Helens, 32-16)
Sean O’Loughlin
2004 Lost (v St Helens, 32-16)
LANCE TODD TROPHY
Most wins
3 Sean Long (St Helens): 2001, 2004, 2006
Youngest and oldest
PETER RAMSDEN of Huddersfield is the youngest player to win the Lance Todd Trophy, receiving it on his 19th birthday after scoring two tries in the 15-10 defeat of St Helens in 1953.
FRANK WHITCOMBE is the oldest winner, the Bradford Northern prop being 29 days short of his 35th birthday in 1948.. He became the first player of a losing side to receive the award after an 8-3 defeat to Wigan.
YOUNGEST AND OLDEST FINALIST
FRANCIS CUMMINS of Leeds (17 years 200 days) became the youngest player to appear in a Challenge Cup Final when he played on the wing and scored a try in the defeat against Wigan in 1994.
The youngest winner was ANDY FARRELL (17 years 11 months), playing substitute for Wigan when they beat Widnes in 1993.
The oldest player to appear in a Cup Final was Workington Town full back GUS RISMAN, who was 41 years 29 days when he led his side to victory over Featherstone Rovers in 1952.
DISMISSALS
RICHARD EYRES of Widnes was the last player to be sent off in a Challenge Cup Final, against Wigan at Wembley in 1993. The referee was Russell Smith.
The sin-bin was introduced in January 1983 and was occupied in a Cup Final for the first time that year when Hull’s Paul Rose was despatched by referee Robin Whitfield. Later in the game Featherstone Rovers’ Terry Hudson was also sent to the sin bin.
The last player to be sent to the sin-bin in a final was SHANE RIGON of Bradford Bulls in the 2001 Final against St Helens at Twickenham, by Russell Smith.
CHALLENGE CUP FINAL RECORDS
Most finals and wins
17 wins in 28 finals by Wigan
Wembley: 15 wins in 22 finals by Wigan
Highest score
Leeds Rhinos 52 London Broncos 16 (at Wembley Stadium, 1999)
(also widest margin)
Most tries by a team
9 Huddersfield (v St Helens, 37-3) (at Watersheddings, Oldham, 1915)
9 Leeds Rhinos (v London Broncos, 52-16) (at Wembley Stadium, 1999)
Most points by a losing team
Bradford Bulls 32 St Helens 40 (at Wembley Stadium, 1996)
(also record aggregate of points – 72)
Most successful fightback
St Helens overcame the biggest deficit of 14 points to win a Final when they beat Bradford Bulls 40-32 at Wembley in 1996. The Saints trailed 26-12 from the 53rd to the 57th minute.
Biggest attendance
102,569 Halifax v Warrington (1954 replay at Odsal Stadium, Bradford)
Wembley: 99,801 Hull v Wigan (1985)
Most tries by a player
4 Leroy Rivett (Leeds Rhinos) in the 52-16 defeat of London Broncos at Wembley in 1999.
Players to have scored three tries:
Bob Wilson (Broughton Rangers, v Salford) (1902)
Stan Moorhouse (Huddersfield, v Warrington) (1913)
Tom Holliday (Oldham, v Swinton) (1927)
Robbie Paul (Bradford Bulls, v St Helens) (1996)
Chris Hicks (Warrington Wolves, v Leeds Rhinos) (2010)
Most goals by a player
8 Cyril Kellett (Featherstone Rovers) in the 33-14 defeat of Bradford Northern at Wembley in 1973.
8 Iestyn Harris (Leeds Rhinos) in the 52-16 defeat of London Broncos at Wembley in 1999.
Most points by a player
20 Neil Fox (2 tries, 7 goals) in Wakefield Trinity’s 38-5 defeat of Hull at Wembley in 1960.
20 Iestyn Harris (1 try, 8 goals) in Leeds Rhinos’ 52-16 defeat of London Broncos at Wembley in 1999.
Most appearances
11 Shaun Edwards (Wigan 1984, 1985, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995; London Broncos 1999) – all at Wembley.
Most wins
9 Shaun Edwards – as above, except loser in 1984 and 1999
CARNEGIE CHALLENGE CUP LEADING SCORERS
Tries
1 = Steve Tyrer (Widnes Vikings) 6
Jon Presley (York City Knights) 6
3 = Jordan Turner (Hull FC) 5
Lee Briers (Warrington Wolves) 5
Pat Richards (Wigan Warriors) 5
Sam Tomkins (Wigan Warriors) 5
Goals
1 = Lee Briers (Warrington Wolves) 28
Jamie Foster (St Helens) 28
3 Kevin Sinfield (Leeds Rhinos) 21
4 = Pat Richards (Wigan Warriors) 20
Chris Thorman (York City Knights) 20

Points
1 Lee Briers (Warrington Wolves) 76
2 Jamie Foster (St Helens) 72
3 Pat Richards (Wigan Warriors) 60
4 Steve Tyrer (Widnes Vikings) 58
5 Chris Thorman (York City Knights) 56