HODGSON again defied the years to ensure Warrington were kings of Wembley for the third time four seasons. The indestructible full-back, 34, survived a brutal tackle from Leeds prop Leuluai which knocked him cold early the second half. But he capped a classy display with Wolves’ sixth and final try five minutes from time. Hodgson joined the elite band of Australian players who have won the Lance Trophy as -of-the-match, chipping with five goals and setting up a try for Ryan Atkins. Eyebrows were Will Clark Jersey raised when Warrington gave Hodgson a two-year contract extension recently.
But if he can keep playing effectively at the top level it looks like a very smart decision. Hodgson said: It’s very humbling to get the award but I played behind a good pack of forwards which allows you to play attacking football. caught me good, but there was nothing wrong with the tackle and he’s a champion bloke. For Leeds their Challenge Cup agony goes on. It was their sixth loss the final since last winning the Cup back 1999.
They only trailed by two points at half-time but Willie Mays Jersey the Wolves hit them with three tries the space of ten minutes to establish a firm grip. But Warrington had too much their armoury on a surface softened up by a first-half downpour. Leeds badly missed the skills and organisation of the injured half-back Danny McGuire, who would have taken pressure off Kevin Sinfield. The Wolves took a seventh minute lead when Richie Myler’s kick to the corner found Joel Monaghan acres of space and the winger picked up to score with Hodgson converting. Westwood couldn’t hold a Hodgson pass as the Wolves threatened again before Leeds took advantage of back-to-back penalties their favour to draw level when Ian Kirke stretched over.
Sinfield kicked the goal and added a penalty after Wood landed a punch on Carl Ablett to put Rhinos front. But the Wolves reclaimed the lead following their first penalty. Michael Monaghan and Myler combined to send Waterhouse over with Hodgson adding his second conversion. Leeds were hit when Jones-Buchanan departed with a knee injury to be replaced by Shaun Lunt. But they closed the gap to two points a minute before the break when Lee Briers was pulled up for obstruction on Ryan Hall and Sinfield slotted over the penalty.