Wolves celebrate Challenge Cup win

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Chris Riley scores a try for Warrington in the Challenge Cup final

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Chris Riley scores a try for Warrington in the Challenge Cup final

The heartache goes on for Leeds after they made Wembley history with a third consecutive Carnegie Challenge Cup final defeat as Warrington lifted the trophy for the third time in four years following a 35-18 success.

The Rhinos threatened to end their 13-year wait to get their hands on the famous silverware when they led 8-6 after 23 minutes, but a scoring burst of three tries in 10 minutes early in the second half provided decisive.

Leeds are masters of the Super League, with five Grand Final wins in eight years, but the Challenge Cup continues to elude them as they succumbed to a sixth final defeat since their 1999 win over London Broncos.

The game, which drew a 79,180 crowd, had been fiercely contested and was finely balanced until Warrington, having benefited from a crucial decision by video referee Phil Bentham to disallow a Leeds try early in the second half, cut loose with veteran full-back Brett Hodgson leading the way in a man-of-the-match performance.

Hodgson supplied the final passes to the key tries and scored the last of his side's six touchdowns as well as kicking five goals to claim the prestigious Lance Todd Trophy, three years after he was on the losing side in Huddersfield's Wembley defeat by the Wolves.

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