The Warrington Wolves have defeated the Leeds Rhinos 35-18 at Wembley Stadium to claim the 2012 Challenge Cup Final.The game will probably be remembered for an incredible change in the weather in the first half.
Kicking off in sunshine, part way through the first have of the match a massive thunderstorm passed over the ground and the rain came thrashing down. To the credit of both teams, the conditions didn’t have too much of an effect of the football being played with both teams willing to throw the ball around throughout the match.
While Warrington got off to a good start to the match as possession evened out Leeds managed to drag themselves back into the game. The second half was a different story though as Warrington lifted and Leeds just go not go with them.
The Challenge Cup is a great competition and its sad that the final really tends to be the only game that fans really embrace. I have said for a long time that the RFL need to look at ways to revitalize the competition.
I wonder if allowing NRL teams to contest the Challenge Cup would be a way forward. It would certainly open the competition up to a new audience and the international flavour might be what the Challenge Cup needs to be elevated to a new level.
It would take a hell of a lot of coordination between the RFL and ARL but surely there would be a way to make it happen.
For the record, Brett Hodgson was named the Lance Todd trophy winner as man of the match and Lee Briers made a dick of himself.