Young rugby fans take over Keepmoat stadium for the day

Wembley here I come: A young Leeds fans enjoys the atmosphere.   Pictures: Anna Gowthorpe
Wembley here I come: A young Leeds fans enjoys the atmosphere. Pictures: Anna Gowthorpe
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THIS young Leeds fan and her family certainly enjoyed their day out in Doncaster yesterday.

The Keepmoat stadium was the venue for an exciting 10-8 semi-final victory for Leeds over Castleford, as last year’s Challenge Cup runners-up booked a return trip to Wembley. The Tigers were on course for their first Challenge Cup final for 19 years when they led 8-2 after 72 minutes of a pulsating second semi-final.

Leeds Rhinos' fans celebrate their team's victory  during the Carnegie Challenge Cup Semi Final match at the Keepmoat Stadium, Doncaster. Picture: Anna Gowthorpe/PA Wire.

Leeds Rhinos' fans celebrate their team's victory during the Carnegie Challenge Cup Semi Final match at the Keepmoat Stadium, Doncaster. Picture: Anna Gowthorpe/PA Wire.

But in a dramatic finish, 20-year-old centre Kallum Watkins grabbed the Rhinos’ first try, Sinfield tied the scores with the conversion and both sides missed drop-goal attempts before extra time. The decisive moment came when Castleford full-back Ryan McGoldrick was pulled up for a high tackle on Danny McGuire in the first period of extra time and Sinfield stepped up to hand out the most cruel punishment, his successful penalty signalling the end of the game. It rekindled memories of Sinfield’s heroics in the 2003 semi against St Helens, where his last-minute touchline conversion sent the tie into extra time and the Rhinos went on to the final.

Leeds Rhinos' Kallum Watkins beats Castleford Tigers' Kirk Dixon to score a try  during the Carnegie Challenge Cup Semi Final match at the Keepmoat Stadium, Doncaster. Picture: Anna Gowthorpe/PA Wire.

Leeds Rhinos' Kallum Watkins beats Castleford Tigers' Kirk Dixon to score a try during the Carnegie Challenge Cup Semi Final match at the Keepmoat Stadium, Doncaster. Picture: Anna Gowthorpe/PA Wire.