Warrington opt to face Leeds for place at Old Trafford


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Leeds will be Warrington's opponents in the Super League play-off on Friday after the Wolves selected them as their next opponents under the controversial Clubcall system.

Faced by a choice between Leeds and Wigan, Warrington opted for the Rhinos. "But only after a great deal of consideration," stressed their chairman, Steve Broomhead.

Their coach, Tony Smith, is a trenchant critic of the innovation, now in its third year, and refused to have anything to do with last night's proceedings. His captain, Adrian Morley, was less dismissive. "It gives an advantage to the team that finished top, so I think it's a good thing," he said. The Leeds' coach, Brian McDermott said: "Warrington probably did what they had to do."

Leeds progressed to next weekend by virtue of their 24-18 win at Huddersfield on Friday night. The other match from which the winner will go to the grand final at Old Trafford is between St Helens and Wigan on Saturday – a rematch of the first round play-off, which Saints won.