Leeds' two-try hero Ben Jones-Bishop led the tributes to a "phenomenal" Kevin Sinfield after he kicked Wigan out of the Carnegie Challenge Cup.
The Rhinos captain was in imperious form as the Super League champions avenged last year's Wembley defeat with a surprise 39-28 triumph in a rip-roaring semi-final at Huddersfield's Galpharm Stadium.
"He's very good at the minute. He's obviously our captain and he leads from the front. He's a phenomenal player," Jones-Bishop said.
Sinfield subdued the holders, and in particular danger man Sam Tomkins, with an astute kicking game and helped create four of his side's six first-half tries as they established a 30-12 lead.
Jones-Bishop and co-winger Ryan Hall both profited from Sinfield's pinpoint kicks to the corner as Leeds secured a place in the final for the third year in a row, looking for their first win since 1999.
"He's the first one on the training field and the last one off it," said Jones-Bishop. "He's constantly practising and it shows."
The Rhinos' seven-try triumph completed a remarkable turnaround in fortunes, coming just six weeks after they were humbled 50-8 at home by the Warriors.
"This is a massive win for us," said Jones-Bishop. "We hadn't beaten Wigan in two years and it was mentioned earlier.
"We focused on ourselves and what we needed to do to break them down. We had a great game plan and we peaked on the pitch. It worked out fantastic for us."
Leeds will have six weeks to wait for their big day at Wembley and, in the meantime, will be looking to continue their climb up the Super League table to give them the best possible chance of successfully defending their title.