Leeds Rhinos 26-18 Wigan Warriors

Leeds Rhinos 26-18 Wigan Warriors


Leeds extended their winning run to four consecutive games on Friday, with a hard-fought victory over Wigan at Headingley Carnegie Stadium.

The home side started quicker, gaining plenty of ball in the Wigan half and forcing the champions to make mistakes. An early chance came when Morgan Escaré let Danny McGuire’s high kick bounce, with young winger Tom Davies just about picking up the pieces before Ryan Hall could pounce.

The Rhinos chose to take the safe option, however, when they were given a penalty for offside on the Wigan line. They chose to kick for the two points and Ashton Golding obliged to give his side a 2-0 lead.

It didn’t last long, however, as the Warriors hit back just seven minutes later. The ball was moved out to George Williams on the Leeds 20m, before he cut back inside and managed to beat four defenders to the line with some dazzling footwork. Escaré converted to push the visitors four points ahead.

The Rhinos hit back shortly after, with arguably the try of the game. After Wigan turned the ball over into the arms of Jimmy Keinhorst, Carl Ablett ran from dummy half before putting the ball on a plate for Kallum Watkins to race away from 70m out. The centre had Ryan Hall in support, and found the England international on his inside after drawing in the chasing Liam Marshall.

Just minutes later and Leeds were in again. Joel Moon found a gap in the Wigan line and exploited it, breaking through before stepping past Escaré to go over. Golding converted both tries, making it 14-6 to the Rhinos.

But it was that man Williams again, who reduced the gap back to two, sidestepping his way over from close range before Escaré added the extras.

That looked to be it for the first half, but the last two minutes added plenty of drama. Firstly, Leeds thought they were over again through Kallum Watkins, only for it to be disallowed for off-the-ball contact on Liam Marshall in the build-up.

Before Brett Ferres was then yellow carded for a crusher tackle on Oliver Gildart, forcing the Wigan centre from the field. Despite being without Ferres, the Rhinos were able to hold out the Warriors’ attack to keep the scores at 14-12 at the break.

The second half started rather evenly, with both sides getting themselves in good field position. Wigan had the first real opportunity, when Williams’ booming pass found Marshall in space, who kicked ahead but was unable to regather.

With Brett Ferres still in the sin bin, the Rhinos made the most of a penalty to waste some time and widen the score margin slightly. Golding made no mistake from 30m out to make it 16-12.

It took just five minutes for Brian McDermott’s men to strike again, on the back of a disallowed try from their opponents. A quick play the ball allowed them to shift the ball wide to Kallum Watkins who again raced away, before dummying past the oncoming winger and diving over, despite the best efforts of Escaré.

Leeds were undoubtedly in the ascendancy, but an opportunistic try against the run of play from Marshall put the Warriors right back into the contest. A knock on from Tom Briscoe allowed Marshall to streak away from 50m out, with the young winger showing plenty of pace to beat the Leeds chasers. Escaré converted from beside the sticks to make it 20-18 with 15 minutes to go.

And while Wigan threw everything at the home side, Leeds sealed the game with a Carl Ablett try three minutes from time. Joel Moon skipped across the Wigan defensive line, before dropping it off to Ablett, who hit a superb line to force his way over. Golding added the extras to wrap up the game at 26-18 to Leeds.

Referee: Ben Thaler

Attendance: 17,030

Scoring Sequence: 2-0, 2-6, 8-6, 14-6, 14-12, 20-12, 20-18, 26-18

Written by Jack Conlon.

Leeds Rhinos

# Player Position Tries Goals Drop Goals Yellow Red Star Man
1Ashton GoldingFull Back050000
2Tom BriscoeWing000000
3Kallum WatkinsCentre100000
4Joel MoonScrum Half100000
5Ryan HallWing100000
6Danny McGuireStand Off000000
9Matt Parcell 7Hooker000000
10Adam Cuthbertson 15Prop000000
11Jamie Jones-Buchanan 14Loose Forward000000
12Carl AblettSecond Row100000
18Jimmy KeinhorstCentre000000
19Brett FerresSecond Row000100
7Rob Burrow 9Interchange000000
14Liam Sutcliffe 11Interchange000000
15Brett Delaney 10Interchange000000
20Anthony Mullally 17Interchange000000
17Mitch Garbutt 20Prop000000
 Total 450100

Wigan Warriors

# Player Position Tries Goals Drop Goals Yellow Red Star Man
4Oliver GildartCentre000000
6George WilliamsStand Off200001
7Thomas LeuluaiScrum Half000000
8Frank-Paul Nu’uausala 19Prop000000
10Ben Flower 26Prop000000
11Joel Tomkins 23Second Row000000
15Tony Clubb 17Loose Forward000000
16Sam PowellHooker000000
20Willie IsaSecond Row000000
22Morgan EscareFull Back030000
32Liam ForsythCentre000000
35Liam MarshallWing100000
36Tom DaviesWing000000
17Taulima Tautai 15Interchange000000
19Ryan Sutton 8Interchange000000
23Nick Gregson 11Interchange000000
26Romain Navarrete 10Interchange000000
 Total 330001

Match Details

Date Time League Season Match Day
March 31, 2017 8:00 pm Super League 2017 Friday


Team1st half2nd halfFinal score
Leeds Rhinos141226
Wigan Warriors12618

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