Warrington 16-22 Leeds: Player ratings and major talking points

A herculean effort saw 11 man Leeds scramble to victory on the back of a superb first half against third-place Warrington. After blasting through the Wolves in the first 40, the Rhinos were forced to defend like heroes towards the end of the game despite having two men in the sin-bin. Yet somehow the Rhinos found a way to hold on for a statement win.

Major Talking Points:

1. Different looking Leeds

The Rhinos struggled at the start of the season but hard work, grit and determination has seen the Rhinos turn things around. Leeds have won four in a row and have played some great rugby along the way. Tonight was less about their attack and more about their commitment, however. They steamrolled Warrington in the first half and defended outstandingly in the second stanza to hold on despite going down to 11 men. This is what Leeds fans wanted to see at the start of the season and should give Rhinos supporters hope going into the second half of the year.

2. What happened to Warrington?

The Wolves have been the form team of recent weeks. They’ve been scoring tries for fun and yet came unstuck against a determined Rhinos side. They had more than enough possession to win the game and yet couldn’t cross for a second try until Leeds went down to 12 men after a desperate tackle from Liam Sutcliffe. Did they miss Gareth Widdop? Who knows. All good teams hit road blocks and it’s important the Wolves respond.

3. Is Matt Prior super man?

Seriously how does he do it? The Rhinos number 10, along with Mikolaj Oledzki and Kruise Leeming, has now played four games in a week and a half but Prior was the most impressive. He continued to carry the ball forward and make huge tackles including a few that saved the game for the Rhinos. He also showed great skill as well to create the Rhinos second try. He’s a special player and Leeds fans will be hoping he stays at the club in 2022.

Player Ratings:

Warrington
23 Josh Thewlis – 6
5 Josh Charnley – 7
18 Jake Mamo – 6
4 Toby King – 6
2 Tom Lineham – 6
6 Blake Austin – 7
1 Stefan Ratchford – 6
8 Chris Hill – 7
16 Danny Walker – 7
10 Mike Cooper – 6
11 Ben Currie – 6
12 Jack Hughes – 6
15 Matt Davies – 6
Substitutes
9 Daryl Clark – 7
13 Joe Philbin – 6
20 Sitaleki Akauola – 6
21 Rob Butler – 6

Leeds
15 Liam Sutcliffe – 8
24 Luke Briscoe – 7
27 Jack Broadbent – N/A
2 Tom Briscoe – 7
5 Ash Handley – 8
6 Rob Lui – 7
9 Kruise Leeming – 7
8 Mikolaj Oledzki – 7
14 Brad Dwyer – 8
10 Matt Prior – 9
11 Alex Mellor – 8
12 Rhyse Martin – 8
20 Bodene Thompson – 7
Substitutes
4 Konrad Hurrell – 6
18 Tom Holroyd – 8
25 James Donaldson – 6
26 Jarrod O’Connor – 6

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