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Warrington Wolves 6-22 Leeds Rhinos: Highlights, player ratings and talking points

Leeds Rhinos have laid down a real marker with another impressive performance to down Warrington Wolves.

Highlights:

Austin magic
On the back of a sensational performance last week against Huddersfield Giants, Blake Austin has dominated discussions due to his uncertain future. He started this game again with a point to prove. A lovely dummy carved open Warrington. He found support in Aidan Sezer who found Sam Walters to score.

Brilliant set from Leeds ends in points
After defending their own line for a set Leeds marched down field with an excellent set of six and on the last tackle Sezer and Richie Myler combined feed Ash Handley to score.

14-0 in 14 minutes
A sensational start continued as Leeds looked too fast for Warrington. Again a try for Ash Handley as Leeds attacked wide with Cameron Smith’s looping ball found Rhyse Martin who put Handley in for a second.

McDonnell tackle
Matty Ashton is one of the fastest players in Super League and when he intercepted it, he looked certain to score but a great tackle from James McDonnell stopped him before he got in full flight.

Martin break
In a far more low key second half, the first noteworthy moment was when Rhyse Martin tore through the centre of the field but Josh Thewlis defended the break brilliantly giving his teammates time to get back.

Warrington have hope
The Wolves needed a try and it eventually game after a bounce pass was picked up by Stefan Ratchford who then fed Matty Ashton to score.

Hope snuffed out
Shortly after that Leeds wrapped up the game. Sam Lisone went to the line, fed Sam Walters through a gap and Walters then found Myler in support to score.

Talking Points:

Is it happening again?
It was around this time of year that Rohan Smith’s Leeds Rhinos really got going and it seems to be happening again. The Rhinos are playing brilliantly with the ball but have shown a steal in defence as well.

What’s going on at Warrington?
Warrington won their first eight games of the season but their run of form since has only yielded a further three wins. Questions are now being asked of the Wolves.

The yellow card?
Sam Kasiano was sin binned for a shoulder charge. Some have slammed the decision claiming that the sport is a contact game and it should have been a penalty.

Player Ratings:

Warrington Wolves
2 Josh Thewlis – 6
34 Matty Russell – 5
3 Peter Mata’utia – 5
4 Stefan Ratchford – 6
5 Matty Ashton – 6
1 Matt Dufty – 4
7 Josh Drinkwater – 6
17 Gil Dudson – 4
9 Daryl Clark – 5
10 Paul Vaughan – 5
11 Ben Currie – 4
26 Adam Holroyd – 5
15 Joe Philbin – 4
Substitutes
14 Sam Kasiano – 4
16 Danny Walker – 6
19 Joe Bullock – 5
20 Connor Wrench – 5

Leeds Rhinos
1 Richie Myler – 8
2 David Fusitu’a – 7
4 Nene MacDonald – 7
12 Rhyse Martin – 7
5 Ash Handley – 8
6 Blake Austin – 9
7 Aidan Sezer – 8
8 Mikolaj Oledzki – 7
14 Jarrod O’Connor – 8
22 Sam Walters – 8
11 James Bentley – 8
19 James McDonnell – 8
13 Cameron Smith – 8
Substitutes
15 Sam Lisone – 8
18 Tom Holroyd – 7
25 James Donaldson – 6
26 Corey Johnson – 6

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