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Warrington Wolves beaten by Leigh Leopards in statement victory

Warrington Wolves took on local rivals Leigh Leopards in our final pre-season game today before the start of the new Betfred Super League season.

The game doubled up as Joe Philbin’s Testimonial game as the Warrington-born prop celebrates a decade in the primrose and blue.

Warrington named strong starting line-up and list of interchanges have been named ahead of the game.

New signings Zane Musgrove and Lachlan Fitzgibbon will make their first appearances for the club along with Sam Powell from the bench. Toby King is also back for the first time since June 2022.

Paul Vaughan serves the final game of his four-match suspension with Stefan Ratchford, Rodrick Tai, Joe Bullock, Wes Bruines and Matty Nicholson all ruled out through injury.

Leigh gave a debut to Matt Moylan as they prepared for a big season themselves.

Leigh Leopards make statement against Warrington Wolves

Leigh Leopards v Warrington Wolves Picture by Olly Hassell/SWpix.com – 26/05/2023 – Rugby League – Betfred Super League Round 13 – Leigh Leopards v Warrington Wolves – Leigh Sports Village, Leigh , England – Warringtons Riley Dean being tackled by Leighs Ava Seumanufagai

To anyone branding Leigh Leopards as a one season wonder, tonight will have been a wake up call and saw Sam Burgess lose his second game in charge of the Warrington Wolves and his first against Super League opposition.

Leigh took the lead within five minutes and fittingly it was their 2023 top try scorer who got them off the mark against his former club: Josh Charnley. Zak Hardaker converted.

Hardaker then grabbed himself a try in his new shirt number. He finished off a break by John Asiata and good work by Matt Moylan. Hardaker added the extras again but before the break Warrington gave themselves a lifeline.

James Harrison ended plenty of pressure powering over from close range to make it 12-6 at the break.

On debut Matt Moylan grabbed his first try for the club. Now on kicking duties, Ed Chamberlain missed with Leigh leading 16-6.

Then Umyla Hanley scored before the hour mark after a great Moylan pass allowed him to wrong foot the defence. This time Chamberlain converted.

Warrington did get a try back after good work from Sam Powell with Sergent finishing off.

Brad Dwyer was sin binned for a high tackle before the game finished with a try for Tom Nisbet converted by Ben McNamara. The match ended 28-12.

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