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Leeds Rhinos v Warrington Wolves, Friday 21st February, kick off 8pm

16th February 2014

By Leeds Rhinos

The Rhinos kick off their home campaign in the new First Utility Super League when they take on Tony Smith’s Warrington Wolves at Headingley Carnegie next Friday.

Both teams had contrasting fortunes in the opening weekend of the new competition. Warrington lost out to St Helens at home whilst the Rhinos won away at Hull KR. 

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Leeds Rhinos 18 Warrington Wolves 12

21st February 2014

By Leeds Rhinos

Two tries from Zak Hardaker and a special first half effort from Tom Briscoe secured a well earned victory for the Rhinos over last season’s Grand Finalists.

The Rhinos were forced to defend early on as Warrington looked to put last week’s opening round defeat to St Helens behind them. Following a blocked Kevin Sinfield kick, they gained three sets on the Rhinos line and eventually the pressure brought a try. Leeds had defended well and little looked on from the Wolves until a cross field kick from Richie Myler was brilliantly taken by Joel Monaghan in the air, he juggled with it but regathered as he fell and touched down. Stefan Ratchford added the conversion to give his side an early 6-0 lead after 11 minutes.

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It was the Rhinos turn to build pressure after that. They equalised after 22 minutes when a break down the right set Tom Briscoe away down the touchline, he recognised he was running out of space and cleverly kicked in field allowing Zak Hardaker to run through in support and touch down. Sinfield equalised with a well struck conversion.

The home side then camped themselves on the Wolves line. Twice they were denied tries by the video ref duo of Ian Smith and Steve Ganson as Ryan Hall’s foot slipped out of play first and then Hardaker knocked on as he attempted to touch down McGuire’s kick between the posts.

However, Leeds finally did hit the front with ten minutes to go until half time with a sensational try from Briscoe. He popped up in midfield forty metre from his own try line and burst onto a short pass that found the Warrington defence flat footed. He then turned Ratchford inside and out before holding off a last desperate tackle to go over for his first try as a Rhino at Headingley Carnegie. Sinfield added the conversion to make the half time score 12-6.

Leeds enjoyed the better of the possession at the start of the second half but were unable to find a way through some well marshalled Warrington defence. Having weathered the storm, the Wolves then had their best period of the game. Due to Rhinos errors with the ball and some astute kicking on their part, the Wolves had a number of sets thirty metres from the Leeds line but every time they looked like they were heading for a try, Leeds produced a brilliant piece of defence, most notably a tackle from Hardaker on Ratchford that denied a certain try.

Hardaker then crossed for a crucial second try. Having gained good territory from a penalty, Leeds were setting up near the Wolves line when Hardaker spotted that the Wolves had left a gap on the blindside and he sprinted through to score. Sinfield added the conversion to make it 18-6.

The Rhinos then had to absorb more Warrington pressure but on each occasion they had the answer and eventually it left the Wolves attempting high risk options such as a cross field kick to Gene Ormsby that flew out of play.

Sinfield had a chance to put his side three scores in front with ten minutes to go but his drop goal attempt hit the post and rebounded away. That was the last of the action he would see as he limped off soon afterwards.

The Wolves produced a late fight back after that as Ben Westwood was awarded a try by the video referees but Leeds held their nerve a frantic last passage of play to secure a second win of the season.

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