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Warrington Wolves 25 Leeds Rhinos 14

7th April 2017

By Leeds Rhinos

Leeds Rhinos lost out to Warrington Wolves at the Halliwell Jones despite tries from Tom Briscoe, Matt Parcell and Joel Moon.

The Rhinos have not defeated Warrington at the Halliwell Jones Stadium since the play off meeting in 2011 however hopes were high of reversing that trend after a poor start to the season from Tony Smith’s side with just one point from their opening seven games.
 
Leeds were forced to re-shuffle their plans inside 60 seconds when Liam Sutcliffe was knocked out by a late high challenge from Ben Westwood. Referee James Child initially waved play on but, after the intervention from the touch judge, the England forward was shown the yellow card for ten minutes in the sin bin. Unfortunately Sutcliffe was not so fortunate as he was forced out of the game after just a minute through concussion.
 
The Rhinos made their numerical advantage count soon after when Tom Briscoe showed great strength to get over the line and get the ball down. Ashton Golding was unable to add the conversion from wide out but his side led 4-0.
 
Warrington, who started the game bottom of the table, were ahead when Tom Lineham knocked back a cross field kick into the path of Ryan Atkins who scored in the corner to level the game. Patton added the extras to edge his side in front.
 
Atkins then crossed for a second, the try still being awarded despite the home centre appearing to lose control of the ball after catching it in midair and attempting to ground it one handed. Referee Child was confident enough not to refer the decision to the video referee and immediately awarded the score. Patton again converted before Atkins thought he had completed a first half hat trick against his home town club. This time James Child did go for a second opinion having adjudged it a try on the field only for replays to clearly show it was Briscoe who touched the ball down.
 
Warrington had enjoyed the better of the territory and possession in the first half and deservedly led 12-4 at the interval and they extended their lead at the start of the second half with some quick hands putting Lineham in space to score in the corner. Patton was on target again to make it 18-4.
 
Leeds responded with tries in quick succession to put the game back in the mix. The first came from Matt Parcell, his fourth in five games, as he went over from dummy half. Golding was unable to add the conversion and Kallum Watkins then took over kicking duties when Adam Cuthbertson and Brett Delaney combined to put Joel Moon over for a well worked try. The Warrington lead was now just 18-14 however they sealed their first win of the season late on when Kurt Gidley was able to withstand the challenge of Golding to score after 68 minutes. Patton converted and then kicked a late drop goal to complete the 25-14 win.
 

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