Top ten Wigan clashes in Super League era

This Friday Leeds and Wigan will meet for the 30th time in the Super League era and the fixture has produced some of the most memorable games in the summer era.

Including regular season and Super 8s games, Leeds have won 14 of the 29 previous meetings, with three draws and twelve victories for Wigan. 

Wigan’s last gasp victory in 2018 was their first at Emerald Headingley since 2012 when they ran out 50-8 winners. It was the second time the Cherry and Whites have won by a single point, the previous occasion being in 1997 in Iestyn Harris’ debut for the Rhinos.

On average there are just two points between the sides at Emerald Headingley with Leeds averaging 23 and Wigan 21 in the 29 previous meetings.

The game is always one of the most popular fixtures for fans as well with an average crowd 15,087 for this game alone.

With some brilliant seats in the North Stand & South Stand still available to purchase, this is a great chance to experience a matchday like no other at your new-look Emerald Headingley if you haven’t already. Enjoy uninterrupted views of the pitch, modern seating and better legroom as well as enjoying the fantastic new facilities on offer on matchday – including giant video walls, HD screens, pre match and half time analysis in the South Stand concourse, souvenir cups and post-match discounts on draught products in the South Stand bars. 

If you prefer the atmosphere in the terraces, standing tickets are also available in all terraces including the South Stand with advance tickets starting from just £12. Book online at tickets.therhinos.co.uk, call us on 0371 423 1315 or buy in person from the Ticket Office at Emerald Headingley.

Remember that if you book ahead of matchday you’ll secure the best available price on your ticket saving £3 on match day ticket prices.

Check out our top ten summer clashes against the Warriors at Emerald Headingley.

1998 Leeds Rhinos 16 Wigan Warriors 8

This was the Rhinos first ever win over Wigan in Super League at the fifth attempt. Brad Godden, who saved his best performances for the men from Central Park, crossed for one try whilst Andy Hay sealed the win along with three goals from Iestyn Harris and two drop goals from Tony Kemp.

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1999 Leeds Rhinos 28 Wigan Warriors 22

Leeds beat Wigan for the third time in four attempts in the 1999 season to secure third place in the Super League ahead of the play offs. 
Paul Johnson opened the scoring for the visitors before a young Kevin Sinfield moved the ball beautifully for Francis Cummins to go over. Wigan were awarded a try by the video referee next for Jason Robinson before the Rhinos took advantage of two Wigan errors to take the lead before half-time.
First Farrell threw an over- ambitious pass towards the left wing, where it was picked off for a 80-yard interception try by Leroy Rivett. Two minutes before the break, Neil Cowie squandered possession and from the scrum Harris sold the dummy and also kicked his second goal.
At the start of the second half Ryan Sheridan opened play out for Andy Hay, and Brad Godden forced his way in for Harris to make it a 10-point lead.
Gavin Clinch got a try back for Wigan before Harris created the chance for Sheridan, and Moore’s reply for Wigan two minutes from time came too late.

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2000 Leeds Rhinos 26 Wigan Warriors 19

Few had given Leeds a prayer as they came off the back of a humiliating 44-2 home defeat to Bradford to face league leaders Wigan at home a week later. Even less when Wigan got out to a 19-6 lead after 55 minutes however inspired by Richie Blackmore and Iestyn Harris, in his 100thgame for the club, Leeds turned things around and went on a 13 game unbeaten run.  

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2003 Leeds Rhinos 24 Wigan Warriors 24

Nothing could separate these two teams in 2003 in a campaign that ultimate ended in disappointment for both clubs. Having drawn 24-24 in May, the two sides met again in August. Wigan led 24-20 with barely a minute remaining before Andrew Dunemann created a move with Keith Senior and put Danny McGuire away. He chipped ahead and collected his own kick before touching down. Sinfield missed the game winning conversion so the points were shared. 

2004 Leeds Rhinos 36 Wigan Warriors 24

Rhinos kept up their unbeaten Super League IX start with a 36-24 win over Wigan Warriors in a thrill-a-minute encounter at Emerald Headingley.

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2011 Leeds Rhinos 22 Wigan Warriors 22

The Rhinos looked set for an easy win over Michael Maguire’s side when they led 22-4 with just twenty minutes to go at Headingley. Tries from Jamie Jones-Buchanan, Brent Webb and Danny Buderus along with five goals from Kevin Sinfield looked to have secured the two points. However, a late rally from Wigan put them within touching distance before a last second penalty from Sam Tomkins sealed the draw.

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2013 Leeds Rhinos 18 Wigan Warriors 14

Leeds recorded their first home win over Wigan in the regular season with tries from Joel Moon, Jamie Jones-Buchanan and Ryan Hall. Hall’s duel with England team mate Josh Charnley was one of the highlights of the night as they both tested each other to raise their game to the next level, with Hall forcing an error from Charnley at the death to secure the win. 

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2015 Leeds Rhinos 26 Wigan Warriors 14

Leeds fought back from behind at half time to defeat Wigan at Emerald Headingley in the treble winning season. 
Wigan’s Matty Smith opened the scoring before Adam Cuthbertson, Ash Handley and Brad Singleton hit back for Leeds.
Joe Burgess’ try for Wigan made it 16-14 at the break, but further scores from Liam Sutcliffe and Rob Burrow ensured victory for Leeds.

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2016 Leeds Rhinos 18 Wigan Warriors 16

Leeds held off a late Wigan fightback to move off the bottom of Super League and deny the Warriors top spot. 
Kallum Watkins held off numerous tackles to touch down for Leeds, before Wigan’s Josh Charnley reduced the gap.
Adam Cuthbertson and Brett Ferres confirmed the Warriors’ first defeat in nine games, despite Jack Higginson and George Williams crossing for Wigan.

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2017 Leeds Rhinos 26 Wigan Warriors 18

Kallum Watkins marked his 200th appearance for Leeds Rhinos with a try to help them overcome Wigan Warriors.
Ryan Hall and Joel Moon put Leeds 14-12 up at the break, while George Williams twice went over for Wigan in a ferocious opening 40 minutes.
Watkins added to Rhinos’ lead and Carl Ablett sealed victory late on after Liam Marshall’s try gave Wigan hope.

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