Flashback: Five Top Super League Meetings vs Warrington Wolves
As Leeds travel to face Warrington in the Betfred Super League on Tuesday, let’s take a look back at some classic Super League matches we’ve played against the Wire at the Halliwell Jones Stadium.
1997 – Warrington Wolves 16 Leeds Rhinos 23
Leeds claimed their first win over Warrington at Wilderspool in 1997. Having lost their first Super League encounter at the home of the Wolves the previous year, Dean Bell’s side won their third consecutive League match thanks to tries from Wayne Collins, Phil Hassan and Ryan Sheridan. New signing Iestyn Harris also kicked five conversions to keep Leeds ahead before Graham Holroyd’s drop goal sealed the win.
2005 – Warrington Wolves 22 Leeds Rhinos 46
Sat at the top of Super League going into this round 22 matchup, the red hot Rhinos were dominant in the 46-22 result. Outside backs Marcus Bai and Chev Walker both scored twice for Leeds while Matt Diskin, Rob Burrow, Keith Senior and Mark Calderwood also crossed the tryline for Tony Smith’s men.
2013 – Warrington Wolves 19 Leeds Rhinos 18
One point proved the difference when the Rhinos travelled to Warrington in 2013. With Leeds (3rd) trailing the Wolves (4th) in the League table, there was a lot on the line with the Play Offs on the horizon. Mickey Higham and Ryan Hall both crossed the tryline for their sides in the opening ten minutes before Liam Sutcliffe ran 80 metres to put Leeds ahead. An interception try for Hall at the start of the second half and a score for Zak Hardaker was met by tries for Warrington’s Stefan Ratchford and Brett Hodgson to level the score but a drop goal from Lee Briers won the game with seconds remaining.
2011 – Warrington Wolves 24 Leeds Rhinos 26
The 2011 Play Off clash between Leeds and Warrington is considered by Leeds fans to be one of the clubs greatest games. In the first Play Off meeting between the two sides at the Halliwell Jones Stadium, nothing could separate the scores going into the final few minutes of the game; Carl Ablett, Rob Burrow and Ryan Hall (twice) scoring the tries for Brian McDermott’s men. A penalty late in the game proved the difference as Kevin Sinfield stepped up to send the Rhinos to the Grand Final.
2018 – Warrington Wolves 12 Leeds Rhinos 16
Leeds’ most recent win at Warrington came in round one of the 2018 Super League season. Ending a seven match losing streak at the Halliwell Jones Stadium, the reigning Super League Champions kicked off the season with a good performance; Ryan Hall scoring twice while Jamie Jones-Buchanan also got his name on the scoresheet in the 16-12 result.