Unbeaten Rhinos and Wigan go head to head this Sunday in Women’s Super League
This Sunday sees the two remaining unbeaten sides in the Betfred Women’s Super League, Leeds Rhinos and Wigan Warriors, go head to head at Victoria Park, kick off 3:30pm.
Lois Forsell’s side come into Sunday’s game off the back of a big win over Warrington Wolves last week, Tara Moxon scoring four tries in a 56-0 result, but this week will be the Rhinos’ first major challenge of the season, having beaten York, Wakefield, Featherstone, Bradford and the Wolves so far.
The win last week ensured that the Rhinos remained at the top of the league table with five wins from five matches but close behind them are Wigan, who have also won their opening five matches of the season. Only behind Leeds on points difference, Kris Ratcliffe side have been as ruthless as the Rhinos, beating the likes of Bradford, Castleford and Huddersfield convincingly. With five internationals in their ranks, the Warriors have threats across the field, including Georgia Wilson, who has 12 tries so far in 2021, and Vicky Molyneux, who along with Wilson, represent England against Wales.
In the league, Leeds and Wigan have met five times, including the 2018 Grand Final. The Rhinos hold the winning record with three wins, compared to the Warriors’ two, and in 2019, Leeds won both matches, including a 12-4 result on the road thanks to tries from Courtney Winfield-Hill and Fran Goldthorp, who had debuted for the club two weeks earlier.
2019 Rnd 14- Rhinos 16 Wigan 0 (H)
2019 Rnd 4 – Wigan 4 Rhinos 12 (A)
2018 Grand Final – Rhinos 16 Wigan 18
2018 – Rhinos 22 Wigan 23 (H)
2018 – Wigan 20 Rhinos 14 (A)
Four players could hit significant milestones in Sunday’s game. Caitlin Beevers needs six points to reach 100 points and captain Courtney Winfield-Hill is 18 points away from reaching 300 career points.
Sophie Robinson needs eight points to reach 100 points for the Rhinos and Elle Frain is four points away from notching up her 50th point for the club.
1. Fran Goldthorp (15)
2. Caitlin Beevers (9)
3. Tara Moxon (7)
4. Hanna Butcher (6)
5. Chloe Kerrigan (5)
5. Elle Frain (5)
Courtney Winfield-Hill (34)
Tasha Gaines (7)
The team in full is:
1. Caitlin Beevers sponsored by Systech IT Solutions
2. Tara Moxon sponsored by Leeds Rhinos Player Association
3. Sophie Robinson sponsored by Shakas
4. Chloe Kerrigan sponsored by Tough Cookie Training
5. Fran Goldthorp sponsored by PICKUPS SELF STORAGE
6. Hanna Butcher sponsored by AJ Structural Steels Ltd
7. Courtney Winfield-Hill
8. Amy Johnson sponsored by Eric Johnson of Northwich Ltd
9. Keara Bennett
11. Aimee Staveley sponsored by Countrywide Fans of Leeds Rhinos Women
12. Elle Frain sponsored by Riva Homes
15. Danika Priim sponsored by G. Swailes Painter & Decorator
16. Ellie Oldroyd sponsored by AAK Electrical
17. Tasha Gaines sponsored by Doe Bakehouse
20. Lucy Murray sponsored by Leeds Trinity University
21. Ella Johnson sponsored by SES Tiling
23. Orla McCallion
25. Zoe Hornby sponsored by The Rose Inn Rock Club
27. Eloise Hayward