Opposition Overview: Warrington Wolves

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The fixtures come thick and fast for the Rhinos as they look to build on their 22-12 win over Hull FC on Thursday night against Warrington Wolves in the first of back to back Betfred Super League matches at Emerald Headingley on Sunday night, kick off 7:30pm.

Ahead of the match, here is a look at our opponents:

2021 so far..

Currently with seven wins in their last eight matches in the Betfred Super League, Warrington have hit a good run of form, despite having a three week break prior to Wednesday’s clash with Wigan Warriors due to postponed matches.

Greg Inglis headlined the Wolves’ transfer business in the off season, before the centre was released to take up a coaching role at the club, but so far it has been their returning players that have shined so far. Daryl Clark remains as dangerous out of dummy half, wingers Josh Charnley and Jake Mamo have been making plenty of noise with a combined 20 tries between them in 2021 and Gareth Widdop has also stepped forward to currently sit fourth in the Man of Steel leader board. All this has come under the watchful eye of Price, who is looking to finish his time with the Wolves on a positive note as Daryl Powell prepares to arrive in 2022.

Leeds joined Castleford (round one) and Huddersfield (round six) in being only the third side to defeat the Wolves so far this season. Since losing to the Giants – Kenny Edwards scoring the winner and Aidan Sezer also added a penalty goal – the Wire scored over 40 points in their threee out their next six games (62-18 vs Salford, 44-18 vs Leigh and 40-14 vs Wigan), and also beat Wakefield and Castleford convincingly too. The only exception to their high scoring games was against the Champions St Helens, where Ben Currie’s sole try proved to be enough to see the visitors claim the two league points in a 6-2 result.

Picture by Ed Sykes/SWpix.com – 28/07/2021 – Rugby League – Betfred Super League Round 16 – Warrington Wolves v Wigan Warriors – Halliwell Jones Stadium, Warrington, England – Warrington Wolves’ Blake Austin scores a drop goal

After their defeat to Leeds, postponed fixtures due to Covid meant the Wolves played their first game for nearly three weeks on Wednesday night, as they disposed of Wigan 21-8 at a packed Halliwell Jones Stadium. Jake Mamo, Josh Thewlis and Blake Austin all scored the tries for the home side, with Austin adding a drop goal, to see the Wolves do the double over their rivals.

2021 Squad

Last Four Results

New Signing

Picture by Oskar Vierod/SWpix.com – 20/09/2019 – Rugby League – Betfred Super League Qualifying Final – Wigan Warriors v Salford Red Devils – DW Stadium, Wigan, England – George Williams of Wigan Warriors

The newest arrival at the Halliwell Jones earlier this month was George Williams and the half back could make his debut at Emerald Headingley on Sunday.

Williams started his career at Wigan Warriors and came through the academy to aid the club, coached by Shaun Wane, in two Grand Final wins (2016 and 2018) and a World Club Challenge title in 2017. After bowing out of the 2019 season in the Play Offs to Salford Red Devils, Williams made the move to the NRL, joining England team mates Elliot Whitehead, Josh Hodgson and Ryan Sutton at Canberra Raiders. In his sole season at the club, he scored 10 tries and kicked 19 goals as the Raiders made the NRL semi finals, only to lose to Melbourne Storm.

He returned to England midway through 2021 and signed with the Wolves, where he joins Gareth Widdop and Blake Austin in a creative spine.

The Captain

In his first season as Warrington’s captain, Jack Hughes had big boots to fill as he followed club stalwart Chris Hill.

Before arriving at Warrington in 2016, the back rower came through the ranks at Wigan, playing through the Warriors’ academy before debuting in 2011. He made over 70 appearances over four years for Shaun Wane’s side and came off the bench in the 2013 Grand Final win over Warrington. During that time he also represented England Knights as they welcomed Australian Schoolboys in 2010.

In 2015, following loan spells at Leigh Centurions, Barrow Raiders and Workington Town, he was part of a loan swap deal that saw Hughes go to Huddersfield in exchange for Larne Patrick. While at the Giants, he played 32 times, scored five tries, and helped the Giants to a Play Off finish, only to lose out to his parent club Wigan in the semi finals.

Picture by Ed Sykes/SWpix.com – 28/07/2021 – Rugby League – Betfred Super League Round 16 – Warrington Wolves v Wigan Warriors – Halliwell Jones Stadium, Warrington, England – Warrington Wolves’ Jack Hughes in action

In 2016, he signed for Warrington and hit the ground running as the Wolves reached both major domestic finals in Hughes’ first season. The Challenge Cup Final saw Hull FC pip Warrington to the title and three months later, Wigan once again broke Hughes’ heart, beating the Wolves in the Grand Final. Two years later, he was on the losing side again as Catalans Dragons won their first silverware but it was third time lucky in 2019, when Hughes co-captained Steve Price’s side to an 18-4 Cup Final win over St Helens. That season, he also earned a call up to the Great Britain team and played in matches against New Zealand and Papua New Guinea.

Returning Faces

Overall, four current players have pulled on both Leeds and Warrington’s shirts across their careers.

For Leeds, Richie Myler, Brad Dwyer and Bodene Thompson have previously played with the Wolves. Myler was part of Tony Smith’s 2012 squad that beat Leeds in the Challenge Cup Final and also featured in the Grand Final; Myler scoring in vain as Leeds took their sixth Super League title. He later signed for Leeds following a spell with Catalans Dragons and will be back in contention for Monday’s clash having missed Friday’s win over Leigh.

Dwyer came through at Warrington in 2013 and spent five years at the club before signing for Leeds in 2018. He soon became a fan favourite and scored a memorable try when the Wolves travelled to Emerald Headingley at the start of the 2020 season. Thompson joined Warrington until the end of the 2018 season after being released by Leigh Centurions. He helped the club survive relegation before moving to Toronto. He signed for the Rhinos in 2020 and has made 18 appearances.

Richie Myler and Brad Dwyer

Rob Mulhern is the only player in Warrington’s squad to have played for Leeds previously. The prop came through the Rhinos academy in 2014 and played five games from the bench between 2014 and 2015 before leaving. He made a big breakthrough while at Hull KR in 2019 and 2020 and was part of a swap deal that saw the Wolves steal the prop, while Luis Johnson went the other way.

Last Game vs Leeds at Emerald Headingley

Leeds Rhinos produced a commanding performance over Warrington Wolves to make it three wins in a row in the Betfred Super League with a comprehensive 36-0 win at Emerald Headingley; Jack Walker, Richie Myler, Ava Seumanufagai, Brad Dwyer, Konrad Hurrell and Ash Handley scoring the tries.

Buy tickets now

Tickets for Sunday’s clash with the Wolves are still available to buy now.

You can purchase tickets over the phone on 0371 423 1315 (Monday to Friday 10.30am – 3.30pm) or online at tickets.therhinos.co.uk.

For more information on how Emerald Headingley is welcoming back unrestricted crowds, click here.