Stats Pack: Warrington Wolves
Only three days after beating Hull FC at the MKM Stadium, Leeds Rhinos are back at Emerald Headingley for consecutive home games, starting this evening against Warrington Wolves, kick off 7:30pm.
Before the teams run out, here are some of the key stats, figures and facts about both Richard Agar and Steve Price’s sides.
Team Head to Head
Leeds and Warrington meet for the second time in under a month in the Betfred Super League, having faced off at the Halliwell Jones Stadium at the beginning of July.
In Super League alone, 61 matches have been played between the two sides previously at Emerald Headingley, Wilderspool and the Halliwell Jones, the most recent being Leeds’ 22-16 away win in July. Leeds have won 36 of those 61 games while Warrington have won 23 games against since Super League began in 1996; six of which have come on home soil. During the Super League era, the Rhinos won all their home league fixtures against Warrington between 2003 and 2010 and in recent years, have won the last two outings, conceding only four points.
Warrington have only played one game since their loss to Leeds on home soil (a 21-6 result over Wigan on Wednesday night) but in his final season, Steve Price has his eyes on Old Trafford. Despite missing a number of games due to postponements, the Wolves remain in the top three behind St Helens and Catalans, and with the Dragons currently eight points clear at the top, Warrington need to ensure they continue their winning streak, as St Helens are only ahead of them on win percentage.
Following their win over Hull FC, the Rhinos have made a four point gap between them and Castleford but as they have played four games more than Hull KR and three more than Hull FC, Richard Agar’s side remain seventh on win percentage. Along with Warrington (first in SL for tries scored), the Rhinos (third) are one of the highest scoring sides in the league, thanks to nine tries against Leigh and six tries against Salford.
Warrington’s Top Performers
11 Tries (3rd in SL)
47 Goals (3rd in SL)
477 Tackles (7th in SL)
26 Offloads (3rd in SL)
181 Carries (18th in SL)
Key Head to Head
One of the most intriguing battles on the Emerald Headingley pitch on Sunday night is likely to be between two of England’s best hookers Kruise Leeming and Daryl Clark. Both players are in the frame for Shaun Wane’s England squad for the World Cup and have been impressive in 2021.
Leeming ran out in front of a full crowd for the first time against Salford last week and showed the fans how well he has fitted into Richard Agar’s system since his debut in 2020. A hooker by trade, Leeming has also applied his skills at half back in 2021 when Luke Gale and Robert Lui have been absent and he has performed well. He has been ever-present for the Rhinos in the league this year too and has registered seven tries and seven try assists, as well as making the sixth most dummy half runs this season (39) behind team mate Brad Dwyer.
Clark is also higher than Leeming in dummy half runs and the England international continues to spearhead Warrington’s attack. Formerly of Castleford, where he was one player that broke out early in Daryl Powell’s tenure, Clark is a key spine player that is prepared to drive out from behind the ruck when required. Although Leeming has proved a try scorer, Clark is one of Warrington’s highest metre makers (1035), made the joint eighth most clean breaks with team mate Josh Charnley (9) and has also 100 more tackles than his opposite number (seventh most in Super League with 477).
Stats Standout from Round 16: Leeds Rhinos
Brad Dwyer came onto the field for the majority of the second half and caused the Hull forward problems in Leeds’ last game with his dummy half runs and connection with Luke Gale and Kruise Leeming. He kicked off the second half scoring with a well worked try, dummying his way passed Mahe Fonua to score in the corner, before then setting up Cameron Smith to put the game to bed.
In between the tries, he boosted his lead as the league’s top dummy half runner (he is now on 94 after his eight runs last night). Former Rhino Matt Parcell is the closest with 80, although Hull KR have had a run of postponed fixtures, while Warrington hooker Clark is third with 67. Dwyer was only behind Smith in carries by the Leeds replacements with ten and his 59 run metres was the best out of any hooker on the Hull pitch. Compared to his team mate Leeming, who made 33 tackles throughout the game, it was clear the game had swung in favour of the Rhinos as Dwyer only made 12; Hull’s Danny Houghton and Joe Cator finishing on 53 and 44 by the end of the eighty minutes.
Stats Standout from Round 16: Warrington Wolves
A try scorer against the Warriors on Wednesday, outside back Jake Mamo is now the Wolves’ leading try scorer this season.
Part of Warrington’s quick and powerful back line, that includes the likes of Tom Lineham, Toby King, Josh Charnley and youngster Josh Thewlis, Castleford-bound Mamo has continued to shine since his arrival at the club in 2019.
Against Wigan, his try came from a mistake by Adrian Lam’s side and the centre swooped on the ball before running the length of the field to score. That run contributed to him making 185 metres in the match (1st for Warrington but 2nd behind Jackson Hastings out of both teams), which contributed to him sitting in the top five highest metre makers in the league. Only Tom Davies, Ken Sio and Liam Farrell have made more.
Mamo also added five tackle busts as the outside back took his total for the season to 61 (the best in the league) as well as one dummy half run, ten tackles and one offload, even though he also spent ten minutes in the sin bin.
Warrington captain Chris Hill is in line to make his 250th Super League appearance tonight against the Rhinos. The prop has featured 248 times for the Wolves over nine years in Warrington’s colours and has one appearance for Leigh.
Fellow prop Sitaleki Akauola will also hit a career milestone. Akauola is set to run out for his 100th career appearance, having made 61 at the Wolves, 21 for Penrith Panthers, 11 for Wests Tigers and four for Rochdale Hornets. He also has one cap for Tonga.