Stats Pack: Wigan Warriors
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Tonight sees Leeds Rhinos travel to the DW Stadium to take on Wigan Warriors in round 21 of the Betfred Super League, kick off 7:45pm.
Before the teams run out, here are some of the key stats, figures and facts about both Richard Agar and Adrian Lam’s sides.
Team Head to Head
Tonight’s game will pit two clubs, Leeds Rhinos and Wigan Warriors, who are both hoping to finish as high as possible for the end of season play offs.
This season Super League sees a return to a top six play offs with five teams battling out for three places to keep in touch with Catalans, Saints and Warrington.
Wigan are currently in fourth but with a flood of games to be played in the remaining month of the season, everything is still to play for.
The DW Stadium is always one of the hardest grounds for any away side in Super League but Leeds can break a seven game losing streak at the stadium should they get the win tonight. The last time the Rhinos beat Wigan on the road was in 2013, when Brian McDermott’s side ran away with a 20-6 result in the ‘Man of Steel’ shirts. On that night, current Wigan stars Zak Hardaker and Brad Singleton were in the Rhinos camp.
Four points separate the two sides in the table but whereas Wigan started the season with seven consecutive wins, it is Leeds who now have the better run of form with six wins in their last ten, compared to Wigan’s five wins.
Rhyse Martin returns to the side after serving his one game suspension and he will want to keep up his recent consistent goal kicking record. He kicked 34 consecutive goals during July and August before missing an attempt in the win at Leigh but will be hoping to add to his 142 points already accrued this campaign. The Rhinos leading try scorers are Tom Briscoe, Kruise Leeming and Jack Broadbent with eight each with Briscoe needing three tries to reach 150 Super League tries in his career.
Both teams like to score points in the last ten minutes before half time so make sure you don’t head for your pie too early at the interval. Wigan scoring 69 points while Leeds have scored 84 in that period.
Leeds dominate possession and territory but one danger from Wigan will be their set completions. Adrian Lam’s side complete at 78.1% of their set of sixes (second in Super League), compared to 73.7% for Leeds (bottom of Super League), and they also lead the league in offloads (188). Interestingly though, the Cherry and Whites have conceded 50 line breaks this campaign, which is the most behind St Helens. That will be something that Briscoe, Broadbent and Brad Dwyer will look to exploit, as the trio sit in the top 15 line breakers this season.
Wigan Top Performers
12 Tries (2nd in SL)
28 Goals (10th in SL)
328 Carries (1st in SL)
737 (1st in SL)
75 Tackle Busts (2nd in SL)
Key Head to Head
Two of Super League’s most high profile signings ahead of the 2021 season was Wigan’s John Bateman and Leeds’ Zane Tetevano. After Tetevano missed the clash at Emerald Headingley earlier in the season, the two former NRL stars will finally meet at the DW Stadium.
Bateman has taken to Wigan’s legendary number 13 shirt, formerly worn by Sean O’Loughlin, in style and has continued to headline the forward pack. Returning from Canberra last year, Bateman has wasted no time in settling back into the rhythm of Super League and has played twelve out of Wigan’s twenty games.
He has one try and one try assist in those games and along with Kai Pearce-Paul, the two sit in the top three offloaders in the league with 32 each. Coming off the bench against St Helens the back rower made the joint third highest number of tackles (29) and third highest amount of total metres by a forward (84) in the Warriors side.
Tetevano has continued to progress since coming back from Covid earlier this year. After scoring his first try of the season against Leigh in a match that saw Leeds predominantly in attack, against the Giants he was forced to defend more. Throughout the 63 minutes he played, he made 40 tackles, which was the most made by a Leeds player on the night and also the most he has made all season.
This will be Tetevano’s first time facing Bateman in Super League; the last time the two met was in the 2020 NRL season when his Penrith Panthers side beat Bateman’s Canberra Raiders 28-12.
Stats Standout from Round 20: Wigan Warriors
In a game that saw Wigan dominated by the reigning champions St Helens, scoring just two points, it was a difficult evening for Adrian Lam’s side. As expected though, star half back Jackson Hastings still persisted to push his team forward and will be one to watch tonight.
Alongside the young half back Harry Smith, Hastings controlled of the game for his side and made 58 total metres, five linebreaks and two offloads from eight total runs. He was also forced to make 20 tackles too which is just behind the most he’s made this season (22 vs Leeds, Salford and Catalans).
In total, the Warriors couldn’t exploit Hastings’ best attributes as they spent a total of nine minutes in their opponent’s 20 metre area and had 45% of possession. Bearing that in mind, it was no surprise to find that it was the lowest numbers the half back has produced since Wigan’s 48-0 defeat to Catalans in Perpignan.
Despite the limited time on the ball, Hastings did make the most attacking kicks in the Warriors squad (10) and made over 280 metres with it. The range and types of kicks will be something that the Rhinos need to be aware of as, along with Smith, the two half backs are in the top five Super League players for metres kicked.
Stats Standout from Round 20: Leeds Rhinos
One of the youngest players in the Rhinos squad, second rower Morgan Gannon had his best performance of the season against Huddersfield at Emerald Headingley.
After making his first start against Leigh two weeks ago, Gannon was alongside James Donaldson for the clash with the Giants and opposite experienced forwards Josh Jones and Joe Greenwood, the youngster didn’t look out of place after the eighty minutes. Gannon was one of the top carriers for the Rhinos with 14 (behind only Bodene Thompson, Ash Handley, Tom Briscoe and King Vuniyayawa) but he made the most metres out of anyone on the pitch – almost hitting 200 metres. In attack he made the most tackle breaks in the Leeds team (six) and also managed an offload.
Only Vuniyayawa gained more metres post contact than the second rower and Gannon also made the most tackles out of Leeds’ young forwards (Jarrod O’Connor: 26, Sam Walters: 13, Tom Holroyd: 18).
Leeds winger Tom Briscoe can make his 350th career appearance against Wigan tonight. Briscoe has played 184 times for the Rhinos since his debut in 2014, after played 147 times for Hull FC. He has also represented England on 18 occasions between 2009 and 2013.
Retro Round is coming to the DW Stadium when the Rhinos take on Wigan Warriors in the Betfred Super League on Wednesday 25th August, kick off 7.45pm.
The day will be a celebration of all things 90s and ticket prices revert back to 1995 when the Wigan club was based at Central Park. Tickets for the Round 21 clash are now on sale and it costs just £10 for Adults (Over-16s) and only £5 for Under-16s.
You can buy tickets in either of these two ways:
- Buy online – tickets.therhinos.co.uk
- Call the Leeds Rhinos Ticket Office on 0371 423 1315 (Monday to Friday 10.30am – 3.30pm)
For more information, click here.