Stats Pack: Wigan Warriors

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One of the highlight fixtures of a Betfred Super League season takes place this Friday as the Rhinos travel to the DW Stadium to take on Wigan Warriors live on Sky Sports, kick off 8pm.

Before the teams run out, here are some of the key stats, figures and facts about both Richard Agar and Matt Peet’s sides.

*Stats courtesy of OPTA


Team Head to Head

The Rhinos travel to Wigan on Friday having won the last two meetings with the Warriors. Not only that, Leeds have kept the home side to zero points in both matches, including the Play Off clash that saw Ash Handley score the only try of the game.

Historically, Wigan’s home ground has been a hard place for Leeds to visit in Super League. Out of 223 games played between the two clubs since the inaugural Super League season, 97 have been played at the home of the Warriors and the home side have won 74 of them, compared to Leeds’ 21 wins. Last season’s 14-0 win towards the end of the regular season broke a seven year losing streak for the Rhinos away from home against the players in cherry and white.

Statistically, both clubs have made a strong start to the new season. In their opening game Leeds dominated Warrington in possession (55%) and set completion (85% compared to Warrington’s 74%). Plus the Rhinos also ran for over 1770 total metres (averaging 45.5 metres per set). Even though the Rhinos lost James Bentley on the 16th minute and also had Brad Dwyer sin binned, the Rhinos only conceded four penalties throughout the course of the game too and when it came to errors, compared to their opponents Leeds made seven errors while Warrington made 12.

For Wigan, only Hull FC (11) were penalised more in round than Wigan who were penalised 10 times and interestingly. Wigan’s round one rivals Hull KR were forced into making 16 errors in the game compared to Wigan’s 1).

On a positive note though, the Warriors’ coaching staff will be happy with Jai Field’s impact as the half back made six tackle busts (a metric that Wigan sit second in) and also scored a clever kick and chase try.

Wigan and Leeds also top the charts in bench impacts too. Combined together, both benches have played the most minutes (Wigan: 179, Leeds: 151) out of any team in round one and have made the most combined metres.


Wigan’s Top Performers

Tries

Jake Bibby

2 Tries (Joint 1st in SL)

Tackles

John Bateman

42 Tackles (6th in SL)

Carries

Liam Farrell

17 Carries (5th in SL)

Metres

Liam Marshall

166 Metres (4th in SL)

Tackle Busts

Jai Field

6 Tackle Busts (7th in SL)


Key Match Up

Two of the league’s most in-form wingers go head to head on Friday night in Wigan’s Liam Marshall and Leeds’ Ash Handley.

In Wigan’s 24-10 win over Hull KR last week, both Marshall and Jake Bibby were at the forefront of the Warriors’ attack, both scoring two tries each. Marshall is continuing his rise in cherry and white after earning his first international call up to the England Knights last year. In the opening round of the season, he was a clear threat in attack as he made 166 metres from 14 runs, 40 of which came post contact.

Along with Jai Field, the duo were the only players to make line breaks against the Robins. Against the Rhinos, since his debut in 2017, he has a total of three tries in eight appearances, although he hasn’t scored against the Rhinos in his last five games.

Leeds winger Handley comes into 2022 as one of Leeds’ biggest threats. His try at the start of the second half against the Wolves exemplified the winger’s try scoring ability, especially after he topped the try charts in 2020 and also scored added seven tries last season.

Like Marshall and Wigan, Leeds’ outside backs worked effectively at getting the team up the field, with Handley leading the way. He made the most carries out of any Rhinos player on the field (and the joint most in the league with Wakefield’s David Fifita) and made over 100 gained metres – a feat that Tom Briscoe and Liam Sutcliffe matched too.


Stats Standout from Round 1: Wigan Warriors

One player that continues to be consistent across the board is veteran forward Liam Farrell, who was outstanding again for Peet’s side in their win over Hull KR.

Sam Powell, John Bateman and Farrell were the only three Wigan forwards to play the full eighty minutes and the trio recorded the highest tackle counts among the Warriors squad (Powell: 39, Bateman: 42, Farrell: 33). Although his defensive stats were good, it was actually in attack where Farrell was utilised best. The Wigan-born second rower made 17 carries (1st out of Wigan’s team) and 155 metres with the ball (2nd most by a Wigan player), plus he also added a try assist and four tackle breakers to emphasise that despite his age, he’s still one of the best back rower’s in the league.


Stats Standout from Round 1: Leeds Rhinos

Cam Smith started the 2022 season with a bang as the loose forward topped the charts in the first week of Super League’s fantasy league.

After reviewing Smith’s numbers from the 22-20 defeat to Warrington, his impact in defence and attack is obvious. Up against a lack lustre Wolves pack, that was missing the likes of captain Jack Hughes and new signing Billy Magoulias, Smith shone during the 68 minutes he was on the field. During that time, he gained 102 metres from 17 carries (2nd most by a Leeds player in 2022) and also the most tackles on the pitch (45 tackles).

Like Farrell, Smith also works for the players around him. Although he didn’t get a try assist, the loose forward’s four offloads was the joint-second most offloads made by a player in the opening round of the season and also recorded 16 supports (a game high).


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Tickets

Tickets and travel for Leeds Rhinos first away game of the season against Wigan Warriors will be available to purchase online at tickets.therhinos.co.uk and over the phone on 0371 423 1315.

Advance and Match Day Prices North Stand (Unreserved seating behind posts)
Adult£25
Senior Citizens (65+)£18
Adults aged 22 to 24£20
Under 21£17
Junior aged 8 to 17£11
Junior Season Members£5
Junior Under 8s*FREE
Companion*FREE

Official Coach Travel Leeds Rhinos Official Travel will depart from Car Park F at Headingley Stadium at 5pm. Fans can also choose to be picked up en-route from the Old Yorkshire Evening Post Clock Tower near Leeds City Centre. The coach will pick up from the bus stop on the slip road between Wellington Street and Wellington Road (A58). Please ensure you are present at your departure point at least 10 minutes before the departure time stated on your travel ticket. Please state where you would like to depart from when booking travel. 

Coach Travel Price: £18 per person

How To Buy Tickets and travel can be purchased in the following ways:

Online: available at tickets.therhinos.co.uk 24/7.

Over the phone: by calling 0371 423 1315 between 10:30am and 3:30pm Monday to Friday.

Please be aware we are currently not open during the week for in person sales.