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Leeds Rhinos v Wigan Warriors, Friday 13th April, kick off 7.45pm

9th April 2018

By Phil Daly

Leeds Rhinos welcome Wigan Warriors to Emerald Headingley on Friday for one of the most eagerly anticipated games of the season.

Shaun Wane’s side are currently second in the Betfred Super League table, one point ahead of the Rhinos, with both teams having played nine games.

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Wigan scored 28 unanswered points in 25 second half minutes to overcome an initial 21-0 deficit in Perpignan last Saturday evening, scoring six tries to secure a seventh successive win over the Dragons. That represented four points from three games over the Easter period, having lost the derby at St Helens – their first defeat in nine Good Friday’s – and overcome Hull KR at home on the Monday. Victory came despite a delay in getting over to Perpignan because of air traffic issues and the losses of Ben Flower to an HIA and George Williams, who suffered a migraine late in the first half.


As always, Leeds v Wigan is one of the biggest games of the year at Emerald Headingley and fans are urged to buy now to avoid disappointment with a restricted capacity for this game due to the reconstruction work at the stadium. There are limited number of single seats available in the Temporary North Stand and the Carnegie Stand seats from supporters who have used the Buy Back scheme. We have availability on the Western Terrace. If you purchase before midnight on Thursday you will save £2 on the matchday admission price, subject to availability. Western Terrace tickets start from £20 for adults and can be booked by clicking here.


Stevie Ward scored a hat-trick to help Leeds beat Wigan in their first game of the Super 8s and improve their hopes of a top-four finish in Super League.

Tries from Ward and Ashton Golding put Leeds ahead, but Tom Davies went over twice to level the scores.

Golding collected Ryan Hall’s kick to score his second try, before Matt Parcell crossed to extend the lead.

Ward touched down twice more to secure the points, before Sam Tomkins went over late on for the Warriors.

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Leeds Rhinos 8 Wigan Warriors 9

13th April 2018

By Phil Daly

Leeds Rhinos lost out in dramatic fashion at Emerald Headingley when Wigan scored nine unanswered points in the final eight minutes of the game to snatch victory.

The home side had led at half time 6-0 thanks to a try from Tom Briscoe and the advantage was extended when Kallum Watkins kicked a penalty midway through the second half. But a converted try from Oliver Gildart gave the visitors hope before a penalty from Sam Tomkins and a drop goal from the same player bagged both league points for the Cherry and Whites.

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Leeds Rhinos returned to Emerald Headingley for one of the biggest games of the year with Shaun Wane’s Wigan Warriors in town. Head Coach Brian McDermott was able to recall Joel Moon and Brett Delaney into his starting line up whilst there was a welcome return on the bench for Anthony Mullally and Adam Cuthbertson, the latter making his first appearance since the World Club Challenge in February.

The Rhinos had a chance after twelve minutes to open the scoring when Sam Tomkins knocked the ball out of Matt Parcell’s hands near the Wigan line. Richie Myler hacked the loose ball ahead but was unable to get in front of Tommy Leuluai before the hooker cleared the danger.

Leeds kept up the pressure on Wigan with some strong defence forcing errors from the visitors deep in their half. They eventually made the pressure count with an excellently timed pass to Tom Briscoe that put the winger in time and space and he raced in at the corner.  Kallum Watkins added the conversion from the touchline to make it 6-0 after 24 minutes.

Wigan grew more into the game after that and had a number of half chances only for the Rhinos to scramble back and force an error from the visitors. It remained 6-0 at the break.

Leeds had the better chances in the early stages of the second half. A beautifully weighted pass from Adam Cuthbertson released Watkins, who cut through the Wigan defence only to see his pass to Richie Myler dip behind the half back with the line at his mercy.

The Rhinos were looking to make the most of a numerical advantage against Wigan when Sam Powell was sent to the sin bin for his involvement in a tackle on Ashton Golding but the Warriors held firm to keep the Rhinos out from scoring a second try.


Wigan then forced three goal-line drop-outs but were unable to turn the pressure into points and, when Leeds received a penalty within kicking range, Watkins took the opportunity to put his side two scores in front.

Wigan finally cracked the Rhinos defence nine minutes from the end, centre Gildart taking Liam Farrell’s pass to finish off one of the best moves of the match.

Sam Tomkins slipped as he attempted to convert the try from touchline but it had enough on it to creep over the bar to cut the gap to two points and Wigan almost scored again when substitute prop Ryan Sutton broke clear and found Gildart but Joe Burgess could not take the final pass.

The game looked set to end in a draw when Tomkins kicked a penalty four minutes from the end after Powell was tackled high by Delaney but the Wigan full-back had the final say when he landed a one-pointer from 35 metres out.

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