• Leeds Rhinos Women
  • 16 - 0

  • Wigan Warriors Women
  • Leeds Rhinos Women
  • HT 06 - 00
  • Wigan Warriors Women
29th September 2019 | KO 14:00 | Sports Park Weetwood | Women's Super League

Match Preview: Leeds Rhinos Women v Wigan Warriors Women

Leeds Rhinos Women will play their final home game of the regular Betfred Women’s Super League season on Sunday 29th September at Sports Park Weetwood, kick off 2pm.

Adam Cuthbertson’s side are now guaranteed a third place finish so will face St Helens in the Play Off semi-finals.  Wigan Warriors, who defeated the Rhinos last season in the Grand Final are also confirmed as finishing in fourth and will face League leaders Castleford Tigers.  The Warriors have won six, lost six and drawn one game this season and go into Sunday’s game looking to bounce back from a 28-0 defeat to St Helens.

When the two teams met back in May, Keara Bennett made her debut and tries from Fran Goldthorp and Courtney Hill edged it for the Rhinos in a close game, which saw Wigan crash over for a late try from Georgia Wilson.  Wigan’s biggest win of the season was their 62-0 victory over York City Knights and their biggest loss a 56-8 defeat against Castleford.

Looking ahead to the game, Leon Crick, team manager for Leeds Rhinos Women, said: “Although there is nothing to play for in terms of league position, we will approach this game the same as any other.  We need to build momentum going into the semi final and be at full strength.  When we played them earlier in the year it was a close game and we know they are a quality side.  They are in the same position as us where they will be looking to get in a good performance before their Play Off game.  They are defending their Super League title and will want to put in a good performance against us before that game.  In Gemma Walsh they have an excellent player who leads her team around the field and has caused us trouble every time we have played them.

“We will hopefully welcome back Caitlin Beevers and Courtney Hill on Sunday, which will be a big boost for us and there will be a late fitness test for Char Booth.  It will be our last game at Sports Park Weetwood this season, so we hope that we get a big crowd down on the day to support the team.  I would like to take this opportunity to thank the staff at Leeds University for hosting us this season and to Weetwood Hall for their hospitality for the team after our games.”

All fans who have a meal in the Stables Pub before the game can gain free entry for the match.

Gates Open – 12pm

Ticket Prices – Minimum suggested donation of £5 for adults and concessions (senior citizens 65 & over and students) / FREE for Juniors aged 16 & under. Cash only on match day – tickets are not pre-sold.

Post-Match Activity – All players from both teams will head to the Weetwood Hall hotel after the match.

Programmes – Team sheets will be handed out for free on arrival

Viewing areas – Standing around the pitch with a small seated stand which will be unreserved.

Parking – Please note there is a hockey game on at Sports Park Weetwood prior to the Rhinos fixture, so parking will be available from 1pm on a limited, first come, first served basis. There is no charge to park. If there is no parking available at the venue, then fans must park in surrounding residential areas. Do not park at Weetwood Hall Hotel or on the grass verges on the ring road and respect the neighbours surrounding the venue. Limited Disabled Parking will be available onsite.

Food and Drink – There is a café onsite for fans to purchase food and drink (alcoholic and non-alcoholic). Fans cannot bring their own alcohol.

Dogs – Dogs are not allowed at the venue with exception of Guide Dogs.


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Leeds Rhinos Women 16 Wigan Warriors Women 0

By Matthew Wright

Leeds Rhinos Women ended their home campaign in the regular Women’s Super League season with a hard fought win against Wigan Warriors in heavy rain at Sportspark Weetwood.

Despite the conditions the opening exchanges would be error free as both sides fought for field position and points. First points would came inside five minutes, Courtney Hill pumping a deep kick towards Greenfield causing the fullback to lose the ball. Eatock the fastest to react as she raced clear towards the line only to be denied at close range, on the very next play Hill taking the ball to the line and dummyg her way over to score. Hill converting her own try.

Leeds had a chance to extend their margin further five minutes later, a knock on from Leah Darbyshire putting the Rhinos in strong field position. Hill once more attacking the line in a similar fashion to her first try but this time opting to release the ball, Wigan’s Grace Holding picking the ball out of the air and denying a garunteed try.

Three consecutive penalties would see the Rhinos pinned to their own line and enduring a barrage of relentless Wigan pressure, the Leeds defence up to the task and scrambling to deny Wigan one player after the other, Greenfield and Thompson going closest but unable to crack the Rhinos defence.

Sophie Nuttall would preserve the Rhinos six point cushion into the second half with a fantastic try saving tackle late in the first fourty. Wigan moving the ball to the right edge where they had the numbers, Nuttall on hand to deny a pacey Grace-Holding as she dove for the corner.

The second half would bring opportunities for Courtney Hill to show off her kicking game, the strong headwind now her ally with the change of ends, Leeds now taking the opportunity to drill kicks in behind that lingered in the in goal area forcing repeat sets on multiple occasions.

The Rhinos had the majority of the possession in the second half, enjoying good field position but meeting resilient defence on each occasion in the form a very physical Wigan pack.

On the hour mark a repeat set would see Leeds break the Wigan defence for the second time today, Priim laying the platform by drawing in two defenders before handing off to Hanna Butcher who linked up with Eatock to somersault into the corner, Hill unable to convert.

Keara Bennett would sign the Rhinos off with a try to end the game, Char Booth going hard and straight towards the posts but clawed down mere meters short of the line, Bennett aware to the opportunity to score under the posts. Hill converting to make it a 16-0 final score to the Rhinos.