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26th May 2013 | KO 19:30 | Etihad Stadium | Super League

Leeds Rhinos 16 Wigan Warriors 20

Leeds Rhinos lost out to Wigan 20-16 at Etihad after a late Danny McGuire try was disallowed by referee Ian Smith at the end of a pulsating contest.

The Rhinos knew they would be in for a tough challenge against the League Leaders and Wigan proved just why they are setting the pace for all to follow so far this season with a lightning quick start and a try after eight minutes through Sam Tomkins. The score came on the back of quick play form the Warriors and Iain Thornley managed to free his arms to flip a pass out of the back to Tomkins to score. Pat Richards added the conversion to make it 6-0.

Leeds found their stride after that. Sinfield kicked a penalty to get them off the mark and then started and finished a great move to level the game. He set Zak Hardaker away and the full back raced through a gap before passing back inside to Sinfield, who did well to regather the ball, and then held off the despairing tackle of Liam Farrell to touch down. He added the conversion to give his side the lead after 22 minutes.

Wigan hit back two minutes later as once again their speed at the play the ball created the opportunity. Three quick breaks had the Rhinos back peddling before quick ball along the back line created the gap for Richards to touch down out wide. He converted his own try to make it 12-8 before kicking a penalty when Jamie Jones-Buchanan was penalised for lifting Lauaki with the former Hull man lying on top of him.

The Rhinos had to find a response to stop Wigan’s momentum and they did with a sensational try from Kallum Watkins, his tenth in eight consecutive games. The centre seemed to be in an impossible position but spun his way out of the tackle and touched down one handed in the corner. Sinfield was off target with the conversion attempt but his side were back in the game.

Leeds then had a nightmare finish to the half. Ryan Bailey was penalised for a push on Logan Tomkins after a goal line drop out which Richards converted and then with the final play of the half, Sinfield attempted to kick low down field but his kick was blocked and Wigan counter attacked to put Charnley in at the corner. Richards was off target but his side went into the break 20-12.

Wigan enjoyed an early spell of pressure in the second half but the Rhinos defence held firm to keep them out. Leeds then went down the other end of the field and created a great chance for Joe Vickery from a quick pass by Paul McShane, which was tipped on by Hardaker and Watkins to put the winger in. Sinfield was off target with his conversion attempt but his side were within touching distance of Wigan.

Leeds thought they had won it with five minutes to go when McGuire supported a break by Joel Moon but the video referee was called for and he spotted the faintest of obstructions two passes earlier and awarded the penalty to Wigan on half way. Richards had suffered a nasty looking head wound earlier in the game and he was told to leave the field so Sam Tomkins had to kick for goal and pulled it wide.

That gave the Rhinos one last chance but it was not to be and their proud unbeaten record at the Magic Weekend was ended.

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Leeds Rhinos 16 Wigan Warriors 20

Leeds Rhinos lost out to Wigan 20-16 at Etihad after a late Danny McGuire try was disallowed by referee Ian Smith at the end of a pulsating contest.

The Rhinos knew they would be in for a tough challenge against the League Leaders and Wigan proved just why they are setting the pace for all to follow so far this season with a lightning quick start and a try after eight minutes through Sam Tomkins. The score came on the back of quick play form the Warriors and Iain Thornley managed to free his arms to flip a pass out of the back to Tomkins to score. Pat Richards added the conversion to make it 6-0.

Leeds found their stride after that. Sinfield kicked a penalty to get them off the mark and then started and finished a great move to level the game. He set Zak Hardaker away and the full back raced through a gap before passing back inside to Sinfield, who did well to regather the ball, and then held off the despairing tackle of Liam Farrell to touch down. He added the conversion to give his side the lead after 22 minutes.

Wigan hit back two minutes later as once again their speed at the play the ball created the opportunity. Three quick breaks had the Rhinos back peddling before quick ball along the back line created the gap for Richards to touch down out wide. He converted his own try to make it 12-8 before kicking a penalty when Jamie Jones-Buchanan was penalised for lifting Lauaki with the former Hull man lying on top of him.

The Rhinos had to find a response to stop Wigan’s momentum and they did with a sensational try from Kallum Watkins, his tenth in eight consecutive games. The centre seemed to be in an impossible position but spun his way out of the tackle and touched down one handed in the corner. Sinfield was off target with the conversion attempt but his side were back in the game.

Leeds then had a nightmare finish to the half. Ryan Bailey was penalised for a push on Logan Tomkins after a goal line drop out which Richards converted and then with the final play of the half, Sinfield attempted to kick low down field but his kick was blocked and Wigan counter attacked to put Charnley in at the corner. Richards was off target but his side went into the break 20-12.

Wigan enjoyed an early spell of pressure in the second half but the Rhinos defence held firm to keep them out. Leeds then went down the other end of the field and created a great chance for Joe Vickery from a quick pass by Paul McShane, which was tipped on by Hardaker and Watkins to put the winger in. Sinfield was off target with his conversion attempt but his side were within touching distance of Wigan.

Leeds thought they had won it with five minutes to go when McGuire supported a break by Joel Moon but the video referee was called for and he spotted the faintest of obstructions two passes earlier and awarded the penalty to Wigan on half way. Richards had suffered a nasty looking head wound earlier in the game and he was told to leave the field so Sam Tomkins had to kick for goal and pulled it wide.

That gave the Rhinos one last chance but it was not to be and their proud unbeaten record at the Magic Weekend was ended.

Team Performance

Goals

1

3

Tries

3

3

Player Performance

PlayerTRGLDGYCRCI+I-
Zak Hardaker0000000
Joe Vickery1000000
Kallum Watkins1000000
Joel Moon0000000
Ryan Hall0000000
Danny McGuire0000000
Kevin Sinfield MBE1100000
Kylie Leuluai0000000
Rob Burrow MBE0000000
Ryan Bailey0000000
Jamie Jones-Buchanan0000000
Chris Clarkson0000000
Liam Sutcliffe0000000
Interchanges
Paul McShane0000000
Ian Kirke0000000
Mitch Achurch0000000
Brad Singleton0000000
PlayerTRGLDGYCRCI+I-
Interchanges
Stats Key
  • TR: Tries
  • RD: Red Cards
  • GL: Goals
  • I+: Interchange On
  • DG: Drop Goals
  • I-: Interchange Off
  • YC: Yellow Cards