• Leeds Rhinos
  • 26 - 27

  • Warrington Wolves
  • Leeds Rhinos
  • HT 18 - 16
  • Warrington Wolves
1st August 2021 | KO 19:30 | Emerald Headingley | Betfred Super League

Leeds Rhinos 26 Warrington Wolves 27

SL.Rd17.Rhinos v Wolves.Sun1stAug2021. © MATTHEW MERRICK PHOTOGRAPHY

There was late drama at Emerald Headingley as a drop goal from George Williams in the final minute saw Warrington Wolves beat Leeds Rhinos 27-26.

The Rhinos welcomed back Liam Sutcliffe, who had missed the Hull FC win following his HIA against Salford, and James Donaldson moved from the bench into the second row. Tom Holroyd was also introduced, sitting on the bench along with Luke Briscoe, King Vuniyayawa and Cameron Smith.

Leeds dominated the early stages of the match, with Luke Gale’s kicking on the fifth tackle pinning Warrington back by their own goal line, thanks as well to hard work by Mikolaj Oledzki and Matt Prior. Following a injury scare for James Donaldson (the second rower staying on the field), Leeds had a full set of six on the Wolves’ try line and spinning the ball wide, after Tetevano came up short, Gale and Richie Myler combined to put Harry Newman in at the corner. Rhyse Martin converted to give Leeds the early lead.

No sooner had the Rhinos taken the advantage, Warrington hit back through Mike Cooper. Tetevano knocked on from kick off, instantly putting Leeds under pressure, and Blake Austin almost managed to scurry his way over from short range, only for Oledkzi to deny him. The Wolves wouldn’t be fazed and as they shifted the ball towards the posts, Daryl Clark gave Cooper a short pass and the prop bulldozed over Martin to level the score.

The tries kept coming quick and fast as both sides added to their tally. First, following a knock on from Ben Currie and then an offside call against the Wolves, the Rhinos managed to get over the whitewash with Oledzki, who spun and drove his way to the try line. The decision was handed up to the video referee Robert Hicks, but it was a certain try.

Warrington responded again though to keep the scores locked level; Austin taking a loose pass from Warrington debutant George Williams to break the Leeds defensive line and touch down under the posts. The visitors continued to dominate over the next few sets and Josh Charnley almost gave the Wolves the lead, but as the decision was handed up to the video referee, the ball never made it to the ground and the try was chalked off.

The chances would come again for the Rhinos as they took the lead on 28 minutes. Another offside call against the Wolves was perfect for the Rhinos to sit on their opponents try line, with Donaldson and Martin leading the charge. Getting to the fifth tackle, Gale dummied and bounced out of the tackle of Williams to go through the line himself. Unable to beat Ratchford, the Leeds half back offloaded for Dwyer to score against his former club. Martin converted to make the score 18-12.

The visitors had one final chance before the close of the half to get their third try after Richie Myler knocked on close to his own try line. Fortunately for Leeds, Clark’s drive for the line was in vain as the hooker knocked on trying to go under the posts.

 

Whereas the first half was alight from the start, the second period started at a slower tempo as both sides tried to feel their way back into the match. It wasn’t until 50 minutes that Austin proved the architect for the Wolves; the half back breaking down the edge to set his side up for an attack. Swinging the ball across the field, Williams and Ratchford managed to move the ball out to the right side of the field and Charnley finished in the corner. Although the decision was handed up by referee Chris Kendall for a second opinion, the try was awarded and Ratchford kicked the conversion to lock the score up at 18-18.

As the clock approached the hour mark, Leeds tried to exploit a tired Warrington. Myler made a great break through the heart of the Wolves’ defence but as he passed for Gale, the half back didn’t have anyone in support and had to take the tackle. Turning over the ball, the Rhinos then came back off defending a full set from Warrington to break free again; Handley this time punching a hole in the Wolves’ defence but couldn’t evade Ratchford. Demanding the ball, Gale passed over the top for Newman but the centre’s pass back inside for Prior was juggled by the prop.

A high tackle from Prior on Hill saw Warrington take the lead, Ratchford kicking the penalty goal, before Leeds started to turn the screw on their opponents again. Following a set restart, the home side earned a repeat set as Briscoe was taken into touch after the tackle on him was complete. Leeds probed the Warrington defence and as Gale tried to put Myler through a gap, the half back was taken out late and referee Kendall blew for the penalty. In the aftermath, Warrington captain Jack Hughes was sin binned and Martin kicked the goal.

Leeds thought they had won the game with ten minutes to go as Newman grabbed his second of the evening. A high tackle on Donaldson pushed the Rhinos to within striking range and a nice drop off from Gale found the centre Newman running s great line. Weaving back towards the centre of the field, he found the gap where Hughes should have been and cut through to score under the posts.

Warrington refused to count themselves out and substitute Danny Walker gave them a glimmer of hope as he score under the posts to keep the score tied. In the dying moments though, after Dwyer missed his opportunity at a drop goal, Williams stepped up and kicked the decisive drop goal with seconds remaining.

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SL.Rd17.Rhinos v Wolves.Sun1stAug2021. © MATTHEW MERRICK PHOTOGRAPHY

There was late drama at Emerald Headingley as a drop goal from George Williams in the final minute saw Warrington Wolves beat Leeds Rhinos 27-26.

The Rhinos welcomed back Liam Sutcliffe, who had missed the Hull FC win following his HIA against Salford, and James Donaldson moved from the bench into the second row. Tom Holroyd was also introduced, sitting on the bench along with Luke Briscoe, King Vuniyayawa and Cameron Smith.

Leeds dominated the early stages of the match, with Luke Gale’s kicking on the fifth tackle pinning Warrington back by their own goal line, thanks as well to hard work by Mikolaj Oledzki and Matt Prior. Following a injury scare for James Donaldson (the second rower staying on the field), Leeds had a full set of six on the Wolves’ try line and spinning the ball wide, after Tetevano came up short, Gale and Richie Myler combined to put Harry Newman in at the corner. Rhyse Martin converted to give Leeds the early lead.

No sooner had the Rhinos taken the advantage, Warrington hit back through Mike Cooper. Tetevano knocked on from kick off, instantly putting Leeds under pressure, and Blake Austin almost managed to scurry his way over from short range, only for Oledkzi to deny him. The Wolves wouldn’t be fazed and as they shifted the ball towards the posts, Daryl Clark gave Cooper a short pass and the prop bulldozed over Martin to level the score.

The tries kept coming quick and fast as both sides added to their tally. First, following a knock on from Ben Currie and then an offside call against the Wolves, the Rhinos managed to get over the whitewash with Oledzki, who spun and drove his way to the try line. The decision was handed up to the video referee Robert Hicks, but it was a certain try.

Warrington responded again though to keep the scores locked level; Austin taking a loose pass from Warrington debutant George Williams to break the Leeds defensive line and touch down under the posts. The visitors continued to dominate over the next few sets and Josh Charnley almost gave the Wolves the lead, but as the decision was handed up to the video referee, the ball never made it to the ground and the try was chalked off.

The chances would come again for the Rhinos as they took the lead on 28 minutes. Another offside call against the Wolves was perfect for the Rhinos to sit on their opponents try line, with Donaldson and Martin leading the charge. Getting to the fifth tackle, Gale dummied and bounced out of the tackle of Williams to go through the line himself. Unable to beat Ratchford, the Leeds half back offloaded for Dwyer to score against his former club. Martin converted to make the score 18-12.

The visitors had one final chance before the close of the half to get their third try after Richie Myler knocked on close to his own try line. Fortunately for Leeds, Clark’s drive for the line was in vain as the hooker knocked on trying to go under the posts.

 

Whereas the first half was alight from the start, the second period started at a slower tempo as both sides tried to feel their way back into the match. It wasn’t until 50 minutes that Austin proved the architect for the Wolves; the half back breaking down the edge to set his side up for an attack. Swinging the ball across the field, Williams and Ratchford managed to move the ball out to the right side of the field and Charnley finished in the corner. Although the decision was handed up by referee Chris Kendall for a second opinion, the try was awarded and Ratchford kicked the conversion to lock the score up at 18-18.

As the clock approached the hour mark, Leeds tried to exploit a tired Warrington. Myler made a great break through the heart of the Wolves’ defence but as he passed for Gale, the half back didn’t have anyone in support and had to take the tackle. Turning over the ball, the Rhinos then came back off defending a full set from Warrington to break free again; Handley this time punching a hole in the Wolves’ defence but couldn’t evade Ratchford. Demanding the ball, Gale passed over the top for Newman but the centre’s pass back inside for Prior was juggled by the prop.

A high tackle from Prior on Hill saw Warrington take the lead, Ratchford kicking the penalty goal, before Leeds started to turn the screw on their opponents again. Following a set restart, the home side earned a repeat set as Briscoe was taken into touch after the tackle on him was complete. Leeds probed the Warrington defence and as Gale tried to put Myler through a gap, the half back was taken out late and referee Kendall blew for the penalty. In the aftermath, Warrington captain Jack Hughes was sin binned and Martin kicked the goal.

Leeds thought they had won the game with ten minutes to go as Newman grabbed his second of the evening. A high tackle on Donaldson pushed the Rhinos to within striking range and a nice drop off from Gale found the centre Newman running s great line. Weaving back towards the centre of the field, he found the gap where Hughes should have been and cut through to score under the posts.

Warrington refused to count themselves out and substitute Danny Walker gave them a glimmer of hope as he score under the posts to keep the score tied. In the dying moments though, after Dwyer missed his opportunity at a drop goal, Williams stepped up and kicked the decisive drop goal with seconds remaining.

Team Performance

Goals

5

5

Tries

4

4

Player Performance

PlayerTRGLDGYCRCI+I-
Richie Myler0000000
Ash Handley0000000
Harry Newman2000000
Konrad Hurrell0000000
Tom Briscoe0000000
Liam Sutcliffe0000000
Luke Gale0000000
Mikolaj Oledzki1000000
Brad Dwyer1000000
Matt Prior0000000
James Donaldson0000000
Rhyse Martin0500000
Zane Tetevano0000000
Interchanges
Luke Briscoe0000000
Tom Holroyd0000000
King Vuniyayawa0000000
Cameron Smith0000000
PlayerTRGLDGYCRCI+I-
Stefan Ratchford0500000
Tom Lineham0000000
Jake Mamo0000000
Toby King0000000
Josh Charnley1000000
Blake Austin1000000
George Williams0010000
Chris Hill0000000
Daryl Clark0000000
Mike Cooper1000000
Ben Currie0000000
Jack Hughes0001000
Matt Davis0000000
Interchanges
Robbie Mulhern0000000
Sitaleki Akauola0000000
Danny Walker1000000
Ellis Longstaff0000000
Stats Key
  • TR: Tries
  • RD: Red Cards
  • GL: Goals
  • I+: Interchange On
  • DG: Drop Goals
  • I-: Interchange Off
  • YC: Yellow Cards