• Leeds Rhinos
  • 26 - 14

  • Wigan Warriors
  • Leeds Rhinos
  • Wigan Warriors
20th March 2015 | KO 20:00 | Emerald Headingley | Super League

Leeds Rhinos 26 Wigan Warriors 14

Tries from Ash Handley, Adam Cuthbertson, Brad Singleton, Liam Sutcliffe and Rob Burrow secured a well earned victory for Leeds over Wigan.

The Rhinos came into the game looking to bounce back from a first defeat of the season at Warrington seven days earlier but were without Kevin Sinfield, Kylie Leuluai and Tom Briscoe through injury.
 
The opening ten minutes were as tight as had been expected in the build up however it was Wigan who struck first when Anthony Gelling broke through the Rhinos defence. He was tackled 15 metres short of the line he managed to through the ball high behind him giving time for Matty Smith to race through and collect to score. He converted his own try and then added a penalty four minutes later to give the visitors an 8-0 lead.
 
Leeds needed a response and they got it from an error by Wigan from the restart. They allowed the ball to bounce and go into touch and from the ensuing set, Paul Aiton put in a deft kick towards the in goal which Adam Cuthbertson raced through to touch down. Sutcliffe added the conversion to make it 8-6.
 
The Rhinos were soon in front when good work by Stevie Ward and Kallum Watkins gave Ash Handley, in for Briscoe, enough space to dive in at the corner. Sutcliffe pulled his conversion attempt wide but his side now led 10-8.
 
Leeds were in complete command at this stage and in particular Adam Cuthbertson was proving too much for Wigan to handle with his offload game. He once again proved a thorn in their side as he put Brad Singleton away and the prop powered his way over from close range. Sutcliffe added the conversion to make it 16-8.
 
The home side were guilty of some loose play after that score and it allowed Wigan back into the game. The Warriors made the Rhinos pay when a cross field kick was caught on the full by Joe Burgess and he dived over to score. Smith added the conversion to make it 16-14 at the break and leave the game right in the balance.
 
The score remained that way long way in the most intense game of the season so far. The next score looked like it would be crucial for either side and the Rhinos were caught out as they tried to force an opening. Eventually they settled into their stride and Liam Sutcliffe broke through before stretching out to score. He converted his own try to make it 22-14 to the home side.
 
Leeds should have had another try soon after when McGuire broke through but was hauled down inches short by a brilliant cover tackle. He regained his feet for a quick play the ball and Watkins was tackled by Farrell in an offside position but managed to get the ball away to Sutcliffe. However, the try was disallowed by referee Silverwood and instead Leeds had to settle for a penalty whilst Farrell was sin binned.
 
Leeds did get a fifth try however when Rob Burrow spotted a gap from dummy half and popped through to score. Sutcliffe’s conversion attempt hit the post and rebounded away but his side were in a commanding position at 26-14.
 
Both teams had tries disallowed in the final ten minutes but Leeds were good value for their victory ahead of a trip to France next up.

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Tries from Ash Handley, Adam Cuthbertson, Brad Singleton, Liam Sutcliffe and Rob Burrow secured a well earned victory for Leeds over Wigan.

The Rhinos came into the game looking to bounce back from a first defeat of the season at Warrington seven days earlier but were without Kevin Sinfield, Kylie Leuluai and Tom Briscoe through injury.
 
The opening ten minutes were as tight as had been expected in the build up however it was Wigan who struck first when Anthony Gelling broke through the Rhinos defence. He was tackled 15 metres short of the line he managed to through the ball high behind him giving time for Matty Smith to race through and collect to score. He converted his own try and then added a penalty four minutes later to give the visitors an 8-0 lead.
 
Leeds needed a response and they got it from an error by Wigan from the restart. They allowed the ball to bounce and go into touch and from the ensuing set, Paul Aiton put in a deft kick towards the in goal which Adam Cuthbertson raced through to touch down. Sutcliffe added the conversion to make it 8-6.
 
The Rhinos were soon in front when good work by Stevie Ward and Kallum Watkins gave Ash Handley, in for Briscoe, enough space to dive in at the corner. Sutcliffe pulled his conversion attempt wide but his side now led 10-8.
 
Leeds were in complete command at this stage and in particular Adam Cuthbertson was proving too much for Wigan to handle with his offload game. He once again proved a thorn in their side as he put Brad Singleton away and the prop powered his way over from close range. Sutcliffe added the conversion to make it 16-8.
 
The home side were guilty of some loose play after that score and it allowed Wigan back into the game. The Warriors made the Rhinos pay when a cross field kick was caught on the full by Joe Burgess and he dived over to score. Smith added the conversion to make it 16-14 at the break and leave the game right in the balance.
 
The score remained that way long way in the most intense game of the season so far. The next score looked like it would be crucial for either side and the Rhinos were caught out as they tried to force an opening. Eventually they settled into their stride and Liam Sutcliffe broke through before stretching out to score. He converted his own try to make it 22-14 to the home side.
 
Leeds should have had another try soon after when McGuire broke through but was hauled down inches short by a brilliant cover tackle. He regained his feet for a quick play the ball and Watkins was tackled by Farrell in an offside position but managed to get the ball away to Sutcliffe. However, the try was disallowed by referee Silverwood and instead Leeds had to settle for a penalty whilst Farrell was sin binned.
 
Leeds did get a fifth try however when Rob Burrow spotted a gap from dummy half and popped through to score. Sutcliffe’s conversion attempt hit the post and rebounded away but his side were in a commanding position at 26-14.
 
Both teams had tries disallowed in the final ten minutes but Leeds were good value for their victory ahead of a trip to France next up.

Team Performance

Goals

3

2

Tries

5

2

Player Performance

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Zak Hardaker0000000
Ash Handley1000000
Kallum Watkins0000000
Joel Moon0000000
Ryan Hall0000000
Liam Sutcliffe1300000
Danny McGuire0000000
Adam Cuthbertson1000000
Paul Aiton0000000
Jamie Peacock MBE0000000
Carl Ablett0000000
Stevie Ward0000000
Jamie Jones-Buchanan0000000
Interchanges
Rob Burrow MBE1000000
Brett Delaney0000000
Brad Singleton1000000
Andy Yates0000000

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PlayerTRGLDGYCRCI+I-
Interchanges
Stats Key
  • TR: Tries
  • RD: Red Cards
  • GL: Goals
  • I+: Interchange On
  • DG: Drop Goals
  • I-: Interchange Off
  • YC: Yellow Cards