• Leeds Rhinos
  • 28 - 22

  • Warrington Wolves
  • Leeds Rhinos
  • Warrington Wolves
7th April 2013 | KO 18:45 | Emerald Headingley | Super League

Leeds Rhinos 28 Warrington Wolves 22

Leeds Rhinos recorded a well earned win over Warrington at Headingley Carnegie with Ryan Hall scoring two sensational tries.

The Rhinos were without Ian Kirke, Brett Delaney and Joe Vickery through injury and Ryan Bailey through suspension from the team that won at Catalan six days earlier. 

Leeds Rhinos got off the perfect start with Danny McGuire going over for a try after just four minutes. Jamie Jones-Buchanan had gone close just before and McGuire spotted that the Wolves were caught flat footed and he brushed off the challenge by Brett Hodgson to score.

Kevin Sinfield added the conversion and then kicked a penalty four minutes later to put his side 8-0 in front.
The Rhinos had a let off when Joel Monaghan knocked on as he attempted to intercept a high pass to Ryan Hall however the Wolves winger made sure two tackles later when Sinfield’s pass went to the ground and Monaghan was quickest to react. Danny McGuire and Joel Moon gave chase but as the former attempted a desperate tap tackle, he took out the latter and the Wolves man had a clear run to the line. Hodgson made no mistake with conversion to cut the gap to two points.

Leeds had to withstand a period of pressure on their own line after that, including a repeat set but their defensive effort was well honed after the efforts in Perpignan earlier in the week and they stood firm.

Ryan Hall increased the lead with a try only he could score. Quick hands along the backline gave him the smallest of gaps to score in the corner but he changed direction midair and stretched out one handed to put it down. Sinfield missed the touchline conversion attempt but his side led 12-6 after 19 minutes.

The Rhinos crossed for a third try six minutes later. It came from an error by Hodgson. The Wolves full back tried to catch a kick from McGuire, that was flying out of play and would have given the visitors a 20m tap. However, he knocked it on and from the next set, Chris Riley went high on Kallum Watkins and the Leeds man, playing on the wing following return of Hardaker, held him off and touched down.

The Wolves struck back with less than ten minutes to go until half time when Richie Myler spotted a half gap and raced passed Burrow to score from close range. Hodgson added the conversion to put his side right back in the game at 16-12.
Leeds’ dominance in terms of territory was shown on the scoreboard at half time however with a fourth try. It came from a sensational 50 metre break by Hardaker, that showed he is primed and ready to go after his injury. The Wolves were back peddling in defence and Paul McShane powered through the attempted tackles of Atkins and Riley to score. Sinfield uncharacteristically missed a third attempted conversion, albeit all from near the touchline so it remained 20-12 at half time.

Warrington came out fired up for the second half keen to cut the deficit at the earliest opportunity. Ratchford and Myler were orchestrating their big forwards into key positions. However, Leeds produced some incredible defence to keep them out.

Having absorbed the pressure, Leeds then struck with a killer blow. Jamie Jones-Buchanan had just returned to the field and an offload in traffic set McShane away with his first touch. He found Sinfield who worked a run around move with McGuire. McGuire passed to Moon who gave Hall a gap in the corner. Hodgson was flying across to catch the Leeds man who could only score the try if he got the ball down on the smallest patch of turf. Multiple replays were asked for but referee Phil Bentham eventually awarded a second spectacular try for the England man. Sinfield got the conversion this time to put his side into a 26-12 lead.

Warrington came firing back and there was a large slice of luck in their next score. Ratchford’s kick bounced off Burrow, who knew nothing about it, and straight back into the Wolves man’s hands. He broke down field and put a reverse kick off the outside of his boot which Joel Monaghan did brilliantly to regather and touch down. Hodgson added the conversion to give his side hope at 26-18 with 18 minutes to play.

Leeds had to produce some incredible defence to keep the Wolves out, most notably a three tackle burst including a sensational effort by Hardaker on Ratchford to stop certain scores.

Sinfield edged his side further in front with a penalty but even a spectacular last minute long range effort from Atkins for the Wolves could not take the gloss off a memorable win for Brian McDermott’s side.

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Leeds Rhinos recorded a well earned win over Warrington at Headingley Carnegie with Ryan Hall scoring two sensational tries.

The Rhinos were without Ian Kirke, Brett Delaney and Joe Vickery through injury and Ryan Bailey through suspension from the team that won at Catalan six days earlier. 

Leeds Rhinos got off the perfect start with Danny McGuire going over for a try after just four minutes. Jamie Jones-Buchanan had gone close just before and McGuire spotted that the Wolves were caught flat footed and he brushed off the challenge by Brett Hodgson to score.

Kevin Sinfield added the conversion and then kicked a penalty four minutes later to put his side 8-0 in front.
The Rhinos had a let off when Joel Monaghan knocked on as he attempted to intercept a high pass to Ryan Hall however the Wolves winger made sure two tackles later when Sinfield’s pass went to the ground and Monaghan was quickest to react. Danny McGuire and Joel Moon gave chase but as the former attempted a desperate tap tackle, he took out the latter and the Wolves man had a clear run to the line. Hodgson made no mistake with conversion to cut the gap to two points.

Leeds had to withstand a period of pressure on their own line after that, including a repeat set but their defensive effort was well honed after the efforts in Perpignan earlier in the week and they stood firm.

Ryan Hall increased the lead with a try only he could score. Quick hands along the backline gave him the smallest of gaps to score in the corner but he changed direction midair and stretched out one handed to put it down. Sinfield missed the touchline conversion attempt but his side led 12-6 after 19 minutes.

The Rhinos crossed for a third try six minutes later. It came from an error by Hodgson. The Wolves full back tried to catch a kick from McGuire, that was flying out of play and would have given the visitors a 20m tap. However, he knocked it on and from the next set, Chris Riley went high on Kallum Watkins and the Leeds man, playing on the wing following return of Hardaker, held him off and touched down.

The Wolves struck back with less than ten minutes to go until half time when Richie Myler spotted a half gap and raced passed Burrow to score from close range. Hodgson added the conversion to put his side right back in the game at 16-12.
Leeds’ dominance in terms of territory was shown on the scoreboard at half time however with a fourth try. It came from a sensational 50 metre break by Hardaker, that showed he is primed and ready to go after his injury. The Wolves were back peddling in defence and Paul McShane powered through the attempted tackles of Atkins and Riley to score. Sinfield uncharacteristically missed a third attempted conversion, albeit all from near the touchline so it remained 20-12 at half time.

Warrington came out fired up for the second half keen to cut the deficit at the earliest opportunity. Ratchford and Myler were orchestrating their big forwards into key positions. However, Leeds produced some incredible defence to keep them out.

Having absorbed the pressure, Leeds then struck with a killer blow. Jamie Jones-Buchanan had just returned to the field and an offload in traffic set McShane away with his first touch. He found Sinfield who worked a run around move with McGuire. McGuire passed to Moon who gave Hall a gap in the corner. Hodgson was flying across to catch the Leeds man who could only score the try if he got the ball down on the smallest patch of turf. Multiple replays were asked for but referee Phil Bentham eventually awarded a second spectacular try for the England man. Sinfield got the conversion this time to put his side into a 26-12 lead.

Warrington came firing back and there was a large slice of luck in their next score. Ratchford’s kick bounced off Burrow, who knew nothing about it, and straight back into the Wolves man’s hands. He broke down field and put a reverse kick off the outside of his boot which Joel Monaghan did brilliantly to regather and touch down. Hodgson added the conversion to give his side hope at 26-18 with 18 minutes to play.

Leeds had to produce some incredible defence to keep the Wolves out, most notably a three tackle burst including a sensational effort by Hardaker on Ratchford to stop certain scores.

Sinfield edged his side further in front with a penalty but even a spectacular last minute long range effort from Atkins for the Wolves could not take the gloss off a memorable win for Brian McDermott’s side.

Team Performance

Goals

2

3

Tries

5

4

Player Performance

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Kallum Watkins1000000
Carl Ablett0000000
Joel Moon0000000
Ryan Hall2000000
Kevin Sinfield MBE0200000
Danny McGuire1000000
Kylie Leuluai0000000
Rob Burrow MBE0000000
Jamie Peacock MBE0000000
Stevie Ward0000000
Mitch Achurch0000000
Jamie Jones-Buchanan0000000
Interchanges
Chris Clarkson0000000
Brad Singleton0000000
Paul McShane1000000
Richard Moore0000000

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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