• Leeds Rhinos
  • 32 - 16

  • Wigan Warriors
  • Leeds Rhinos
  • HT 10 - 10
  • Wigan Warriors
4th August 2017 | KO 20:00 | Emerald Headingley | Super League Super 8s

Leeds Rhinos 32 Wigan Warriors 16

Picture by Alex Whitehead/SWpix.com - 04/08/2017 - Rugby League - Betfred Super League, Super 8's - Leeds Rhinos v Wigan Warriors - Headingley Carnegie Stadium, Leeds, England - Leeds' Stevie Ward runs in for a try.

A hat trick from Stevie Ward and two tries from Ashton Golding helped the Rhinos kick off their Super 8s campaign in style against Wigan.

Both teams came into the game after contrasting fortunes in the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup semi finals the previous week. However, with two vital points on offer in the Super 8s all thoughts, good and bad about Wembley had to be put to the back of the minds.

The opening quarter was a pulsating affair with each team going set for set against the other. Wigan thought they had scored when Liam Farrell went over following the break by George Williams but the video referee James Child spotted an obstruction by Nuuausala on Matt Parcell that created the gap for Williams and the score was chalked off.

Eventually it was Leeds who broke the deadlock following a fine break by Jamie Jones-Buchanan from the base of the scrum. That had Wigan back peddling and Stevie Ward, who was impressive throughout, bumped off the first tackler before powering his way over. Kallum Watkins missed the conversion attempt but the Rhinos led 4-0 after 19 minutes.

They doubled their advantage when Ashton Golding crossed for his second try in a week. The full back showed great strength to get over from close range as Leeds took the attack to Wigan. Watkins added the conversion to put his side 10-0 in front.

The Warriors hit back after that when Tom Davies took the pass from Sam Tomkins to score out wide and the youngster then levelled the game for his side with a 90 metre break after Liam Sutcliffe could not take in the pass near the Wigan line and the visitors immediately counter attacked. Williams added the conversion to make it 10-10 at half time.

Leeds came out in determined mood after the break and visibly upped the tempo of the game with Matt Parcell in particular benefiting from some quick play the balls to get his side on the front foot. The Rhinos got their third try just six minutes into the second half when Ryan Hall broke down the Main Stand side before kicking back in field. Golding did well to collect and then beat Joe Burgess to get the ball down. The conversion attempt was missed but the Rhinos were back in front.

The home side then started to move the ball around at will as Adam Cuthbertson got his offload game going and eventually it brought a fourth try. Liam Sutcliffe set up the chance as he broke clear only to be hauled down five metres short. Tom Briscoe kept his head and flicked out a pass having initially gone from dummy half with Parcell in support to go over for the try. Watkins’ conversion made it 20-10.

Ward then crossed for his second try following a break from Jimmy Keinhorst before the forward completed his first career hat trick when he followed up a kick near the Wigan line to pluck the ball out of the air and touch down. Watkins converted both tries to give the Rhinos a 32-10 advantage and seal the win.

Sam Tomkins got a late consolation try for the visitors, converted by Williams, but it was too little, too late for Shaun Wane’s men as Leeds got their Super 8s campaign off to the perfect start.

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Picture by Alex Whitehead/SWpix.com - 04/08/2017 - Rugby League - Betfred Super League, Super 8's - Leeds Rhinos v Wigan Warriors - Headingley Carnegie Stadium, Leeds, England - Leeds' Stevie Ward runs in for a try.

A hat trick from Stevie Ward and two tries from Ashton Golding helped the Rhinos kick off their Super 8s campaign in style against Wigan.

Both teams came into the game after contrasting fortunes in the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup semi finals the previous week. However, with two vital points on offer in the Super 8s all thoughts, good and bad about Wembley had to be put to the back of the minds.

The opening quarter was a pulsating affair with each team going set for set against the other. Wigan thought they had scored when Liam Farrell went over following the break by George Williams but the video referee James Child spotted an obstruction by Nuuausala on Matt Parcell that created the gap for Williams and the score was chalked off.

Eventually it was Leeds who broke the deadlock following a fine break by Jamie Jones-Buchanan from the base of the scrum. That had Wigan back peddling and Stevie Ward, who was impressive throughout, bumped off the first tackler before powering his way over. Kallum Watkins missed the conversion attempt but the Rhinos led 4-0 after 19 minutes.

They doubled their advantage when Ashton Golding crossed for his second try in a week. The full back showed great strength to get over from close range as Leeds took the attack to Wigan. Watkins added the conversion to put his side 10-0 in front.

The Warriors hit back after that when Tom Davies took the pass from Sam Tomkins to score out wide and the youngster then levelled the game for his side with a 90 metre break after Liam Sutcliffe could not take in the pass near the Wigan line and the visitors immediately counter attacked. Williams added the conversion to make it 10-10 at half time.

Leeds came out in determined mood after the break and visibly upped the tempo of the game with Matt Parcell in particular benefiting from some quick play the balls to get his side on the front foot. The Rhinos got their third try just six minutes into the second half when Ryan Hall broke down the Main Stand side before kicking back in field. Golding did well to collect and then beat Joe Burgess to get the ball down. The conversion attempt was missed but the Rhinos were back in front.

The home side then started to move the ball around at will as Adam Cuthbertson got his offload game going and eventually it brought a fourth try. Liam Sutcliffe set up the chance as he broke clear only to be hauled down five metres short. Tom Briscoe kept his head and flicked out a pass having initially gone from dummy half with Parcell in support to go over for the try. Watkins’ conversion made it 20-10.

Ward then crossed for his second try following a break from Jimmy Keinhorst before the forward completed his first career hat trick when he followed up a kick near the Wigan line to pluck the ball out of the air and touch down. Watkins converted both tries to give the Rhinos a 32-10 advantage and seal the win.

Sam Tomkins got a late consolation try for the visitors, converted by Williams, but it was too little, too late for Shaun Wane’s men as Leeds got their Super 8s campaign off to the perfect start.

Team Performance

Goals

4

0

Tries

6

0

Player Performance

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Ashton Golding2000000
Tom Briscoe0000000
Kallum Watkins0400000
Liam Sutcliffe0000000
Ryan Hall0000000
Joel Moon0000000
Danny McGuire0000000
Adam Cuthbertson0000000
Matt Parcell1000000
Brad Singleton0000000
Stevie Ward3000000
Carl Ablett0000000
Jamie Jones-Buchanan0000000
Interchanges
Brett Delaney0000000
Anthony Mullally0000000
Jimmy Keinhorst0000000
Jordan Lilley0000000
PlayerTRGLDGYCRCI+I-
Interchanges
Stats Key
  • TR: Tries
  • RD: Red Cards
  • GL: Goals
  • I+: Interchange On
  • DG: Drop Goals
  • I-: Interchange Off
  • YC: Yellow Cards