• Leeds Rhinos
  • 6 - 19

  • Wigan Warriors
  • Leeds Rhinos
  • HT 0 - 8
  • Wigan Warriors
15th April 2021 | KO 19:45 | Emerald Headingley | Betfred Super League

Leeds Rhinos 6 Wigan Warriors 19

SL.Rd3. Rhinos v Warriors. Thurs15thApr2021.© MATTHEW MERRICK PHOTOGRAPHY

It was a tough night at Emerald Headingley as Leeds Rhinos lost out to Wigan Warriors 19-6 in round three of the Betfred Super League.

New signing Kyle Eastmond made his first start of the season for the Rhinos, joining Rhyse Martin in the halves, and Cameron Smith moved back to loose forward, filling in for the suspended Zane Tetevano. Corey Hall also came back onto the bench alongside academy team mate Jarrod O’Connor, who faced his dad Terry O’Connor’s former club. Zak Hardaker and Brad Singleton returned to their former club for the first time since they signed for the Cherry and Whites.

Clashes between Leeds and Wigan are billed as classics and tonight’s clash was no different; both teams came out hard and tried to get an early grip on the game. The Rhinos were making some big drives through the middle of the Warriors, led by Kruise Leeming who made a great break that set Leeds up on Wigan’s try line and forced a repeat set with a nice grubber kick in behind.

The Rhinos had a great chance on 12 minutes following a penalty on Brad Singleton for tipping Luke Briscoe in the tackle. Mikolaj Oledzki, who went on to play the full 80 minutes, and James Donaldson punched Leeds upfield before Jack Broadbent used some impressive trickery before being dragged down. Tom Briscoe also made a clean break upfield but with Leeming on his shoulder, the winger chose to keep the ball and was tackled down by Hardaker.

It was Wigan though that got the first try of the game through Liam Farrell. After Broadbent had lost the ball trying to clear his own lines, the Cherry and Whites went on the attack and forced a repeat set in the Rhinos’ ten metre area. Moving the ball out to the edge, Jackson Hastings spotted the man overlap and timed the pass to put Farrell through the line to score, despite Alex Sutcliffe’s best efforts.

As the half wore on, the arm wrestle continued as Leeds tried to get on the board while Wigan looked to defend their lead. It wasn’t until six minutes before the break that the Warriors struck again; Hardaker touching down this time. The Rhinos had been forced to turn the ball over by the visitors and with Donaldson still on the ground following a tackle on Joe Shorrocks, Hardaker saw Broadbent come into the line so the full back kicked over the top and chased down it down to touch down inside the corner flag. He missed the conversion making the score 8-0.

Hardaker had a chance to score his second try of the game a minute before the break, chasing another long kick to score by the posts but when the decision was handed up to video referee Ben Thaler, the full back lost control before he grounded the ball. Leeds brought the themselves away from the line but the referee’s whistle signalled half time; the Warriors going into the break with an eight point advantage.

 

The Rhinos made sure they got back into the contest at the start of the second half as Alex Mellor got over for his first try of the season. Eastmond’s fifth tackle kick had pinned Hastings back in his own in goal, forcing a drop out, and after Leeds tried to poke their noses through the line, Eastmond popped a ball over the top for Luke Briscoe, who produced an offload from behind his back for Mellor to stroll in. Martin was successful with the conversion, cutting Wigan’s advantage to two points.

No sooner had Leeds come back into the game, Wigan grabbed their third try of the game off the back of a Rhinos error. Broadbent had won a penalty for the home side but Martin’s kick for touch wasn’t strong enough and Hardaker recovered for the Warriors. Pushing down field, Hastings nearly threaded Morgan Smithies through the Leeds defensive line but after the second rower was dragged down short, the Wigan half back dodged the tackle of Martin to walk into the corner, making the score 12-6.

Farrell rounded off the night for Wigan with seven minutes remaining, taking a short pass from Hastings to score his second under the posts, and Hardaker added the conversion to put the game out of sight. With seconds remaining, the Man of the Match Hardaker added a drop goal from 20 metres out, finishing the game at 19-6 and maintaining the Warriors’ unbeaten record in 2021.

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SL.Rd3. Rhinos v Warriors. Thurs15thApr2021.© MATTHEW MERRICK PHOTOGRAPHY

It was a tough night at Emerald Headingley as Leeds Rhinos lost out to Wigan Warriors 19-6 in round three of the Betfred Super League.

New signing Kyle Eastmond made his first start of the season for the Rhinos, joining Rhyse Martin in the halves, and Cameron Smith moved back to loose forward, filling in for the suspended Zane Tetevano. Corey Hall also came back onto the bench alongside academy team mate Jarrod O’Connor, who faced his dad Terry O’Connor’s former club. Zak Hardaker and Brad Singleton returned to their former club for the first time since they signed for the Cherry and Whites.

Clashes between Leeds and Wigan are billed as classics and tonight’s clash was no different; both teams came out hard and tried to get an early grip on the game. The Rhinos were making some big drives through the middle of the Warriors, led by Kruise Leeming who made a great break that set Leeds up on Wigan’s try line and forced a repeat set with a nice grubber kick in behind.

The Rhinos had a great chance on 12 minutes following a penalty on Brad Singleton for tipping Luke Briscoe in the tackle. Mikolaj Oledzki, who went on to play the full 80 minutes, and James Donaldson punched Leeds upfield before Jack Broadbent used some impressive trickery before being dragged down. Tom Briscoe also made a clean break upfield but with Leeming on his shoulder, the winger chose to keep the ball and was tackled down by Hardaker.

It was Wigan though that got the first try of the game through Liam Farrell. After Broadbent had lost the ball trying to clear his own lines, the Cherry and Whites went on the attack and forced a repeat set in the Rhinos’ ten metre area. Moving the ball out to the edge, Jackson Hastings spotted the man overlap and timed the pass to put Farrell through the line to score, despite Alex Sutcliffe’s best efforts.

As the half wore on, the arm wrestle continued as Leeds tried to get on the board while Wigan looked to defend their lead. It wasn’t until six minutes before the break that the Warriors struck again; Hardaker touching down this time. The Rhinos had been forced to turn the ball over by the visitors and with Donaldson still on the ground following a tackle on Joe Shorrocks, Hardaker saw Broadbent come into the line so the full back kicked over the top and chased down it down to touch down inside the corner flag. He missed the conversion making the score 8-0.

Hardaker had a chance to score his second try of the game a minute before the break, chasing another long kick to score by the posts but when the decision was handed up to video referee Ben Thaler, the full back lost control before he grounded the ball. Leeds brought the themselves away from the line but the referee’s whistle signalled half time; the Warriors going into the break with an eight point advantage.

 

The Rhinos made sure they got back into the contest at the start of the second half as Alex Mellor got over for his first try of the season. Eastmond’s fifth tackle kick had pinned Hastings back in his own in goal, forcing a drop out, and after Leeds tried to poke their noses through the line, Eastmond popped a ball over the top for Luke Briscoe, who produced an offload from behind his back for Mellor to stroll in. Martin was successful with the conversion, cutting Wigan’s advantage to two points.

No sooner had Leeds come back into the game, Wigan grabbed their third try of the game off the back of a Rhinos error. Broadbent had won a penalty for the home side but Martin’s kick for touch wasn’t strong enough and Hardaker recovered for the Warriors. Pushing down field, Hastings nearly threaded Morgan Smithies through the Leeds defensive line but after the second rower was dragged down short, the Wigan half back dodged the tackle of Martin to walk into the corner, making the score 12-6.

Farrell rounded off the night for Wigan with seven minutes remaining, taking a short pass from Hastings to score his second under the posts, and Hardaker added the conversion to put the game out of sight. With seconds remaining, the Man of the Match Hardaker added a drop goal from 20 metres out, finishing the game at 19-6 and maintaining the Warriors’ unbeaten record in 2021.

Team Performance

Goals

1

1

Tries

1

4

Player Performance

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Luke Briscoe0000000
Alex Mellor1000000
Alex Sutcliffe0000000
Tom Briscoe0000000
Rhyse Martin0100000
Kyle Eastmond0000000
Mikolaj Oledzki0000000
Kruise Leeming0000000
Matt Prior0000000
Sam Walters0000000
James Donaldson0000000
Cameron Smith0000000
Interchanges
Brad Dwyer0000000
Jarrod O'Connor0000000
Morgan Gannon0000000
Corey Hall0000000
PlayerTRGLDGYCRCI+I-
Zak Hardaker1110000
Jake Bibby0000000
Willie Isa0000000
Liam Farrell2000000
Umyla Hanley0000000
Jackson Hastings1000000
Thomas Leuluai0000000
Brad Singleton0000000
Sam Powell0000000
Tony Clubb0000000
Morgan Smithies0000000
John Batman0000000
Oli Partington0000000
Interchanges
Joe Bullock0000000
Ethan Havard0000000
Joe Shorrocks0000000
Harry Smith0000000
Stats Key
  • TR: Tries
  • RD: Red Cards
  • GL: Goals
  • I+: Interchange On
  • DG: Drop Goals
  • I-: Interchange Off
  • YC: Yellow Cards