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Leeds Rhinos 8 Wigan Warriors 9

Leeds Rhinos lost out in dramatic fashion at Emerald Headingley when Wigan scored nine unanswered points in the final eight minutes of the game to snatch victory.

The home side had led at half time 6-0 thanks to a try from Tom Briscoe and the advantage was extended when Kallum Watkins kicked a penalty midway through the second half. But a converted try from Oliver Gildart gave the visitors hope before a penalty from Sam Tomkins and a drop goal from the same player bagged both league points for the Cherry and Whites.

Leeds Rhinos returned to Emerald Headingley for one of the biggest games of the year with Shaun Wane’s Wigan Warriors in town. Head Coach Brian McDermott was able to recall Joel Moon and Brett Delaney into his starting line up whilst there was a welcome return on the bench for Anthony Mullally and Adam Cuthbertson, the latter making his first appearance since the World Club Challenge in February.

The Rhinos had a chance after twelve minutes to open the scoring when Sam Tomkins knocked the ball out of Matt Parcell’s hands near the Wigan line. Richie Myler hacked the loose ball ahead but was unable to get in front of Tommy Leuluai before the hooker cleared the danger.

Leeds kept up the pressure on Wigan with some strong defence forcing errors from the visitors deep in their half. They eventually made the pressure count with an excellently timed pass to Tom Briscoe that put the winger in time and space and he raced in at the corner.  Kallum Watkins added the conversion from the touchline to make it 6-0 after 24 minutes.

Wigan grew more into the game after that and had a number of half chances only for the Rhinos to scramble back and force an error from the visitors. It remained 6-0 at the break.

Leeds had the better chances in the early stages of the second half. A beautifully weighted pass from Adam Cuthbertson released Watkins, who cut through the Wigan defence only to see his pass to Richie Myler dip behind the half back with the line at his mercy.

The Rhinos were looking to make the most of a numerical advantage against Wigan when Sam Powell was sent to the sin bin for his involvement in a tackle on Ashton Golding but the Warriors held firm to keep the Rhinos out from scoring a second try.

 

Wigan then forced three goal-line drop-outs but were unable to turn the pressure into points and, when Leeds received a penalty within kicking range, Watkins took the opportunity to put his side two scores in front.

Wigan finally cracked the Rhinos defence nine minutes from the end, centre Gildart taking Liam Farrell’s pass to finish off one of the best moves of the match.

Sam Tomkins slipped as he attempted to convert the try from touchline but it had enough on it to creep over the bar to cut the gap to two points and Wigan almost scored again when substitute prop Ryan Sutton broke clear and found Gildart but Joe Burgess could not take the final pass.

The game looked set to end in a draw when Tomkins kicked a penalty four minutes from the end after Powell was tackled high by Delaney but the Wigan full-back had the final say when he landed a one-pointer from 35 metres out.

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Leeds Rhinos 8 Wigan Warriors 9

Leeds Rhinos lost out in dramatic fashion at Emerald Headingley when Wigan scored nine unanswered points in the final eight minutes of the game to snatch victory.

The home side had led at half time 6-0 thanks to a try from Tom Briscoe and the advantage was extended when Kallum Watkins kicked a penalty midway through the second half. But a converted try from Oliver Gildart gave the visitors hope before a penalty from Sam Tomkins and a drop goal from the same player bagged both league points for the Cherry and Whites.

Leeds Rhinos returned to Emerald Headingley for one of the biggest games of the year with Shaun Wane’s Wigan Warriors in town. Head Coach Brian McDermott was able to recall Joel Moon and Brett Delaney into his starting line up whilst there was a welcome return on the bench for Anthony Mullally and Adam Cuthbertson, the latter making his first appearance since the World Club Challenge in February.

The Rhinos had a chance after twelve minutes to open the scoring when Sam Tomkins knocked the ball out of Matt Parcell’s hands near the Wigan line. Richie Myler hacked the loose ball ahead but was unable to get in front of Tommy Leuluai before the hooker cleared the danger.

Leeds kept up the pressure on Wigan with some strong defence forcing errors from the visitors deep in their half. They eventually made the pressure count with an excellently timed pass to Tom Briscoe that put the winger in time and space and he raced in at the corner.  Kallum Watkins added the conversion from the touchline to make it 6-0 after 24 minutes.

Wigan grew more into the game after that and had a number of half chances only for the Rhinos to scramble back and force an error from the visitors. It remained 6-0 at the break.

Leeds had the better chances in the early stages of the second half. A beautifully weighted pass from Adam Cuthbertson released Watkins, who cut through the Wigan defence only to see his pass to Richie Myler dip behind the half back with the line at his mercy.

The Rhinos were looking to make the most of a numerical advantage against Wigan when Sam Powell was sent to the sin bin for his involvement in a tackle on Ashton Golding but the Warriors held firm to keep the Rhinos out from scoring a second try.

 

Wigan then forced three goal-line drop-outs but were unable to turn the pressure into points and, when Leeds received a penalty within kicking range, Watkins took the opportunity to put his side two scores in front.

Wigan finally cracked the Rhinos defence nine minutes from the end, centre Gildart taking Liam Farrell’s pass to finish off one of the best moves of the match.

Sam Tomkins slipped as he attempted to convert the try from touchline but it had enough on it to creep over the bar to cut the gap to two points and Wigan almost scored again when substitute prop Ryan Sutton broke clear and found Gildart but Joe Burgess could not take the final pass.

The game looked set to end in a draw when Tomkins kicked a penalty four minutes from the end after Powell was tackled high by Delaney but the Wigan full-back had the final say when he landed a one-pointer from 35 metres out.