• Leeds Rhinos Women
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  • Wigan Warriors Women
  • Leeds Rhinos Women
  • HT -
  • Wigan Warriors Women
12th August 2018 | KO 00:00 | Sports Park, Weetwood | Women's Super League

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Leeds Rhinos women suffered just a second defeat of the season as they fell to a 23-22 loss to Wigan Warriors at South Leeds Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

Eight days on from their Challenge Cup Final win, the Rhinos returned to Super League action with a tough game against third placed Wigan who were looking to close the gap on Leeds at the top of the league table.

The hosts made a good start and it was they who opened the scoring through Madison Laverick, who was found in space on the left wing before she simply dropped across the line to score. Courtney Hill added the conversion with a superb effort from the touchline to make it 6-0.

The try clearly boosted the Rhinos and they made quick metres downfield from the restart before Laverick was again released down the wing and, after making a 30-metre break, she offloaded inside to Hanna Butcher who did well to find captain Lois Forsell with a pass under pressure, and Forsell twisted and turned in the tackle to get the ball down to make it 10-0 after 8 minutes.

The Rhinos had the better of an intense opening half an hour, however, the visitors turned up the tempo as the first forty minutes came to a close and recorded two quick tries to draw level.

First, Rachel Thompson scored after collecting a long pass from stand-off Gemma Walsh before charging through the defence and crashing over, and then Rebecca Greenfield grabbed the Warriors’ second try when she darted out of acting-half to score under the sticks. Michelle Davis was successful with her second conversion attempt to make it 10-10 at the break.

With the game finely balanced, it was likely it was going to take a bit of quality to tip the game in one side’s favour and it was Wigan who produced it straight from the kick off for the second half.

Charlotte Foley’s kick bounced out of play to earn the Warriors possession, and just a few plays later Claire Hall found a way through to put her side in the lead for the first time on the day.

The conversion was missed but it was not to matter as a second try of the half for the visitors came just 6 minutes later. After two penalties and a repeat set had put Wigan in a promising position, the ball was smartly worked from right to left and eventually reached Alison Burrows, who squeezed in at the corner to make it 18-10.

The Rhinos had work to do if they were to keep up their winning run and they gave themselves a chance of doing so when Rhiannion Marshall forced her way over for a try to reduce the deficit. Marshall then converted her own try after taking up goalkicking duties due to an injury to Courtney Hill.

But, the momentum Leeds had built up was killed almost instantly as the Warriors once again got the ball back from the restart and they quickly sent the ball to left-centre Rachel Thompson, who brushed off the covering defenders to score.

Gemma Walsh then re-established her side’s two score lead when she kicked a drop-goal to take the score to 23-16 with 19 minutes remaining.

Tiredness looked to be creeping in to the Rhinos players after what had been an emotional week, but when a Wigan error just 20-metres from their own try-line gave them an opportunity to set up a tense finish the home side took it with both hands. A slick passing move to the left saw the ball reach fullback Caitlin Beevers, and when she stepped back inside the Warriors couldn’t stop her as she reached out to ground the ball on the whitewash. Marshall again added the extras to make it a one-point ball game.

Adam Cuthbertson’s side had just over 10 minutes to find a winner, but they couldn’t find a way past a determined Wigan defence and the Cherry and White’s held out for a huge win which leaves them just one point behind the Rhinos on the league ladder.

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Leeds Rhinos women suffered just a second defeat of the season as they fell to a 23-22 loss to Wigan Warriors at South Leeds Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

Eight days on from their Challenge Cup Final win, the Rhinos returned to Super League action with a tough game against third placed Wigan who were looking to close the gap on Leeds at the top of the league table.

The hosts made a good start and it was they who opened the scoring through Madison Laverick, who was found in space on the left wing before she simply dropped across the line to score. Courtney Hill added the conversion with a superb effort from the touchline to make it 6-0.

The try clearly boosted the Rhinos and they made quick metres downfield from the restart before Laverick was again released down the wing and, after making a 30-metre break, she offloaded inside to Hanna Butcher who did well to find captain Lois Forsell with a pass under pressure, and Forsell twisted and turned in the tackle to get the ball down to make it 10-0 after 8 minutes.

The Rhinos had the better of an intense opening half an hour, however, the visitors turned up the tempo as the first forty minutes came to a close and recorded two quick tries to draw level.

First, Rachel Thompson scored after collecting a long pass from stand-off Gemma Walsh before charging through the defence and crashing over, and then Rebecca Greenfield grabbed the Warriors’ second try when she darted out of acting-half to score under the sticks. Michelle Davis was successful with her second conversion attempt to make it 10-10 at the break.

With the game finely balanced, it was likely it was going to take a bit of quality to tip the game in one side’s favour and it was Wigan who produced it straight from the kick off for the second half.

Charlotte Foley’s kick bounced out of play to earn the Warriors possession, and just a few plays later Claire Hall found a way through to put her side in the lead for the first time on the day.

The conversion was missed but it was not to matter as a second try of the half for the visitors came just 6 minutes later. After two penalties and a repeat set had put Wigan in a promising position, the ball was smartly worked from right to left and eventually reached Alison Burrows, who squeezed in at the corner to make it 18-10.

The Rhinos had work to do if they were to keep up their winning run and they gave themselves a chance of doing so when Rhiannion Marshall forced her way over for a try to reduce the deficit. Marshall then converted her own try after taking up goalkicking duties due to an injury to Courtney Hill.

But, the momentum Leeds had built up was killed almost instantly as the Warriors once again got the ball back from the restart and they quickly sent the ball to left-centre Rachel Thompson, who brushed off the covering defenders to score.

Gemma Walsh then re-established her side’s two score lead when she kicked a drop-goal to take the score to 23-16 with 19 minutes remaining.

Tiredness looked to be creeping in to the Rhinos players after what had been an emotional week, but when a Wigan error just 20-metres from their own try-line gave them an opportunity to set up a tense finish the home side took it with both hands. A slick passing move to the left saw the ball reach fullback Caitlin Beevers, and when she stepped back inside the Warriors couldn’t stop her as she reached out to ground the ball on the whitewash. Marshall again added the extras to make it a one-point ball game.

Adam Cuthbertson’s side had just over 10 minutes to find a winner, but they couldn’t find a way past a determined Wigan defence and the Cherry and White’s held out for a huge win which leaves them just one point behind the Rhinos on the league ladder.

Team Performance

Goals

3

0

Tries

4

0

Player Performance

PlayerTRGLDGYCRCI+I-
Caitlin Beevers1000000
Madison Laverick1000000
Sophie Nuttall0000000
Sophie Robinson0000000
Suze Hill0000000
Hanna Butcher0000000
Courtney Winfield-Hill0100000
Shannon Lacey0000000
Lois Forsell1000000
Dannielle Anderson0000000
Megan Price0000000
Chloe Kerrigan0000000
Rhiannion Marshall1200000
Interchanges
Frankie Townend0000000
Amy Johnson0000000
Aimee Staveley0000000
Elle Frain0000000

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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