• Leeds Rhinos Women
  • 28 - 10

  • Wigan Warriors Women
  • Leeds Rhinos Women
  • HT 20 - 06
  • Wigan Warriors Women
12th September 2021 | KO 15:00 | Sport Park Weetwood | Betfred Women's Super League

Leeds Rhinos Women 28 Wigan Warriors Women 10

Leeds Rhinos Women all but sealed their place in the Betfred Women’s Super League semi finals with a convincing 28-10 win over Wigan Warriors Women at Sports Park Weetwood thanks to tries from Sophie Nuttall, Hanna Butcher, Courtney Winfield-Hill, Tasha Gaines and a double from Fran Goldthorp, who continued her sensational scoring record in 2021.

Head coach Lois Forsell made a number of changes to her side follow last week’s suspended fixture. Elychia Watson completed a successful trial with the club to start her first Women’s Super League game alongside Sophie Nuttall while Tasha Gaines was named on the opposite wing. Orla McCallion started at loose forward, seeing Danika Priim move onto the bench alongside Elle Frain and Zoe Hornby who also return to the squad after missing the win over York City Knights Women.

The Rhinos had most of the early ball and should have opened the scoring inside the opening five minutes. A knock on by Anna Mary Davies from a high Courtney Winfield-Hill kick put the hosts immediately on their opponents line before they forced a repeat set, thanks to another creative kick from Winfield-Hill. Bringing the ball back, Fran Goldthorp almost wriggled free but was dragged down Georgia Wilson and then Aimee Staveley made a strong drive for the posts only to be held up short.

Just after the ten minute mark, Sophie Nuttall did get over for the first try of the game. Although Wigan had won a penalty after they caught Leeds offside, a knock on turned possession back over to Forsell’s side and the Rhinos settled back into their attacking shape. Chloe Kerrigan and Lucy Murray led the charge for the line before a kick wide from Winfield-Hill was taken well by Nuttall, who scored her second try in successive matches.

Hanna Butcher made it back to back tries just shy of the 20 minute mark as the Rhinos took control of the match. Following a break by Beth Lockwood that almost set up Goldthorp, on their next set, Leeds hooker Sam Hulme darted out of dummy half down the short side and managed to get an offload away for Orla McCallion. With room to work, the loose forward supplied Murray through a gap but Gilham stopped the forward short of the line. With a fractured defence and players left in the back field, Butcher spotted a gap and darted out went out of dummy half to score Leeds’ second.

Still dominating the ball, captain Winfield-Hill and Goldthorp added their names to the scoresheet too to put Leeds 20 points ahead with ten minutes of the half to go. Hulme was making more inroads out of dummy half and Zoe Hornby and Danika Priim’s introduction from the bench was causing problems for the Warriors’ tiring defence. Winfield-Hill produced more trickery to score her first of the game, the half back noticing there was no full back at home to then kick in behind and score herself, before a break by McCallion set up Goldthorp for her try; the winger beating Gilham to touch down under the posts.

Wigan gathered momentum towards the end of the half and were rewarded after Danika Priim was penalised by the referee. Moving to the right on their first play, space opened up for Vicky Molyneux, who beat both Kerrigan and Watson to score for the visitors. Georgia Wilson converted to cut the scoreline to 20-6 at half time.

 

The Rhinos kept the scoreboard ticking over by scoring a minute after the break. Lockwood’s offload to Beevers let the full back get away from the Wigan defence. As Wigan tried to keep the home side out, on the fifth tackle Tasha Gaines got lucky as her kick behind wasn’t dealt with by the Warriors and the winger managed to get to the ball first and plant it down.

Leeds continued to push for more points as debutant Watson was denied twice as well as he wing partner Nuttall. Wigan also tried to get their first try of the second half through Davies but the final pass for the winger was poor and it went over the sidelines.

As the game approached it’s final stages, Leeds sealed the win as Goldthorp crossed for her 20th try of the season. Zoe Hornby and Beevers connected nicely as the full back went in search of space out wide. Unable to get through play continued with Butcher and Hulme who kept the ball alive and the final pass inside for Goldthorp enabled the centre to get over for her second of the game.

More creative play from Goldthorp and Beevers almost inspired the Rhinos again as the ball was moved wide for Watson, but as the young centre went to ground the ball, the officials deemed her foot had hit the corner flag before she had grounded the ball and she was denied a first try for the Rhinos.

Molyneux got over the line for her second with minutes remaining – the loose forward connecting with a grubber kick from Clare Radford before the ball went dead – but the damage was already done as the Rhinos claimed their third win of the play off campaign.

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Leeds Rhinos Women all but sealed their place in the Betfred Women’s Super League semi finals with a convincing 28-10 win over Wigan Warriors Women at Sports Park Weetwood thanks to tries from Sophie Nuttall, Hanna Butcher, Courtney Winfield-Hill, Tasha Gaines and a double from Fran Goldthorp, who continued her sensational scoring record in 2021.

Head coach Lois Forsell made a number of changes to her side follow last week’s suspended fixture. Elychia Watson completed a successful trial with the club to start her first Women’s Super League game alongside Sophie Nuttall while Tasha Gaines was named on the opposite wing. Orla McCallion started at loose forward, seeing Danika Priim move onto the bench alongside Elle Frain and Zoe Hornby who also return to the squad after missing the win over York City Knights Women.

The Rhinos had most of the early ball and should have opened the scoring inside the opening five minutes. A knock on by Anna Mary Davies from a high Courtney Winfield-Hill kick put the hosts immediately on their opponents line before they forced a repeat set, thanks to another creative kick from Winfield-Hill. Bringing the ball back, Fran Goldthorp almost wriggled free but was dragged down Georgia Wilson and then Aimee Staveley made a strong drive for the posts only to be held up short.

Just after the ten minute mark, Sophie Nuttall did get over for the first try of the game. Although Wigan had won a penalty after they caught Leeds offside, a knock on turned possession back over to Forsell’s side and the Rhinos settled back into their attacking shape. Chloe Kerrigan and Lucy Murray led the charge for the line before a kick wide from Winfield-Hill was taken well by Nuttall, who scored her second try in successive matches.

Hanna Butcher made it back to back tries just shy of the 20 minute mark as the Rhinos took control of the match. Following a break by Beth Lockwood that almost set up Goldthorp, on their next set, Leeds hooker Sam Hulme darted out of dummy half down the short side and managed to get an offload away for Orla McCallion. With room to work, the loose forward supplied Murray through a gap but Gilham stopped the forward short of the line. With a fractured defence and players left in the back field, Butcher spotted a gap and darted out went out of dummy half to score Leeds’ second.

Still dominating the ball, captain Winfield-Hill and Goldthorp added their names to the scoresheet too to put Leeds 20 points ahead with ten minutes of the half to go. Hulme was making more inroads out of dummy half and Zoe Hornby and Danika Priim’s introduction from the bench was causing problems for the Warriors’ tiring defence. Winfield-Hill produced more trickery to score her first of the game, the half back noticing there was no full back at home to then kick in behind and score herself, before a break by McCallion set up Goldthorp for her try; the winger beating Gilham to touch down under the posts.

Wigan gathered momentum towards the end of the half and were rewarded after Danika Priim was penalised by the referee. Moving to the right on their first play, space opened up for Vicky Molyneux, who beat both Kerrigan and Watson to score for the visitors. Georgia Wilson converted to cut the scoreline to 20-6 at half time.

 

The Rhinos kept the scoreboard ticking over by scoring a minute after the break. Lockwood’s offload to Beevers let the full back get away from the Wigan defence. As Wigan tried to keep the home side out, on the fifth tackle Tasha Gaines got lucky as her kick behind wasn’t dealt with by the Warriors and the winger managed to get to the ball first and plant it down.

Leeds continued to push for more points as debutant Watson was denied twice as well as he wing partner Nuttall. Wigan also tried to get their first try of the second half through Davies but the final pass for the winger was poor and it went over the sidelines.

As the game approached it’s final stages, Leeds sealed the win as Goldthorp crossed for her 20th try of the season. Zoe Hornby and Beevers connected nicely as the full back went in search of space out wide. Unable to get through play continued with Butcher and Hulme who kept the ball alive and the final pass inside for Goldthorp enabled the centre to get over for her second of the game.

More creative play from Goldthorp and Beevers almost inspired the Rhinos again as the ball was moved wide for Watson, but as the young centre went to ground the ball, the officials deemed her foot had hit the corner flag before she had grounded the ball and she was denied a first try for the Rhinos.

Molyneux got over the line for her second with minutes remaining – the loose forward connecting with a grubber kick from Clare Radford before the ball went dead – but the damage was already done as the Rhinos claimed their third win of the play off campaign.

Team Performance

Goals

2

1

Tries

6

2

Player Performance

PlayerTRGLDGYCRCI+I-
Caitlin Beevers0000000
Tasha Gaines1000000
Francesca Goldthorp2000000
Elychia Watson0000000
Sophie Nuttall1000000
Hanna Butcher1000000
Courtney Winfield-Hill1200000
Aimee Staveley0000000
Sam Hulme0000000
Beth Lockwood0000000
Lucy Murray0000000
Chloe Kerrigan0000000
Orla McCallion0000000
Interchanges
Keara Bennett0000000
Elle Frain0000000
Danika Priim0000000
Zoe Hornby0000000
PlayerTRGLDGYCRCI+I-
Lauren Gilham0000000
Anna Mary Davies0000000
Georgia Wilson0100000
Megan Bragg0000000
Leah Darbyshire0000000
Carys Marsh0000000
Clare Radford0000000
Eleanor Dainty0000000
Emma Dwyer0000000
Jade Gregory-Haselden0000000
Paige Costello0000000
Holly Speakman0000000
Vicky Molyneux2000000
Interchanges
Freya Hellin0000000
Lucy Baggaley0000000
Beth Hayes0000000
Emily Baggaley0000000
Stats Key
  • TR: Tries
  • RD: Red Cards
  • GL: Goals
  • I+: Interchange On
  • DG: Drop Goals
  • I-: Interchange Off
  • YC: Yellow Cards