• Warrington Wolves
  • 16 - 22

  • Leeds Rhinos
  • Warrington Wolves
  • HT 06 - 20
  • Leeds Rhinos
5th July 2021 | KO 19:45 | Halliwell Jones Stadium | Betfred Super League

Warrington Wolves 16 Leeds Rhinos 22

Despite two yellow cards in the last ten minutes, Leeds Rhinos secured a fourth straight win in the Betfred Super League with a 22-16 result over Warrington Wolves.

Three days after beating Leigh convincingly at Emerald Headingley, the Rhinos were on the road and welcomed back four players to the matchday squad. Alex Mellor and Bodene Thompson both returned from their one match bans and slotted straight into Richard Agar’s starting thirteen while Ash Handley also started on the wing, after suffering a head injury when representing England two weeks ago. Konrad Hurrell, who also suffered a head injury against Salford, was also named on the bench. Jack Broadbent, who scored four tries last time out against the Centurions, was moved to centre in light of the returning Handley, and young forwards Jarrod O’Connor and Tom Holroyd kept their places in the squad.

In the first forty minutes, Leeds dominated in attack to take a 14 point lead. With Thompson and Mellor both coming close within the first couple of minutes, it was a sign of what was to come from the visitors. An offload from Rhyse Martin set Jack Broadbent away at a fractured Warrington line and as the Rhinos worked through their set to the fifth tackle, Liam Sutcliffe produced a perfect kick for Rob Lui, who stole the ball out of the hands of Warrington full back Josh Thewlis and scored his first try of the year.

The home side started to threaten as they settled into the half and nearly benefitted from a penalty against Leeds, but a frantic last play saw Ben Currie pass the ball forward to Danny Walker. After they’d got the ball away on their next attacking set, the Rhinos backed it up with a good minute of defence that saw them pin Warrington back in their own 20 metre area. The Wolves wouldn’t lie down though and a break by Currie from a Tom Lineham offload opened up space on the edge for the home side to attack. Toby King tried his luck but was dragged down before Walker, who had been denied previously, beat the tackles of Lui, Sutcliffe and Mellor to score.

With Jack Broadbent exiting the field with an ankle injury, the Wolves persisted down the left side with Lineham and they had a few opportunities that were squandered by both Walker and Lineham as the Rhinos survived. As the 20 minute mark approached, Walker chose to kick the ball over the sidelines and Leeds, who started on their 40 metre line, sensed an opportunity. Leeming and Sutcliffe combined really well on the edge and opened up space to feed Ash Handley, who sprinted round his opposite number Charnley and passed inside for Mellor to score on his return. Martin converted to make the score 12-6.

Warrington tried to react to Leeds’ score again, Daryl Clark this time breaking through the heart of the defence to run away but his pass for Walker was dropped by the young hooker. Martin reclaimed for Leeds and they went instantly on the attack. Hurrell, who had come on for the injured Broadbent, produced a nice offload to set Brad Dwyer away and on the next play, Leeming, Sutcliffe and Tom Briscoe all timed their passes to perfection to release Handley, who did well to outmuscle three Warrington defenders and plant the ball down.

To end the half, Leeds took advantage of a penalty against Warrington for offside to give themselves a significant lead at the break. Matt Prior pinched the ball and also earned a repeat set to frustrate the Wolves fans and as Leeds looked to apply pressure, a long pass from Dwyer was picked off by King, who broke away downfield for a certain try. Referee Liam Moore brought the play back though as King was evidently offside and Martin added the penalty goal, giving Richard Agar’s men a 20-6 lead at the break.

 

A penalty was the only points for the Rhinos in the second half but the visitors still managed to get the result, even when the game took a turn in the last ten minutes. A knock on from Joe Philbin and then a high tackle on Donaldson from Thewlis saw Martin beckon for the kicking tee to take the Rhinos to 22 points.

The rest of the half was dominated by the Wolves as a number of opportunities fell away from the homes side due to a series of handling errors and penalties. Their biggest chance came at the hands of Tom Lineham after the Wolves had produced a number of offloads to support players to get themselves towards the try line. As Austin was tackled by Sutcliffe, and earned a repeat set, Lineham was fed the ball on a good line and dived for the line. Moore handed the decision up to the video referee, who saw a double movement from Lineham and disallowed the try.

Leeds then went the length of the field, Donaldson unfortunately losing the ball close to the whitewash, but the home side still kept coming as Lineham was denied twice, due to a good last ditch tackle and a forward pass from Austin. After gaining a repeat set on Leeds line minutes later, Jack Hughes fumbled on the first play, gifting Leeds the ball.

As the match approached the final ten minutes, Warrington were thrown a lifeline when Sutcliffe was sin binned for a dangerous high tackle on Josh Thewlis, who had broken the Leeds line. With Leeds down to twelve players, a simple, swift play across the field found Charnley, who finished in the corner. Ratchford missed the conversion to make it a twelve point game.

Minutes later, another Leeds player was sent to the sinbin by referee Moore; Lui this time being shown the yellow card for a professional foul on Austin. The Wolves tried their best to take advantage with two extra men on the field but a poor pass saw Lineham just beat man of the match Prior to the loose ball before Sitaleki Akauola dropped the ball under pressure from the Leeds captain.

Warrington left Leeds fans biting their fingernails with moments to spare when Austin kicked across the field to find Charnley for his second try of the game but following the restart, an offload by Austin was fumbled by Clark, sealing the result for the Rhinos.

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Despite two yellow cards in the last ten minutes, Leeds Rhinos secured a fourth straight win in the Betfred Super League with a 22-16 result over Warrington Wolves.

Three days after beating Leigh convincingly at Emerald Headingley, the Rhinos were on the road and welcomed back four players to the matchday squad. Alex Mellor and Bodene Thompson both returned from their one match bans and slotted straight into Richard Agar’s starting thirteen while Ash Handley also started on the wing, after suffering a head injury when representing England two weeks ago. Konrad Hurrell, who also suffered a head injury against Salford, was also named on the bench. Jack Broadbent, who scored four tries last time out against the Centurions, was moved to centre in light of the returning Handley, and young forwards Jarrod O’Connor and Tom Holroyd kept their places in the squad.

In the first forty minutes, Leeds dominated in attack to take a 14 point lead. With Thompson and Mellor both coming close within the first couple of minutes, it was a sign of what was to come from the visitors. An offload from Rhyse Martin set Jack Broadbent away at a fractured Warrington line and as the Rhinos worked through their set to the fifth tackle, Liam Sutcliffe produced a perfect kick for Rob Lui, who stole the ball out of the hands of Warrington full back Josh Thewlis and scored his first try of the year.

The home side started to threaten as they settled into the half and nearly benefitted from a penalty against Leeds, but a frantic last play saw Ben Currie pass the ball forward to Danny Walker. After they’d got the ball away on their next attacking set, the Rhinos backed it up with a good minute of defence that saw them pin Warrington back in their own 20 metre area. The Wolves wouldn’t lie down though and a break by Currie from a Tom Lineham offload opened up space on the edge for the home side to attack. Toby King tried his luck but was dragged down before Walker, who had been denied previously, beat the tackles of Lui, Sutcliffe and Mellor to score.

With Jack Broadbent exiting the field with an ankle injury, the Wolves persisted down the left side with Lineham and they had a few opportunities that were squandered by both Walker and Lineham as the Rhinos survived. As the 20 minute mark approached, Walker chose to kick the ball over the sidelines and Leeds, who started on their 40 metre line, sensed an opportunity. Leeming and Sutcliffe combined really well on the edge and opened up space to feed Ash Handley, who sprinted round his opposite number Charnley and passed inside for Mellor to score on his return. Martin converted to make the score 12-6.

Warrington tried to react to Leeds’ score again, Daryl Clark this time breaking through the heart of the defence to run away but his pass for Walker was dropped by the young hooker. Martin reclaimed for Leeds and they went instantly on the attack. Hurrell, who had come on for the injured Broadbent, produced a nice offload to set Brad Dwyer away and on the next play, Leeming, Sutcliffe and Tom Briscoe all timed their passes to perfection to release Handley, who did well to outmuscle three Warrington defenders and plant the ball down.

To end the half, Leeds took advantage of a penalty against Warrington for offside to give themselves a significant lead at the break. Matt Prior pinched the ball and also earned a repeat set to frustrate the Wolves fans and as Leeds looked to apply pressure, a long pass from Dwyer was picked off by King, who broke away downfield for a certain try. Referee Liam Moore brought the play back though as King was evidently offside and Martin added the penalty goal, giving Richard Agar’s men a 20-6 lead at the break.

 

A penalty was the only points for the Rhinos in the second half but the visitors still managed to get the result, even when the game took a turn in the last ten minutes. A knock on from Joe Philbin and then a high tackle on Donaldson from Thewlis saw Martin beckon for the kicking tee to take the Rhinos to 22 points.

The rest of the half was dominated by the Wolves as a number of opportunities fell away from the homes side due to a series of handling errors and penalties. Their biggest chance came at the hands of Tom Lineham after the Wolves had produced a number of offloads to support players to get themselves towards the try line. As Austin was tackled by Sutcliffe, and earned a repeat set, Lineham was fed the ball on a good line and dived for the line. Moore handed the decision up to the video referee, who saw a double movement from Lineham and disallowed the try.

Leeds then went the length of the field, Donaldson unfortunately losing the ball close to the whitewash, but the home side still kept coming as Lineham was denied twice, due to a good last ditch tackle and a forward pass from Austin. After gaining a repeat set on Leeds line minutes later, Jack Hughes fumbled on the first play, gifting Leeds the ball.

As the match approached the final ten minutes, Warrington were thrown a lifeline when Sutcliffe was sin binned for a dangerous high tackle on Josh Thewlis, who had broken the Leeds line. With Leeds down to twelve players, a simple, swift play across the field found Charnley, who finished in the corner. Ratchford missed the conversion to make it a twelve point game.

Minutes later, another Leeds player was sent to the sinbin by referee Moore; Lui this time being shown the yellow card for a professional foul on Austin. The Wolves tried their best to take advantage with two extra men on the field but a poor pass saw Lineham just beat man of the match Prior to the loose ball before Sitaleki Akauola dropped the ball under pressure from the Leeds captain.

Warrington left Leeds fans biting their fingernails with moments to spare when Austin kicked across the field to find Charnley for his second try of the game but following the restart, an offload by Austin was fumbled by Clark, sealing the result for the Rhinos.

Team Performance

Goals

2

5

Tries

3

3

Player Performance

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Ash Handley1000000
Tom Briscoe0000000
Jack Broadbent0000000
Luke Briscoe0000000
Robert Lui1001000
Kruise Leeming0000000
Mikolaj Oledzki0000000
Brad Dwyer0000000
Matt Prior0000000
Alex Mellor1000000
Rhyse Martin0500000
Bodene Thompson0000000
Interchanges
Konrad Hurrell0000000
Tom Holroyd0000000
Jarrod O'Connor0000000
James Donaldson0000000
PlayerTRGLDGYCRCI+I-
Josh Thewlis0000000
Tom Lineham0000000
Toby King0000000
Jake Mamo0000000
Josh Charnley2000000
Blake Austin0000000
Stefan Ratchford0200000
Chris Hill0000000
Danny Walker1000000
Mike Cooper0000000
Ben Currie0000000
Jack Hughes0000000
Matt Davis0000000
Interchanges
Joe Philbin0000000
Rob Butler0000000
Sitaleki Akauola0000000
Daryl Clark0000000
Stats Key
  • TR: Tries
  • RD: Red Cards
  • GL: Goals
  • I+: Interchange On
  • DG: Drop Goals
  • I-: Interchange Off
  • YC: Yellow Cards