• Warrington Wolves
  • 32 - 6

  • Leeds Rhinos
  • Warrington Wolves
  • HT 08 - 06
  • Leeds Rhinos
13th October 2020 | KO 19:45 | Halliwell Jones Stadium | Betfred Super League

Warrington Wolves 32 Leeds Rhinos 6

A young Leeds Rhinos side stood their own for a second time in 2020 despite suffering a 32-6 defeat to Warrington Wolves at the Halliwell Jones Stadium.

Head coach Richard Agar, who was coaching his 250th game, once again called on his young talent with a Challenge Cup Final looming. Winger Liam Tindall headlined the Rhinos squad, who had number of players returning, including Sam Walters, Jack Broadbent and Jarrod O’Connor, after they impressed against Catalans Dragons at Emerald Headingley two weeks ago. Bodene Thompson and Rhys Evans, who was Leeds’ sole try scorer against the Dragons, also faced their former club.

A second half collapse against Wigan only four days before was still fresh in Warrington’s mind and the home side made sure they took control at their home ground. Keeping Leeds in their own half for their opening sets, the Wolves worked their way close to the try line and Declan Patton’s cross field kick wasn’t diffused by either Tindall or Evans, allowing Man of the Match Toby King to snatch the ball out of the air and touch down next to the posts.

A clever kick from Callum McLelland and a knock on from Matty Ashton gave Leeds the chance to reply immediately after going behind. The young Rhinos continued to apply pressure as Walters’ ball over the top for Tindall was tipped over the sideline before a grubber kick by Cameron Smith was taken over the dead ball line by Patton. On their third repeat set, Brett Ferres had the chance to score his 100th career try but the Featherstone Rovers loanee couldn’t quite keep hold of the ball from a Thompson fifth tackle kick.

Walters provided the breakthrough for Leeds on fifteen minutes, scoring his first senior try in Rhinos colours. A great ball steal by Jack Broadbent, who tormented Warrington’s right edge all night, on Josh Charnley turned the ball over to the visitors and powerful drives from Adam Cuthbertson and Tom Holroyd edged Leeds closer. Moving right, a drop off from McLelland found Walters running back on a strong line and the second rower carried the ball all the way to the line with three Warrington defenders on his back. Jarrod O’Connor continued with the kicking duties and slotted the ball over to level the score.

Subsitute Sitaleki Akauola was sent to the sin bin for a dangerous tackle on James Harrison meaning the Wolves had to play the remainder of the half with twelve men, but Leeds proved their own enemy as handling errors kept turning the ball back into Warrington’s hands. Following a knock on by Leeds, Patton tried to burrow his way over from short range but was stopped by the wall of Rhinos defenders. Referee Chris Kendall penalised Muizz Mustapha for a high tackle on the half back and surprisingly Stefan Ratchford pointed at the posts. The full back converted the penalty goal, taking his side into half time with a two point advantage, but it was the young Rhinos that left the field in high spirits.

 

Having left the field following some strong words from Ratchford, the Wolves increased their intensity in the second period but only ran away with the win in the final ten minutes.

Bodene Thompson was proving accurate with his kicking infield, forcing Warrington to drop out, and off the back of a break by the Leeds centre, full back Walker nearly got his third try in two matches but he knocked the ball on close to the try line.

A well orchestrated move put Ashton in for his fifth try of the season. Gareth Widdop, Ratchford and Ben Currie were on hand to open space on the left edge and release King before the centre provided a quick pass into the hands of his winger, who outpaced Walker to the try line and give Warrington some breathing space.

Another aerial kick from Patton pulled Tindall from the wing and King was on hand again to steal the ball and get it away for Currie to dive over on the hour mark. A clean break by Currie minutes later almost produced more points for Warrington but brilliant last gasp defending from Walker forced a poor pass for King on the outside.

The young Rhinos kept on coming and a fifth tackle break from McLelland found Holroyd on the charge but the prop couldn’t get the ball away. Down the other end of the field, Patton was taken out as the half back followed his own grubber kick and referee Kendall penalised the Leeds; Ratchford electing to kick his second penalty of the night to extend Warrington’s lead to 18 points.

Inside the remaining minutes, the Wolves ran away with the game as Daryl Clark and Ashton both scored tries to claim the two league points for Warrington. Clark drove over the top of Leeds substitute Harvey Whiteley to ground the ball from short range, with the video referee giving the green light after it was referred upstairs by Kendall, and Widdop’s attacking kick with a matter of minutes remaining proved fatal; Tindall tipping the ball into the arms of Ashton, who grabbed his second of the night. Ratchford kicked the conversion as Warrington picked up their first win in three games but coach Agar was once again proud of how his youngsters had performed.

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A young Leeds Rhinos side stood their own for a second time in 2020 despite suffering a 32-6 defeat to Warrington Wolves at the Halliwell Jones Stadium.

Head coach Richard Agar, who was coaching his 250th game, once again called on his young talent with a Challenge Cup Final looming. Winger Liam Tindall headlined the Rhinos squad, who had number of players returning, including Sam Walters, Jack Broadbent and Jarrod O’Connor, after they impressed against Catalans Dragons at Emerald Headingley two weeks ago. Bodene Thompson and Rhys Evans, who was Leeds’ sole try scorer against the Dragons, also faced their former club.

A second half collapse against Wigan only four days before was still fresh in Warrington’s mind and the home side made sure they took control at their home ground. Keeping Leeds in their own half for their opening sets, the Wolves worked their way close to the try line and Declan Patton’s cross field kick wasn’t diffused by either Tindall or Evans, allowing Man of the Match Toby King to snatch the ball out of the air and touch down next to the posts.

A clever kick from Callum McLelland and a knock on from Matty Ashton gave Leeds the chance to reply immediately after going behind. The young Rhinos continued to apply pressure as Walters’ ball over the top for Tindall was tipped over the sideline before a grubber kick by Cameron Smith was taken over the dead ball line by Patton. On their third repeat set, Brett Ferres had the chance to score his 100th career try but the Featherstone Rovers loanee couldn’t quite keep hold of the ball from a Thompson fifth tackle kick.

Walters provided the breakthrough for Leeds on fifteen minutes, scoring his first senior try in Rhinos colours. A great ball steal by Jack Broadbent, who tormented Warrington’s right edge all night, on Josh Charnley turned the ball over to the visitors and powerful drives from Adam Cuthbertson and Tom Holroyd edged Leeds closer. Moving right, a drop off from McLelland found Walters running back on a strong line and the second rower carried the ball all the way to the line with three Warrington defenders on his back. Jarrod O’Connor continued with the kicking duties and slotted the ball over to level the score.

Subsitute Sitaleki Akauola was sent to the sin bin for a dangerous tackle on James Harrison meaning the Wolves had to play the remainder of the half with twelve men, but Leeds proved their own enemy as handling errors kept turning the ball back into Warrington’s hands. Following a knock on by Leeds, Patton tried to burrow his way over from short range but was stopped by the wall of Rhinos defenders. Referee Chris Kendall penalised Muizz Mustapha for a high tackle on the half back and surprisingly Stefan Ratchford pointed at the posts. The full back converted the penalty goal, taking his side into half time with a two point advantage, but it was the young Rhinos that left the field in high spirits.

 

Having left the field following some strong words from Ratchford, the Wolves increased their intensity in the second period but only ran away with the win in the final ten minutes.

Bodene Thompson was proving accurate with his kicking infield, forcing Warrington to drop out, and off the back of a break by the Leeds centre, full back Walker nearly got his third try in two matches but he knocked the ball on close to the try line.

A well orchestrated move put Ashton in for his fifth try of the season. Gareth Widdop, Ratchford and Ben Currie were on hand to open space on the left edge and release King before the centre provided a quick pass into the hands of his winger, who outpaced Walker to the try line and give Warrington some breathing space.

Another aerial kick from Patton pulled Tindall from the wing and King was on hand again to steal the ball and get it away for Currie to dive over on the hour mark. A clean break by Currie minutes later almost produced more points for Warrington but brilliant last gasp defending from Walker forced a poor pass for King on the outside.

The young Rhinos kept on coming and a fifth tackle break from McLelland found Holroyd on the charge but the prop couldn’t get the ball away. Down the other end of the field, Patton was taken out as the half back followed his own grubber kick and referee Kendall penalised the Leeds; Ratchford electing to kick his second penalty of the night to extend Warrington’s lead to 18 points.

Inside the remaining minutes, the Wolves ran away with the game as Daryl Clark and Ashton both scored tries to claim the two league points for Warrington. Clark drove over the top of Leeds substitute Harvey Whiteley to ground the ball from short range, with the video referee giving the green light after it was referred upstairs by Kendall, and Widdop’s attacking kick with a matter of minutes remaining proved fatal; Tindall tipping the ball into the arms of Ashton, who grabbed his second of the night. Ratchford kicked the conversion as Warrington picked up their first win in three games but coach Agar was once again proud of how his youngsters had performed.

Team Performance

Goals

0

1

Tries

0

1

Player Performance

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Liam Tindall0000000
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Bodene Thompson0000000
Luke Briscoe0000000
Jack Broadbent0000000
Callum McLelland0000000
Tom Holroyd0000000
Jarrod O'Connor0100000
Adam Cuthbertson0000000
Sam Walters1000000
Brett Ferres0000000
Cameron Smith0000000
Interchanges
Harvey Whiteley0000000
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James Harrison0000000
Loui McConnell0000000
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Interchanges
Stats Key
  • TR: Tries
  • RD: Red Cards
  • GL: Goals
  • I+: Interchange On
  • DG: Drop Goals
  • I-: Interchange Off
  • YC: Yellow Cards