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25th August 2021 | KO 19:45 | DW Stadium | Betfred Super League

Wigan Warriors 0 Leeds Rhinos 14

SL.Rd21. Warriors v Rhinos. Weds 25thAug2021. © MATTHEW MERRICK PHOTOGRAPHY

Tries from Brad Dwyer and Richie Myler helped Leeds Rhinos inflict a 14-0 defeat on Wigan Warriors to claim their first win at the DW Stadium for eight years.

Richard Agar welcomed back captain Matt Prior, Rhyse Martin and Cam Smith to his matchday squad and the Rhinos also included Ash Handley, who was doubtful to feature after going off early against Huddersfield. Morgan Gannon backed up a man of the match performance against the Giants by maintaining his starting spot and Tetevano moved back to loose forward. Brad Dwyer and Kruise Leeming were both included in the starting 13 from kickoff; Leeming moving back into the halves with Rob Lui after Callum McLelland was ruled out pre match due to illness. Zak Hardaker and Brad Singleton lined up against their former club for the visitors.

Directly from kickoff, Leeds were on the backfoot as Rhyse Martin’s kick off went out on the full. Luckily, the Warriors couldn’t make Leeds pay with a full set of six close to the Rhinos’ try line and Tom Briscoe brought the ball away. Leeds began to mount pressure on the home side shortly after though. Morgan Gannon made a great break through the Wigan defence but couldn’t find Leeming backing him up on the inside before Harry Smith prevented a certain try for Martin.

Both sides continued to apply pressure; Leeds through their offloads and Wigan by their kicks in behind. On two occasions, kicks from Smith forced Luke Briscoe to bring the ball away close to his own line or bat it behind. Hardaker looked to have put Jake Bibby in to score the opening try but the centre’s pass was forward to his wing partner. On the flip side, the Rhinos looked dangerous through Newman and Handley; the latter making a nice break down the edge with Briscoe and Martin on the fifth tackle but couldn’t get close to the try line.

Just beyond the 20 minute mark, Zane Tetevano was sent to the sin bin for the second consecutive week for a high and dangerous tackle on Liam Farrell. Now with twelve men on the field, Leeds looked unfazed as they followed the yellow card up with two complete sets on Wigan’s try line. Unfortunately the Rhinos couldn’t convert and soon were down to eleven men after Luke Briscoe was sin binned for a controversial professional foul on Liam Farrell.

Leeds did well to defend and reaped the rewards with the games first try with five minutes to go. A set restart was signalled by the referee on Rob Lui and the visitors progressed downfield, thanks to good work from Tom Briscoe and Gannon. Reaching the fifth tackle, Leeming stabbed the ball towards the posts and got a lucky bounce into the post pads. Following up was fellow hooker Dwyer, who grabbed the ball and planted it down. On his return, Martin converted as Leeds took a slender six point lead into the break.

 

A try from Myler at the start of the second half put daylight between the two sides as Leeds went on to claim an important win in their play off fight.

Despite the Rhinos being forced to defend early on again, a knock on from Hastings prompted Leeds to go on the attack. After Tom Briscoe produced a nice break and offload for Handley down the edge, Rob Lui brought the ball back across the field and the half back connected nicely to put Martin through a hole in the Warriors’ line. Streaking into the backfield, the back rower found Myler back on his inside and the full back completed the move to score his sixth try of the season.

Pressure continued to mount on the Warriors and frustrations overflowed through a series of knock ons and high tackles. As the game approached the hour mark, a knock on from young Wigan hooker Amir Bourouh was followed up by a head high tackle on Leeds substitute King Vuniyayawa and Martin elected to go for goal, making the score 14-0.

For the remainder of the game, Wigan dominated possession but ultimately didn’t make it count as they struggled to get over the line. Liam Marshall missed an opportunity in the corner after a set of frantic passes from Smith and Oliver Gildart and then opposite winger Bibby finally made it over the line, only for Handley, Briscoe and Myler to produce an outstanding try saving tackle on him.

Man of the match Leeming could have crowned the victory as he broke free from the tackle of Kai Pearce-Paul and Hardaker to go downfield but the half back failed to spot Tetevano on his inside and couldn’t get the ball away in time for Handley as he was pushed over the sideline. It didn’t matter as the full time hooter sounded, sealing an important two points for the Rhinos as they continue to push for a play off spot.

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SL.Rd21. Warriors v Rhinos. Weds 25thAug2021. © MATTHEW MERRICK PHOTOGRAPHY

Tries from Brad Dwyer and Richie Myler helped Leeds Rhinos inflict a 14-0 defeat on Wigan Warriors to claim their first win at the DW Stadium for eight years.

Richard Agar welcomed back captain Matt Prior, Rhyse Martin and Cam Smith to his matchday squad and the Rhinos also included Ash Handley, who was doubtful to feature after going off early against Huddersfield. Morgan Gannon backed up a man of the match performance against the Giants by maintaining his starting spot and Tetevano moved back to loose forward. Brad Dwyer and Kruise Leeming were both included in the starting 13 from kickoff; Leeming moving back into the halves with Rob Lui after Callum McLelland was ruled out pre match due to illness. Zak Hardaker and Brad Singleton lined up against their former club for the visitors.

Directly from kickoff, Leeds were on the backfoot as Rhyse Martin’s kick off went out on the full. Luckily, the Warriors couldn’t make Leeds pay with a full set of six close to the Rhinos’ try line and Tom Briscoe brought the ball away. Leeds began to mount pressure on the home side shortly after though. Morgan Gannon made a great break through the Wigan defence but couldn’t find Leeming backing him up on the inside before Harry Smith prevented a certain try for Martin.

Both sides continued to apply pressure; Leeds through their offloads and Wigan by their kicks in behind. On two occasions, kicks from Smith forced Luke Briscoe to bring the ball away close to his own line or bat it behind. Hardaker looked to have put Jake Bibby in to score the opening try but the centre’s pass was forward to his wing partner. On the flip side, the Rhinos looked dangerous through Newman and Handley; the latter making a nice break down the edge with Briscoe and Martin on the fifth tackle but couldn’t get close to the try line.

Just beyond the 20 minute mark, Zane Tetevano was sent to the sin bin for the second consecutive week for a high and dangerous tackle on Liam Farrell. Now with twelve men on the field, Leeds looked unfazed as they followed the yellow card up with two complete sets on Wigan’s try line. Unfortunately the Rhinos couldn’t convert and soon were down to eleven men after Luke Briscoe was sin binned for a controversial professional foul on Liam Farrell.

Leeds did well to defend and reaped the rewards with the games first try with five minutes to go. A set restart was signalled by the referee on Rob Lui and the visitors progressed downfield, thanks to good work from Tom Briscoe and Gannon. Reaching the fifth tackle, Leeming stabbed the ball towards the posts and got a lucky bounce into the post pads. Following up was fellow hooker Dwyer, who grabbed the ball and planted it down. On his return, Martin converted as Leeds took a slender six point lead into the break.

 

A try from Myler at the start of the second half put daylight between the two sides as Leeds went on to claim an important win in their play off fight.

Despite the Rhinos being forced to defend early on again, a knock on from Hastings prompted Leeds to go on the attack. After Tom Briscoe produced a nice break and offload for Handley down the edge, Rob Lui brought the ball back across the field and the half back connected nicely to put Martin through a hole in the Warriors’ line. Streaking into the backfield, the back rower found Myler back on his inside and the full back completed the move to score his sixth try of the season.

Pressure continued to mount on the Warriors and frustrations overflowed through a series of knock ons and high tackles. As the game approached the hour mark, a knock on from young Wigan hooker Amir Bourouh was followed up by a head high tackle on Leeds substitute King Vuniyayawa and Martin elected to go for goal, making the score 14-0.

For the remainder of the game, Wigan dominated possession but ultimately didn’t make it count as they struggled to get over the line. Liam Marshall missed an opportunity in the corner after a set of frantic passes from Smith and Oliver Gildart and then opposite winger Bibby finally made it over the line, only for Handley, Briscoe and Myler to produce an outstanding try saving tackle on him.

Man of the match Leeming could have crowned the victory as he broke free from the tackle of Kai Pearce-Paul and Hardaker to go downfield but the half back failed to spot Tetevano on his inside and couldn’t get the ball away in time for Handley as he was pushed over the sideline. It didn’t matter as the full time hooter sounded, sealing an important two points for the Rhinos as they continue to push for a play off spot.

Team Performance

Goals

0

3

Tries

0

2

Player Performance

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Robert Lui0000000
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Bodene Thompson0000000
Brad Dwyer1000000
Matt Prior0000000
Morgan Gannon0000000
Rhyse Martin0300000
Zane Tetevano0001000
Interchanges
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James Donaldson0000000
Tom Holroyd0000000
Cameron Smith0000000
PlayerTRGLDGYCRCI+I-
Jai Field0000000
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Zak Hardaker0000000
Oliver Gildart0000000
Liam Marshall0000000
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Jackson Hastings0000000
Brad Singleton0000000
Joe Shorrocks0000000
Oli Partington0000000
Liam Farrell0000000
John Bateman0000000
Morgan Smithies0000000
Interchanges
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Liam Byrne0000000
Ethan Havard0000000
Kai Pearce-Paul0000000
Stats Key
  • TR: Tries
  • RD: Red Cards
  • GL: Goals
  • I+: Interchange On
  • DG: Drop Goals
  • I-: Interchange Off
  • YC: Yellow Cards