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19th January 2020 | KO 15:00 | DW Stadium | 3,717 | Liam Farrell Testimonial

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Wigan Warriors 10 Leeds Rhinos 22

A dominant second half performance from Leeds Rhinos, including tries from Ash Handley, Muizz Mustapha and Liam Sutcliffe, secured a 22-10 win over Wigan Warriors at the DW Stadium in Liam Farrell’s testimonial game.

Richard Agar was forced into making two late changes to his side with Matt Prior and Cameron Smith ruled out on the morning of the game through illness; Muizz Mustapha and Luke Briscoe were drafted in to replace them.

In foggy, cold conditions at the DW Stadium, Leeds had the better of the opening exchanges, perhaps as a result of having had two games in pre-season already. Ash Handley and Harry Newman both had chances down their respective touchlines but could not convert them.

However, it was Wigan who opened the scoring after seventeen minutes when they gained a repeat set from a kick by Testimonial recipient Liam Farrell. The Rhinos defended their line well but on the last tackle Jackson Hastings took the ball to the line before passing to Jake Bibby to put the centre in at the corner. The conversion attempt by Zak Hardaker was wide so it remained 4-0.

Wigan kept up the pressure after that and once again made the most of a repeat set. Harry Newman did well to deal with the initial kick by knocking the ball dead but from the drop out, Willie Isa was put in a gap and he galloped over from 15 metres out. Hardaker was on target this time to increase the lead to 10-0 after 23 minutes.

Referee Marcus Griffiths’ whistle dominated the remainder of the first half as he enforced a clean ruck area and penalised both sides for trying to slow down play. Wigan nearly took advantage of one of those indiscretions as Liam Marshall took a quick tap and sprinted up field however Jack Walker had the measure of him and stopped a certain try with a well executed tackle.

Leeds did manage to hit back with the final play of the first half. Luke Gale weighted his kick well towards the posts, initially Richie Myler was held back as he chased but he managed to get free and the ball rebounded to him to finish. Gale added the conversion to make it 10-6 at the break.

The fog continue to descend but Leeds came out fired up after the break, showing some real steel on defence, led by skipper Stevie Ward. The Rhinos also finished their sets well with Gale’s kicking game compliment by good kick chase from his team mates kept Wigan trapped in their own half.

Ash Handley went close after eight minutes, only to run out of space in the corner however he made amends soon after when Gale and Ward combined well to open up the Warriors and there was no denying Handley this time. Martin was unable to convert the touchline conversion attempt so it remained 10-10.

Martin nearly gave his side the lead on the hour mark when he dummied to kick on the last tackle before running 30 metres up field on the last tackle. Wigan managed to get back just in time to keep him out but it was a sign of the sharpness Leeds were now showing.

The Rhinos edged themselves in front with a penalty from Martin, showing the competitive nature of this friendly fixture.

The visitors then put themselves two scores in front when youngster Muizz Mustapha powered his way over from close range. He was a popular try scorer with his team mates and deserved the score. Martin added the conversion to make it 18-10 with six minutes to play.

With the final play of the game, Liam Sutcliffe wrapped up the win as he capitalised on an error from a kick to touch down in the corner. The conversion attempt was missed but the Rhinos had a well earned 22-10 win in front of a crowd of 3,717.

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Wigan Warriors 10 Leeds Rhinos 22

A dominant second half performance from Leeds Rhinos, including tries from Ash Handley, Muizz Mustapha and Liam Sutcliffe, secured a 22-10 win over Wigan Warriors at the DW Stadium in Liam Farrell’s testimonial game.

Richard Agar was forced into making two late changes to his side with Matt Prior and Cameron Smith ruled out on the morning of the game through illness; Muizz Mustapha and Luke Briscoe were drafted in to replace them.

In foggy, cold conditions at the DW Stadium, Leeds had the better of the opening exchanges, perhaps as a result of having had two games in pre-season already. Ash Handley and Harry Newman both had chances down their respective touchlines but could not convert them.

However, it was Wigan who opened the scoring after seventeen minutes when they gained a repeat set from a kick by Testimonial recipient Liam Farrell. The Rhinos defended their line well but on the last tackle Jackson Hastings took the ball to the line before passing to Jake Bibby to put the centre in at the corner. The conversion attempt by Zak Hardaker was wide so it remained 4-0.

Wigan kept up the pressure after that and once again made the most of a repeat set. Harry Newman did well to deal with the initial kick by knocking the ball dead but from the drop out, Willie Isa was put in a gap and he galloped over from 15 metres out. Hardaker was on target this time to increase the lead to 10-0 after 23 minutes.

Referee Marcus Griffiths’ whistle dominated the remainder of the first half as he enforced a clean ruck area and penalised both sides for trying to slow down play. Wigan nearly took advantage of one of those indiscretions as Liam Marshall took a quick tap and sprinted up field however Jack Walker had the measure of him and stopped a certain try with a well executed tackle.

Leeds did manage to hit back with the final play of the first half. Luke Gale weighted his kick well towards the posts, initially Richie Myler was held back as he chased but he managed to get free and the ball rebounded to him to finish. Gale added the conversion to make it 10-6 at the break.

The fog continue to descend but Leeds came out fired up after the break, showing some real steel on defence, led by skipper Stevie Ward. The Rhinos also finished their sets well with Gale’s kicking game compliment by good kick chase from his team mates kept Wigan trapped in their own half.

Ash Handley went close after eight minutes, only to run out of space in the corner however he made amends soon after when Gale and Ward combined well to open up the Warriors and there was no denying Handley this time. Martin was unable to convert the touchline conversion attempt so it remained 10-10.

Martin nearly gave his side the lead on the hour mark when he dummied to kick on the last tackle before running 30 metres up field on the last tackle. Wigan managed to get back just in time to keep him out but it was a sign of the sharpness Leeds were now showing.

The Rhinos edged themselves in front with a penalty from Martin, showing the competitive nature of this friendly fixture.

The visitors then put themselves two scores in front when youngster Muizz Mustapha powered his way over from close range. He was a popular try scorer with his team mates and deserved the score. Martin added the conversion to make it 18-10 with six minutes to play.

With the final play of the game, Liam Sutcliffe wrapped up the win as he capitalised on an error from a kick to touch down in the corner. The conversion attempt was missed but the Rhinos had a well earned 22-10 win in front of a crowd of 3,717.