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Wigan Warriors 46 Leeds Rhinos 8

Leeds Rhinos Joel Moon during the Super League clash between Wigan Warriors and Leeds Rhinos.

Leeds Rhinos endured another tough night of Super League action as they suffered a seventh consecutive league defeat at the hands of Wigan Warriors at the DW Stadium.

Leeds Rhinos got the game off to the perfect start with a try after just five minutes when Brett Ferres was the man on the spot when Sam Tomkins and John Bateman made a hash of dealing with Joel Moon’s kick and the forward picked up the loose ball to stroll over for the try. Liam Sutcliffe missed the conversion attempt from wide out.

The Rhinos had to produce some heroic defence to keep Wigan out soon after when Jack Walker timed his tackle to perfection to stop a dangerous break by Oliver Gildart.

However, it was not long before Wigan equalised when they moved the ball wide quickly to their left and Marshall was put in space out wide and he dived over in the corner. Sam Tomkins added the conversion from the touchline to give the home side a 6-4 lead.

Wigan increased their lead on the next set when England skipper Sean O’Loughlin opted to shift the ball to the left again on the last tackle and Marshall found himself in space again to score.

Tomkins added the conversion and two subsequent penalties to keep the scoreboard ticking over and make it 16-4 after 26 minutes.

The Rhinos began to see more of the ball after that but they were dealt a cruel blow with less than 10 minutes to go until half time when Walker knocked on near his own line under no real pressure and the Warriors crossed for a third try soon after. Josh Woods cut back in field and raced through a gap to stretch out and get the ball down and the try was confirmed by the video referee. Tomkins was on target again to make it 22-4 at the break.

The visitors were denied a try by video referee Robert Hicks when Luke Briscoe jumped to challenge for Myler’s high kick before picking up the loose ball and forcing his way over. However, it was referred to the video official as a ‘No try’ from Ben Thaler and his colleague agreed with him and Briscoe was penalised for the challenge in the air instead.

It was Wigan who crossed for the next score when Liam Farrell caught the Rhinos flat footed on defence before bursting through and managing to just get to the corner before Ashton Golding could get to him. Tomkins was on target again to make it 28-4 after 51 minutes.

The Rhinos had a purple patch on the hour mark when they managed to build some pressure on the Wigan line. Luke Briscoe forced a repeat set as he chased up Myler’s kick and then Ryan Hall was denied a certain try when the ball was hacked clear just as he was about to dive on it. But the chance came to nothing when Myler’s pass in the next set was adjudged forward and Wigan got a relieving scrum.

Leeds were made to rue that missed chance soon after when Thomas Leuluai went over from short range for the hosts after Golding had produced a try saving tackle on Naverrete in the previous tackle. Tomkins missed his first kick of the night with the conversion attempt but his side now led 32-4 with 14 minutes to go.

The Rhinos did get a reward for their efforts with a second try with nine minutes to go when Moon’s high kick was batted down by Tom Briscoe back into the half back’s hands and he squeezed through the tightest of gaps to touch down in the corner. Sutcliffe’s conversion attempt was pulled wide so it remained 32-8 to the home side.

Wigan were then reduced to 12 men when Naverrete was sin binned for a dangerous contact on Jack Ormondroyd in the tackle. The Rhinos though could not take advantage as the ball was spilled from the subsequent penalty and in the next set, Leeds were penalised and Tomkins increased the lead with his third penalty of the night.

A disappointing night for the Rhinos was topped off in the final minutes when they tried to keep the ball alive only for Ormondroyd to see his offload fall straight into the path of Tony Clubb. The Wigan forward galloped up field before passing to Davies to score. Tomkins added the conversion with three minutes to go to make it 40-8.

Wigan crossed with the final play of the game when Myler had his pass intercepted by Tomkins, Leeds raced back to try and prevent the score with Parcell and Golding trying their best before Marshall popped up to take the pass at speed and go over to complete his hat trick on the hooter. Tomkins added the conversion to make the final score 46-8.

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Leeds Rhinos Joel Moon during the Super League clash between Wigan Warriors and Leeds Rhinos.

Leeds Rhinos endured another tough night of Super League action as they suffered a seventh consecutive league defeat at the hands of Wigan Warriors at the DW Stadium.

Leeds Rhinos got the game off to the perfect start with a try after just five minutes when Brett Ferres was the man on the spot when Sam Tomkins and John Bateman made a hash of dealing with Joel Moon’s kick and the forward picked up the loose ball to stroll over for the try. Liam Sutcliffe missed the conversion attempt from wide out.

The Rhinos had to produce some heroic defence to keep Wigan out soon after when Jack Walker timed his tackle to perfection to stop a dangerous break by Oliver Gildart.

However, it was not long before Wigan equalised when they moved the ball wide quickly to their left and Marshall was put in space out wide and he dived over in the corner. Sam Tomkins added the conversion from the touchline to give the home side a 6-4 lead.

Wigan increased their lead on the next set when England skipper Sean O’Loughlin opted to shift the ball to the left again on the last tackle and Marshall found himself in space again to score.

Tomkins added the conversion and two subsequent penalties to keep the scoreboard ticking over and make it 16-4 after 26 minutes.

The Rhinos began to see more of the ball after that but they were dealt a cruel blow with less than 10 minutes to go until half time when Walker knocked on near his own line under no real pressure and the Warriors crossed for a third try soon after. Josh Woods cut back in field and raced through a gap to stretch out and get the ball down and the try was confirmed by the video referee. Tomkins was on target again to make it 22-4 at the break.

The visitors were denied a try by video referee Robert Hicks when Luke Briscoe jumped to challenge for Myler’s high kick before picking up the loose ball and forcing his way over. However, it was referred to the video official as a ‘No try’ from Ben Thaler and his colleague agreed with him and Briscoe was penalised for the challenge in the air instead.

It was Wigan who crossed for the next score when Liam Farrell caught the Rhinos flat footed on defence before bursting through and managing to just get to the corner before Ashton Golding could get to him. Tomkins was on target again to make it 28-4 after 51 minutes.

The Rhinos had a purple patch on the hour mark when they managed to build some pressure on the Wigan line. Luke Briscoe forced a repeat set as he chased up Myler’s kick and then Ryan Hall was denied a certain try when the ball was hacked clear just as he was about to dive on it. But the chance came to nothing when Myler’s pass in the next set was adjudged forward and Wigan got a relieving scrum.

Leeds were made to rue that missed chance soon after when Thomas Leuluai went over from short range for the hosts after Golding had produced a try saving tackle on Naverrete in the previous tackle. Tomkins missed his first kick of the night with the conversion attempt but his side now led 32-4 with 14 minutes to go.

The Rhinos did get a reward for their efforts with a second try with nine minutes to go when Moon’s high kick was batted down by Tom Briscoe back into the half back’s hands and he squeezed through the tightest of gaps to touch down in the corner. Sutcliffe’s conversion attempt was pulled wide so it remained 32-8 to the home side.

Wigan were then reduced to 12 men when Naverrete was sin binned for a dangerous contact on Jack Ormondroyd in the tackle. The Rhinos though could not take advantage as the ball was spilled from the subsequent penalty and in the next set, Leeds were penalised and Tomkins increased the lead with his third penalty of the night.

A disappointing night for the Rhinos was topped off in the final minutes when they tried to keep the ball alive only for Ormondroyd to see his offload fall straight into the path of Tony Clubb. The Wigan forward galloped up field before passing to Davies to score. Tomkins added the conversion with three minutes to go to make it 40-8.

Wigan crossed with the final play of the game when Myler had his pass intercepted by Tomkins, Leeds raced back to try and prevent the score with Parcell and Golding trying their best before Marshall popped up to take the pass at speed and go over to complete his hat trick on the hooter. Tomkins added the conversion to make the final score 46-8.