• Wigan Warriors Women
  • 06 - 28

  • Leeds Rhinos Women
  • Wigan Warriors Women
  • HT 06 - 16
  • Leeds Rhinos Women
11th July 2021 | KO 15:30 | Victoria Park | Women's Super League

Wigan Warriors Women 6 Leeds Rhinos Women 28

Leeds Rhinos Women continued their unbeaten start to the 2021 Betfred Women’s Super League season by claiming a 28-6 result over Wigan Warriors Women at Victoria Park.

Both sides had made the perfect starts to the new season with five wins from five and were joint top of the league with ten points. England stars Caitlin Beevers, Fran Goldthorp, Georgia Wilson and Vicky Molyneux went head to head while the Rhinos welcomed back Chloe Kerrigan and Danika Priim to the matchday seventeen.

The visitors made a bright start, almost scoring inside of three minutes. Having pinned the Warriors back in their own 20 in the first set, following a poor kick by Rachel Thompson, Leeds went back on the attack and almost scored through Fran Goldthorp, but the referee judged that Tara Moxon had knocked on Courtney Winfield-Hill’s high kick.

After Leeds had threatened the Wigan try line again, only for captain Winfield-Hill to drop the ball, Wigan had their first attempt at scoring. A short break by Rebecca Greenfield from a Winfield-Hill kick was followed up by Emily Baggaley cutting through the Leeds defence, but a great last ditch tackle from Beevers cut the centre down short of the line. Jade Gregory-Haselden was then held up in goal and on the fifth takcle, Amy Boardman couldn’t get the ball away before Kerrigan and Hanna Butcher wrapped her up.

Lois Forsell’s side would finally make the breakthrough on the ten minute mark. With a penalty against Burrows aiding Leeds downfield, a strong drive and offload from Zoe Hornby to Caitlin Beever set the full back away to edge Leeds closer. With Butcher going across the face of Wigan’s defence, the half back passed the ball on to Goldthorp, who in turn found Moxon. As the winger managed to shrug off the tackle of Temple to gain a few more metres, on the next play Goldthorp went direct at the line, beat the first tackle of Carys Marsh and evaded full back Greenfield to score the opening try. Winfield-Hill converted to give Leeds a six point lead.

The Rhinos continued to pile the pressure on Wigan and completed three consecutive sets to starve the home side of the ball. Kris Ratcliffe’s side had looked to open Leeds’ edge up but a forward pass from Greenfield to Temple halted the play. The Rhinos replied with their own attack; Beevers and Kerrigan making dangerous advances down the pitch before Winfield-Hill’s high kick was knocked forward by Temple, who was under pressure from Goldthorp. A knock on five tackles later forced the Warriors to defend a third consecutive set and sensing an opportunity, Winfield-Hill and Butcher combined to catch Wigan’s defence short on numbers and Goldthorp timed her pass well to put Moxon over in the corner.

Greenfield came close for Wigan, taking an inside ball from Thompson before bouncing out out of the tackles of Beevers and McCallion to get the ball down but the referee disallowed the attempt as it was a double movement. It was a sign of what was to come though for the Warriors as another break by the full back set Wigan up in a dangerous position. Clever work from Burrows gave the impression she was going out to the edge but instead she threw a short pass to Vicky Molyneux who broke through the tackle of Frain and sidestepped Beevers to score under the posts. Amy Boardman converted to make the score 10-6.

There was one final twist before half time and it was in favour of the Rhinos. Wigan had looked set to score again off the back of a penalty against Tasha Gaines but Leeds defended the set and Beevers picked up the Burrows’ kick through the line. An offload from Danika Priim then looked to have put Leeds away but Butcher’s pass to Goldthorp was knocked down by Temple, gifting Leeds a new set of six. Following a break by Hayward, courtesy of a great pass from Winfield-Hill, the Rhinos spread the ball across the field to Butcher, who’s pass found Goldthorp was perfect to put the centre over for her second of the afternoon. Winfield-Hill converted to make the score 16-6 at the break.

 

Although the second half was low on tries, the action was high quality as the two sides fought for every metre. Up the first ten minutes of the new half, neither side was letting the other come close to scoring off the back of good defence and a couple of handling errors.

On the hour mark, a good set from Wigan looked to have trapped Beevers in goal but the full back did well to get out in time. Leeds continued to push forward with Goldthorp, who made a great break passed Emily Baggaley and then got the ball away for Hayward. Despite juggling the ball, the centre did well to reclaim and race away to score her second try in two matches. Winfield-Hill converted give Leeds breathing space.

Wigan kept pushing for points, benefitting off the back of errors from the Rhinos, but they couldn’t find the final touches. Their best chance of the half saw Thompson, Burrows and Greenfield try open up Leeds’ left edge before Greenfield was brought down. Emily Baggaley tried to go down the short side but was unsuccessful but on the next play, try-scorer Molyneux attempted to offload to Marsh but Leeds batted the ball down, forcing a repeat set. Moving across the field, Leeds did well to keep their opponents out before Aimee Wood threw a speculative pass right into the arms of Moxon, who ran the length of the field to finish the game.

Although the scoreline didn’t change over the remaining 16 minutes, both sides still pushed for points. After taking Anna-Mary Davies over the sidelines, Hayward opened up space for Robinson to break free but as the winger passed inside for her centre partner, the referee pulled the play up for a forward pass. As the clock winded down, Leeds held on to secure their sixth consecutive league win of the season; the final score 28-6.

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Leeds Rhinos Women continued their unbeaten start to the 2021 Betfred Women’s Super League season by claiming a 28-6 result over Wigan Warriors Women at Victoria Park.

Both sides had made the perfect starts to the new season with five wins from five and were joint top of the league with ten points. England stars Caitlin Beevers, Fran Goldthorp, Georgia Wilson and Vicky Molyneux went head to head while the Rhinos welcomed back Chloe Kerrigan and Danika Priim to the matchday seventeen.

The visitors made a bright start, almost scoring inside of three minutes. Having pinned the Warriors back in their own 20 in the first set, following a poor kick by Rachel Thompson, Leeds went back on the attack and almost scored through Fran Goldthorp, but the referee judged that Tara Moxon had knocked on Courtney Winfield-Hill’s high kick.

After Leeds had threatened the Wigan try line again, only for captain Winfield-Hill to drop the ball, Wigan had their first attempt at scoring. A short break by Rebecca Greenfield from a Winfield-Hill kick was followed up by Emily Baggaley cutting through the Leeds defence, but a great last ditch tackle from Beevers cut the centre down short of the line. Jade Gregory-Haselden was then held up in goal and on the fifth takcle, Amy Boardman couldn’t get the ball away before Kerrigan and Hanna Butcher wrapped her up.

Lois Forsell’s side would finally make the breakthrough on the ten minute mark. With a penalty against Burrows aiding Leeds downfield, a strong drive and offload from Zoe Hornby to Caitlin Beever set the full back away to edge Leeds closer. With Butcher going across the face of Wigan’s defence, the half back passed the ball on to Goldthorp, who in turn found Moxon. As the winger managed to shrug off the tackle of Temple to gain a few more metres, on the next play Goldthorp went direct at the line, beat the first tackle of Carys Marsh and evaded full back Greenfield to score the opening try. Winfield-Hill converted to give Leeds a six point lead.

The Rhinos continued to pile the pressure on Wigan and completed three consecutive sets to starve the home side of the ball. Kris Ratcliffe’s side had looked to open Leeds’ edge up but a forward pass from Greenfield to Temple halted the play. The Rhinos replied with their own attack; Beevers and Kerrigan making dangerous advances down the pitch before Winfield-Hill’s high kick was knocked forward by Temple, who was under pressure from Goldthorp. A knock on five tackles later forced the Warriors to defend a third consecutive set and sensing an opportunity, Winfield-Hill and Butcher combined to catch Wigan’s defence short on numbers and Goldthorp timed her pass well to put Moxon over in the corner.

Greenfield came close for Wigan, taking an inside ball from Thompson before bouncing out out of the tackles of Beevers and McCallion to get the ball down but the referee disallowed the attempt as it was a double movement. It was a sign of what was to come though for the Warriors as another break by the full back set Wigan up in a dangerous position. Clever work from Burrows gave the impression she was going out to the edge but instead she threw a short pass to Vicky Molyneux who broke through the tackle of Frain and sidestepped Beevers to score under the posts. Amy Boardman converted to make the score 10-6.

There was one final twist before half time and it was in favour of the Rhinos. Wigan had looked set to score again off the back of a penalty against Tasha Gaines but Leeds defended the set and Beevers picked up the Burrows’ kick through the line. An offload from Danika Priim then looked to have put Leeds away but Butcher’s pass to Goldthorp was knocked down by Temple, gifting Leeds a new set of six. Following a break by Hayward, courtesy of a great pass from Winfield-Hill, the Rhinos spread the ball across the field to Butcher, who’s pass found Goldthorp was perfect to put the centre over for her second of the afternoon. Winfield-Hill converted to make the score 16-6 at the break.

 

Although the second half was low on tries, the action was high quality as the two sides fought for every metre. Up the first ten minutes of the new half, neither side was letting the other come close to scoring off the back of good defence and a couple of handling errors.

On the hour mark, a good set from Wigan looked to have trapped Beevers in goal but the full back did well to get out in time. Leeds continued to push forward with Goldthorp, who made a great break passed Emily Baggaley and then got the ball away for Hayward. Despite juggling the ball, the centre did well to reclaim and race away to score her second try in two matches. Winfield-Hill converted give Leeds breathing space.

Wigan kept pushing for points, benefitting off the back of errors from the Rhinos, but they couldn’t find the final touches. Their best chance of the half saw Thompson, Burrows and Greenfield try open up Leeds’ left edge before Greenfield was brought down. Emily Baggaley tried to go down the short side but was unsuccessful but on the next play, try-scorer Molyneux attempted to offload to Marsh but Leeds batted the ball down, forcing a repeat set. Moving across the field, Leeds did well to keep their opponents out before Aimee Wood threw a speculative pass right into the arms of Moxon, who ran the length of the field to finish the game.

Although the scoreline didn’t change over the remaining 16 minutes, both sides still pushed for points. After taking Anna-Mary Davies over the sidelines, Hayward opened up space for Robinson to break free but as the winger passed inside for her centre partner, the referee pulled the play up for a forward pass. As the clock winded down, Leeds held on to secure their sixth consecutive league win of the season; the final score 28-6.

Team Performance

Goals

1

4

Tries

1

5

Player Performance

PlayerTRGLDGYCRCI+I-
Caitlin Beevers0000000
Tara Moxon2000000
Francesca Goldthorp2000000
Eloise Hayward1000000
Sophie Robinson0000000
Hanna Butcher0000000
Courtney Winfield-Hill0400000
Zoe Hornby0000000
Keara Bennett0000000
Aimee Staveley0000000
Chloe Kerrigan0000000
Elle Frain0000000
Orla McCallion0000000
Interchanges
Tasha Gaines0000000
Amy Johnson0000000
Lucy Murray0000000
Danika Priim0000000
PlayerTRGLDGYCRCI+I-
Rebecca Greenfield0000000
Leah Darbyshire0000000
Emily Baggaley0000000
Vanessa Temple0000000
Anna-May Davies0000000
Rachel Thompson0000000
Alison Burrows0000000
Holly Speakman0000000
Carys Marsh0000000
Jade Gregory-Haselden0000000
Amy Boardman0100000
Vicky Molyneux1000000
Lucy Baggaley0000000
Interchanges
Eleanor Daity0000000
Emma Dwyer0000000
Freya Hellin0000000
Aimee Wood0000000
Stats Key
  • TR: Tries
  • RD: Red Cards
  • GL: Goals
  • I+: Interchange On
  • DG: Drop Goals
  • I-: Interchange Off
  • YC: Yellow Cards