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2003 Match Preview: Leeds (A)
Leeds v Wigan Preview. Posted on Monday, May 05 2003 @ 15:24:54 BST by Bilko
Not had much time to write a full preview due to work so forgive me for this short and sweet preview.

 
Leeds Rhinos v Wigan Warriors Tetley's Super League VIII Round 7
Tuesday 6th May. Kick Off 8:00pm at Headingley.
Match previously postponed on Monday 21st April due to Leeds reaching the Challenge Cup Final.
Match Introduction
Wigan travel to Headingley on Tuesday Night looking to become the first side to take Super League points off Leeds this season.

Leeds of course signed former Warriors Gary Connolly and David Furner after they were both released by Wigan at the end of last year and it seems they have been the difference between the Rhinos being their usual inconsistent selves and being top of the table.

Three Super League matches highlight this. The Rhinos narrowly beat a very poor Halifax side 20-14, only just beat Cas 15-14 and just last Friday got a very lucky 13-12 win over Wakefield.

Now in the past the Rhinos would have probably lost those matches but this year Furner and Connolly amongst others have given them an extra spring in their step.

Connolly especially is proving his worth with some outstanding displays at full back.

The Headingley outfit have also but in some impressive displays most notably their 24-16 win over St Helens at Knowsley Road and also nicking the semi final against the same opposition in extra time.

They have a new attitude at Leeds and they will be difficult to beat but over the years we have a good record at Headingley.

We've won six out of nine visits there since Super League began in 1996. Overall in Super League we have a 13-7 record against Leeds.

Wigan need to take heart from two impressive defensive displays against Saints and Bradford. But will they be able to keep it up away from the JJB? Only time will tell I suppose.

Losing Craig Smith is a big blow but we have a good chance of beating Leeds providing we play to our full potential.

Opposition One to Watch

Mark Calderwood

Calderwood is continuing were he left off last year as one of Super League's top try scorers.

He's a potent threat that we'll have to keep quiet.

SQUAD NUMBER: 4
Team News
Wigan Leeds
Craig Smith is the latest name to join our huge casualty list and is out. Terry Newton will still be out after missing the Bradford game. Coach Stuart Raper is yet to finalise his line up. Mark Roberts and Dave Allen are both on standby for action. Rob Burrow, who played less than five minutes of the Powergen Challenge Cup final, returns for the Rhinos. Willie Poching dropping to the bench to make way for the return of Chev Walker. Barrie McDermott will make his 200th appearance for Leeds in this game.
Match Referee
Steve Ganson (St Helens)
Pre Match Quotes
Wigan Leeds
"We know that we got done on the bell by Bradford. But we've put that game behind us and go to Headingley tonight with both our enthusiasm and our team spirit intact." Coach Stuart Raper
"In our last two league games we've won by a point and we need to be doing a bit better than that. We are really testing the fans nerves, Daryl's and our own. We need to be a bit smarter in certain parts of the field, but we'll get there". Kevin Sinfield on superleague.co.uk.

 

Current League Positions

Pos

Team P W D L F A Pts Form
1 Leeds Rhinos 7 7 0 0 178 118 14 W7
7 Wigan Warriors 7 3 0 4 143 160 6 L1
Opposition Form (Last 6)
Date Opposition Competition Result Score Match Report
02/05/03 Wakefield (H) SL8 Round 8 Won 13-12 Click Here
26/04/03 Bradford (Cardiff) C.Cup Final Lost 20-22 Click Here
17/04/03 Castleford (A) SL8 Round 6 Won 15-14 Click Here
12/04/03 St Helens (Hudds) C.Cup S.Final Won 33-26 (AET) Click Here
05/04/03 St Helens (A) SL8 Round 5 Won 24-16 Click Here
28/05/03 Halifax (A) SL8 Round 4 Won 20-14 Click Here

Wigan Form (Last 6 all comps most recent game first): LWLLLW

Super League 8 Stats
Top Try Scorers
Wigan:
David Hodgson 4
Leeds: Mark Calderwood 7

Top Goal Kickers
Wigan:
Danny Tickle 12
Leeds: Kevin Sinfield 17

Top Goal Kickers
Wigan:
Danny Tickle 32
Leeds: Kevin Sinfield 34
Previous Super League Meetings at Headingley
Date Result Match Report

Att

Sat 1st June 1996 Leeds 20 Wigan 40 No Report

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Fri 4th Apr 1997 Leeds 16 Wigan 17 Click Here 11317
Fri 15th May 1998 Leeds 16 Wigan 8 Click Here 18000
Fri 19th Mar 1999 Leeds 12 Wigan 26 Click Here 15160
Fri 28th Aug 1999 Leeds 28 Wigan 22 Click Here 15835
Fri 26th May 2000 Leeds 26 Wigan 19 Click Here 11881
Fri 8th June 2001 Leeds 18 Wigan 36 Click Here 14435
Fri 24th Aug 2001 Leeds 18 Wigan 38 Click Here 11585
Sat 10th Aug 2002 Leeds 24 Wigan 36 Click Here 10049

S.League Record at Headingley: Wigan 6 Leeds 3
Overall Super League Record: Wigan 13 Leeds 7 (Includes play offs & Grand Final)

Matchday Weather

From bbci.

Light Showers Sunny Intervals.
Wind: 11mph from the West.
Temps: Max: 14°C Low: 8°C

Ticket & Ground Details
Ground Ticket* - Adults: £12 Concession: £6
Paddock Seating - Adults: £15 Concession: £9
Main Stand Seating - Adults: £18 Concession: £12
*This covers entry into the terracing area of the stadium which is for the uncovered East & West Terrace plus the covered South Stand.
Click Here for Headingley Ground Guide
Media Coverage
TV: The Match is Live on Sky Sports 1 from 8pm with commentators Eddie Hemmings and Mike Stephenson.
Radio: 95.1 BBC GMR will have full match commentary of the game during Tuesday Night Sport from 7pm. At the ground 92.4 BBC Radio Leeds will carry full match commentary.
Internet: No Online coverage.
Opposition Views
Other Links
Rhinos Official Site
Rhinos Forum
Prediction
Leeds 24 Wigan 32
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