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23rd March 2001: Wigan 42 Leeds 6

Wigan Warriors v Leeds Rhinos - Tetley's Super League VI Round 3
Friday 23rd March 2001. Kick Off 8:00pm at JJB Stadium

Match Report by Andy Ellis (wiganwarriors.rivals.net)

The Rhinos were left stunned as Wigan ran in seven tries in as emphatic a win a top-of-the-table clash has ever seen.
The Rhinos went into tonight's clash at the JJB fielding an extremely youthful side and were made to pay early on by some vintage Warriors play.
In an onslaught of cherry and white, Wigan simply destroyed Leeds in a first-half which saw the hosts rack up twenty unanswered points, and the only surprise was that it wasn't more than 20-0 at the break.

After early Rhinos pressure which saw Francis Cummins bundled into touch, it was all Wigan and after Andy Hay gave away a penalty for interference it was 2-0. The Warriors never looked back as first Farrell scrambled over after another Hay error, knocking on from a Warriors grubber-kick, and then Renouf burst through under the sticks following a knock-on from Chev Walker. Farrell converted to give the Warriors a 12-0 advantage. Leeds simply could not get hold of the ball, and when they did, an error was not long in coming, with youngster Jamie Jones-Buchanan the chief culprit.

After Jamie Mathiou gifted Farrell another 2 points for back-chatting to referee Smith, Jones-Buchanan was penalised for obstruction in a rare Rhinos attack, his fourth infringement of a nightmare first-half for the youngster, on the field for Barry McDermott who was struggling with a virus. Wigan worked the penalty from right to left allowing Radlinski to go over for a neat score, which with Farrell's conversion gave the Warriors a seemingly unassailable 20-0 lead at the break. To make matters worse for Leeds, inspirational centre Tonie Carroll limped out injured after a collision with the advert hoardings and would not reappear, going instead to hospital to have checks on concussion.

It was a much more determined Leeds outfit that emerged for the second period but despite a solid opening, the Rhinos could do nothing to stop Paul Johnson going over for a cracking score on 50 minutes. Lam did the damage with an exquisite chip over the defence, Radlinski was first there and he broke clear before allowing Johnson to take the plaudits in the corner. The Rhinos again fought back though and deservedly got their scoring off the mark when Danny Ward went over for his first for the club. Harris the provider, his kick deflecting up off Terry Newton and into the arms of Ward. The Leeds score served only to sting the Warriors back into action however and Furner then went over before another classy move ended in Renouf grabbing his second in the left corner. Farrell kicked a great goal and Wigan were 38-6 up and flying to the top of the Super League table. There was still time for Paul Johnson to get his name on the scoresheet for a second time, Farrell catching out the Leeds line with a delayed inside pass to Furner, who reversed the ball back to Johnson to put the cherry on the Wigan cake. An emphatic Wigan performance against an admittedly under-strength and under-experience Rhinos side, whose main worries will be the injury to Tonie Carroll ahead of next weekend's Challenge Cup semi-final. Dean Lance is already without super centre Keith Senior for four to six weeks, and the absence of Carroll would be a massive blow.

Team Sheets

- Wigan Position Leeds -
1 Kris Radlinski Full Back Brett Mullins 6
2 Brett Dallas Winger Karl Pratt 2
3 Steve Renouf Centre Tonie Carroll 3
15 Paul Johnson Centre Chev Walker 15
23 David Hodgson Winger Francis Cummins 5
22 Phil Jones Stand Off Kevin Sinfield 13
7 Adrian Lam Scrum Half Iestyn Harris 1
8 Terry O'Connor Prop Darren Fleary 8
9 Terry Newton Hooker Jonathan Liddell 26
10 Neil Cowie Prop Barrie McDermott 10
12 Denis Betts 2nd Row Jamie Mathiou 20
14 Dave Furner 2nd Row Anthony Farrell 17
13 Andy Farrell L.Forward Andy Hay 11
16 Simon Haughton Substitute Mark Calderwood 16
18 Wes Davies Substitute Danny Ward 18
20 Harvey Howard Substitute Jamie Jones-Buchanan 21
21 Mark Smith Substitute Ewan Dowes 24

Score Sheet

Wigan Warriors 42 --- Leeds Rhinos 6
Andy Farrell
Steve Renouf 2
Kris Radlinski
Paul Johnson 2
David Furner
--- Tries:
Danny Ward

Andy Farrell 7
--- Goals:
Iestyn Harris 1

Scoring Pattern

07mins:05 Wigan 02 Leeds 00 Penalty Goal: Andy Farrell
14mins:44 Wigan 06 Leeds 00 Try: Andy Farrell
- Wigan 08 Leeds 00 Conversion: Andy Farrell
18mins:22 Wigan 12 Leeds 00 Try: Steve Renouf
- Wigan 14 Leeds 00 Conversion: Andy Farrell
32mins:59 Wigan 18 Leeds 00 Try: Kris Radlinski
- Wigan 20 Leeds 00 Conversion: Andy Farrell
Half Time Wigan Warriors 20 Leeds Rhinos 00
49mins:37 Wigan 24 Leeds 00 Try: Paul Johnson
- Wigan 26 Leeds 00 Conversion: Andy Farrell
55mins:51 Wigan 26 Leeds 04 Try: Danny Ward
- Wigan 26 Leeds 06 Conversion: Iestyn Harris
60mins:15 Wigan 30 Leeds 06 Try: Dave Furner
- Wigan 32 Leeds 06 Conversion: Andy Farrell
65mins:20 Wigan 36 Leeds 06 Try: Steve Renouf (2)
- Wigan 38 Leeds 06 Conversion: Andy Farrell
71mins:13 Wigan 42 Leeds 06 Try: Paul Johnson (2)
- Wigan 42 Leeds 06 A.Farrell Missed Conversion
Full Time Wigan Warriors 42 Leeds Rhinos 06

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