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24th August 2001: Leeds 18 Wigan 38

Leeds Rhinos v Wigan Warriors - Tetley's Super League VI Round 25
Friday 24th August 2001. Kick Off 8:00pm at Headingley

Match Report

Andy Farrell has broken the Super League point-scoring record for a season as Wigan moved back into a share of top spot with Bradford.

The Great Britain captain scored a try and seven goals to beat Sean Long's record of 352 and leave Leeds Rhinos sweating on a play-off place.

And to add insult to injury the hosts had to watch one of the former players run the Wigan show.

Terry Newton laid on the final passes for Wigan's first three tries and then crossed twice himself as his team held on despite the second-half sin-binning of Gary Connolly.

The Rhinos took an 18th minute lead with a try from Kevin Sinfield who stood in at stand-off for the injured Karl Pratt.

But either side of the break that early lead became nothing but a distant memory for the home crowd as the Warriors put 24 points on the board.

Connolly scored Wigan's first try despite claims of a knock-on that left the Headingley crowd bemoaning the video referee's verdict which he made after only looking at the replay once.

Wigan's other Ashes centre contender Paul Johnson crashed over in similar fashion from a short Newton pass before Adrian Lam benefitted from the hooker's all-action style to score.

A minute into the second Newton finally crossed himself after good work from Kris Radlinski.

The Rhinos finally imposed themselves on the game but only after Connolly had been sent to the sidelines for holding down Darren Fleary after making a try-saving tackle.

Mark Calderwood and Robbie Mears both crossed to cut the deficit to six points but that was as close as they got.

Newton forced his way over from dummy half for his second try before Farrell crossed for a sixth Wigan score to consign Leeds to their third defeat of the season at the hands of the Warriors and one that may prove damaging to their play-off hopes.

The best team won but I've never been as angry as I am at the moment - It's very tough refereeing, but it's a little bit easier with the screen because you can take your time

Team Sheets

- Leeds Position Wigan -
5 Francis Cummins Full Back Kris Radlinski 1
15 Chev Walker Winger Brett Dallas 2
3 Tonie Carroll Centre Gary Connolly 4
4 Keith Senior Centre Paul Johnson 15
16 Mark Calderwood Winger David Hodgson 23
13 Kevin Sinfield Stand Off Chris Chester 19
7 Ryan Sheridan Scrum Half Adrian Lam 7
8 Darren Fleary Prop Terry O'Connor 8
9 Robbie Mears Hooker Terry Newton 9
10 Barrie McDermott Prop Harvey Howard 20
31 Gary Mercer 2nd Row Mick Cassidy 11
17 Anthony Farrell 2nd Row Dave Furner 14
22 David Wrench L.Forward Andy Farrell 13
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18 Danny Ward Substitute Brian Carney 5
20 Jamie Mathiou Substitute Neil Cowie 10
27 Jason Netherton Substitute Denis Betts 12
29 Rob Burrow Substitute Martin Aspinwall 24

Score Sheet

Leeds Rhinos 18 --- Wigan Warriors 38
Tries:
Kevin Sinfield
Mark Calderwood
Robbie Mears
--- Tries:
Gary Connolly
Paul Johnson
Adrian Lam
Terry Newton 2
Andy Farrell
Goals:
Francis Cummins 1
Rob Burrow 2
--- Goals:
Andy Farrell 6

Scoring Pattern

17mins:55 Leeds 04 Wigan 00 Try: Kevin Sinfield
- Leeds 06 Wigan 00 Conversion: Francis Cummins
26mins:56 Leeds 06 Wigan 04 Try: Gary Connolly
- Leeds 06 Wigan 06 Conversion: Andy Farrell
30mins:17 Leeds 06 Wigan 10 Try: Paul Johnson
- Leeds 06 Wigan 12 Conversion: Andy Farrell
35mins:45 Leeds 06 Wigan 16 Try: Adrian Lam
- Leeds 06 Wigan 18 Conversion: Andy Farrell
Half Time Leeds Rhinos 06 Wigan Warriors 18
41mins:06 Leeds 06 Wigan 22 Try: Terry Newton
- Leeds 06 Wigan 24 Conversion: Andy Farrell
47mins:38 Leeds 10 Wigan 24 Try: Mark Calderwood
- Leeds 12 Wigan 24 Conversion: Rob Burrow
52mins:32 Leeds 16 Wigan 24 Try: Robbie Mears
- Leeds 18 Wigan 24 Conversion: Rob Burrow
60mins:37 Leeds 18 Wigan 28 Try: Terry Newton (2)
- Leeds 18 Wigan 30 Conversion: Andy Farrell
63mins:03 Leeds 18 Wigan 34 Try: Andy Farrell
- Leeds 18 Wigan 36 Conversion: Andy Farrell
Full Time Leeds Rhinos 18 Wigan Warriors 38

Other Information

Attendance: 11,585
Andy Farrell's 1st Goal was his 1000th for Wigan.

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