Super League title favourites
Wigan bounced back from their Challenge Cup defeat to compound Leeds'
miserable start to their league campaign.
Leeds, victorious on their
last two league visits to the old Central Park ground, discovered their
first visit to the JJB Stadium to be an altogether different prospect and
now find themselves with a record of played two, lost two after the
opening rounds of Super League V.
At least the Challenge Cup holders have their trophy defence to look
forward to, although they face an agonising wait to see if Great Britain
forward Adrian Morley will be available for next Sunday's semi-final
The fiery second-rower was placed on report for a high-looking tackle
on Wigan substitute Lee Gilmour whilst feigning an headbutt towards Tony Mestrov and he could be ordered to face
disciplinary chiefs on Tuesday.
Morley, who also appeared to head-butt Wigan prop Neil Cowie in the first
half, further incensed home supporters in the 11,200 crowd when he seemed
to use his forearm on Simon Haughton and escaped with a lecture from
referee Steve Presley.
The match official was the busiest man on the field and four players
were sin-binned as tempers flared at regular intervals in a
Both Leeds props, Barrie McDermott and Darren Fleary, spent time in the
'cooler' and Wigan forwards Andy Farrell and Neil Cowie were also
sin-binned in separate incidents.
It was while the Rhinos were down to 11 men that Wigan scored their
third try, scrum-half Willie Peters getting a long ball out for Denis
Betts to take advantage of an overlap caused when former Leeds hooker
Terry Newton made the ball available after being tackled short of the
That try made it 18-6 and effectively sealed the match, which was a
personal triumph for Farrell in his stand-off duel with Leeds captain
Farrell, switched from his regular loose-forward spot to fill the
vacancy caused by the suspension of stand-off Tony Smith, struck the first
blow after only two minutes when he wrong-footed the Leeds defence for the
Wigan, in an explosive beginning, extended their lead just three
minutes later when winger Brett Dallas pounced for a try after makeshift
full-back Francis Cummins failed to take a high kick from Peters.
Harris, who was moved from full-back to counter the threat of Farrell,
showed that whatever his Great Britain skipper could do he could at least
match by gliding through for a copybook try on 10 minutes to bring Leeds
back in the game.
Farrell kicked his third goal and, when he was sin-binned for holding
down in the tackle, Peters added a penalty just before the break after
Morley had been pulled up for a nasty-looking challenge on Gilmour.
There were no scores in the second half but the grudge match continued,
with players apparently keen to win their personal battles.
The only scoring chance came when a jinking run from Jason Robinson set
up the position for Steve Renouf to reach the line but the try was
disallowed for a double movement.