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Match Report: Leeds 8 Wigan 50
Posted by cherryandwhite on June 02 2012 - 15:53

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Leeds Rhinos v Wigan Warriors - Stobart Super League XVII Round 16.
Friday 1st June 2012. Kick Off 8:00pm at Headingley Carnegie Stadium.

Match Report

My pre match gut feeling was that goal kicking would catch up with us in this one at Headingley but what the hell do I know. No one could have predicted this. I mean Pat Richards, Paul Prescott, Lee Mossop, Harrison Hansen, Gareth Hock, Stuart Fielden, Chris Tuson and Ben Flower were all absent but it just wasn't noticeable as Wigan shrugged off those absences and just ran riot over the apparent Super League and World Champion Leeds Rhinos.

Much as the interchange bench, that included Dom Crosby, Logan Tomkins and debutant Rhodri Lloyd, was inexperienced, the truth was Wigan had control of this contest before they made the field. They got off to a blistering start with a 12-0 lead inside 7 minutes.

First try proved to be very fortunate. Jeff Lima barrelled over from close range but replays showed he clearly knocked on. Yet not a murmur of protest from Leeds probably summed up their whole performance in this game. Presumably the lack of protest was why James Child awarded the try. To be fair to him the knock on wasn't spotted until a couple of replays had been shown by Sky. Charnley converted anyway for 6-0.

Second try was all off the back of yet more class from Sam Tomkins. Good arching run through Danny McGuire's straw clutching tackle down the right and he passed inside to send the supporting Liam Farrell over near the posts. Charnley converted again for 12-0.

Wigan could of had a third try in the 11th Minute but Charnley lost the football trying to complete a difficult touch down in the corner. Wigan, harshly I felt, got a penalty after it was decided that Brent Webb had dangerously dislodged the ball with his knee.

Leeds set competition was at a miserable 25% after a dozen minutes but a poor penalty conceded by Sam Tomkins for lashing out in possession allowed Leeds to get up field. A second penalty conceded on the last tackle for a harsh high shot by O'Loughlin on McGuire allowed him moments later to send Ryan Hall over in the left corner. Sinfield missed his kick though - 12-4 lead to Wigan.

On 20 minutes Leeds threw on substitutes Rob Burrow, Weller Hauraki and Ryan Bailey together at this point, for Shaun Lunt, Chris Clarkson and Kylie Leuluai, but to be truthful they made very little impact. Wigan in comparison bided their time with their interchanges. Only change we made in response at this time was to bring on Eric Lauaki at prop for "Henderson" Gil Dudson.

You really would have expected that the interchanges would have started to see Leeds take control but it just didn't happen. Wigan looked increasingly likely to go further ahead and Jack Hughes was unlucky to be deemed a bugs dick short of the line when trying to reach out to score.

In fact Leeds soon made their fourth interchange, with Richard Moore being introduced in place of Jamie Peacock, but again no impact what so ever. In fact Wigan soon full control of the game with two quick tries in two minutes.

Wigan were piling on the pressure with a drop out and two penalties in Leeds half before the dam finally broke. Simple try when it came with O'Loughlin hitting the gap and running perfectly onto Finch's short precision pass. Charnley converted again for 18-0.

Straight from the restart came our fourth try and it was Sam again showing his majestic fleet of foot. Aiming left his run saw him glide through the defence from 60 metres out and he found the supporting Carmont out wide to score in the corner. Charnley missed this kick but at 22-4, the Leeds faithful had fallen silent.

It was only at this point that Wigan made their second interchange as Dom Crosby entered for his second Wigan career appearance in place of "the beast" Jeff Lima.

Wigan then went on to show their superb clinical prowess in the minutes up to half time. Leeds had a good prolonged spell on our line in the minutes up to the break but we soaked it all up then for the second weekend in a row went up the other end and scored right on the hooter. After another drop out was forced, Leuluai crashed over with 10 seconds remaining for our fifth try of the half. Charnley missed the conversion but Wigan still had an amazing 26-4 half time lead that left our faithful fans in dreamland!

Into the second half and this game always felt in the bag, especially after Wigan claimed the first try of the half on 48 minutes. Classy try again with Sam Tomkins first of all making a half break down the right. Although Leeds semi-recovered from that, we soon broke again. Fuzzy Goulding this year has earned the praise feature Sky's Boots 'n' All programme did on him last week and it was his 11th assist of the season that got Charnley in the right corner. Well it should of been in the right corner but extremely lazy Leeds defence allowed him to run it right under the posts. Clever play from wire wool head because it made his conversion for 32-4 easy.

The lazy defence summed up Leeds belief whilst Wigan had a unexpected perfect situation to give 18 year old Welsh Men Rhodri Lloyd his debut in place of Jack Hughes in the back row. He came on at this point and did well.

The game went a bit scrappy though for a period with Wigan just having total command. A few handling errors had been exchanged before we managed to get down field, off the back of a penalty, to claim our seventh try. Anthony Gelling claimed it in the right corner after Carmont sent him in. Nice in joke there with Sam Tomkins suggesting that they should video referee that simple effort after Gelling's record for "no tries" in his career so far. Charnley's conversion missed but 38-4 was now the score with 20 minutes to go. At this point Wigan benched Sean O'Loughlin and introduced Logan Tomkins for the final quarter. He went in at hooker with McIlorum tucking in at Loose Forward.

Rhinos claimed a consolation four minutes later after Gelling knocked on in his own half. ROFL at Waney shown on Sky showing his disgust at that despite the 38-4 lead but Leeds punished with Hall claiming his second try out wide on the left again. Sinfield though failed to convert and with them not scoring again in this contest it meant he left the Headingley field having failed to score in a match he played for the first time in a home game since they lost 21-4 to Harlequins in April 2009.

Wigan went on to claim two further tries in the last ten minutes to become only the third side in history to put 50 points on Leeds at Headingley. Sam again was class. he boosted out of dummy half on half way, mugged the two Ryan's, Bailey and Hall, then sent the supporting Leuluai over in the right corner for his second. Charnley nailing an excellent touchline conversion made it 44-8.

The half century came with five minutes to go in comical fashion with Finch plucking out a poor kick effort from Shaun Lunt to race over from 20 metres. Lovely cherry on top of our big fat cake! Charnley converted to complete the scoring at 50-8.

So a fantastic performance. Arguably the most dominating I've ever seen us produce. Leeds were poor but a lot of that was just the pure dominance of the under strength Wigan pack. The pace out wide supplements it and it's going to be damn hard effort from someone to stop us taking out the league leaders shield now. We go three points clear after this with Warrington going to Hull KR then facing Leeds at home before we kick off in France next Saturday. Can they go ahead of us before we kick off in France? That'll be interesting to see.

Reaction to the Action

Shaun Wane: "If I'm perfectly honest, I didn't expect us to score that many points. I would have been happy with a win. I think under the circumstances, it's the best we've played this year. We had people out with injury and suspension and people playing with injuries but with the players showing character to come to a place like this, it was a great effort. All my senior players stood up - they were great for me today - but I need to give special mention to the people who stepped up, Dom Crosby and Rhodri Lloyd. We were on fire today. I don't want to sound arrogant or big-headed but we've not got that consistent killer instinct yet, although it will come. The players know I am hard to satisfy and they buy into that."

Leeds coach Brian McDermott: "Wigan were on fire. They gained some momentum early in the game and built on it. Tonight wasn't good enough. We're not where we need to be and we haven't been for a while. When the bigger teams have asked the questions, we haven't come up answers and it's a concern."

Team Sheets

- Leeds Position Wigan 1
1 Brent Webb Full Back Sam Tomkins 1
14 Lee Smith Winger Josh Charnley 2
12 Carl Ablett Centre Darrell Goulding 3
4 Zak Hardaker Centre George Carmont 4
5 Ryan Hall Winger Anthony Gelling 24
13 Kevin Sinfield Stand Off Brett Finch 6
6 Danny McGuire Scrum Half Thomas Leuluai 7
8 Kylie Leuluai Prop Gil Dudson 22
31 Shaun Lunt Hooker Mike McIlorum 9
10 Jamie Peacock Prop Jeff Lima 14
11 Jamie Jones-Buchanan 2nd Row Liam Farrell 16
15 Brett Delaney 2nd Row Jack Hughes 26
18 Chris Clarkson L.Forward Sean O'Loughlin 13
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7 Rob Burrow Substitute Epalahame Lauaki 21
10 Ryan Bailey Substitute Logan Tomkins 28
19 Weller Hauraki Substitute Dom Crosby 33
21 Richard Moore Substitute Rhodri Lloyd 36
- Brian McDermott Coach Shaun Wane -

Score Sheet

Leeds Rhinos 8 --- Wigan Warriors 50
Tries (2):
Ryan Hall 2
--- Tries (9):
Jeff Lima
Liam Farrell
Sean O'Loughlin
George Carmont
Thomas Leuluai 2
Josh Charnley
Anthony Gelling
Brett Finch
Goals:
Kevin Sinfield 0/2
--- Goals:
Josh Charnley 7/9

Scoring and Incident Pattern

02mins:17 Leeds 00 Wigan 04 Try: Jeff Lima
- Leeds 00 Wigan 06 Conversion: Josh Charnley (1/1)
06mins:46 Leeds 00 Wigan 10 Try: Liam Farrell
- Leeds 00 Wigan 12

Conversion: Josh Charnley (2/2)

13mins:49 Leeds 04 Wigan 12 Try: Ryan Hall
- Leeds 04 Wigan 12 K.Sinfield Missed Conversion (0/1)
27mins:11 Leeds 04 Wigan 16 Try: Sean O'Loughlin
- Leeds 04 Wigan 18 Conversion: Josh Charnley (3/3)
29mins:43 Leeds 04 Wigan 22 Try: George Carmont
- Leeds 04 Wigan 22 J.Charnley Missed Conversion (3/4)
39mins:45 Leeds 04 Wigan 26 Try: Thomas Leuluai
- Leeds 04 Wigan 26 J.Charnley Missed Conversion (3/5)
Half Time Leeds Rhinos 04 Wigan Warriors 26
47mins:10 Leeds 04 Wigan 30 Try: Josh Charnley
- Leeds 04 Wigan 32 Conversion: Josh Charnley (4/6)
59mins:48 Leeds 04 Wigan 36 Try: Anthony Gelling
- Leeds 04 Wigan 38 Conversion: Josh Charnley (5/7)
64mins:11 Leeds 08 Wigan 38 Try: Ryan Hall (2)
- Leeds 08 Wigan 38 K.Sinfield Missed Conversion (0/2)
71mins:21 Leeds 08 Wigan 42 Try: Thomas Leuluai (2)
- Leeds 08 Wigan 44 Conversion: Josh Charnley (6/8)
75mins:36 Leeds 08 Wigan 48 Try: Brett Finch
- Leeds 08 Wigan 50 Conversion: Josh Charnley (7/9)
Full Time Leeds Rhinos 04 Wigan Warriors 50

Video Highlights

Top 5 Wigan Players as voted on our Message Board

Man of the Match: Sam Tomkins
2nd: Mike McIlorum 3rd: Brett Finch 4th: Gil Dudson 5th: Jeff Lima

Referee

James Child

Penalties Conceded

Leeds 15 Wigan 7

Match Attendance

16,113

Television

Weather

Dry.

League Table after Super League 17 Round 16

- Team P W D L F A Diff Pts
1 Wigan Warriors 16 13 0 3 590 253 +337 26
2 Warrington Wolves 16 11 1 4 527 297 +230 23
3 Catalan Dragons 15 11 0 4 505 342 +163 22
4 Huddersfield Giants 16 10 0 6 439 299 +140 20
5 Hull FC 15 9 2 4 372 300 +72 20
6 St Helens 16 8 2 6 441 307 +134 18
7 Hull Kingston Rovers 16 8 1 7 441 296 +45 17
8 Bradford Bulls 16 8 1 7 351 374 -23 17
9 Leeds Rhinos 15 8 0 7 393 345 +48 16
10 Salford City Reds 16 6 1 9 372 456 -84 13
11 Wakefield Wildcats 15 5 0 10 274 412 -138 10
12 Castleford Tigers 16 4 0 12 314 544 -230 8
13 Widnes Vikings 16 3 0 13 237 730 -493 6
14 London Broncos 16 2 0 14 316 517 -201 4

Round 16 Results
Fri 1 June Leeds Rhinos 8 Wigan Warriors 50 16,113
Fri 1 June Salford City Reds 34 Catalan Dragons 30 5,841
Sun 3 June Hull FC 18 St Helens 18 11,727
Sun 3 June Hull Kingston Rovers 23 Warrington Wolves 22 7,661
Sun 3 June Widnes Vikings 26 Huddersfield Giants 22 4,644
Sun 3 June Wakefield Wildcats 24 London Broncos 6 5,876
Mon 4 June Bradford Bulls 46 Castleford Tigers 22 10,906

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