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Match Report: Leeds 16 Wigan 20
Posted by cherryandwhite on May 28 2013 - 00:30

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Leeds Rhinos v Wigan Warriors - Super League 18 Round 16 (Magic Weekend).
Sunday 26th May 2013
. Kick Off 7:30pm at Etihad Stadium, Manchester City FC.

Match Report

Well I said last week on the radio that we still have points to prove against the big sides and I'm torn whether we proved anything with this performance.

Yes we got the win and that's the important factor. Mainly because it puts us eight points ahead of opponents Leeds and probably ensures, despite their two games in hand, they have no chance of catching us in the league table.

But for me we kind of fell over the line rather than grasp this match by the scruff of the neck. My main conclusion is that defensively we were fine but we still need more in attack up the middle of the park, especially on the last tackle. We produced some good kicks first half but after the break we were pressured out of it.

I guess its what Wigan learn from this match going forward that will count. Another big test isn't far away in terms of Warrington, so let's see what happens then.

Shaun Wane welcomed back Matty Smith for this game in place of George Williams whilst Darrell Goulding's return at right centre meant Jack Hughes failed to make the 17 for the first time this season. Sam Powell continued at Stand Off in Blake Green's absence.

Wigan started the better side, emphasised by two back to back drop outs being forced in the opening seven minutes. This pressure told with a lovely offload by Iain Thornley getting Sam Tomkins over for his 30th try of the season. It took Sam 25 matches (late July) to reach 30 tries last season, this year he's achieved that in just 16 games! Pat converted for 6-0.

Leeds fought back well. On 13 minutes they kicked a penalty goal with Mike McIlorum being penalised for a hit on Kevin Sinfield. "It wasn't late" he was told by referee Richard Silverwood but for me the decision to penalise shows all that is wrong and daft with this shoulder charge ban. Players trying to do an honest bit of graft don't have a clue what's fair and what's not anymore. The game has gone soft! Another step towards not being able to tackle like football at this rate. Now if he'd made contact with the head fair enough, but otherwise it should be fair game!

That penalty goal made it 6-2, then Leeds took the lead with a try from Sinfield. Lovely try this one. Zak Hardaker with the half break and a great spot to find his captain in support. Conversion put them ahead.

Wigan were gifted a route back into the game with a cheap knock on by Ryan Bailey on the restart. Punishment came with Sam sending Richards over in the left corner. A huge overlap for that one and he nailed a touchline conversion for 12-8. Five minutes later a penalty goal was added to make it 14-8.

Leeds though came back again with a quality finish from Kallum Watkins in the right corner. But Sinfield missed the extras - Wigan lead held at 14-12.

Then came another penalty goal for Wigan. They had forced another drop out and Bailey decided to hit Logan Tomkins with a cheap shove in the back. Pathetic. 16-12 Wigan.

The game looked to be heading to half time with a narrow lead for Wigan but right on the hooter, Sinfield tried a glory kick that back fired miserably. It went straight into Darrell Goulding's hands and he sent Charnley over with too much pace for the chasers. Pat missed the extras but the extra four points to give us a two score lead proved crucial in the end.

Into the second half and although Sam Powell had a try disallowed early, we never really had many clinical opportunities to score further points. I still think we fall backwards when Mike McIlorum gets interchanged. I think it's been proved way more than once this year when he's left the field in tight games that our performance level falls away when he's absent. I'd leave him out their for full 80 minutes if it was up to me.

It was Leeds who got the only try of the second half through Joe Vickery, to which the conversion was missed, and in the end the score of 20-16 was held until full time, despite 29 minutes remaining.

Wigan had one penalty shot to seal the game but never really looked like claiming a try that was always likely to seal the match. It is this factor that disappointments me about this performance. Credit Leeds defence but our efforts just fell away on the last tackle for me.

It was Leeds who found the one clean  break that perhaps should of sealed a win, or at least a draw, for them with Danny McGuire finishing off a lovely break down the left but it was brought back after he had crossed behind his own player who was in our defensive line. This was with only six minutes left to play and the decsion gave wigan a penalty on half way. We decided to go for goal despite Pat Richards being told to go off for treatment with a nasty cut on his cheek. So Sam had to kick for goal and although he had plenty distance, the kick just went wide left.

In the end the clock just ran out and Wigan had clinched the win that was their 11th in a row. Like I said it was a good result rather than a performance and I hope it will be one we can learn from going forward. I look forward to the Warrington away trip for another test of our character, but we have Wakefield and Widnes to deal with first!

Reaction to the Action

Coach Shaun Wane: "It was enjoyable to grind out a win. We've not been in many arm wrestles recently. We were not at our best in our attack but our defence was solid and we played with a lot of energy. To beat a quality team like Leeds in an event like this in front of a big crowd is pleasing. I was pleased with our attitude. We stayed in with them, even though our attack was nowhere near its best. It was Matty Smith's first game back and Sam Powell is still learning so I'm sure we will be a lot better next week."

Leeds coach Brian McDermott: "It was an outstanding game. I've got to give Wigan credit. They had more composure than we did when attacking the tryline. I'm immensely proud to be involved with this group. I thought we had a good number of harsh calls and, to be still in the contest, everybody should be proud."

Team Sheets

- Leeds Position Wigan 1
1 Zak Hardaker Full Back Sam Tomkins 1
25 Joe Vickery

Winger

Josh Charnley 2
3 Kallum Watkins Centre Darrell Goulding 3
4 Joel Moon Centre Iain Thornley 17
5 Ryan Hall Winger Pat Richards 5
6 Danny McGuire Stand Off Sam Powell 24
13 Kevin Sinfield Scrum Half Matty Smith 7
8 Kylie Leuluai Prop Ben Flower 15
7 Rob Burrow Hooker Mike McIlorum 9
16 Ryan Bailey Prop Lee Mossop 10
11 Jamie
Jones-Buchanan
2nd Row Harrison Hansen 11
18 Chris Clarkson 2nd Row Liam Farrell 12
26 Liam Sutcliffe L.Forward Sean O'Loughlin 13
-
9 Paul Mcshane Substitute Epalahame Lauaki 8
17 Ian Kirke Substitute Chris Tuson 16
19 Mitch Achurch Substitute Logan Tomkins 23
23 Brad Singleton Substitute Dom Crosby 26
- Brian McDermott Coach Shaun Wane -

Score Sheet

Leeds Rhinos 16 --- Wigan Warriors 20
Tries (3):
Kevin Sinfield
Kallum Watkins
Joe Vickery
--- Tries (3):
Sam Tomkins
Pat Richards
Josh Charnley
Goals:
Kevin Sinfield 2/4
--- Goals:
Pat Richards 4/5
Sam Tomkins 0/1

Scoring and Incident Pattern

07mins:25 Leeds 00 Wigan 04 Try: Sam Tomkins
- Leeds 00 Wigan 06 Conversion: Pat Richards (1/1)
13mins:49 Leeds 02 Wigan 06 Penalty Goal: Kevin Sinfield (1/1)
19mins:44 Leeds 06 Wigan 06 Try: Kevin Sinfield
- Leeds 08 Wigan 06 Conversion: Kevin Sinfield (2/2)
23mins:01 Leeds 08 Wigan 10 Try: Pat Richards
- Leeds 08 Wigan 12 Conversion: Pat Richards (2/2)
28mins:31 Leeds 08 Wigan 14 Penalty Goal: Pat Richards (3/3)
33mins:33 Leeds 12 Wigan 14 Try: Kallum Watkins
- Leeds 12 Wigan 14 K.Sinfield Missed Conversion (2/3)
38mins:23 Leeds 12 Wigan 16 Penalty Goal: Pat Richards (4/4)
39mins:59 Leeds 12 Wigan 20 Try: Josh Charnley
- Leeds 12 Wigan 20 P.Richards Missed Conversion (4/5)
Half Time Leeds Rhinos 12 Wigan Warriors 20
51mins:15 Leeds 16 Wigan 20 Try: Joe Vickery
- Leeds 16 Wigan 20 K.Sinfield Missed Conversion (2/4)
74mins:22 Leeds 16 Wigan 20 S.Tomkins Missed Penalty Goal (0/1)
Full Time Leeds Rhinos 16 Wigan Warriors 20

Video Highlights

Referee

Richard Silverwood (Video Referee: Ian Smith)

Match Attendance

31,249 (Total Attendance for Magic Weekend - Day 2)

Weather

Dry.

League Table at Conclusion of Super League 18 - Round 16

- Team P W D L F A Diff Pts
1 Wigan Warriors 16 13 1 2 609 201 +408 27
2 Huddersfield Giants 16 12 0 4 480 288 +192 24
3 Warrington Wolves 16 10 1 5 470 305 +165 21
4 Leeds Rhinos 14 9 1 4 365 220 +145 19
5 Catalan Dragons 16 9 1 6 399 352 +47 19
6 Hull FC 16 8 2 6 374 315 +59 18
7 Bradford Bulls 16 7 2 7 375 385 -10 16
8 St Helens 16 7 1 8 362 350 +12 15
9 Hull Kingston Rovers 16 7 0 9 403 488 -85 14
10 Wakefield Wildcats 15 5 1 9 356 448 -92 11
11 Widnes Vikings 15 5 1 9 359 476 -117 11
12 Castleford Tigers 16 4 1 11 350 511 -161 9
13 Salford City Reds 16 4 1 11 261 543 -282 9
14 London Broncos 16 3 1 12 269 546 -277 7

Top Eight Qualify for the Play Offs

Round 16 Results - Magic Weekend
Sat 25 May Catalan Dragons 46 London Broncos 18 30,793
Sat 25 May Castleford Tigers 49 Wakefield Wildcats 24
Sat 25 May Hull FC 22 Hull Kingston Rovers 16
Sat 25 May St Helens 22 Warrington Wolves 48
Sun 26 May Salford City Reds 28 Widnes Vikings 22 31,249
Sun 26 May Bradford Bulls 6 Huddersfield Giants 42
Sun 26 May Leeds Rhinos 16 Wigan Warriors 20

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