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Match Report: Wigan 6 Leeds 20
Posted by cherryandwhite on September 06 2013 - 16:09

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Wigan Warriors v Leeds Rhinos - Super League 18 Round 27
Thursday 5th September 2013
. Kick Off 8:00pm at DW Stadium.

Match Report

A night that promised so much, delivered very little from a Wigan point of view. Beaten by a miles better side who were quicker and stronger in all departments.

I sat there early second half doing the radio commentary and all I kept saying was how our pack was beaten already. I watched as neither Scott Taylor or Dom Crosby took a drive in for two whole sets of six. Neither was looking for work. A clear sign to me that we have bolted for fitness.

Leeds just looked so much faster than us. They kicked superbly and in the main held their discipline for most of the 80 minutes. Simple stuff but very effective. Four drop outs forced says it all.

Wigan's only credit was our defence was excellent for most of the game but the attack is well and truly shot to pieces and has been every since the Exiles break.

Under Shaun Wane, Wigan now have a 0 wins from 8 record against Leeds, Warrington, Huddersfield and St Helens in matches after the Mid June Exiles match break over the past two seasons.

People can point to Sean O'Loughlin's absence if they want, but for me it is straw clutching. Sam Tomkins absence was the excuse not long ago but the reality is we weren't winning these games when them two were playing fit and well earlier in the season.

We haven't beaten any of our top 4 rivals home or away (did beat Leeds at Magic) and O'Loughlin played in three of those games earlier in the campaign and those big game contests lost at the end of last year also. It is a long standing issue.

Basically you just cannot get away from the fact that our seasons have contrasted two years in a row now either side of that mid June Exiles match break. In big games, we just haven't shown. Why? is the question being begged.

For me I think the easy run of fixtures mid season hasn't helped us one bit. It put us into a false position and the tough run of games has shown a lot of Wigan players up.

If O'Loughlin is out, someone else needs to rise to the occasion and fill his boots. In fact we need three or four doing it but it just isn't happening. I'm not seeing much beating of the chest from Wigan and the enthusiasm looks way off.

Contrast this from the effort the "kids" put in the week before and no wonder the fans went mental on twitter after this one. It was just awful to watch.

But like I said, credit Leeds. They really dominated the fixture and it was only our defence that kept us in it. They forced three drop outs first half but the only try they claimed was an intercept by Ben Jones-Bishop who returned a woeful pass by Blake Green 90 metres in the 23rd Minute.

That 4-0 lead (conversion missed) was no more than Leeds deserved but amazingly it was Wigan who went into half time with the lead. Blake Green broke out of Kallum Watkins' missed tackle and he was away from 60 metres out. Pat Richards was in support and after full back Hardaker had been drawn in, the pass to Pat was perfect for him to score, especially with Danny McGuire's chasing pace being none existent. Easy conversion made it 6-4 at half time.

Biggest disappointment for me was that Wigan surrendered that lead within two minutes of the restart. Scott Taylor receiving treatment in back play didn't help, but an offload got Carl Ablett chiming towards the line and the tackle attempt from Sam Tomkins was pretty poor. Sinfield converted for 10-6 to Leeds.

Exactly the same thing had happened in the Huddersfield match last month. They took the lead early second half and then it was a spell of us knowing that if they got a two score lead we were busted.

Same here and that two score lead came with a great try from Joel Moon on the hour mark. Good offload from Hall and strength got him over. Kallum Watkins added another soon after and that completed the scoring with a 20-6 win for the visitors.

Interesting first tweet I saw when I got home last night was one panning Andy Powell. I thought that was well harsh. Ok the high shot penalty first half was disappointing but on almost every hit up he made he was looking for the offload and sadly Wigan's players were not on the ball most the time. Harrison Hansen was guilty two or three times of being flat footed. Personally I'd question why Powell didn't return before Leeds had got 16-6 up because, like I said earlier, Crosby and Taylor looked well beaten. Powell was the best of the forwards for me and I'd keep him in.

The Rhinos meanwhile looked pretty strong and a sixth league title in seven seasons will take some stopping from either Huddersfield or Warrington. If Wigan end up stopping them, then I reckon a minor miracle will have occurred after the displays of the recent weeks.

Still.......we do have YET ANOTHER chance to get things right at Huddersfield next Thursday when the play offs begin. If your not going to the game, why not stream the match via Wish FM and have me and Mark Wilson for commentary (on air 7pm) rather than Sky's offering. The trick is to listen to us via the online stream and then pause your Sky+ in sync to our commentary. Or if your in Wigan with an FM Radio - try this (click here) perhaps?

Reaction to the Action

Coach Shaun Wane: "We weren't at our best and not consistent enough with ball on hand. We didn't ask Leeds enough questions. We have a huge game at Huddersfield (in the play offs next week). It will be a great challenge, we need to improve but I know we can do it. We have a 7 day turnaround and we will improve for next week. I don't need to read the riot act, these players can put it right. If we play better than we did today then the double is still on. We couldn't win the physical battle which is disappointing. The quality is there, you don't lose that. It's a new competition & we are two wins away from grand final. The young lads were great last week, I will watch the game again and see if any changes are needed. It's a long season."

Team Sheets

- Wigan Position Leeds 1
1 Sam Tomkins Full Back Zak Hardaker 1
2 Josh Charnley

Winger

Ben Jones-Bishop 2
3 Darrell Goulding Centre Kallum Watkins 3
17 Iain Thornley Centre Joel Moon 4
5 Pat Richards Winger Ryan Hall 5
6 Blake Green Stand Off Danny McGuire 6
7 Matty Smith Scrum Half Kevin Sinfield 13
10 Lee Mossop Prop Kylie Leuluai 8
9 Mike McIlorum Hooker Rob Burrow 7
38 Andy Powell Prop Jamie Peacock 10
11 Harrison Hansen 2nd Row J.Jones-Buchanan 11
12 Liam Farrell 2nd Row Carl Ablett 12
15 Ben Flower L.Forward Brad Singleton 23
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16 Chris Tuson Substitute Brett Delaney 15
21 Scott Taylor Substitute Ian Kirke 17
23 Logan Tomkins Substitute Mitch Achurch 19
26 Dom Crosby Substitute Liam Sutcliffe 26
- Shaun Wane Coach Brian McDermott -

Score Sheet

Wigan Warriors 6 --- Leeds Rhinos 20

Tries (1):
Pat Richards

---

Tries (4):
Ben Jones-Bishop
Carl Ablett
Joel Moon
Kallum Watkins

Goals:
Pat Richards 1/1
--- Goals:
Kevin Sinfield 2/4

Scoring and Incident Pattern

22mins:14 Wigan 00 Leeds 04 Try: Ben Jones-Bishop
- Wigan 00 Leeds 04 K.Sinfield Missed Conversion (0/1)
37mins:51 Wigan 04 Leeds 04 Try: Pat Richards
- Wigan 06 Leeds 04 Conversion: Pat Richards (1/1)
Half Time Wigan Warriors 06 Leeds Rhinos 04
41mins:54 Wigan 06 Leeds 08 Try: Carl Ablett
- Wigan 06 Leeds 10 Conversion: Kevin Sinfield (1/2)
60mins:30 Wigan 06 Leeds 14 Try: Joel Moon
- Wigan 06 Leeds 16 Conversion: Kevin Sinfield (2/3)
65mins:12 Wigan 06 Leeds 20 Try: Kallum Watkins
- Wigan 06 Leeds 20 K.Sinfield Missed Conversion (2/4)
Full Time Wigan Warriors 06 Leeds Rhinos 20

Video Highlights

Referee

Richard Silverwood (Video Referee: Steve Ganson)

Match Attendance

14,982

Note

Wigan wore a special "Superman" kit to promote the Man of Steel film.

Weather

Dry.

Final Super League 18 Table after conclusion of Round 27

- Team P W D L F A Diff Pts
1 Huddersfield Giants 27 21 0 6 851 507 +344 42
2 Warrington Wolves 27 20 1 6 836 461 +375 41
3 Leeds Rhinos 27 18 1 8 712 507 +205 37
4 Wigan Warriors 27 17 1 9 816 460 +356 35
5 St Helens 27 15 1 11 678 536 +142 31
6 Hull FC 27 13 2 12 652 563 +89 28
7 Catalan Dragons 27 13 2 12 619 604 +15 28
8 Hull Kingston Rovers 27 13 0 14 642 760 -118 26
9 Bradford Bulls 27 10 2 15 640 658 -18 22
10 Widnes Vikings 27 10 2 15 695 841 -146 22
11 Wakefield Wildcats 27 10 1 16 660 749 -89 21
12 Castleford Tigers 27 9 2 16 702 881 -179 20
13 London Broncos 27 5 2 20 487 946 -459 12
14 Salford City Reds 27 6 1 20 436 953 -517 *11*

Top Eight Qualify for the Play Offs
*Salford deducted two points for fielding 14 men during a match.

Round 27 Results
Thu 5 Sept Wigan Warriors 6 Leeds Rhinos 20 14,982
Fri 6 Sept Hull FC 12 St Helens 38 11,250
Fri 6 Sept Salford City Reds 4 Widnes Vikings 24 3,775
Sat 7 Sept Catalan Dragons 12 Warrington Wolves 14 8,590
Sat 7 Sept Bradford Bulls 58 Huddersfield Giants 6 8,348
Sun 8 Sept Hull Kingston Rovers 22 London Broncos 34 7,749
Sun 8 Sept Wakefield Wildcats 36 Castleford Tigers 32 6,404

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