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Match Report: Leeds 26 Wigan 14
Posted by Bilko on March 23 2015 - 15:17

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Friday 20th March 2015
Leeds Rhinos 26 Wigan Warriors 14
Headingley, Leeds
First Utility Super League 20 - Round 6 of 23

Kick Off 8:00pm


- Wigan       - Leeds    
1 Matty Bowen       1 Zak Hardaker    
22 Dom Manfredi       27 Ash Handley  T   
3 Anthony Gelling       3 Kallum Watkins    
4 Dan Sarginson       4 Joel Moon    
5 Joe Burgess  T      5 Ryan Hall    
6 George Williams       18 Liam Sutcliffe  T   G3 
7 Matty Smith  T   G3    6 Danny McGuire    
17 Tony Clubb       17 Adam Cuthbertson  T   
9 Michael McIlorum       9 Paul Aiton    

Lee Mossop


Jamie Peacock

11 Joel Tomkins       12 Carl Ablett    
12 Liam Farrell       14 Stevie Ward    
14 John Bateman       11 Jamie Jones-Buchanan    
24 Taulima Tautai       7 Rob Burrow  T   
25 Larne Patrick       15 Brett Delaney    
26 Logan Tomkins       19 Brad Singleton  T   
31 Connor Farrell       22 Andy Yates    


I thought in attack their were plenty of positives from the limited opportunities we had in the first half but generally we saw the same old faults that have dogged this season so far continue.

Even though it was only 16-14 on the hour mark, Wigan had not really been able to get up the field to push on for the victory. We just didn't make enough metres forward. That led to the problem of conceding penalties going backwards. If your not clearly our lines enough, you end up having pressure on yourselves and that leads to the penalties against.

Of course you still expect better than Liam Farrell being the most penalised player in the whole league, and Joel Tomkins being second most penalised, but the lack of metres going forward is the biggest issue at the moment.

Ben Flower, Sean O'Loughlin and Dom Crosby would make a big difference for sure but the impact made by Adam Cuthbertson in this match was probably the biggest deciding factor. He scored a try, made great metres and produced several offloads that all found the mark. Wouldn't we love to have some beef like that in our pack?

We had positives though early like I said. Leeds had the early territory but didn't little with it and we went up the other end to build up an 8-0 lead with a try, a conversion and a penalty goal all going to Matty Smith within 15 minutes.

The next few minutes highlight another problem of this season though. I sat there and was delighted with 8-0 being a basis to kick on from but how cheap did we give that lead away? We haven't really controlled a well earned lead all season.

Within a period of seven minutes game time, Leeds had crossed our line three times with first Cuthbertson, then Ash Handley and Brad Singleton scoring. That put them 16-8 up in the blink of an eye.

Again though, I thought it was a positive to get back in the game after that burst to be only 16-14 down at half time. Logan Tomkins made good impact off the bench and a lovely kick from George Williams was perfect for Joe Burgess to collect, Smith converting well from wide.

That scoreline held until the 61st Minute when a soft, soft try scored by Liam Sutcliffe broke Wigan though and although he failed to convert his own try, Wigan folded from that moment on.

Liam Farrell sin binned for tackling a man about to score, whilst miles offside, had followed a poor penalty he'd conceded a few minutes earlier. Sutcliffe kicked a penalty goal before Rob Burrow darted over from another soft close range try to seal the 26-14 victory for the Rhinos.

In the last ten minutes Wigan did find three clean breaks, one from George Williams and two from Joe Burgess. It might have been interesting if Budgie had passed to a clearly open Dan Sarginson but the wrong option was taken. In the end though it was too little, too late.

The bottom for line for Wigan is that they have struggled to compete for 80 minutes in most games this season and until they can start to do that, it's going to continue to be a tough season's viewing.

10mins:30 Leeds 00 Wigan 04 Try: Matty Smith
Leeds 00 Wigan 06 Conversion: Matty Smith (1/1)
15mins:56 Leeds 00 Wigan 08 Penalty Goal: Matty Smith (2/2)
18mins:04 Leeds 04 Wigan 08 Try: Adam Cuthbertson
Leeds 06 Wigan 08 Conversion: Liam Sutcliffe (1/1)
20mins:57 Leeds 10 Wigan 08 Try: Ash Handley
Leeds 10 Wigan 08 Missed Conv: Liam Sutcliffe (1/2)
25mins:35 Leeds 14 Wigan 08 Try: Brad Singleton
Leeds 16 Wigan 08 Conversion: Liam Sutcliffe (2/3)
36mins:46 Leeds 16 Wigan 12 Try: Joe Burgess
Leeds 16 Wigan 14 Conversion: Matty Smith (3/3)
Half Time Leeds Rhinos 16 Wigan Warriors 14
60mins:48 Leeds 20 Wigan 14 Try: Liam Sutcliffe
Leeds 20 Wigan 14 Missed Conv: Liam Sutcliffe (2/4)
64mins:58 Wigan Sin Bin Liam Farrell (Professional Foul)
66mins:13 Leeds 22 Wigan 14 Penalty Goal: Liam Sutcliffe (3/5)
69mins:03 Leeds 26 Wigan 14 Try: Rob Burrow
Leeds 26 Wigan 14 Missed Conv: Liam Sutcliffe (3/6)
Full Time Leeds Rhinos 26 Wigan Warriors 14

Richard Silverwood



First Utility Super League 20 - Round 6 Results
Thu 19 Mar St Helens 32 Warrington Wolves 24 12,618
Fri 20 Mar Castleford Tigers 30 Salford Red Devils 16 6,901
Fri 20 Mar Hull FC 33 Catalan Dragons 22 11,994
Fri 20 Mar Leeds Rhinos 26 Wigan Warriors 14 18,350
Sun 22 Mar Huddersfield Giants 44 Wakefield Wildcats 14 4,354
Sun 22 Mar Widnes Vikings 20 Hull Kingston Rovers 16 5,273

First Utility Super League 20 Table - After This Round
- Team P W D L F A Diff Pts
1 St Helens 6 6 0 0 173 87 +86 12
2 Leeds Rhinos 6 5 0 1 181 104 +77 10
3 Warrington Wolves 6 4 0 2 121 114 +7 8
4 Huddersfield Giants 6 3 0 3 130 97 +33 6
5 Widnes Vikings 6 2 1 3 138 146 -8 5
6 Catalan Dragons 6 2 1 3 140 171 -31 5
7 Wigan Warriors 6 2 1 3 107 140 -33 5
8 Salford Red Devils 6 2 1 3 126 190 -64 5

Top 8 Qualify for "Super 8s" after Round 23 / Top 4 Qualify for Play Offs

9 Castleford Tigers 6 2 0 4 120 110 +10 4
10 Hull FC 6 2 0 4 110 117 -7 4
11 Hull Kingston Rovers 6 2 0 4 166 176 -10 4
12 Wakefield Wildcats 6 2 0 4 132 192 -60 4

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