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Match Report: Wigan 28 Leeds 6
Posted by Bilko on March 12 2016 - 20:22

Wigan Warriors v Leeds Rhinos - First Utility Super League 21 - Round 5
Friday 11th March 2016. Kick Off
8:00pm at DW Stadium.

Match Report

Wigan not only made it five wins out of five in Super League this season but this victory over Leeds made it a magnificent 25 home league wins in a row. It's not yet close to the previous best of 35 wins between 1994 and 1996 but it's a great achievement all the same.

This win took a long time to earn but it was more than deserved when the points started to come after the 55th Minute.

Before then it was a match that Wigan dominated but yet frustratingly this wasn't reflected on this on the scoreboard.

Wigan got into territory easy but the execution fell down more often than not. Especially when swinging left. The late loss of George Williams will have played a part in that but it has been a problem in every home game to be fair.

I did think Dan Sarginson at full back was working well though. He was getting involved but with it all breaking down his involvement never came to fruition.

In fact his "obstruction" of Kallum Watkins saw a 10th Minute try for Liam Farrell chalked off. No I've no idea what all that was about either but these days whatever you expect the call to be, expect the opposite to happen. Farcical nonsense.

For all that territory it actually came down to a 90 metre break for the first try to score and ironically from one of the few good Leeds kicks on the night. Rob Burrow pinned Dom Manfredi in the corner but the tackling from the chasing defenders was weak and he broke two or three tackles to get away. Zak Hardaker managed to stop him a bugs dick from the line but John Bateman had an easy flop over from the play the ball with no Leeds defenders back and set. Matty Smith converted for 6-0.

Into the second half and I was saying on Wish FM that "Wigan are pushing their luck not increasing this lead" but in truth Leeds never threatened to hit back.

The Rhinos were pretty dire to be honest. The young half back pair of Liam Sutcliffe and Jordan Lilley struggled. They may as well have played Ryan Hall and Zak Hardaker in the halves because it was increasingly down to them to try and spark things up the middle.

Leeds were pack dominated as well and with nearly every last tackle kick being simple for Wigan to return for easy yardage it was never a recipe for victory.

Once Wigan finally found a second try from Oliver Gildart in the 55th Minute, further scores soon followed from Dom Manfredi, Tony Clubb and Anthony Gelling which in a blink had the score at 28-0.

That was a true reflection of the game but Leeds did manage to find a try in the final minute through Zak Hardaker to make it 28-6.

So injury ravaged Wigan won easily. Great stuff. Should be a great test against Widnes next Thursday.

Team Sheets

- Wigan Position Leeds 1
4 Dan Sarginson Full Back Zak Hardaker 1
5 Dom Manfredi

Right Wing

Ash Handley 22
3 Anthony Gelling Centre Kallum Watkins 3
20 Oliver Gildart Centre Jimmy Keinhorst 18
2 Josh Charnley Left Wing Ryan Hall 5
13 Sean O'Loughlin Stand Off Liam Sutcliffe 14
7 Matty Smith Scrum Half Jordan Lilley 25
10 Ben Flower Prop Keith Galloway 8
16 Sam Powell Hooker Rob Burrow 7
15

Tony Clubb

Prop

Adam Cuthbertson

10
14 John Bateman 2nd Row Mitch Achurch 19
12 Liam Farrell 2nd Row Brett Ferres 26
26

Greg Burke

L.Forward

Brad Singleton

16
-
17 Lee Mossop Substitute Beau Falloon 9
19 Taulima Tautai Substitute Jamie Jones-Buchanan 11
21 Ryan Sutton Substitute Mitch Garbutt 17
27 Nick Gregson Substitute Anthony Mullally 20
- Shaun Wane Coach Brian McDermott -

Score Sheet

Wigan Warriors 28

---

Leeds Rhinos 6

Tries (5):
John Bateman
Oliver Gildart
Dom Manfredi
Tony Clubb
Anthony Gelling

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Tries (1):
Zak Hardaker

Goals:
Matty Smith 4/5
--- Goals:
Zak Hardaker 1/1

Scoring and Incident Pattern

26mins:08 Wigan 04 Leeds 00 Try: John Bateman
Wigan 06 Leeds 00 Conversion: Matty Smith (1/1)
Half Time Wigan Warriors 06 Leeds Rhinos 00
55mins:35 Wigan 10 Leeds 00 Try: Oliver Gildart
Wigan 10 Leeds 00 Missed Conv: Matty Smith (1/2)
59mins:38 Wigan 14 Leeds 00 Try: Dom Manfredi
Wigan 16 Leeds 00 Conversion: Matty Smith (2/3)
65mins:04 Wigan 20 Leeds 00 Try: Tony Clubb
Wigan 22 Leeds 00 Conversion: Matty Smith (3/4)
67mins:58 Wigan 26 Leeds 00 Try: Anthony Gelling
Wigan 28 Leeds 00 Conversion: Matty Smith (4/5)
79mins:14 Wigan 28 Leeds 04 Try: Zak Hardaker
Wigan 28 Leeds 06 Conversion: Zak Hardaker (1/1)
Full Time Wigan Warriors 28 Leeds Rhinos 06

Referee

Ben Thaler

Penalties Conceded

Wigan 7 Leeds 9

Match Attendance

14,425

Weather

Dry Night.

League Table at Conclusion of Super League 21 - Round 5

- Team P W D L F A Diff Pts
1 Widnes Vikings 6 5 0 1 212 96 +116 10
2 Warrington Wolves 5 5 0 0 145 84 +61 10
3 Wigan Warriors 5 5 0 0 104 66 +38 10
4 St Helens 5 4 0 1 143 108 +35 8
5 Salford Red Devils 6 3 0 3 170 139 +31 6
6 Castleford Tigers 5 2 1 2 125 106 +19 5
7 Hull FC 5 2 0 3 135 133 +2 4
8 Catalan Dragons 5 2 0 3 110 136 -26 4

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

9 Huddersfield Giants 5 1 0 4 101 110 -9 2
10 Leeds Rhinos 5 1 0 4 76 144 -68 2
11 Wakefield Wildcats 6 1 0 5 84 196 -112 2
12 Hull Kingston Rovers 6 0 1 5 80 167 -87 1

Round 5 Results
Thu 10 Mar Widnes Vikings 46 Hull FC 6 4,735
Fri 11 Mar St Helens 44 Wakefield Wildcats 4 10,008
Fri 11 Mar Wigan Warriors 28 Leeds Rhinos 6 14,425
Sat 12 Mar Catalan Dragons 20 Warrington Wolves 30 8,859
Sun 13 Mar Huddersfield Giants 38 Hull Kingston Rovers 6 5,610
Sun 13 Mar Castleford Tigers 16 Salford Red Devils 32 8,151

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