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Match Report: Leeds 8 Wigan 40
Posted by Bilko on May 23 2016 - 15:02

Leeds Rhinos v Wigan Warriors - First Utility SL 21 - Round 15 (Magic Weekend)
Saturday 21st May 2016. Kick Off 7:00pm at St James Park, Newcastle

Match Report

Wigan stretched their unbeaten run at Magic Weekend's to eight by beating Leeds at the big bash for a fourth year in a row.

This clash was driven to climax the first day of this year's event but the woes of the Rhinos left the contest being a far cry from the tough battles seen in the previous three years.

In fact it was a one geared walkover in the end for Wigan and although Shaun Wane was disappointed that we finished both halves poorly, and that was disappointing, I genuinely think this was perhaps more down to the fact Wigan were geared up to be battling the old Leeds that won the treble last year and ended up being a bit shocked by how easy this proved to be.

One respected Yorkshire based commentator insisted to me last week that we'd "beat Leeds by 30" and be able to "bully them easily". I was a bit sceptical of that to be honest because I thought that Leeds would finally choose to show up and have a good dig but he proved to be spot on.

To be honest I took one look at them sitting pre match to the right of where the radio commentary boxes were situated at St James Park and thought that they didn't look like they had "game faces" on for the battle. It all seemed a bit too relaxed to me.

What gets me most about Leeds is that they consistently start games well in the first ten minutes but then just fall away so easily. They took the lead here with a nice finish from Kallum Watkins, after poor tackle attempt by Dan Sarginson mind you, and although the conversion was missed, you'd think that would be a good settler for them.

Wigan losing Sean O'Loughlin to a knee injury wasn't helping our cause but I thought Ryan Sutton came on at this point and beasted the vastly more experienced Rhinos forwards like Keith Galloway and Adam Cuthbertson. A great spell that saw Wigan take control.

Two tries came and both scored by Willie Isa from work by George Williams. The first came off a pass and the second from a grubber and I have to say Wigan's kicking in general was excellent in this contest. Goal Kicking also with Matty Smith converting those tries for 12-4.

Rob Burrow absent for this game was a huge loss for the Rhinos. I think he has been their only spark this year and his absence at hooker was desperately covered by Jamie Jones-Buchanan who offered nothing in that department.

It was looking ripe for Wigan to kick on from here but they were perhaps lucky in the end to not be pegged back to 12-10 by half time. Bad errors and poor penalties conceded consistently gave the Rhinos chances but although Danny McGuire went close with a knock on it was seen off pretty easily in the end.

Then at the start of the second half, two tries within five minutes finished this contest stone dead. Two errors from Ash Handley were at the heart of it with his first error being converted into a try for George Williams and the second seeing him out leaped in the air by Dom Manfredi. Smith converted the first try for a 22-4 score.

Your hoping now that Wigan would use the 35 minutes remaining to work some moves into our stuttering attack this season, especially after a close range try from Ben Flower made it 28-4.

More woes for Leeds followed with Zak Hardaker being sin binned for holding down but rather than use the last man to their advantage, Wigan seemingly switched off. Leeds had their best spell being a man down and scored a try through Mitch Achurch for 28-8.

Then a try was chalked off under the sticks which may have made things interesting at 28-14 but that didn't happen and Wigan eventually extinguished Leeds fainted of hopes.

It was looking like the game was fizzle out like a soaking wet firework but at least they found two late scores to had a resemblance of gloss to their efforts. Tries from Oliver Gildart and Dan Sarginson were both converted and at 40-8 it was a good job by Wigan.

Results elsewhere were pretty decent for Wigan also but they will need to step up in class to beat Castleford on Thursday you would think. They won't roll over like this cack effort from the Rhinos.

Team Sheets

- Leeds Position Wigan 1
1 Zak Hardaker Full Back Sam Tomkins 1
22 Ash Handley

Right Wing

Dom Manfredi 5
3 Kallum Watkins Centre Oliver Gildart 20
18 Jimmy Keinhorst Centre Dan Sarginson 4
23 Ashton Golding Left Wing Josh Charnley 2
6 Danny McGuire Stand Off George Williams 6
25 Jordan Lilley Scrum Half Matty Smith 7
8 Keith Galloway Prop Dom Crosby 8
11 Jamie Jones-Buchanan Hooker Sam Powell 16
16

Brad Singleton

Prop

Ben Flower

10
26 Brett Ferres 2nd Row John Bateman 14
10 Adam Cuthbertson 2nd Row Willie Isa 25
21

Josh Walters

L.Forward

Sean O'Loughlin

13
-
19 Mitch Achurch Substitute Lee Mossop 17
20 Anthony Mullally Substitute Taulima Tautai 19
27 Sam Hallas Substitute Ryan Sutton 21
29 Luke Briscoe Substitute Greg Burke 26
- Brian McDermott Coach Shaun Wane -

Score Sheet

Leeds Rhinos 8

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Wigan Warriors 40

Tries (2):
Kallum Watkins
Mitch Achurch

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Tries (7):
Willie Isa 2
George Williams
Dom Manfredi
Ben Flower
Oliver Gildart
Dan Sarginson

Goals:
Jordan Lilley 0/2
--- Goals:
Matty Smith 6/7

Scoring and Incident Pattern

07mins:00 Leeds 04 Wigan 00 Try: Kallum Watkins
Leeds 04 Wigan 00 Missed Conv: Jordan Lilley (0/1)
15mins:46 Leeds 04 Wigan 04

Try: Willie Isa

Leeds 04 Wigan 06 Conversion: Matty Smith (1/1)
23mins:33 Leeds 04 Wigan 10

Try: Willie Isa (2)

Leeds 04 Wigan 12 Conversion: Matty Smith (2/2)
Half Time Leeds Rhinos 04 Wigan Warriors 12
42mins:09 Leeds 04 Wigan 16

Try: George Williams

Leeds 04 Wigan 18 Conversion: Matty Smith (3/3)
44mins:45 Leeds 04 Wigan 22

Try: Dom Manfredi

Leeds 04 Wigan 22 Missed Conv: Matty Smith (3/4)
52mins:15 Leeds 04 Wigan 26

Try: Ben Flower

Leeds 04 Wigan 28 Conversion: Matty Smith (4/5)
56mins:40 Leeds Sin Bin Zak Hardaker (Interference)
63mins:33 Leeds 08 Wigan 28 Try: Mitch Achurch
Leeds 08 Wigan 28 Missed Conv: Jordan Lilley (0/2)
74mins:22 Leeds 04 Wigan 32

Try: Oliver Gildart

Leeds 04 Wigan 34 Conversion: Matty Smith (5/6)
76mins:54 Leeds 04 Wigan 38

Try: Dan Sarginson

Leeds 04 Wigan 40 Conversion: Matty Smith (6/7)
Full Time Leeds Rhinos 04 Wigan Warriors 40

Referee

Robert Hicks (Replaced by Joe Cobb after 18 Minutes due to injury)

Penalties Conceded

Wigan 8 Leeds 12

Match Attendance

39,331 (Total Attendance for Magic Weekend - Day 1)

Weather

Fine.

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