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Match Report: Leeds 10 Wigan 14
Posted by Bilko on April 05 2008 - 21:21

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Saturday 5th April 2008
Leeds Rhinos 10 Wigan Warriors 14
Headingley, Leeds
Engage Super League 13 - Round 10 of 27

Kick Off 6:00pm


- Wigan       - Leeds    
1 Richard Mathers       1 Brent Webb    
14 Liam Colbon       5 Lee Smith    
3 Darrell Goulding       12 Gareth Ellis    
4 George Carmont       4 Keith Senior    
5 Pat Richards  T   G3    2 Scott Donald  T   
25 Thomas Coyle       13 Kevin Sinfield    G 
7 Thomas Leuluai  T      7 Rob Burrow    
8 Stuart Fielden       8 Kylie Leuluai  T   
17 Michael McIlorum       9 Matt Diskin    
15 Andy Coley       17 Nick Scruton    
12 Phil Bailey       10 Jamie Peacock    
16 Harrison Hansen       14 Ali Lauitiiti    
13 Sean O'Loughlin       28 Simon Worrall    
9 Mick Higham       16 Ryan Bailey    
10 Iafeta Paleaaesina       19 Carl Ablett    
22 Joel Tomkins       21 Jordan Tansey    
24 Eamon O'Carroll       24 Luke Burgess    


Well take a bow boys, take a big long bow because that was one of our best performances in many a year. Sometimes you don't have to produce stylish skilful rugby - you just simply have to work hard to get the rewards and Wigan did that tonight.

I said in the Match Preview......

"To have any chance we've got to be good on penalties, make sure we complete sets - and don't be afraid to simply find touch on the last tackle."

Well maybe they read my preview, because that's what they did to great effect. We gave away two penalties late on which left Leeds a bugs dick away from nicking at least a draw but apart from that Wigan, for once, kept it simple and got the result in the end.

I also talked about keeping it tight because Leeds generally fade in tight games against us. I don't necessarily think they did today. They could just as easily have nicked it themselves but the two points was won first half when Wigan just had the edge on the Rhinos. Second Half there wasn't much in it.

Top praise for the young kids. Tommy Coyle came in and never let us down. Mike McIlorum continues to impress me - he has a simple but affective game. His opposite number Matt Diskin was none existent.

The pack also had a great effort. Fielden, Feka and Coley all stood up tall and young O'Carroll as well.

And how great to see Tommy Leuluai step up to the plate. Sometimes he looks as if he's hiding being Trent Barrett but not tonight. He controlled things and again his opposite number - Rob Burrow - was none existent.

All in all you really can't find a poor effort from a Cherry & White today, no matter how hard you look.

And for all that's gone on previously - what a position we are now in. At least joint 2nd in the table come the end of the weekend despite us having been to Warrington, to St Helens and to Leeds during our last four away matches. They've all got to come to the JJB and we know if we defend like that for the rest of the season - like Phil Clarke said on Sky - the attack will improve and that can only be good for us.

Leeds suffered an early injury blow when Ali Lauitiiti hobbled off in the 7th minute but it didn't seem to matter as they soon took the lead. They also lost loose forward Simon Worrall as well early on. Those injuries helped Wigan no end.

A nothing kick was left to bounce by statuesque Wigan defenders and Scott Donald punished by touching down in the corner despite a brave effort from Liam Colbon. Sinfield missed the conversion but Leeds held a 4-0 lead after 10 minutes.

Wigan though soon hit back. On 17 minutes Sean O'Loughlin sent George Carmont away down the left and he found wing partner Pat Richards who rounded off towards the sticks to make his conversion easier. Carmont again proving that he is a quality signing. He both scores and creates tries and if Pat continues to play out wide, he'll have a more than great chance of top points scorer playing alongside Carmont. Richards kicked the goal to give Wigan a 6-4 lead - which was soon boosted by a 45 metre penalty goal which Pat hit sweet as a nut. 8-4 to Wigan and visibly our boys began to believe.

It was at this point that the weather changed from bright sunshine to rainy hail but the rugby was not affected. Both sides carried on handling the ball well and it was nice to see the referee not giving too many penalties. The game flowed nicely tonight.

The half wore on and Wigan defended well and just as it was looking like they would take their lead to half time, they got pegged back. Right under the sticks Tommy's cousin, Kylie Leuluai crashed over. Simple conversion for Sinfield made it 10-8 Leeds with 4 minutes to go.

I was quite happy with that though, we'd kept them close and past experience tells you that we generally come out on top here at Headingley if we do. Better still though we got a bonus with 15 seconds to go till half time. Helped by a knock on from Matt Diskin - Wigan went on the attack and it was Feka Paleaaesina who offloaded to send Tommy Leuluai over close to the sticks. Questions of a forward pass but Wigan had earned this luck (if that's what it was) on the back of their great defensive effort. Pat converted to send us into the sheds with a 14-10 lead.

Into the second half and Wigan also suffered a game ending injury when centre Darrell Goulding went off with an ankle problem just two minutes into the second half. Phil Bailey switched to the centre position he played in last year and plugged the gap well.

Wigan did have to defend for long periods of the second half  as Leeds inevitably attempted to nick a win but we defended superbly. It was never comfortable but at times it felt it - we were so good in defence.

Leeds had two big opportunities to nick the win that you couldn't have argued with but it would have been so, so cruel on Wigan.

First Leeds thought they had drawn level when winger Lee Smith went over at the corner after 69 minutes but the try was disallowed for a forward pass.

And then on the back of two penalties Wigan survived another scare three minutes from the end when makeshift centre Carl Ablett lost the ball going for the line.

The final hooter was to much relief as we secured another close fought win at Leeds. Think you have to credit both sides. It was a slug fest that, like I said earlier, for me, Wigan just deserved for being slightly better first half.

10mins:15Leeds 04Wigan 00Try: Scott Donald
-Leeds 04Wigan 00K.Sinfield Missed Conversion (0/1)
16mins:54Leeds 04Wigan 04Try: Pat Richards
-Leeds 04Wigan 06Conversion: Pat Richards (1/1)
21mins:04Leeds 04Wigan 08Penalty Goal: Pat Richards (2/2)
35mins:23Leeds 08Wigan 08Try: Kylie Leuluai
-Leeds 10Wigan 08Conversion: Kevin Sinfield (1/2)
39mins:38Leeds 10Wigan 14Try: Thomas Leuluai
-Leeds 10Wigan 14Conversion: Pat Richards (3/3)
Half TimeLeeds Rhinos 10 Wigan Warriors 14
Full TimeLeeds Rhinos 10 Wigan Warriors 14

Steve Ganson



Super League 13 - Round 10 Results
Fri 4 Apr Huddersfield Giants 16 Catalan Dragons 20 4,071
Fri 4 Apr Hull FC 8 Bradford Bulls 24 13,617
Sat 5 Apr Harlequins 35 Hull Kingston Rovers 16 4,560
Sat 5 Apr Leeds Rhinos 10 Wigan Warriors 14 18,769
Sun 6 Apr Castleford Tigers 30 St Helens 24 7,529
Sun 6 Apr Wakefield Wildcats 16 Warrington Wolves 2 5,436

Engage Super League 12 Table - After This Round
1Leeds Rhinos10802294104+19016
2Wigan Warriors10703215205+1014
3Bradford Bulls10604243196+4712
4Warrington Wolves10604235208+2712
6Catalans Dragons10514207226-1912
7St Helens10505254227+2710
8Hull Kingston Rovers10415191204-159
9Wakefield Wildcats10406180228-488
10Huddersfield Giants10316215232-177
11Hull FC10217155237-825
12Castleford Tigers10208181311-1304

wwrl paul on April 05 2008 - 21:43
it was a gr8 effort by the boyz in defence and wot do u think about thomas coyle???
Bilko on April 05 2008 - 22:09
Tommy Coyle never let us down did he.
catalancs on April 06 2008 - 13:36
brilliant! coyle didnt set the world alight but he didnt make too many errors either. a good solid game from the young lad no calderwood or higham in starting line up...sign of things to come next season?
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