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Match Report: Wigan 28 Leeds 10
Posted by Bilko on July 24 2009 - 22:38

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Friday 24th July 2009
Wigan Warriors 28 Leeds Rhinos 10
JJB Stadium, Wigan
Engage Super League 14 - Round 22 of 27

Kick Off 8:00pm

 

- Wigan       - Leeds    
21 Cameron Phelps       3 Lee Smith    
2 Amos Roberts       2 Scott Donald  T   
22 Martin Gleeson       29 Michael Ratu    
4 George Carmont  T      4 Keith Senior    
5 Pat Richards    G5    5 Ryan Hall    
25 Sam Tomkins  T      6 Danny McGuire  T   
7 Thomas Leuluai       7 Rob Burrow    
15 Andy Coley       8 Kylie Leuluai    
9 Mark Riddell       9 Danny Buderus    
19 Paul Prescott       10 Jamie Peacock    
14 Joel Tomkins  T      11 Jamie Jones-Buchanan    
16 Harrison Hansen  T      18 Carl Ablett    
26 Mark Flanagan       13 Kevin Sinfield    G 
Interchange:
3 Darrell Goulding       12 Ali Lauitiiti    
8 Stuart Fielden       14 Matt Diskin    
10 Iafeta Paleaaesina       21 Luke Burgess    
24 Lee Mossop       23 Simon Worrall*    
*Leeds 23. Simon Worrall was an unsued substitute

Report: 

Well you can only praise the club's marketing department for the "Big One" effort because the crowd tonight for me played a massive part in that victory.

At 10-0 down we looked dead and we were being run over in the middle of the park but somehow we found a huge try to only be 10-6 down at the break and from that we never looked back.

I honestly can't believe we've won 28-10 in the end because Leeds ere all over us in the twenty minutes prior to half time. But the second half was total domination for Wigan and I think we've laid down a huge marker for the rest of the season which says we will be a threat in both league and cup. The Wire fans thought they had the cup semi sewn up five weeks ago when we lost in Wales - I bet they are worried now!

Leeds could have scored twice in the opening four minutes but after that early burst the first twenty minutes was very even. No side was really on top but that all changed when the substitutes took affect twenty minutes in.

We brought on Stuart Fielden and Iafeta Paleaaesina but they were poor I thought in this spell - totally dominated by Ali Lauitiiti and Luke Burgess who came on for Leeds.

Leeds were punching holes straight up the middle of the field and got the games first try in the 21st minute. Rob Burrow sent Danny McGuire over and Kevin Sinfield's conversion made it 6-0.

That soon became 10-0 after Mike Ratu, on debut Leeds, broke clear and although he was caught short, a quick play the ball allowed Scott Donald to score in the corner. Sinfield couldn't convert.

Leeds like I said were all over Wigan and probably needed one more try to take themselves towards a rout victory. But Wigan managed to hang in and fight back. Perhaps it was a huge run from Feka that lifted our spirits. Sadly it resulted in a knock on but he went on a blitz down the right win and made so huge yards - after which we never looked back and totally dominated the rest of the game.

Four minutes before half time an offside penalty got us into good field position. Their were many excellent Cherry & White performances on the night but Cameron Phelps was probably the highlight and he sent George Carmont over from close range to cut the deficit. Crucially Pat had his kicking boots on to convert and make it only 10-6 to Leeds. Definitely had my half time pint feeling that we were lucky to be in that position but we gladly took that luck.

Second half and wow. It's a long, long time I've seen Leeds dominated so much but I genuinely can't remember them getting close to threatening our line. Maybe I'm a bit blinkered but it was an awesome second half.

Two minutes after the break we got a crucial try. Sam Tomkins, who had an excellent game as well tonight, put in a neat kick which Carmont collected. He threw a wild pass to Leuluai which ended up loose in the in goal for Harrison Hansen to pounce on. "Dead" was my call but the video ref proved he grounded it before it went dead. I actually think Leuluai was taken out for a penalty try anyway but video referee Ian Smith awarded a try to Hansen which Richards converted to make it 12-10.

It was a narrow lead on paper but I genuinely thought it was a huge advantage. Although Leeds had a dominant 10 minute spell from 20 minutes onwards, overall it was a pretty even defensive effort.

But all the territory was now towards Wigan. Joel Tomkins was denied after Pat Richards was rightly ruled to have knocked on a bomb by Phelps. The referee declared No Try but gave Wigan. a penalty for tackling in the air on Richards. Moments later though a fight broke out and Wigan. got a second penalty on the Leeds goal line. They tapped and eventually scored with Joel Tomkins crashing through a huge gaping hole in Leeds' right side defence on 57 minutes. Pat hit a crucial conversion to make it 18-10.

It really still should have been a tense last twenty minutes but Leeds didn't really come close. Not helped in truth by a three minute delay on 66 minutes when Danny Buderus left the field with a bad (probably broken) ankle injury. That allowed Wigan. to regroup and halted the little Leeds momentum they had. Wigan. were all over them and well deserved the winning try they got in the 71st minute. What a try as well - a beauty worthy of winning any match. Richards broke down the right, found Leuluai in support, who in turn sent Sam Tomkins to over for the match winner. The conversion made it 24-10 and game over.

Leeds tried a short kick off and won it but Wigan. eventually got the ball back and desperation from the Rhinos saw them conceded three late penalties which gifted Wigan. chances to "take the two" and kill the final six minutes off the clock. They kicked the first to but missed the last one at the death. Didn't matter a superb 28-10 win was secure and it's been a long time since we could feel like this but bring on the Saints next week. Can't wait for the derby. Normally been dreading the enemy in recent years but not now - bring them on!

Scoring: 
20mins:14 Wigan 00 Leeds 04 Try: Danny McGuire
- Wigan 00 Leeds 06 Conversion: Kevin Sinfield (1/1)
24mins:03 Wigan 00 Leeds 10 Try: Scott Donald
- Wigan 00 Leeds 10 K.Sinfield Missed Conversion (1/2)
35mins:16 Wigan 04 Leeds 10 Try: George Carmont
- Wigan 06 Leeds 10 Conversion: Pat Richards (1/1)
Half Time Wigan Warriors 06 Leeds Rhinos 10
42mins:03 Wigan 10 Leeds 10 Try: Harrison Hansen
- Wigan 12 Leeds 10 Conversion: Pat Richards (2/2)
54mins:06 VIDEO REF NO TRY Joel Tomkins (Knock On by Richards)
56mins:42 Wigan 16 Leeds 10 Try: Joel Tomkins
- Wigan 18 Leeds 10 Conversion: Pat Richards (3/3)
66mins:13 LEEDS INJURY Danny Buderus (Broken Ankle)
70mins:18 Wigan 22 Leeds 10 Try: Sam Tomkins
- Wigan 24 Leeds 10 Conversion: Pat Richards (4/4)
74mins:53 Wigan 26 Leeds 10 Penalty Goal: Pat Richards (5/5)
77mins:10 Wigan 28 Leeds 10 Penalty Goal: Pat Richards (5/5)
80mins:00 Wigan 28 Leeds 10 P.Richards Missed Penalty Goal (5/6)
Full Time Wigan Warriors 28 Leeds Rhinos 10
Referee: 

Phil Bentham

Attendance: 

20,295

Super League 14 - Round 22 Results
Fri 24 July Wigan Warriors 28 Leeds Rhino 10 20,295
Sat 25 July Harlequins 24 St Helens 44 4,258
Sat 25 July Celtic Crusaders 12 Bradford Bulls 34 3,089
Sat 25 July Hull Kingston Rovers 24 Hull FC 18 9,450
Sun 26 July Huddersfield Giants 36 Catalan Dragons 12 5,823
Sun 26 July Warrington Wolves 62 Salford City Reds 20 8,906
Sun 26 July Wakefield Wildcats 12 Castleford Tigers 20 8,371

Engage Super League 14 Table - After This Round
- Team P W D L F A Diff Pts
1 St Helens 22 17 0 5 679 382 +297 34
2 Leeds Rhinos 22 16 0 6 589 385 +204 32
3 Huddersfield Giants 22 15 0 7 548 344 +204 30
4 Hull Kingston Rovers 22 13 1 8 514 428 +86 27
5 Wigan Warriors 22 12 0 10 538 429 +109 24
6 Castleford Tigers 22 12 0 10 496 529 -33 24
7 Wakefield Wildcats 22 11 0 11 511 515 -4 22
8 Warrington Wolves 22 11 0 11 523 531 -8 22
9 Harlequins 21 10 0 11 489 491 -2 20
10 Catalans Dragons 21 9 0 12 481 550 -69 18
11 Hull FC 22 9 0 13 430 520 -90 18
12 Bradford Bulls 21 7 1 13 462 556 -94 15
13 Salford City Reds 21 6 0 13 338 596 -258 12
14 Celtic Crusaders 22 3 0 19 307 649 -342 6

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