Match Report: Wigan 18 Leeds 2
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Wigan Warriors v Leeds Rhinos. Engage Super League XII Round 20.
Thursday 12th July 2007. Kick Off 7:45pm at JJB Stadium.

Thoughts on the Match

You can be a fan that looks at it and thinks, well its better than last year isn't it? Or a fan who is so annoyed that one week we do well, the next we do poor. But every Wigan fan has to stand up there and acknowledge that, that was an outstanding effort.

To keep Leeds try less is a major achievement. In fact 2 probably flattered them after we had got away with the initial pressure they put on us.

Our superb defence set the tone, led by Sean O'Loughlin who is always a great tackler but tonight he doubled his efforts, especially when he was marking the play the ball.

First try was probably always going to win this and home advantage was a big plus for us but two weeks after a dire performance at Wakefield this was a match that told you that we are not hoping to win the cup, but that we have a brilliant chance of becoming first winners at New Wembley, just like we did at old Wembley in 1929.

Next week should be very interesting and you know what I won't be that arsed if we lose. These two wins means we can afford a loss at Saints. But the pressure taken off us, could be to our advantage. Tomorrow's Bradford v Saints game at Odsal could put all the pressure on Saints next week.

Full Report will follow tomorrow, early to work tomorrow. Happy Days. I think that was Gareth Hock away from a perfect performance against a top side.

Story of the Match - BBC.co.uk

Fourth-placed Wigan closed the gap on Super League's pace-setters as their third win of the year over Leeds denied the Rhinos the chance to go top.

It was nearly an hour before Liam Colbon bagged the first try, after he was quickest to react when Brent Webb fumbled the ball over the goal-line.

Bryan Fletcher made sure of the points when he kept his feet despite two tackles to touch down by the posts.

Gareth Ellis's late sin-binning rounded off a miserable night for the visitors.

Two Pat Richards goals were all the sides could produce between them in the first half as slippery conditions made serious goal-line threats hard to mount.

Leeds full-back Webb was caught out by a couple of high balls and Wigan's Thomas Leueuai did his best to disturb the visiting defence, but without any joy.

Colbon looked to have finally produced the game's first try early in the second half, after a sustained period of Wigan pressure.

But as he found the narrowest of gaps on the right-hand side of Leeds' defence to squeeze through, he scraped the whitewash with his boot and the try was ruled out.

He was not to be denied his second chance, though, when he followed up after Webb slid and fumbled the ball over his own line.

Fletcher ensured the points for Wigan when he kept his feet and touched down for their second try late on, despite the best efforts of Webb and Jamie Jones-Buchanan to stop him.

Game Breaking Moment

First try was always going to be critical in this tight tussle.

Top Player

Sean O'Loughlin - Absolutely outstanding workrate..

Reaction to the Action

Brian Noble: "I was pleased with all aspects of our game.

"We looked very strong in defence and, when the conditions dried up in the second half, we looked threatening with the ball.

"We handled their threats really well. I thought we showed enough mettle and determination."

Leeds coach Tony Smith: "The conditions were a leveller. It was always going to be difficult to score tries in those conditions. We had some field position early in the game but they defended really well throughout. So did we. Both teams were very committed to defence. Unfortunately, both teams left their attack at home. We made way too many errors, some uncharacteristic errors by some very good players. They are feeling pretty bad about it."

Team Sheets

-WiganPositionLeeds-
5Pat RichardsFull BackBrent Webb1
2Mark CalderwoodWingerScott Donald2
3Phil BaileyCentreClinton Toopi3
14David VaealikiCentreKeith Senior4
23Liam ColbonWingerRyan Hall25
6Trent BarrettStand OffDanny McGuire6
7Thomas LeuluaiScrum HalfRob Burrow7
8Stuart FieldenPropRyan Bailey16
9Mick HighamHookerKevin Sinfield13
10Iafeta PaleaaesinaPropJamie Peacock10
11Gareth Hock2nd RowIan Kirke18
12Bryan Fletcher2nd RowJ.Jones-Buchanan11
13Sean O'LoughlinL.ForwardGareth Ellis12
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18Paul PrescottSubstituteKylie Leuluai8
19Harrison HansenSubstituteAli Lauitiiti14
20Darrell GouldingSubstituteJamie Thackray15
25Mike McIllorumSubstituteJordan Tansey23

Score Sheet

Wigan Warriors 18-Leeds Rhinos 2
Tries (2):
Liam Colbon
Bryan Fletcher
-Tries (0):
Goals:
Pat Richards 5/5
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Goals:
Kevin Sinfield 1/1

Scoring and Incident Pattern

12mins:28Wigan 02Leeds 00Penalty Goal: Pat Richards (1/1)
17mins:09Wigan 04Leeds 00Penalty Goal: Pat Richards (2/2)
Half TimeWigan Warriors 04 Leeds Rhinos 00
48mins:15Wigan 06Leeds 00Penalty Goal: Pat Richards (3/3)
49mins:57Wigan 06Leeds 02Penalty Goal: Kevin Sinfield (1/1)
58mins:00Wigan 10Leeds 02Try: Liam Colbon
-Wigan 12Leeds 02Conversion: Pat Richards (4/4)
69mins:27Wigan 16Leeds 02Try: Bryan Fletcher
-Wigan 18Leeds 02Conversion: Pat Richards (5/5)
77mins:56Leeds Sin BinGareth Ellis (Holding Down)
Full TimeWigan Warriors 18 Leeds Rhinos 02

Video Highlights

Referee

Ben Thaler

Match Attendance

14,554

Television

Match Weather

Wet.

League Table at Conclusion of Super League 12 Round 20

-TeamPWDLFADiffPts
1St Helens201406621303+31828
2Leeds Rhinos201406523375+14828
3Bradford Bulls*201406614442+17226
4Wigan Warriors201109449387+6222
5Harlequins20929389438-4920
6Wakefield Wildcats209110451496-4519
7Hull FC19829340382-4218
8Warrington Wolves209011482532-5018
9Huddersfield Giants208111454400+5417
10Catalans Dragons207112415513-9815
11Hull Kingston Rovers207013322507-18514
12Salford City Reds195113321606-28511

*Bradford Bulls Deducted 2 points for 2006 Salary Cap Breach.

Round 20 Results
Thu 12 July Wigan Warriors 18 Leeds Rhinos 2 14,554
Fri 13 July Bradford Bulls 10 St Helens 4 11,214
Fri 13 July Hull FC 20 Harlequins 8 12,270
Sat 14 July Catalan Dragons 20 Hull Kingston Rovers 22 7,830
Sun 15 July Warrington Wolves 42 Salford City Reds 6 9,634
Sun 15 July Wakefield Wildcats 23 Huddersfield Giants 24 5,241