Match Report: Leeds 25 Wigan 18
Posted by Bilko on August 15 2015 - 17:03
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Leeds Rhinos v Wigan Warriors - First Utility Super League - Super 8s Round 2.
Friday 14th August 2015. Kick Off 8
:00pm at Headingley Carnegie Stadium.

Match Report

Can't say I'm too disappointed with this loss. I said before it was a free pass for Wigan and frankly they weren't given much help with rotten luck first half.

A "No Try" on the field for Danny McGuire overturned by the video officials. A knock on by Kevin Sinfield ahead of the second try before his clear knock on that was disgracefully given for the third try.

Don't get me wrong. I can see why the first try was overturned and how that knock on for the second try could be missed but when the third incident occurred it was a huge kick in the teeth with not having that luck before.

Generally though despite all that, which clearly didn't help our cause, I felt overall Leeds were just more clinical than us. I thought we gave plenty of effort but between the 6th and 58th Minutes we didn't score any tries.

We had the territory but whilst their was some superb defence by Leeds, I do wonder if Ryan Sutton should of scored on at least one of his two excellent bursts towards the line? Was he guilty of not going low enough? I'm only going off my memories from at the time but I couldn't believe he didn't get over on that second burst.

I felt we were a bit predictable also in testing Tom Briscoe on the last tackle. It worked early on but they fixed that hole and we perhaps lacked a plan B? Going right was failing a lot during that spell also. Add in sloppy passes going to ground behind players and three really poor conceded penalties, two by Sean O'Loughlin and one by Joel Tomkins, and I feel that even if we did suffer rotten luck, we still didn't do our own things right.

Add in the missed goal kicks and a rotten kick by Liam Farrell at 20-8 that soon went punished up the other endm it all added to Wigan's downfall. To top it off we lost Micky Mac injured at a crucial time and  Dom Crosby and Taulima Tautai pulled up injured the day before the game. All in all it really wasn't Wigan's night luck wise.

To be fair it was a good rally late on but too late to really test what I thought was a tiring Leeds effort. They rightly sit four points clear top of the table though. That is a fair reflection of this season. For us, when Saints losing was a big result. If we finish second in the table we get a home semi final like Leeds will do. That has to be the aim now and it's in our hands.

One final thing. Are we seeing enough with ball in hand from Matty Smith? George Williams is showing some great effort but it's all individual. Our halves don't seem to combine as a pair and that isn't helping us I don't think. Let's us see what next week brings.

Team Sheets

- Leeds Position Wigan 1
1 Zak Hardaker Full Back Matty Bowen 1
2 Tom Briscoe

Right Wing

Josh Charnley 2
3 Kallum Watkins Centre John Bateman 14
4 Joel Moon Centre Anthony Gelling 3
5 Ryan Hall Left Wing Dom Manfredi 22
13 Kevin Sinfield Stand Off George Williams 6
6 Danny McGuire Scrum Half Matty Smith 7
30 Mitch Garbutt Prop Ben Flower 10
17 Adam Cuthbertson Hooker Mike McIlorum 9
10

Jamie Peacock

Prop

Tony Clubb

17
14 Stevie Ward 2nd Row Joel Tomkins 11
12 Carl Ablett 2nd Row Liam Farrell 12
19 Brad Singleton L.Forward Sean O'Loughlin 13
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7 Rob Burrow Substitute Sam Powell 16
8 Kylie Leuluai Substitute Lee Mossop 23
16 Mitch Achurch Substitute Larne Patrick 25
20 Jimmy Keinhorst Substitute Ryan Sutton 28
- Brian McDermott Coach Shaun Wane -

Score Sheet

Leeds Rhinos 25

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Wigan Warriors 18

Tries (4):
Danny McGuire
Joel Moon
Ryan Hall
Kallum Watkins

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Tries (4):
Liam Farrell 2
John Bateman
Dom Manfredi

Goals:
Kevin Sinfield 4/5
--- Goals:
Matty Smith 0/2
Matty Bowen 1/2
Drop Goals:
Zak Hardaker 1
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Scoring and Incident Pattern

02mins:17 Leeds 04 Wigan 00 Try: Danny McGuire
Leeds 06 Wigan 00 Conversion: Kevin Sinfield (1/1)
06mins:29 Leeds 06 Wigan 04 Try: Liam Farrell
Leeds 06 Wigan 04 Missed Conv: Matty Smith (0/1)
20mins:07 Leeds 10 Wigan 04 Try: Joel Moon
Leeds 12 Wigan 04 Conversion: Kevin Sinfield (2/2)
24mins:41 Leeds 14 Wigan 04 Penalty Goal: Kevin Sinfield (3/3)
39mins:33 Leeds 18 Wigan 04 Try: Ryan Hall
Leeds 20 Wigan 04 Conversion: Kevin Sinfield (4/4)
Half Time Leeds Rhinos 20 Wigan Warriors 04
58mins:03 Leeds 20 Wigan 08 Try: Liam Farrell
Leeds 20 Wigan 08 Missed Conv: Matty Smith (0/2)
65mins:48 Leeds 24 Wigan 08 Try: Kallum Watkins
Leeds 24 Wigan 08 Missed Conv: Kevin Sinfield (4/5)
68mins:32 Leeds 25 Wigan 08 Drop Goal: Zak Hardaker
71mins:21 Leeds 25 Wigan 12 Try: John Bateman
Leeds 25 Wigan 14 Conversion: Matty Bowen (1/1)
77mins:57 Leeds 25 Wigan 18 Try: Dom Manfredi
Leeds 25 Wigan 18 Missed Conv: Matty Bowen (1/2)
Full Time Leeds Rhinos 25 Wigan Warriors 18

Video Highlights

Referee

Richard Silverwood

Penalties Conceded

Leeds 8 Wigan 8

Match Attendance

15,026

Weather

Rainy Day but rain stopped during second half.