Match Report: Leeds 25 Wigan 18
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Friday 14th August 2015
Leeds Rhinos 25 Wigan Warriors 18
Headingley, Leeds
First Utility Super League 20 Super 8s - Round 2 of 7

Kick Off 8:00pm

 

- Wigan       - Leeds      
1 Matty Bowen    G    1 Zak Hardaker      DG 
2 Josh Charnley       2 Tom Briscoe      
14 John Bateman  T      3 Kallum Watkins  T     
3 Anthony Gelling       4 Joel Moon  T     
22 Dom Manfredi  T      5 Ryan Hall  T     
6 George Williams       13 Kevin Sinfield    G4   
7 Matty Smith       6 Danny McGuire  T     
10 Ben Flower       30 Mitch Garbutt      
9 Michael McIlorum       17 Adam Cuthbertson      
17

Tony Clubb

      10

Jamie Peacock

     
11 Joel Tomkins       14 Stevie Ward      
12 Liam Farrell  T2      12 Carl Ablett      
13 Sean O'Loughlin       19 Brad Singleton      
Interchange:
16 Sam Powell       7 Rob Burrow      
23 Lee Mossop       8 Kylie Leuluai      
25 Larne Patrick       16 Mitch Achurch      
28 Ryan Sutton       20 Jimmy Keinhorst      

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 end 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.

Scoring: 
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
Referee: 

Richard Silverwood

Attendance: 

15,026

First Utility Super League 20 Super 8s - Round 2 Results
Thu 13 Aug Castleford Tigers 17 Warrington Wolves 16 5,212
Fri 14 Aug Huddersfield Giants 24 Catalan Dragons 12 4,251
Fri 14 Aug Leeds Rhinos 25 Wigan Warriors 18 15,026
Fri 14 Aug St Helens 22 Hull FC 32 10,203

First Utility Super League 20 Table - After This Round
- Team P W D L F A Diff Pts
1 Leeds Rhinos 25 18 1 6 832 505 +327 37
2 Wigan Warriors 25 16 1 8 637 460 +177 33
3 St Helens 25 16 0 9 636 494 +142 32
4 Huddersfield Giants 25 14 2 9 584 436 +148 30
5 Castleford Tigers 25 15 0 10 600 551 +49 30
6 Warrington Wolves 25 12 0 13 578 522 +56 24
7 Hull FC 25 12 0 13 514 542 -28 24
8 Catalan Dragons 25 10 2 13 599 614 -15 22

Top 4 Qualify for Play Offs