Match report as Wigan lose 32-16 to Leeds Rhinos
Warriors top four hopes take a hit at Headingley
- Tom Davies (2) and Sam Tomkins with Wigan’s tries
Wigan’s hopes of a top four finish took a hit as they went down to defeat away at Leeds in the Super 8s.
Two quick-fire tries from Stevie Ward and Ashton Golding gave Leeds a 10-0 led 22 minutes in but the Warriors responded with two quick-fire tries of their own, both from Tom Davies to make it 10-10 at the interval.
The home side dominated the second half and scored four unanswered tries through Golding, Matt Parcell and two from Ward who completed his hat-trick.
Sam Tomkins scored a late try but Wigan were on the wrong end of a 32-16 scoreline.
Wigan made two changes as Liam Farrell and Josh Ganson came into the side replacing Joel Tomkins (groin) and Sam Powell (suspension).
Brett Delaney returned on the bench for Leeds having been out for over two months with knee injuries.
Wigan looked to have scored the first try of the night through Liam Farrell but his effort was chalked off after the video referee judged Frank-Paul Nuuausala had taken a Leeds player out of the line illegally to make space for a George Williams break.
Chances were few and far between in the opening 20 minutes but Leeds had their first sniff after Wigan coughed up possession in their own half and the Rhinos went over as Stevie Ward made space down the right side.
Four minutes later they were in again as some good hands on the right side, particularly from Kallum Watkins, created a chance for full-back Ashton Golding to score. Watkins this time converted and Leeds were 10-0 to the good.
Wigan hadn’t had hold of the ball for a little while but when they did they scored! A smart move on the right involving Tommy Leuluai and Sam Tomkins putting Tom Davies over.
Two minutes later and a Leeds attack broke down 10-metres out from the Wigan line and Davies collected the ball to race 90 metres to score. Williams levelled it up at 10-10 half an hour in.
The Rhinos thought they’d scored on the stroke of half-time however Ryan Hall’s effort was ruled out after an obstruction in the build up after Golding ran behind Jamie Jones-Buchanan.
HALF TIME: Leeds Rhinos 10–10 Wigan Warriors
Leeds started the second half well and made their early pressure pay when from a Ryan Hall break his kick through was collected by Golding to score his second. Watkins unable to convert but Leeds back in front at 14-10.
Brian McDermott’s side continued to control the second half and scored again in the 55th minute when a break from Liam Sutcliffe put them in great field position allowing Matt Parcell to finish off a fourth Leeds try. The boot of Watkins making it 20-10.
Wigan had a brief glimpse of the Leeds line just after the hour-mark and were unlucky not to score as Sam Tomkins came agonisingly close to collecting Sean O’Loughlin’s deft kick.
The home side were still on top and all but secured the win in the 69th minute when Stevie Ward nipped through a gap to score his second of the game.
Ward soon completed his hat-trick in the next attack as Danny McGuire’s kick took a deflection and fell to the back-rower to score the easiest of his three tries.
Sam Tomkins managed to evade the Leeds defence to ghost over late on but it was too little too late as Leeds were already out of sight.
FULL TIME: Leeds Rhinos 32–16 Wigan Warriors
Leeds Rhinos - 32
Tries: Stevie Ward 3, Ashton Golding 2, Matt Parcell
Goals: Kallum Watkins 4/6
Wigan Warriors - 16
Tries: Tom Davies 2, Sam Tomkins
Goals: George Williams 2/3
Leeds Rhinos: 1. Ashton Golding, 2. Tom Briscoe, 3. Kallum Watkins, 14. Liam Sutcliffe, 5. Ryan Hall, 4. Joel Moon, 6. Danny Mcguire, 10. Adam Cuthbertson, 9. Matt Parcell, 16. Brad Singleton, 13. Stevie Ward, 12. Carl Ablett, 11. Jamie Jones-Buchanan
Interchange: 20. Anthony Mullally, 18. Jimmy Keinhorst, 25. Jordan Lilley, 15. Brett Delaney
Wigan Warriors: 1. Sam Tomkins, 36. Tom Davies, 3. Anthony Gelling, 4. Oliver Gildart, 5. Joe Burgess, 6. George Williams, 7. Tommy Leuluai, 8. Frank-Paul Nuuausala, 9. Micky McIlorum, 19. Ryan Sutton, 14. John Bateman, 12. Liam Farrell, 13. Sean O’Loughlin
Interchange: 33. Josh Ganson, 15. Tony Clubb, 20. Willie Isa, 17. Taulima Tautai
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