Warriors beat Leopards

  • Match Report as Wigan Warriors win against Leigh Leopards at The Brick Community Stadium.
  • A Bevan French double was paired with an acrobatic Liam Marshall effort and Liam Farrell try as the Warriors ran out winners.
  • FT | Wigan Warriors 24-6 Leigh Leopards.

Match Report as WIgan Warriors beat Leigh Leopards 24-6 at The Brick Community Stadium.

A feisty first half contest saw just one try scored. A penalty goal from Adam Keighran after a sin bin for Robbie Mulhern opened the scoring before Bevan French raced in straight afterwards to give Wigan an 8-0 advantage. Brad O’Neill was shown a yellow card just before the end of the first forty as Wigan started the second half minus a man.

Leigh cut the deficit with a Brad Dwyer try in the second half but Wigan responded immediately with a quickfire double from Marshall and French. A final flurry saw Liam Farrell support a great break from Jake Wardle to round-off the victory and see the Warriors to victory and at the summit of the Betfred Super League table.

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The Warriors saw Mike Cooper leave the field for a head injury assessment in the second minute after the forward clashed heads with Robbie Mulhern.

A high-tempo game saw the scores remain to nil after 20 minutes but there were chances for both sides. Abbas Miski looked to be sent through in space on the right edge but the play was pulled back for a forward pass. After plenty of defensive fire Leigh then had a chance as Ipape raced for the line, French was on hand to stop him before Liam Farrell wrapped up the following play to deny the Leopards on the line on the last tackle.

Robbie Mulhern was sent to the sin bin shortly afterwards after Kaide Ellis was hit late twice in succession. The Warriors opted for the tee from the penalty as Adam Keighran slotted over the first two-points of the game.

Immediately from the restart Wigan crossed for the opening try. A fantastic run from Jake Wardle saw him shrug off a tackle from Zak Hardaker before sending an inside ball to Bevan French who finished off the move, scoring close to the sticks. Adam Keighran kicked the conversion to make it 8-0.

Leigh were asking the questions before the half time break as Mulhern returned from the sin bin but the Warriors held firm in defence. Brad O’Neill was sent to the sin bin with just minutes left of the half but the Warriors went into the sheds with an 8-0 advantage.

With the man advantage Leigh thought they’d hit back in the 45th minute as Zak Hardaker broke through before the ball was sent out to Umyla Hanley, the winger tried to dive in at the corner but his foot was in touch and the effort was chalked off by the video referee as it remained 8-0 to the Cherry and Whites.

The Leopards hit back with a try in the 54th minute to cut the deficit to two-points. A penalty for a late hit allowed Leigh into Wigan’s half and a quick play from Brad Dwyer saw the hooker muscle his way over next to the uprights. Moylan converted the effort to make it 8-6 with 25 minutes to play.

Wigan responded immediately as they went up the other end to score their second of the night. A ball to Liam Marshall saw the winger leap into the air and get the ball down perfectly in a fine acrobatic effort. Keighran couldn’t add the extras but Wigan were back out to 12-6.

In the blink of an eye Wigan were in again, Bevan French was through a gap before kicking the ball through to the in goal and giving chase to ground it himself. Keighran slotted the two and it was 18-6.

A final flurry from Wigan saw Jake Wardle break through once again and Liam Farrell in support finished off the move to score under the uprights. Adam Keighran was on target to seal a 24-6 victory.

Gallery:

Wigan Warriors: Bevan French, Abbas Miski, Adam Keighran, Jake Wardle, Liam Marshall, Jack Farrimond, Harry Smith, Mike Cooper, Brad O’Neill, Luke Thompson, Junior Nsemba, Liam Farrell, Kaide Ellis.

Interchanges: Ethan Havard, Patrick Mago, Tyler Dupree, Sam Walters.

18th Player: Zach Eckersley.

Tries: French (22′, 59′), Marshall (57′), Farrell (78′)

Goals: Keighran 4/5

Sin Bin: O’Neill (38′)

Leigh Leopards: Matt Moylan, Umyla Hanley, Zak Hardaker, Ricky Leutele, Josh Charnley, Gareth O’Brien, Lachlan Lam, Tom Amone, Edwin Ipape, Robbie Mulhern, Kai O’Donnell, Ed Chamberlain, Owen Trout.

Interchanges: Aaron Pene, Brad Dwyer, Jack Hughes, John Asiata.

18th Player: Matt Davis.

Tries: Dwyer (54′)

Goals: Moylan 1/1

Sin Bin: Mulhern (21′)

Referee: Aaron Moore.

Attendance: 16,053

Friday 05 July 2024