Friday 2nd May 2014, 20:00 - Round:11

Leeds Rhinos

Leeds Rhinos

28 (16)

VS.

Wigan Warriors

(6) 12

Wigan Warriors
Danny McGuire, Zak Hardaker, Tom Briscoe, Ryan Hall, Liam Sutcliffe,

T Tony Clubb, Scott Taylor,

Kevin Sinfield 4,

G

Matty Smith 2,

  DG  

Attendance: 18,139  Official: P Bentham  Venue: Headingley Carnegie Stadium

TRIES:
5
2
TRIES:
GOALS:
4
2
GOALS:
METRES:
1532
1461
METRES:
CARRIES:
234
201
CARRIES:
TACKLES:
341
383
TACKLES:
OFFLOADS:
18
15
OFFLOADS:
PENALTIES:
1
5
PENALTIES:
BREAKS:
8
6
BREAKS:

Leeds Rhinos produced a masterclass to end Wigan Warriors’ eight-match winning run and return to the top of First Utility Super League with a hugely-impressive 28-12 victory at Headingley.

The Rhinos' star-studded outside backs were once more the stars of the show, with England trio Ryan Hall, Tom Briscoe and Zak Hardaker all scoring tries to condemn the reigning champions to their third defeat of the domestic season.

It can be no coincidence that all three defeats have come in the absence of influential skipper Sean O'Loughlin, whose injury jinx struck again on the eve of today's Roses clash.

O'Loughlin's frustration was in marked contrast to the pride of his opposite number Kevin Sinfield, who led his team to a spectacular win on his record-equalling 416th Super League appearance.

Sinfield took on the dummy-half duties in the absence of a specialist hooker after Chris Clarkson had started in the role and helped soften the blow of losing Rob Burrow for up to three months with a fractured collarbone.

If the Rhinos' England backs provided the highlight for the bulk of the 18,139 crowd, coach Brian McDermott will no doubt be more satisfied with another magnificent defensive effort, once more led by veteran prop Jamie Peacock. Wigan scored two tries but both were scrappy efforts from close range.

The game began badly for the visitors with John Bateman losing possession in the first set of tackles and hardly improved.

The Rhinos were in front inside two minutes when Hall palmed the ball back from Sinfield's kick for Danny McGuire to touch down and 10 minutes later in-form full-back Hardaker scythed through the Warriors defence to score straight from a scrum.

With Sinfield kicking a goal, Leeds led 10-0 but Wigan gradually worked their way into the contest.

Their first chance fell to teenage winger Joe Burgess after he collected a kick from stand-off Blake Green but Leeds' defence scrambled superbly and Wigan's first try was a close-range effort from loose forward Tony Clubb, who barged over from dummy half after hooker Michael McIlorum had been held short of the line.

Matty Smith's conversion cut the Yorkshiremen's lead to four points and Wigan could have gone in front had Green been able to ground the ball when he reached the line, but he was turned onto his back and the chance was lost.

In truth, the visitors were hardly in the contest and it was no surprise when Leeds extended their lead five minutes before half-time when Hall stormed in trademark fashion from deep inside his own half to set up the position for centre Kallum Watkins to skilfully work his winger Briscoe at the corner.

Sinfield's touchline conversion made it 16-6 and the best was yet to come with Hall's spectacular score.

Watkins launched a high kick on halfway more in hope than expectation on the last tackle but re-gathered possession and Leeds kept the ball alive, moving it to the left where Joel Moon kicked ahead for his winger to gather and touch down for a richly-deserved try.

Hall also came up with a break to give McGuire a run to the line but he lost his grip on the ball.

Wigan chanced their arm in the final quarter and finally gained some reward for their perseverance when prop Scott Taylor forced his way over from five metres out for his side's second try.

Leeds remained well in control, however, and substitute Liam Sutcliffe capped an impressive cameo stand-off display with a jinking run that brought their fifth try two minutes from the end, with Sinfield kicking his fourth goal.

Zak Hardaker 1 0 9 1 2 4 0 25 206 8.24 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0
Tom Briscoe 1 0 4 0 0 6 0 17 152 8.94 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Ryan Hall 1 0 10 1 3 7 1 20 180 9.00 2 2 1 0 0 0 1 0
Danny McGuire 1 1 20 5 4 2 3 18 58 3.22 1 1 1 0 0 0 3 0
Liam Sutcliffe 1 0 19 5 0 6 2 9 61 6.78 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Kallum Watkins 0 1 14 1 2 4 1 18 125 6.94 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0
Joel Moon 0 2 29 4 7 0 1 9 43 4.78 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Kevin Sinfield 0 1 27 4 1 1 1 12 51 4.25 0 7 1 0 4 1 0 0
Kylie Leuluai 0 0 12 1 1 3 0 16 96 6.00 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
Chris Clarkson 0 0 21 6 3 0 0 3 30 10.00 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
Jamie Peacock 0 0 34 5 2 2 0 34 200 5.88 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0
Carl Ablett 0 0 27 2 3 3 0 13 90 6.92 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 1
Mitchell Achurch 0 0 38 11 4 1 0 9 34 3.78 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
Brett Delaney 0 0 32 7 3 0 0 13 82 6.31 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Ryan Bailey 0 0 19 4 2 0 0 10 71 7.10 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Ian Kirke 0 0 15 5 1 0 0 2 11 5.50 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
Brad Singleton 0 0 11 1 1 0 0 6 42 7.00 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Stats Key

T: Tries
TA: Try assists
TK: Tackles
MT: Marker tackles
MI: Missed tackles
TB: Tackle busts

AT: Attacking kicks
C: Carries
M: Metres
AG: Av gain
CB: Clean break
DR: Run from dummy half

E: Errors
FT: Forty twenty
G: Goals
MG: Missed goals
OF: Offload
P: Penalties

  • (FB) Z. Hardaker
  • (W) T. Briscoe
  • (U) K. Watkins
  • (U) J. Moon
  • (W) R. Hall
  • (SO) D. McGuire
  • (SR) C. Ablett
  • (P) K. Leuluai
  • (U) K. Sinfieldx4
  • (P) J. Peacock
  • (U) C. Clarkson
  • (SR) M. Achurch
  • (U) B. Delaney
  • (SR) I. Kirke
  • (SO) L. Sutcliffe
  • (P) B. Singleton
  • (P) R. Bailey

Highlights

Key Performances

Player

Zak Hardaker

Metres: 206

Player

Tom Briscoe

Metres: 152

Player

Ryan Hall

Metres: 180

Player

Jamie Peacock

Metres: 200

Tackles: 34

Player

Mitchell Achurch

Tackles: 38

Player

Brett Delaney

Tackles: 32

Player

Matthew Bowen

Metres: 208

Player

Anthony Gelling

Metres: 269

Player

Matthew Smith

Tackles: 31

Forty Twenty: 1

Player

Scott Taylor

Tackles: 35

Player

Mike McIlorum

Tackles: 37

Player

Liam Farrell

Tackles: 42

Player

Tony Clubb

Tackles: 47