Match report as Wigan Warriors lose 26-18 to Leeds Rhinos at Headingley Carnegie
Oliver Gildart and Ryan Sutton replace Anthony Gelling and Joe Bretherton in the Wigan team
- George Williams (2) and Liam Marshall with Wigan’s tries
A late Carl Ablett try saw Leeds edge a tight affair as Wigan lost out to Leeds in the Betfred Super League.
Leeds took the lead in the opening stages thanks to a penalty goal from Ashton Golding but Wigan were soon in front through an effort from George Williams. Tries from Ryan Hall and Joel Moon put the Rhinos back into the lead before Wigan pulled a try as Williams’ second solo effort made it 14-12 at the break to the hosts.
Golding posted the first points on the scoreboard in the second-half with a penalty goal once again. Kallum Watkins put Leeds further ahead on the hour before Liam Marshall pulled one back for Wigan in the latter stages. Carl Ablett sealed the two points for the Rhinos with three minutes left as the hosts ran-out 26-18 winners.
Shaun Wane named two changes to the Wigan side that lost narrowly against Hull FC last week as Oliver Gildart and Ryan Sutton returned from injury and replaced Anthony Gelling and Joe Bretherton.
Brett Delaney came into Brian McDermott’s Leeds outfit in place of Jordan Baldwinson.
Leeds took the lead seven minutes in after winning a penalty due to Wigan being caught offside. Ashton Golding added the penalty goal to put his side 2-0 up.
Wigan quickly replied though with the first try of the game as George Williams used fine footwork to step five Rhinos men to touch down from close range. Morgan Escaré’s conversion was successful and the Warriors were 6-2 in front.
The home side took the lead again midway through the first-half though as Kallum Watkins made a quick break to draw Liam Marshall into the tackle and assist the supporting Ryan Hall who then darted over. Golding added the extras to put Leeds 8-6 to the good.
Leeds extended their lead just minutes later, Joel Moon darted through a gap in the Warriors defence to score from metres out. Golding’s conversion was on target and the Rhinos were 14-6 up after 26 minutes.
England international Williams showed great footwork again as he weaved in and out of the Leeds defence before wrestling his way over. Escaré arrowed his conversion over and Wigan were only 14-12 behind.
Watkins looked to go over late on in the half but the video referee ruled it out for a push from Tom Briscoe on Liam Marshall as they went for the high ball.
Moments after the chalked off Leeds try, Brett Ferres was sent to the sin bin as the referee ruled a crusher tackle. Gildart was forced to leave the action.
Leeds went into the changing rooms leading by just two points following a feisty last 10 minutes.
HALF TIME: Leeds Rhinos 14–12 Wigan Warriors
Gildart reappeared for the second half but lasted just a minute before being withdrawn for the remainder of the game.
Wigan looked to use their one-man advantage and had an overlap on the left edge a couple of minutes following the restart but Leeds managed to keep Williams and Marshall out.
The hosts were awarded a penalty in the 49th minute due to Wigan’s markers not being square. Golding slotted the two from the penalty goal to put Leeds 16-12 ahead, Leeds also now back to 13-men.
Warriors youngster Nick Gregson was denied a try after a threatening attack set on the Leeds line. The back-rower burst onto a flat ball to cross the whitewash but the video referee ruled no try due to a double movement.
From the following set Leeds marched up field and stretched their lead. England centre Watkins stormed down the right channel to make a 50-metre break and crash over. Golding failed to convert but Leeds were 20-12 ahead after an hour.
Marshall brought Wigan back into the game as he put the burners on, the winger pouncing on a loose ball following a Briscoe knock-on to sprint 50 metres and scored his sixth try in five games. The conversion was good and Wigan were down just 20-18 with 15 minutes remaining.
Both sides knew the next try would be crucial and it went Leeds’ way as Ablett sealed the two points collecting Moon’s inside pass to barge over. Golding converted to secure a 26-18 victory for his side.
FULL TIME: Leeds Rhinos 26–18 Wigan Warriors
Leeds Rhinos – 26
Tries: Hall, Moon, Watkins, Ablett
Goals: Golding 5/6
Wigan Warriors - 18
Tries: Williams 2, Marshall
Goals: Escare 3/3
Leeds Rhinos: 1. Ashton Golding, 2. Tom Briscoe, 3. Kallum Watkins, 18. Jimmy Keinhorst, 5. Ryan Hall, 6. Danny McGuire, 4. Joel Moon, 10. Adam Cuthbertson, 9. Matt Parcell, 16. Mitch Garbutt, 19. Brett Ferres, 12. Carl Ablett, 11. Jamie Jones-Buchanan
Interchange: 14. Liam Sutcliffe, 7. Rob Burrow, 20. Anthony Mullally, 15. Brett Delaney
Wigan Warriors: 22. Morgan Escaré, 36. Tom Davies, 32. Liam Forsyth, 4. Oliver Gildart, 35. Liam Marshall, 6. George Williams, 7. Thomas Leuluai, 8. Frank-Paul Nuuausala, 16. Sam Powell, 10. Ben Flower, 11. Joel Tomkins, 20. Willie Isa,15. Tony Clubb
Interchange: 17. Taulima Tautai, 19. Ryan Sutton, 23. Nick Gregson, 26. Romain Navarrete
Referee – Ben Thaler