RLFANS.COM
Celebrating
22 years service to
the Rugby League
Community!

With just five games remaining in the regular rounds of Super League 2021 the race for the all-important top-six was heating up as fourth placed Wigan Warriors hosted a Leeds Rhinos currently sitting in seventh spot, but who knew that a win would lift them into fifth above both Hull clubs.

Wigan were without the suspended Willie Isa but Jai Field and Brad Singleton both returned to the starting line-up alongside a John Bateman who had a one game suspension overturned on appeal, while the Rhinos were without a ill Callum McLelland but with Rhyse Martin, Matt Prior and Cameron Smith all back in the seventeen.

The Warriors were slight favourites for the win with the Rhinos being given a two-point start on the coupon, but there was very little in it for the pundits who were divided on who would take the win to improve their league win percentage.

It wasn’t the best start for Leeds as Rhyse Martin put his kick-off out on the full but after defending a couple of sets of six the Rhinos regained their composure as the teams got stuck into an early arm wrestle.

On twenty-one Zane Tetevano saw yellow, for the second week running, for an ugly tackle on Liam Farrell, the Rhinos down to twelve for ten minutes.

On the half hour mark the Rhinos hauled down Jackson Hastings and when Luke Briscoe was not square at the play the ball, leaping over a Rhyse Martin and stealing the ball, he was shown the yellow card by referee Hicks. Leeds were down to eleven but only for fifteen seconds as Tetevano returned to the pitch.

It was the twelve men who opened the scoring with just three minutes of the half remaining when Brad Dwyer collected a Kruise Leeming grubber which bounced off the right hand post, the Leeds hooker grounding under the sticks and giving Martin a simple kick for a 6-0 half time lead.

The Rhinos went in for their second five after the restart after a Martin break through a broken Warriors defence before he found his full back Richie Myler in support to go the remaining ten a slide over by the uprights. Martin added the extras for a 12-0 lead.

A high tackle from Amir Bourouh on Tetevano gifted the Rhinos a penalty goal from the boot of Martin to extend the lead and put three tries between the sides.

On seventy-two Bibby went for the line but a great defensive effort from Ash Handley held him up over the line to prevent the try, aided by Myler. Leeming went for the line on a minute later, and with players in support the Rhinos should have scored, but Wigans defence dragged him into touch.

The Rhinos ran down the clock while in possession for an historic 14-0 win, as the Warriors fans left the stadium in droves for an early journey home.

The Rhinos first win at the DW Stadium for eight years which lifted them into fifth spot after a season of languishing in the bottom half of the table. Many will now be asking whether Richard Agar has timed a run to Old Trafford, and Grand Final glory, with perfection, while at the same time asking whether Adrian Lam’s Wigan are a spent force in 2021. Wigan have now gone over one hundred and sixty minutes without crossing the whitewash and this was their first home nilling since the start of Super League.

Wigan Warriors: Field, Marshall, Gildart, Hardaker, Bibby, Hastings, Smith, Singleton, Shorrocks, Partington, Farrell, Bateman, Smithies. Subs: Bourouh, Byrne, Havard, Pearce-Paul.

Leeds Rhinos: Myler (T), Briscoe L (SB on 31), Newman, Briscoe T, Hadley, Leeming, Lui, Thompson, Dwyer (T), Prior, Gannon, Martin (3G), Tetevano (SB on 21). Subs: Vuniyayawa, Donaldson, Holroyd, Smith.

Half-Time: 0-6.

Full-Time: 0-14.

Referee: Rob Hicks.

Score Progression: (SB), (SB), 0-4, 0-6 : HT : 0-10, 0-12, 0-14 : FT.




facebook sharing button
twitter sharing button
pinterest sharing button
email sharing button
sharethis sharing button


Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Wed 25th Aug 2021 9:37 PM | Views : 3673 | Replies : 0 | BACK TO STORIES
When you register you get access to the live match scores, live match chat and you can post in the discussions on the forums.
YOU HAVE RL CHAT OFF
RLFANS Match Centre
Fri 24th Sep
SL RND: 26 Warrington0-19Hull KR
NRL RND: 28 Souths36-16Manly
Thu 23rd Sep
SL RND: 26 Wigan0-8Leeds
Sun 19th Sep
SL RND: 25 Huddersfield42-24Leigh
CH RND: 22 Bradford22-36Whitehaven
CH RND: 22 Dewsbury21-14Oldham
CH RND: 22 Featherstone78-10Sheffield
CH RND: 22 Halifax10-12Batley
CH RND: 22 Swinton16-26Widnes
CH RND: 22 York30-22LondonB
L1 RND: 22 Doncaster31-10Hunslet
WSL RND: 16 St.HelensW52-0WiganW
WSL RND: 16 YorkW28-14CastlefordW
Sat 18th Sep
NRL RND: 27 Penrith8-6Parramatta
CH RND: 22 Newcastle12-82Toulouse
L1 RND: 22 Crusaders14-28Keighley
Fri 17th Sep
SL RND: 25 Leeds36-12Hull KR
SL RND: 25 Salford26-14St.Helens
SLRND: 25 Wakefield44-12Hull FC
SL RND: 25 Wigan12-8Catalans
This is an inplay table and positions can change as matches are in play.
National Rugby League 2021 ROUND : 25
 PLDFADIFFPTS
Melbourne 24 815 316 499 42
Penrith 24 640 280 360 42
Souths 24 775 453 322 40
Manly 24 744 492 252 32
Sydney 24 636 475 161 32
Parramatta 24 566 457 109 30
Newcastle 24 428 571 -143 24
Gold Coast 24 568 553 15 20
 
Cronulla 24 512 556 -44 20
Canberra 24 481 578 -97 20
St.George 24 474 616 -142 16
NZ Warriors 24 453 624 -171 16
Wests 24 500 714 -214 16
Brisbane 24 446 695 -249 14
NQL Cowboys 24 460 748 -288 14
Canterbury 24 340 710 -370 6
This is an inplay table and positions can change as matches are in play.
Betfred Super League XXVI ROUND : 25
 PLDFADIFFPTSDIFFWP%
Catalans 23 688 398 290 38 172.86 82.61
St.Helens 21 548 229 319 32 239.30 76.19
Warrington 21 588 354 234 31 166.10 73.81
Wigan 25 387 385 2 30 100.52 60
Leeds 24 556 440 116 26 126.36 54.17
Hull KR 20 497 458 39 20 108.52 50
 
Castleford 23 439 552 -113 22 79.53 47.83
Hull FC 21 409 476 -67 17 85.92 40.48
Huddersfield 24 460 516 -56 18 89.15 37.50
Wakefield 24 482 548 -66 18 87.96 37.50
Salford 22 402 586 -184 14 68.60 31.82
Leigh 22 356 870 -514 4 40.92 9.09
This is an inplay table and positions can change as matches are in play.
Betfred Championship 2021 ROUND : 20
 PLDFADIFFPTSDIFFWP%
Toulouse 13 616 112 504 26 550 100
Featherstone 19 817 254 563 34 321.65 94.74
Halifax 19 512 323 189 26 158.51 68.42
Bradford 18 483 455 28 24 106.15 66.67
LondonB 18 504 499 5 21 101 63.89
Batley 19 525 370 155 24 141.89 63.16
 
Whitehaven 20 447 496 -49 21 90.12 52.50
York 19 470 455 15 16 103.30 42.11
Widnes 19 458 509 -51 15 89.98 39.47
Newcastle 18 381 521 -140 13 73.13 36.11
Sheffield 18 382 553 -171 13 69.08 36.11
Dewsbury 19 308 570 -262 13 54.04 34.21
Oldham 19 270 691 -421 5 39.07 13.16
Swinton 20 354 719 -365 3 49.24 7.50
This is an inplay table and positions can change as matches are in play.
Betfred League One 2021 ROUND : 22
 PLDFADIFFPTSDIFFWP%
Barrow 17 596 275 321 27 216.73 79.41
Workington 15 471 310 161 21 151.94 70
Doncaster 18 503 400 103 24 125.75 66.67
Keighley 19 640 399 241 25 160.40 65.79
Crusaders 18 553 438 115 22 126.26 61.11
Hunslet 19 572 466 106 20 122.75 52.63
 
Rochdale 17 505 488 17 17 103.48 50
Coventry 17 407 460 -53 12 88.48 35.29
LondonS 18 292 577 -285 7 50.61 19.44
West Wales 18 208 896 -688 1 23.21 2.78
This is an inplay table and positions can change as matches are in play.
Betfred Womens Super League 2021 ROUND : 9
 PLDFADIFFPTSDIFFWP%
St.HelensW 7 370 36 334 12 1,027.78 85.71
WiganW 6 222 64 158 10 346.88 83.33
YorkW 6 186 102 84 8 182.35 66.67
CastlefordW 6 166 96 70 8 172.92 66.67
BradfordW 8 158 264 -106 6 59.85 37.50
Hudds W 7 104 288 -184 4 36.11 28.57
 
Wire W 8 150 334 -184 4 44.91 25
FeatherstoneW 8 122 338 -216 4 36.09 25
LeedsW 7 364 38 326 14 957.89 100
WakefieldW 7 50 332 -282 0 15.06 0
RLFANS Recent Posts




X
::::::::