Super League: Leeds Rhinos hold off Wigan Warriors at Headingley
Last Updated: 16/03/13 1:15pm
Leeds bounced back from their humiliation at home to Huddersfield with a hard-fought 18-14 victory over Wigan at Headingley.
Just as they did in the Challenge Cup semi-finals and the Super League play-offs last year, the Rhinos - thrashed 32-8 by the Giants a week ago - came out on top in a keenly-fought contest that ebbed and flowed throughout.
The reigning champions actually trailed 8-6 at the break but tries from Joel Moon and Jamie Jones-Buchanan helped give head coach Brian McDermott his first regular season triumph over Wigan since taking charge at Leeds.
The Warriors put up a real fight on their travels, particularly as they had to do without Sam Tomkins due to a dead leg he suffered in training.
Pat Richards took over at full-back but may have wish he hadn't of bothered when Ryan Hall cut inside him on the left wing to break the deadlock in the 10th minute.
In truth the Rhinos winger could have had a hat-trick by half time. A knock-on whilst sliding to get a kick to the corner saw a try go begging, while Josh Charnley did superbly well to hold up his England team-mate over the line.
The fine defensive work allowed the Warriors to hit back with their first real attack at the other end of the field in the 20th minute, Liam Farrell brushing off a weak challenge from Kallum Watkins to slide over.
Matty Smith, kicking instead of Richards, added the extras and then also converted a penalty after Jones-Buchanan had been caught out for a high shot, giving the visitors an unlikely lead.
Leeds, though, turned the game around with the game's next two scores; Charnley gifted Joel Moon the simplest of tries when he dropped Kevin Sinfield's bomb under pressure from Hall, while Jones-Buchanan put daylight between the two sides when he brushed aside Blake Green.
They could've been even further clear had Ian Kirke released the ball earlier to the supporting Danny McGuire for what would be an easy run-in, with the knock-on letting Wigan off the hook.
They made the most of the escape, some neat handling putting Iain Thornley in at the left wing , but although Smith converted from the touchline, in the end they couldn't quite breach the hosts again to rescue something from an absorbing game.
First Utility Super League
Thu 3rd Sep - Super 8s
Huddersfield GiantsvsCastleford Tigers
Fri 4th Sep - Super 8s
Leeds RhinosvsSt Helens
Sat 5th Sep - Super 8s
Wigan Warriors0 - 0Catalans Dragons
Sun 6th Sep - Super 8s
Warrington Wolves0 - 0Hull FC
Thu 10th Sep - Super 8s
Castleford TigersvsSt Helens
Fri 11th Sep - Super 8s
Wigan WarriorsvsHull FC
Sat 12th Sep - Super 8s
Catalans DragonsvsLeeds Rhinos
Sun 13th Sep - Super 8s
Huddersfield Giants0 - 0Warrington Wolves
Thu 17th Sep - Super 8s
Leeds RhinosvsCastleford Tigers
Fri 18th Sep - Super 8s
Hull FC0 - 0Huddersfield Giants
St HelensvsWigan Warriors
Sat 19th Sep - Super 8s
Warrington Wolves0 - 0Catalans Dragons
Fri 25th Sep - Super 8s
Huddersfield Giants0 - 0Leeds Rhinos
Hull FC0 - 0Catalans Dragons
St Helens0 - 0Warrington Wolves
Wigan Warriors0 - 0Castleford Tigers
Super League 2013, round seven
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Tony Rea was satisfied following his team's 26-12 win at Castleford which moved the Broncos off the foot of the table.
Bradford back Adrian Purtell was glad to be back in action as he helped the Bulls beat Hull KR.
- Broncos off the bottom
- Rampant Bulls see-off Rovers
- Betts: Dragons blew us away
- Anderson remains grounded
- Catalan cruise past Widnes
- McDermott - A frustrating win
- Smith hails Warrington defence
- Brown: Monkey off our back
- Saints enjoy home comforts
- Rampant Wolves maul Salford
- Bulls v Rovers: Teams
- Tigers v Broncos: Teams
- Burrow on air
- Dragons v Vikings: Teams
- Fiddes' Cent
- Giants v Hull FC: Teams
- City Reds v Wolves: Teams
- Rhinos v Warriors: Teams
- St Helens v Wildcats: Teams
- Paterson eager to beat Bulls
- Purtell almost set for return
- Evans on comeback trail
- Goulding set to boost Wigan