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Wigan

  • Smith, Flower, Burgess,
    Goals: Smith (4),
    Drop goals: Smith,
21 - 6

Leeds

  • Sutcliffe,
    Goals: Sinfield,
  • First Utility Super League
  • 5th Sep 2014
  • KO 20:00
  • Att: 20,265

Super League: Wigan Warriors too strong for Leeds Rhinos

Last updated: 6th September 2014   Subscribe to RSS Feed


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Wigan moved into second place in the Super League table as they battled their way to a 21-6 victory over Leeds at the DW Stadium.

First-half tries from Joe Burgess and Matty Smith, who converted both scores and also kicked a penalty, gave the reigning champions a deserved 14-0 lead at the break.

The Rhinos threatened a comeback after the break when Liam Sutcliffe scored a scrappy try, but despite throwing everything at their hosts they were unable to get any closer.

Having had to stand firm in the face of some serious pressure, Wigan restored the 14-point gap when Ben Flower burst through a tired Leeds defence and it was Smith who rounded out the scoring, landing a last-second drop goal.

The result was the perfect way for head coach Shaun Wane to celebrate his 100th game in charge of the Cherry and Whites, as well as being an ideal response to last week's away loss to Widnes.

Leeds, meanwhile, have now lost four on the spin in Super League, a slump that looks likely to cost them a place in the top four heading into the playoffs. 

Having been held scoreless in the second half of their home loss to St Helens a week ago, Brian McDermott's side failed to muster a point in an opening 40 minutes that saw them on the back foot.

Clever grubber

Winger Burgess marked his return after missing the last five matches with a knee injury by getting on the end of Blake Green's clever grubber in behind the Leeds defence to break the deadlock in the left corner.

Smith landed the extras from out wide and then capitalised on a gift from Zak Hardaker to stretch Wigan's lead further, the Rhinos full-back seeing his floated pass picked off after he had been caught in possession on the last tackle.

The try scorer left himself with a simple kick at the posts, while he could even afford to slip when striking the penalty that was the final play before the hooter sounded.

Leeds lacked attacking intent without Danny McGuire and Rob Burrow, though they did finally break their barren run without scoring when Sutcliffe capitalised on Josh Charnley twice failing to deal with a loose ball on a free play.

Kevin Sinfield's superb conversion made it 14-6 and the Yorkshiremen were suddenly full of confidence, with the intensity levels on the field raised a notch or two again.

But Wigan were the team who crucially scored next, Michael McIlorum's short pass allowing Flower to get over. Smith added the extras and then also rubbed salt into the Rhinos' wounds with a late one-pointer.

Leeds have twice before been crowned champions from fifth in the table, and it looks like this year's Tetley's Challenge Cup winners may now have to do it the hard way again if they are to emulate Wigan and complete the double.

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Super League Table

Super League Table - September 14 2014
Pos Team P Pts
1 St Helens 27 38
2 Wigan Warriors 27 37
3 Huddersfield Giants 27 37
4 Castleford Tigers 27 36
5 Warrington Wolves 27 35
6 Leeds Rhinos 27 32
7 Catalans Dragons 27 29
8 Widnes Vikings 27 27
9 Hull K R 27 23
10 Salford Red Devils 27 23
11 Hull FC 27 22
12 Wakefield Wildcats 27 21
13 Bradford Bulls * 27 10
14 London Broncos 27 2
Forthcoming First Utility Super League Fixtures
TimeFixture
First Utility Super League
Thursday 5th February
20:00Widnes vs Wigan
Friday 6th February
20:00St Helens vs Catalans Dragons
Saturday 7th February
15:00Warrington Wolves vs Salford Red Devils
Sunday 8th February
15:00Huddersfield vs Hull
15:00Hull K R vs Leeds
15:30Castleford vs Wakefield
Thursday 12th February
20:00Salford vs St Helens
Friday 13th February
20:00Hull vs Warrington
20:00Leeds vs Widnes
20:00Wigan vs Huddersfield
Today's Results
TimeResult
First Utility Super League
Saturday 11th October
St Helens 14 - 6 Wigan
Friday 3rd October
Wigan 16 - 12 Warrington
Thursday 2nd October
St Helens 30 - 12 Catalans Dragons
Friday 26th September
Huddersfield 16 - 18 Catalans Dragons
Thursday 25th September
Castleford 14 - 30 Warrington
Saturday 20th September
Leeds 20 - 24 Catalans Dragons
Warrington 22 - 19 Widnes
Friday 19th September
St Helens 41 - 0 Castleford
Thursday 18th September
Wigan 57 - 4 Huddersfield
Sunday 14th September
Wakefield 18 - 42 Hull K R

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