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England  36-6  PNG  FT

Friday 15th July 2016
KO: 20:00 - Round: 22

18-16 FT

( 6-4 HT )

Attendance: 16,712

Official: R Hicks

Venue: Headingley Carnegie Stadium

  • Leeds Rhinos

  • Tries
    Kallum Watkins, Adam Cuthbertson, Brett Ferres,

  • Goals
    Liam Sutcliffe 3,

  • Drop Goals

  • Wigan Warriors

  • Tries
    Josh Charnley, Jack Higginson, George Williams,

  • Goals
    Matty Smith 2,

  • Drop Goals

Official Report / Commentary

Wigan Warriors missed the chance to move back to the top of First Utility Super League as Leeds Rhinos continued their recent resurgence with a 18-16 victory at Headingley. 

The Rhinos, leading 18-4 with 17 minutes remaining, were forced to hold off a late fightback from the visitors to claim their fourth win in five matches. 

Liam Sutcliffe tagged on the extras to Kallum Watkins' 10th-minute opener before Josh Charnley latched onto George Williams' grubber kick in the corner to narrow the gap to 6-4 at half-time.  

Leeds took control of the match during the first 25 minutes of the second half, Adam Cuthbertson finishing from Carl Ablett's fine run and Brett Ferres touching down after Wigan failed to deal with a high kick. 

Wigan came roaring back and a superb pass from Charnley allowed Jack Higginson to score in the corner before Williams produced a wonderful solo effort two minutes later, Matty Smith kicking both to reduce the deficit to two points.

But defending champions Leeds held on to ensure they followed up last week's win over leaders Hull FC, generating confidence ahead of the Qualifiers. 

Leeds coach Brian McDermott was delighted to see his club climb off the bottom of Super League.

"Leeds have never finished bottom in their 136-year history so of course it means a lot," McDermott said. "The job is not done yet but we're really pleased to be off the bottom, let's hope we can finish ninth.

"We got a bit erratic in the second half but we're still improving as a team. This group is still learning some things together and overall I thought it was just a great night.

"We've been through some tough moments this year and we toughed that one out against Wigan, who wouldn't roll over. I thought we defended really well. It got a bit emotional in the second half." 

Wigan coach Shaun Wane, without nine senior players through injury and suspension, had no complaints over the result.

"To lose any game is disappointing," he said. "I thought the effort was good but our game management could have been better. You can't afford to turn over easy ball against a side like Leeds.

"We weren't at the races in the first half so to go in at half-time so close, there were more positives for us. It was a great effort to get back in the game.

"We showed lots of desire but we got beaten on the floor, they butchered us with quick play-the-balls."

  • 71: GOAL! scored for Wigan by Matty Smith
  • 71: TRY! scored for Wigan by George Williams
  • 69: TRY! scored for Wigan by Jack Higginson
  • 69: GOAL! scored for Wigan by Matty Smith
  • 65: TRY! scored for Leeds by Brett Ferres
  • 65: GOAL! scored for Leeds by Liam Sutcliffe
  • 45: GOAL! scored for Leeds by Liam Sutcliffe
  • 45: TRY! scored for Leeds by Adam Cuthbertson
  • 15: TRY! scored for Wigan by Josh Charnley
  • 11: TRY! scored for Leeds by Kallum Watkins
  • 11: GOAL! scored for Leeds by Liam Sutcliffe
  • Key Performers

    Adam Cuthbertson

    Offloads 6
    2 2

    Dan Sarginson

    Metres 164
    5 5
    Offloads 4

    George Williams

    Metres 178
    5 5
    Offloads 4

    Josh Charnley

    Metres 174
    5 5

    Head to Head

    Tries:

    Leeds Rhinos 3
    Wigan Warriors 3

    Goals:

    Leeds Rhinos 3
    Wigan Warriors 2

    METRES:

    Leeds Rhinos 1449
    Wigan Warriors 1332

    CARRIES:

    Leeds Rhinos 201
    Wigan Warriors 202

    TACKLES:

    Leeds Rhinos 356
    Wigan Warriors 359

    OFFLOADS:

    Leeds Rhinos 14
    Wigan Warriors 13

    PENALTIES:

    Leeds Rhinos 6
    Wigan Warriors 8

    BREAKS:

    Leeds Rhinos 5
    Wigan Warriors 7

    Full Match Statistics

    Player T TA TK MT MI TB AT C M AG CB DR E FT G MG OF P
    Brett Ferres 1 0 29 1 2 2 0 8 67 8.38 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
    Adam Cuthbertson 1 0 14 5 1 2 0 11 84 7.64 1 0 2 0 0 0 6 0
    Kallum Watkins 1 0 26 4 2 7 0 19 117 6.16 1 2 2 0 0 0 2 0
    Jimmy Keinhorst 0 1 20 1 0 0 0 6 35 5.83 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Brett Delaney 0 0 28 5 3 0 0 8 68 8.50 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Jamie Jones-Buchanan 0 0 43 16 3 2 0 13 79 6.08 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
    Carl Ablett 0 1 30 4 0 3 0 10 97 9.70 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 1
    Mitchell Achurch 0 0 18 3 2 0 0 10 71 7.10 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 1
    Brad Singleton 0 0 35 4 5 0 0 14 77 5.50 0 0 2 0 0 0 1 1
    James Segeyaro 0 0 40 5 4 4 3 17 125 7.35 2 13 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Keith Galloway 0 0 24 0 1 0 0 13 117 9.00 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
    Rob Burrow 0 1 8 1 3 6 6 13 97 7.46 1 4 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Jordan Lilley 0 1 16 2 0 2 5 10 63 6.30 0 3 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Ryan Hall 0 0 5 2 0 6 1 14 123 8.79 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0
    Joel Moon 0 0 13 4 0 0 0 5 27 5.40 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1
    Tom Briscoe 0 0 1 0 1 1 0 14 73 5.21 0 4 2 0 0 0 0 0
    Liam Sutcliffe 0 0 6 0 1 1 0 16 129 8.06 0 3 1 0 3 0 1 0
    Player T TA TK MT MI TB AT C M AG CB DR E FT G MG OF P
    Josh Charnley 1 1 5 0 1 5 0 20 174 8.70 2 3 1 0 0 0 1 3
    George Williams 1 1 28 2 3 7 5 19 178 9.37 2 1 1 0 0 0 4 0
    Jack Higginson 1 0 7 2 0 0 0 5 29 5.80 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Dan Sarginson 0 0 16 4 1 2 1 27 164 6.07 0 3 2 0 0 0 4 0
    Oliver Gildart 0 0 14 2 2 0 1 8 53 6.63 0 2 1 0 0 0 1 0
    Lewis Tierney 0 0 3 0 1 2 1 16 84 5.25 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Dominic Manfredi 0 0 2 0 1 3 1 12 105 8.75 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Matthew Smith 0 1 27 8 1 0 5 15 52 3.47 0 0 1 0 2 1 0 0
    Joe Bretherton 0 1 19 5 1 0 0 2 11 5.50 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
    Sam Powell 0 1 44 12 7 0 1 4 29 7.25 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 1
    Ben Flower 0 0 33 7 1 1 0 12 60 5.00 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    William Isa 0 0 41 7 3 1 0 10 68 6.80 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Ryan Sutton 0 0 40 12 7 0 0 15 76 5.07 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Lee Mossop 0 0 32 3 3 1 0 10 70 7.00 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 2
    Taulima Tautai 0 0 29 5 2 4 0 18 118 6.56 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 1
    Frank-Paul Nuuausala 0 0 10 2 1 1 0 6 47 7.83 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Jake Shorrocks 0 0 9 4 1 1 0 3 14 4.67 0 0 1 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