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Leeds Rhinos 32-16 Wigan Warriors

Friday 4th August 2017
KO: 20:00 - Round: 1

32-16 FT

HT: 10 10

Official: B Thaler

Venue: Headingley Carnegie Stadium

  • Leeds Rhinos

  • Tries
    Stevie Ward 3, Ashton Golding 2, Matt Parcell,

  • Goals
    Kallum Watkins 4,

  • Drop Goals

  • Wigan Warriors

  • Tries
    Tom Davies 2, Sam Tomkins,

  • Goals
    George Williams 2,

  • Drop Goals

Official Report / Commentary

Stevie Ward scored a hat-trick as Leeds Rhinos responded to their Ladbrokes Challenge Cup semi-final exit against Hull FC with a clinical 32-16 victory over defending Betfred Super League champions Wigan Warriors.

Second-rower Ward opened the scoring in the first half and grabbed two more tries in the final quarter to confirm a highly impressive performance by the Rhinos.

Fellow academy product Ashton Golding weighed in with a brace as Brian McDermott's second-placed side increased Wigan's chances of missing out on a top-four finish and play-off semi-final spot.

Leeds led through Ward and some delightful handling from Matt Parcell and Kallum Watkins led to Golding darting over.

Wigan replied when winger Tom Davies took a pass from Sam Tomkins to score in the right corner.

Davies showed remarkable pace to seize on a mistake by Liam Sutcliffe and race 90 metres down the right flank to score.

Ryan Hall's surging run and clever kick sent Golding diving over for his second after the break.

Tom Briscoe's pass put Parcell over from close range and then Ward took a pass from Danny McGuire to score his second before he grounded a kick from the Leeds captain to complete his treble.

Tomkins hit back for Wigan with a predatory effort in the right corner.

Leeds boss Brian McDermott paid tribute to Ward after the homegrown star's hat-trick.

He said: "It was the flattest week since I've been coach after we invested so much into the Hull game.

"I just sensed the players wanted to be left alone and get to gameday, which we pretty much did.

"I wasn't sure what we would deliver, but it was great to see and there was lots of energy.

"While Wigan weren't at their best in attack, I thought on occasions we defended what they threw at us during some really important moments in the game.

"I just think Stevie is a brilliant player. He can defend like a prop and skip past people and find a pass – he's just got an all-round game, very much like Jamie Jones-Buchanan.

"I went for a beer with him and Adam Cuthbertson last week after the game and it's only when you're in that kind of environment that you realise how much they care and how much it hurt.

"Stevie has been through some moments in his career, good and bad, so it's great we are seeing the best of him."

Wigan head coach Shaun Wane admitted: "We were disappointing, poor and we lacked energy.

"I was disappointed with the individual defence but my lads have been great all year – we've won a final, we've reached another final but today we took a step back.

"Leeds didn't look flat and looked a lot more energised than we did.

"There are no excuses because we were beaten by the better team in every department.

"But we will never, ever, give in and we will be ready for next Friday (against Huddersfield). We need to win every game now but I said that before this match."

  • 74: GOAL! scored for Wigan by George Williams
  • 74: TRY! scored for Wigan by Sam Tomkins
  • 71: GOAL! scored for Leeds by Kallum Watkins
  • 71: TRY! scored for Leeds by Stevie Ward
  • 68: TRY! scored for Leeds by Stevie Ward
  • 68: GOAL! scored for Leeds by Kallum Watkins
  • 55: TRY! scored for Leeds by Matt Parcell
  • 55: GOAL! scored for Leeds by Kallum Watkins
  • 45: TRY! scored for Leeds by Ashton Golding
  • 30: GOAL! scored for Wigan by George Williams
  • 30: TRY! scored for Wigan by Tom Davies
  • 26: TRY! scored for Wigan by Tom Davies
  • 21: GOAL! scored for Leeds by Kallum Watkins
  • 21: TRY! scored for Leeds by Ashton Golding
  • 17: TRY! scored for Leeds by Stevie Ward
  • Key Performers

    Stevie Ward

    Tries 3
    2 2
    Clean Breaks 3

    Adam Cuthbertson

    Offloads 7
    2 2

    Ryan Hall

    Metres 193
    2 2

    Tom Davies

    Metres 169
    5 5

    Head to Head

    Tries:

    Leeds Rhinos 6
    Wigan Warriors 3

    Goals:

    Leeds Rhinos 4
    Wigan Warriors 2

    METRES:

    Leeds Rhinos 1458
    Wigan Warriors 1191

    CARRIES:

    Leeds Rhinos 206
    Wigan Warriors 154

    TACKLES:

    Leeds Rhinos 273
    Wigan Warriors 317

    OFFLOADS:

    Leeds Rhinos 18
    Wigan Warriors 10

    PENALTIES:

    Leeds Rhinos 6
    Wigan Warriors 8

    BREAKS:

    Leeds Rhinos 11
    Wigan Warriors 4

    Full Match Statistics

    Player T TA TK MT MI TB AT C M AG CB DR E FT G MG OF P
    Stevie Ward 3 0 40 12 0 6 0 20 132 6.60 3 1 1 0 0 0 2 0
    Ash Golding 2 0 3 0 1 5 0 24 147 6.13 1 2 0 0 0 0 1 1
    Matt Parcell 1 0 18 6 2 2 0 12 75 6.25 1 9 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Jordan Lilley 0 0 4 1 1 0 0 1 4 4.00 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Anthony Mullally 0 0 9 0 0 0 0 6 58 9.67 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Jimmy Keinhorst 0 0 10 5 2 1 0 5 45 9.00 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Brett Delaney 0 0 16 3 1 2 0 7 83 11.86 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 1
    Carl Ablett 0 0 22 4 2 0 0 7 33 4.71 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1
    Jamie Jones-Buchanan 0 0 31 7 3 3 0 14 103 7.36 2 1 2 0 0 0 0 1
    Adam Cuthbertson 0 0 21 2 1 1 0 15 108 7.20 0 0 1 0 0 0 7 0
    Brad Singleton 0 0 30 6 1 3 0 15 55 3.67 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Joel Moon 0 0 18 1 3 1 2 15 59 3.93 0 2 2 0 0 0 2 1
    Danny McGuire 0 3 10 0 1 0 10 9 37 4.11 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1
    Ryan Hall 0 1 3 0 1 5 1 18 193 10.72 1 2 1 0 0 0 1 0
    Liam Sutcliffe 0 0 13 1 2 1 0 11 142 12.91 1 2 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Kallum Watkins 0 1 22 3 0 0 0 14 83 5.93 0 1 0 0 4 2 1 0
    Tom Briscoe 0 1 3 1 0 2 0 13 101 7.77 0 1 1 0 0 0 2 0
    Player T TA TK MT MI TB AT C M AG CB DR E FT G MG OF P
    Tom Davies 2 0 7 1 0 4 1 15 169 11.27 2 3 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Sam Tomkins 1 1 10 0 1 4 2 7 55 7.86 1 1 2 0 0 0 0 2
    Anthony Gelling 0 0 20 3 3 0 0 16 142 8.88 0 4 1 0 0 0 3 1
    Oliver Gildart 0 0 12 0 2 2 0 13 145 11.15 1 6 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Joe Burgess 0 0 3 0 2 0 1 7 52 7.43 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0
    George Williams 0 0 16 0 3 2 4 14 94 6.71 0 0 2 0 2 1 3 0
    Thomas Leuluai 0 2 23 3 3 0 2 3 17 5.67 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Frank-Paul Nuuausala 0 0 21 3 1 1 0 4 34 8.50 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
    Mike McIlorum 0 0 29 4 2 0 0 8 32 4.00 0 7 0 0 0 0 0 1
    Ryan Sutton 0 0 26 3 3 0 0 8 52 6.50 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    John Bateman 0 0 42 7 1 5 0 16 112 7.00 0 0 1 0 0 0 3 0
    Liam Farrell 0 0 20 2 3 0 0 8 58 7.25 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0
    Sean O'Loughlin 0 0 30 5 1 0 1 13 79 6.08 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 2
    Tony Clubb 0 0 11 2 3 1 1 7 55 7.86 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1
    Taulima Tautai 0 0 15 1 0 2 0 10 68 6.80 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
    William Isa 0 0 18 2 1 0 0 4 22 5.50 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Josh Ganson 0 0 14 2 3 0 0 1 5 5.00 0 1 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