Warrington Wolves 12-16 Leeds Rhinos

Thursday 1st February 2018
KO: 19:45 - Round: 1

12-16 FT

HT: 6 12

Attendance: 11,241

Official: P Bentham

Venue: Halliwell Jones Stadium

  • Warrington Wolves

  • Tries
    Bryson Goodwin, Tom Lineham,

  • Goals
    Bryson Goodwin 2,

  • Drop Goals

  • Leeds Rhinos

  • Tries
    Jamie Jones-Buchanan, Ryan Hall 2,

  • Goals
    Kallum Watkins 2,

  • Drop Goals

Official Report / Commentary

Richie Myler returned to haunt his old club as Leeds Rhinos made an impressive start to the defence of their Betfred Super League title with a rousing 16-12 win at Warrington Wolves.

England winger Ryan Hall, one of 12 members of their Grand Final-winning team, provided the highlight with a brace of tries as the Rhinos condemned Steve Price to defeat in his first competitive match as head coach.

Teenage full-back Jack Walker also impressed, along with Myler, who was chosen to fill the boots of departed skipper Danny McGuire and warmed the hearts of the visiting fans at a chilly Halliwell Jones Stadium with a superb all-round display.

The champions were forced to withstand a late fightback from the home side, who scored a try through Tom Lineham with just two minutes left, although captain Chris Hill missed the late thrills as he left the ground early after his wife went into labour with their fourth child.

“I have never been in that situation but it is what it is,” said Price. “It was important Chris did the right thing, to be beside his wife.

“It was one of those things. Chris made that decision and he had our support.

“We were aware of it before the game, she was having a few contractions. I guess the timing worked out in Leeds’ favour.”

On the game, Price added: “It was a good starting point. It was most pleasing when, at 16-6, we showed a fair amount of resolve with our goal-line defence.

“As I said all along, it was going to take time with our new combinations but there are a lot of positives.”

Leeds coach Brian McDermott was delighted to watch his side end a run of seven successive defeats at the Halliwell Jones Stadium.

“It’s a big moment, I’m sick of coming here and explaining why we lost,” McDermott said.

“It was okay to good. I’m really pleased we won and we got a lot of tackling practice but there will be a better version of Warrington in five or six rounds.

“We will need to be better and our game management for the last 15 minutes was crazy but our overall performance was good.”

  • 79: GOAL! scored for Warrington by Bryson Goodwin
  • 79: TRY! scored for Warrington by Tom Lineham
  • 57: TRY! scored for Leeds by Ryan Hall
  • 32: GOAL! scored for Warrington by Bryson Goodwin
  • 31: TRY! scored for Warrington by Bryson Goodwin
  • 25: GOAL! scored for Leeds by Kallum Watkins
  • 19: TRY! scored for Leeds by Ryan Hall
  • 15: GOAL! scored for Leeds by Kallum Watkins
  • 14: TRY! scored for Leeds by Jamie Jones-Buchanan
  • Head to Head

    Tries:

    Wolves 2
    Rhinos 3

    Goals:

    Wolves 2
    Rhinos 2

    METRES:

    Wolves 1429
    Rhinos 1292

    CARRIES:

    Wolves 190
    Rhinos 191

    TACKLES:

    Wolves 351
    Rhinos 384

    OFFLOADS:

    Wolves 9
    Rhinos 19

    PENALTIES:

    Wolves 8
    Rhinos 10

    BREAKS:

    Wolves 5
    Rhinos 6

    Full Match Statistics

    Player T TA TK MT MI TB AT C M AG CB DR E FT G MG OF P
    Stefan Ratchford 0 0 9 0 1 5 0 21 183 8.71 0 2 2 0 0 0 1 2
    Bryson Goodwin 1 0 10 1 1 7 0 16 131 8.19 1 2 1 0 2 0 2 0
    Matthew Russell 0 0 4 0 2 2 0 15 127 8.47 0 5 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Ryan Atkins 0 0 15 0 4 5 1 13 109 8.38 2 0 2 0 0 0 1 1
    Tom Lineham 1 0 4 0 0 1 0 13 106 8.15 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 2
    Ben Currie 0 1 36 6 1 1 1 15 104 6.93 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0
    Jack Hughes 0 0 29 7 2 3 0 16 97 6.06 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0
    Daryl Clark 0 0 41 5 2 3 0 8 95 11.88 0 7 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Mike Cooper 0 0 33 7 1 4 0 14 90 6.43 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 1
    Kevin Brown 0 0 15 4 2 4 2 10 78 7.80 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Joe Philbin 0 0 25 6 0 0 0 9 70 7.78 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Chris Hill 0 0 34 6 0 1 0 10 68 6.80 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Ben Murdoch-Masila 0 0 32 6 0 1 0 7 50 7.14 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
    Ben Westwood 0 0 27 4 0 2 0 10 48 4.80 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1
    George King 0 0 15 6 1 0 0 5 42 8.40 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Tyrone Roberts 0 0 20 3 7 2 6 8 31 3.88 0 0 2 0 0 0 1 0
    Declan Patton 0 0 2 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Player T TA TK MT MI TB AT C M AG CB DR E FT G MG OF P
    Ryan Hall 2 0 8 1 2 8 0 16 191 11.94 4 1 2 0 0 0 1 0
    Jack Walker 0 0 9 0 0 3 0 18 128 7.11 0 1 1 0 0 0 1 0
    Tom Briscoe 0 1 3 1 2 1 0 20 126 6.30 0 4 0 0 0 0 1 0
    Brad Singleton 0 0 32 5 4 1 0 17 104 6.12 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Kallum Watkins 0 0 30 3 5 0 0 14 92 6.57 0 1 1 0 2 2 2 0
    Carl Ablett 0 0 30 3 0 2 0 12 90 7.50 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 3
    Liam Sutcliffe 0 0 15 3 4 0 0 13 76 5.85 0 2 1 0 0 0 2 1
    Adam Cuthbertson 0 0 41 9 6 1 0 12 74 6.17 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
    Matt Parcell 0 0 32 3 1 1 0 8 64 8.00 0 8 0 0 0 0 1 0
    Brett Delaney 0 0 32 7 1 1 0 10 57 5.70 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
    Anthony Mullally 0 0 17 0 2 0 0 8 57 7.13 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Jamie Jones-Buchanan 1 0 49 10 8 1 0 10 53 5.30 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1
    Brad Dwyer 0 0 19 3 2 0 0 7 48 6.86 0 6 1 0 0 0 2 0
    Jack Ormondroyd 0 0 11 1 1 0 0 6 41 6.83 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1
    Joel Moon 0 1 17 1 0 4 1 10 35 3.50 0 0 1 0 0 0 3 1
    Nathaniel Peteru 0 0 14 2 0 0 0 3 30 10.00 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Richard Myler 0 1 25 6 3 1 8 7 26 3.71 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 2

    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