Official Match Report
Oliver Partington scored his first try for Wigan Warriors to help them to a 23-14 win over Leeds Rhinos in a tense Betfred Super League clash at Headingley.
Leeds twice held the lead before Partington came up with the all-important score on the hour and Wigan produced some superb defence to keep their lead intact in a tense final quarter, completing the double over the Rhinos.
Wigan's final margin of victory was inflated by a freak try in the final seconds from prop Tony Clubb, who picked up a loose ball as Leeds chased victory on the hooter and had enough space and pace to reach the corner.
😱 THE PACE. THE POWER. THE TRY.— Wigan Warriors 🍒⚪️ (@WiganWarriorsRL) June 14, 2019
🙌 The scenes when this man ran 30 metres in the 80th minute to seal victory!
🏃♂️ Unbelievable stuff, Tony Clubb! pic.twitter.com/42x6QgKtLw
“It’s a really important win,” Wigan coach Adrian Lam said. “There was a fair bit of pressure on us and I think the players understood that.
“We knew it would go down to the wire so we prepped for that.
“I’m pretty proud of the team."
Rhinos boss Richard Agar added: “I thought in the first half, apart from one blip, we held up defensively very well.
“I thought we would get opportunities in the second half to win the game and we did. We had enough possession but just couldn’t find the killer punch and we came up with some pretty poor kick finishes.
“You’ve got to give credit to Wigan, I thought defensively they were pretty strong.”
|80||goal||Goal scored for Wigan by Chris Hankinson||14-23|
|80||try||Try scored for Wigan by Tony Clubb||14-21|
|61||goal||Goal scored for Wigan by Chris Hankinson||14-17|
|60||try||Try scored for Wigan by Oliver Partington||14-15|
|52||goal||Goal scored for Leeds by Tuimoala Lolohea||14-11|
|50||try||Try scored for Leeds by Trent Merrin||12-11|
|40||dropgoal||Dropgoal scored for Wigan by Sam Powell||8-11|
|36||goal||Goal scored for Leeds by Liam Sutcliffe||8-10|
|35||try||Try scored for Leeds by Adam Cuthbertson||6-10|
|31||goal||Goal scored for Wigan by Chris Hankinson||2-10|
|27||goal||Goal scored for Wigan by Chris Hankinson||2-8|
|23||goal||Goal scored for Wigan by Chris Hankinson||2-6|
|21||try||Try scored for Wigan by Oliver Gildart||2-4|
|17||goal||Goal scored for Leeds by Liam Sutcliffe||2-0|