Leeds Rhinos – 26
Tries: Hall, Moon, Watkins, Ablett
Goals: Golding 5/6
Wigan Warriors – 18
Tries: Williams 2, Marshall
Goals: Escare 3/3
Not much of a report on this one rather than a couple of comments; another game that will go down as another frustratingly Headingley night for Wigan, we are well overdue a victory at the famous old ground!
Wigan had their chances to win the game and unfortunately didn’t have the execution to be able to do so. Ill-discipline and poor mistakes at crucial times probably cost us the game. This game seemed like the game in which square pegs for round holes finally caught up with us also, particularly Tony Clubb playing at 13 – I imagine Shaun Wane will be reverting back to Clubb being a prop and nothing else.
Leeds, to their credit, took their opportunities well and a brilliant try from Jool Moon was probably their highlight of the game. Leeds have, since their heavy defeat against Castleford, develop a way of winning. The willingness to get in front in a game and manage it from there is very much Sinfield-esque and something that they are doing very well at the moment.
George Williams was simply brilliant for his two tries, I think there is only Shaun Johnson and George Williams in world rugby at the moment who could score those tries – his sidestep is ridiculous! However, poor decision making and a panicked approach later on in the game when a cooler, calmer head was required, which helped to ensure Leeds held on for the two points.
The biggest positive from the game for me was that I think we saw the best of Leeds against practically an academy side from Wigan – and there was only 8 points in it. A big win for Leeds and a third frustratingly week in a row for Wigan but some satisfaction can be taken from the fact that the last three games have been close, when they really ought not to have been. When (IF!) we get a full strength side back, Wigan will start to once more, win these close games.
The game will be remembered for the shocking and cowardly tackle made by Brett Ferres on Oliver Gildart which looks to have caused “serious” damage to Gildart’s back according to Shaun Wane and he is looking at missing another two – three months on the sideline injured. The RFL will decide on Brett Ferres’ fate during the week but he does have a history of cowardly acts ask Jonny Lomax (http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/rugby-league/26947843) – he also seems to have recycled the same apology from that incident!