Wigan maintain perfect start at Leeds

Wigan maintain perfect start at Leeds

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Wigan Warriors continued their perfect start to the Super League season after a 19-6 victory over Leeds Rhinos at Headingley.

Wigan took the lead after 19 minutes, as Liam Farrell got the ball out wide, and held off two tackle attempts to go over. Zak Hardaker missed the conversion attempt, meaning their lead stood at four points.

The Warriors scored again before the break, after a moment of individual brilliance from Hardaker. He aimed a chip kick over the defence, and collected the ball to go over himself. Once again, he was off-target with the conversion.

Leeds struck back five minutes into the second half, as Luke Briscoe’s clever offload left Alex Mellor free to go over. Rhyse Martin scored the conversion to bring the Rhinos back within two points.

Just before the hour mark, Wigan went further ahead. Leeds failed to find touch with a penalty, and from the resulting field position, Jackson Hastings got the ball out wide and dummied his way over. Hardaker’s conversion attempt was short.

Wigan made the game safe with less than 10 minutes to go, as Hastings attacked the line, and set Farrell away to get his second. Hardaker converted to make it a 12-point game.

Hardaker would also add a drop-goal with seconds to go, to confirm victory for the Warriors.

Both sides are back in action next week. Leeds travel to Hull KR next Friday, while Wigan Warriors welcome Castleford Tigers next Thursday.

Leeds Rhinos: Jack Broadbent, Tom Briscoe, Alex Mellor, Alex Sutcliffe, Luke Briscoe, Rhyse Martin, Kyle Eastmond, Mikolaj Oledzki, Kruise Leeming, Matt Prior, James Donaldson, Sam Walters, Cameron Smith.

Subs: Brad Dwyer, Jarrod O’Connor, Morgan Gannon, Corey Hall.

Head Coach: Richard Agar.

Wigan Warriors: Zak Hardaker, Jake Bibby, Willie Isa, Liam Farrell, Umyla Hanley, Jackson Hastings, Thomas Leuluai, Brad Singleton, Sam Powell, Tony Clubb, John Bateman, Morgan Smithies, Oliver Partington.

Subs: Ethan Havard, Joe Bullock, Harry Smith, Joe Shorrocks.

Head Coach: Adrian Lam.

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Steven Hughes

I am a freelance journalist based in Liverpool, specialising in football, darts and rugby league
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