Leeds Rhinos 10-29 Warrington Wolves – Match Report

It was a poor result for Leeds on Kevin Sinfield’s 500th appearance as a dominant performance from Warrington saw them see off the league leaders 10-29.

Warrington have now done the double over Leeds this season but remain the only side to beat them. Even after this defeat Leeds remain top of the Super League however with Saints’ victory over Widnes they now only lead by four points. Warrington are now eight points behind.

Asotasi's try sealed the game for Warrington
Asotasi’s try sealed the game for Warrington

The visitors scored three tries in the first twenty-five minutes through Gene Orsmby, Joel Monaghan and Ashton Sims. Ben Currie and Roy Asotasi both added to the scoreline for Warrington in the second half. Patton wrapped the game up with a late drop-goal.

Richie Myler said: “We’ve done some soul searching recently and it’s worked to come to a place like Leeds and put in a performance like that it’s really pleasing.”

Warrington Coach Tony Smith said: “We’ve been more consistent these last few weeks and the boys really worked hard for each other tonight.”

Watkins and Achurch scored Leeds tries either side of half-time but it wasn’t enough to earn something after a poor display from the home side.

Even with it being Sinfield’s 500th Leeds appearance he started on the bench with Liam Sutcliffe keeping his place in the side.

Sinfield said: “The halves have been going well recently and you have to do what’s best for the team.”

He added: “Warrington were the better side this evening and did a job on us they were fully deserved of the victory.”

It was actually Leeds who started the brighter dominating the first five minutes of play and applying a lot of pressure on the Warrington line. Warrington soaked it though before they scored when Ben Harrison caught a kick however the try was disallowed as the video referee judged that Zak Hardaker had completed the tackle.

But this only delayed Warrington taking the lead as they crossed just a minute later when Currie put through a lovely weighted dink which winger Ormsby got on the end of and give his side the lead.

The visitors then added to this with a fantastic try. Richie Myler stepped through the Rhino’s line before offloading to Ben Harrison who punted the ball towards the corner. The kick looked to be too heavy but Monaghan managed to reach the ball and place it down before going out of play to finish a brilliant passage of Rugby League.

Sims was next to get his name on the scoresheet as he took a straight drive from just metres out and crossed the line without a Leeds hand touching him. This a real indication of Leeds’ poor performance. The home side did get on the board before the interval however. Leeds got the ball out wide before some quick hands from Carl Ablett got the ball to Watkins who beat the defence to the corner to score on his 150th career appearance.

Leeds Coach Brian McDermott said: “When you go three tries down its difficult you have to do things differently and you’re always playing catch up.”

Warrington started the second half just as fast. Daryll Clarke scooped the ball from Hooker before making one of his famed runs from deep. He broke through before finding Stefan Ratchford who gave it to Currie who went under the sticks.

Minutes later the visitors scored again when the ball came out wide to Ormsby who came back inside, support came in the form of Asotasi who scored his first try of the season. Leeds did close the gap when they eventually got into Warrington’s half. They kept the ball alive before it found its way to Achurch who stepped and got over three Wire defenders to finish.

Late on Ratchford hit the post with a drop goal attempt. However youngster Patton sunk his drop goal attempt which meant the game finished up 10-29 to the Wolves.

League leaders Leeds face another tough test next week as they travel to Huddersfield on Thursday night. As for Warrington they will face local rivals Widnes on Sunday at the Halliwell Jones Stadium.

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