Leeds move on as Warriors beaten comfortably

The sides in third and fourth place in Super League faced off for a place at Wembley as they clashed in the Semi-Finals of the Coral Challenge Cup.

With the weather absolutely atrocious, the game was played very much in the middles, with plenty of drop balls in the early stages.

The first chance came for the Rhinos as Mikolaj Oledzki was held up over the line after sliding over on the wet surface.

The score began ticking over in the 14th minute after Wigan were penalised just 30 metres out which allowed Rhys Martin to make it 2-0 with a penalty.

Four minutes later, Martin picked up more points, this time with a try.

A 40/20 from Luke Gale put Leeds within ten-metres of the Warriors line, and just two tackles later, an inside pass from Robert Lui allowed teh second-rower to dive low and slide over to score.

8-0 soon became 10-0, as another penalty against Wigan was punished by Martin who converted once again.

With just under half an hour gone, Wigan were slowly getting themselves into the game.

However, with seven minutes to go until the break, the Rhinos crossed again.

Luke Gale’s crossfield kick was tapped backwards by Liam Sutcliffe to Richie Myler who then pushed the ball to Ash Handley to score on the left edge.

A few minutes later, the video referee, Ben Thaler was needed once again as the Rhinos looked to have scored again.

Martin dropped the ball on his foot, but this time the try was disallowed as Alex Mellor couldn’t quite ground the ball before Tommy Leuluai knocked the ball over the dead-ball line.

Following the goal-line drop out, the Warriors kept Leeds out until the final tackle, which was then not kicked by Gale.

He spread the ball to Konrad Hurrell who then push a pass out to Tom Briscoe for the score.

HALF-TIME: Leeds Rhinos 20-0 Wigan Warriors

Wigan started the second half the brighter of the team sides, piling some pressure onto the Rhinos.

In the 49th minute, Tommy Leuluai picked the ball up at first receiver and managed to whip the ball out to Dominic Manfredi to score in the corner.

However, Leuluai dropped the ball when trying to collect it on the bounce and the Rhinos remained 20-0 up.

with 25 minutes to go, Leeds scored again.

Martin kicked ahead for Luke Gale to collect, and the half-back passed outside to Konrad Hurrell to score.

However, Gale was offside from the kick and the try was disallowed.

Leeds crossed again the in 67th minute, after Brad Dwyer broke down the middle of the field, and depsite looking like he’d be wrapped up managed to get a pass away to Handley who carried two Warriors over the line with him.

However, the winger was held up over the line.

A knock-on from French gifted Leeds another set of six, and they attacked down the left once again.

Sutcliffe brushed off Zak Hardaker and then managed to get an arm free out of the tackle to offload to Handley who picked up his second with ten minutes to go.

More ill-discipline from the Warriors allowed Martin to add another two points from the tee and push the home side to a 26-0 lead.

With five minutes to go, Wigan did manage to finally get points on the board.

A dropped ball from Myler was picked up by Harry Smith and the half-back ran away to score.

A second Wigan try came a minute later, as a long pass from Bevan French found Manfredi, and with just Myler to beat, passed back inside to Hardaker for a score.

Wigan won a penalty on the hooter, and had one more chance but Manfredi couldn’t quite claim French’s kick over the top.

FULL-TIME: Leeds Rhinos 26-12 Wigan Warriors


Squads


Leeds Rhinos

Myler, Handley, Hurrell, Sutcliffe, Briscoe, Lui, Gale, Seumanufagai, Leeming, Oledzki, Mellor, Martin, Prior

Interchanges: Holroyd, Dwyer, Smith, Donaldson

Tries: Martin, Handley (2), Briscoe

Goals: Martin (5/7)


Wigan Warriors

French, Manfredi, Hardaker, Bibby, Burgess, Hastings, Leuluai, Havard, Powell, Partington, Farrell, Isa, O’Loughlin

Interchanges: Bullock, Greenwood, Shorrock, Smith

Tries: Smith, Hardaker

Goals: Hardaker (2/2)


Referee: C. Kendall

Touch Judges: T. Grant, S. Mikalauskas

Video Referee: B. Thaler


Image Source: @ChallengeCup (twitter)

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