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Round twenty of Super League means that there are just eight more games to the play-offs, eight more games for new Rhinos coach Rohan Smith to pull his side out of the bottom half of the table in what is looking like an increasingly unlikely scenario. It also means eight games for Wigan Warriors to try and chase down a St Helens side who are in danger of edging out of sight at the top of the pile.

There were two changes for Matt Peets Warriors as Joe Shorrocks and Mike Cooper replaced Mago and O´Neill, the Rhinos had Zak Hardaker, Liam Sutcliffe, Harry Newman, Muizz Mustapha and debutant Yusef Aydin in their seventeen after losing last time out in Toulouse.

The bookies couldn´t see past a Warriors win, and neither could the pundits, or for that matter most Rhinos fans.

Against the odds it was the Rhinos who opened the scoring on five minutes when David Fusitu´a tapped back a Richie Myler kick to the corner which was then collected by Liam Sutcliffe and grounded under the tackle of Cade Cust. Rhyse Martin converted from the right touchline for a 6-0 lead.

The Rhinos were on fire as they went in again on ten. An incredible break from Jarrod O´Connor saw the Rhinos advance fifty metres before a set restart and a bullet pass from Myler into the hands of James Bentley to dive in from ten metres out. Martin was again on target for 12-0.

With sixteen minutes on the clock Wigan struck back as they took full advantage of Leeds giving a penalty. Fast passing and good hands saw the ball end up in the hands of Bevan French to go over in the corner and improve the angle for Harry Smith to add the extras and half the arrears.

On twenty-seven the Rhinos got their third of the night, Martin spinning out of a tackle and over the line to ground on his back after taking the ball at first receiver from O´Connor who was having a tremendous game at hooker. Martin added the conversion for 18-6.

Just after the half hour the Rhinos kept the ball alive on the last tackle with Cameron Smith pushing his way to the line and stretching out to score one handed under the tackle. Martin added the conversion for 24-6, a stunning performance from the Rhinos in the opening half hour.

A ninety-metre interception from Ash Handley saw him tackled brilliantly a metre from the Wigan line. A fast play the ball saw Harry Newman dive between Handley’s legs to ground. The video referee was consulted but agreed with the on-field decision.  Martin again kicked the extras for 30-6.

James Donaldson went over on fifty-three and appeared to ground the ball with his thumb but after the referee referred the decision as a no try, the video referee agreed and ruled out the score.

Two minutes later Jake Bibby chased a French grubber under the sticks and go a hand on the ball to ground before the ball rolled dead in goal. Smith added the conversion for 30-12.

Great perseverance from Brad Dwyer saw the Rhinos substitute over for the sixth Leeds try of the night as he scooted from dummy half to go in from ten metres. Martin made it six from six for 36-12, the Rhinos with a crucial two points in the bag.

The iciing on the cake for the Rhinos was a determined Muizz Mustapha try as he span out of two tackles to ground under the sticks. Martin added the conversion for 42-12, an emphatic Leeds win.

Leeds supporters will be wondering where this performance has been all season as they dismantled a side who are one of the sides favoured to make it to Old Trafford for the Grand Final. Flair in attack and steel in defence ensured that Wigan were made to look second best, despite the gulf between the two sides in terms of league places. The Rhinos clicked majestically as a team tonight and Wigan had no answer.

 

Leeds Rhinos: Hardaker, Handley, Sutcliffe (T), Newman (T), Fusitu´a, Myler, Smith (T), Oledzki, O´Connor, Thompson, Bentley (T), Martin (T, 7G), Donaldson. Subs: Gannon, Mustapha (T), Dwyer (T), Aydin.

Wigan Warriors: Field, French (T), Isa, Bibby (T), Marshall, Cust, Smith (2G), Havard, Powell, Byrne, Farrell, Pearce-Paul, Smithies.  Subs: Ellis, Partington, Shorrocks, Cooper.

Half-Time: 24-6.  

Full-Time: 42-12.

Score Progression: 4-0, 6-0, 10-0, 12-0, 12-4, 12-6, 16-6, 18-6, 22-6, 24-6 : HT : 28-6, 30-6, 30-10, 30-12, 34-12, 36-12, 40-12, 42-12 : FT.

Lead Exchanges: Leeds.

Referee: Liam Moore.




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Matches on TV
Fri 12th Aug
SL RND: 23
20:00
Hull KR-Leeds
Sat 13th Aug
SL RND: 23
13:00
Salford-Huddersfield
Mon 15th Aug
CH RND: 23
19:45
York-Bradford
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SL RND: 24
20:00
Huddersfield-Castleford
Fri 19th Aug
SLRND: 24
20:00
Hull FC-Wakefield
Wed 24th Aug
SL RND: 25
20:00
Leeds-Huddersfield
Thu 25th Aug
SL RND: 25
19:30
Toulouse-Catalans
Fri 26th Aug
SL RND: 25
20:00
Wigan-St.Helens
Sat 15th Oct
WC2022 RND: 1
14:30
England-SAM
WC2022 RND: 1
19:30
Australia-Fiji
Sun 16th Oct
WC2022 RND: 1
17:00
JAM-IRE
WC2022 RND: 1
19:30
NZ-Lebanon
WC2022 RND: 1
14:30
SCO-IRE
Mon 17th Oct
WC2022 RND: 1
19:30
France-Greece
Tue 18th Oct
WC2022 RND: 1
19:30
Tonga-PNG
Wed 19th Oct
WC2022 RND: 1
19:30
WAL-Cook I
Fri 21st Oct
WC2022 RND: 2
19:30
Australia-SCO
Sat 22nd Oct
WC2022 RND: 2
14:30
Fiji-ITA
WC2022 RND: 2
17:00
England-France
WC2022 RND: 2
19:30
NZ-JAM
Fri 12th Aug
NRL RND: 22 NZ Warriors42-18Canterbury
NRL RND: 22 Parramatta0-26Souths
Thu 11th Aug
SL RND: 23 Warrington32-18Toulouse
NRL RND: 22 Penrith0-16Melbourne
Sun 7th Aug
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SL RND: 22 Leeds34-14Salford
SLRND: 22 Wakefield16-20Catalans
CH RND: 22 Bradford48-18Workington
CH RND: 22 Dewsbury10-22York
CH RND: 22 Leigh52-20Barrow
CH RND: 22 Newcastle0-44LondonB
CH RND: 22 Sheffield38-26Whitehaven
CH RND: 22 Widnes16-20Featherstone
CH RND: 22 Halifax34-18Batley
L1 RND: 18 Cornwall12-36Crusaders
L1 RND: 18 Doncaster26-20Rochdale
L1 RND: 18 Midlands36-41Oldham
L1 RND: 18 Swinton22-26Keighley
NRL RND: 21 Canterbury14-28NQL Cowboys
NRL RND: 21 Wests10-14Newcastle
This is an inplay table and positions can change as matches are in play.
Betfred Championship 2022 ROUND : 23
 PLDFADIFFPTS
Leigh 22 982 188 794 42
Featherstone 22 834 380 454 37
Halifax 22 669 358 311 32
Batley 22 638 395 243 32
York 22 539 434 105 30
Barrow 22 569 483 86 29
 
Sheffield 22 579 536 43 20
Widnes 22 492 553 -61 20
Bradford 22 457 544 -87 20
Newcastle 22 497 649 -152 15
LondonB 22 434 580 -146 13
Whitehaven 22 356 774 -418 11
Dewsbury 22 285 776 -491 5
Workington 22 232 913 -681 2
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Betfred League One 2022 ROUND : 19
 PLDFADIFFPTS
Keighley 15 669 118 551 30
Crusaders 17 640 308 332 28
Swinton 16 605 263 342 24
Doncaster 16 548 326 222 24
Rochdale 16 588 409 179 22
Hunslet 16 445 364 81 17
 
Oldham 16 443 455 -12 11
LondonS 16 356 579 -223 10
Midlands 16 416 576 -160 8
Cornwall 17 248 716 -468 2
West Wales 17 144 988 -844 2
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Betfred Super League XXVII ROUND : 23
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St.Helens 22 512 276 236 36
Wigan 22 648 395 253 32
Huddersfield 22 493 386 107 29
Catalans 22 457 369 88 28
Castleford 22 479 494 -15 22
Leeds 22 475 436 39 21
 
Salford 22 529 512 17 20
Hull FC 22 424 513 -89 20
Hull KR 22 386 492 -106 20
Warrington 23 464 569 -105 16
Wakefield 22 375 578 -203 12
Toulouse 23 373 595 -222 10
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National Rugby League 2022 ROUND : 22
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Penrith 21 556 319 237 34
Melbourne 21 630 358 272 30
NQL Cowboys 20 519 297 222 30
Cronulla 20 443 330 113 28
Souths 21 546 412 134 26
Parramatta 21 491 463 28 26
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Sydney 20 489 378 111 22
 
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