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Leeds Rhinos 8 vs Wigan Warriors 50

Super League: 1st June 2012

Wigan effortlessly overcame the absence of a full pack of forwards to humiliate the defending champions Leeds and stretch their lead at the top of the Super Leagueto three points. The Warriors were in ruthless mood, much to the delight of Wigan fan Rio Ferdinand, who was among the 16,113 Headingley crowd to marvel at the skills of Sam Tomkins and company.

Even the Wigan coach Shaun Wane was taken aback by his side’s rout against a desperately disappointing Rhinos team to make it 11 wins in a row. “If I’m perfectly honest, I didn’t expect us to score that many points,” Wane said. “I would have been happy with a win.

“I think under the circumstances, it’s the best we’ve played this year. We had people out with injury and suspension and people playing with injuries but with the players showing character to come to a place like this, it was a great effort.

“All my senior players stood up – they were great for me today – but I need to give special mention to the people who stepped up, Dom Crosby and Rhodri Lloyd.”

The full-back Tomkins, the man identified before kick-off by the Leeds coach Brian McDermott as the biggest threat, justified the call with a sparkling display while the winger Josh Charnley contributed 18 points with a try and seven goals. With players like Gareth Hock, Harrison Hansen and Pat Richards to come into the side, Wane warned that the best is yet to come from the league leaders. “I don’t want to sound arrogant or big-headed but we’ve not got that consistent killer instinct yet, although it will come,” he said. “The players know I am hard to satisfy and they buy into that.”

Leeds winger Ryan Hall scored a try in each half but the Rhinos were outclassed and, after a second consecutive home defeat left them languishing in seventh place, they have little time to dwell on their sorry plight with a trip to Warrington next up.

The champions could even find themselves out of the top eight by Sunday evening if other results go against them.

“Wigan were on fire,” McDermott said. “They gained some momentum early in the game and built on it. “Tonight wasn’t good enough. We’re not where we need to be and we haven’t been for a while.”

The match began badly for Leeds, with Carl Ablett knocking on from the kick-off . That set the tone as Wigan ran in five first-half tries. The prop Jeff Lima opened the scoring, although replays suggested he may have lost control of the ball.

There was no doubting Tomkins’ quality as he sent the supporting Liam Farrell over four minutes later. As the visitors continued to impress, the winger Josh Charnley and the second rower Jack Hughes had further tries disallowed by the video referee Ian Smith but Leeds briefly stemmed the tide when the wing Ryan Hall grabbed his 16th try of the season, courtesy of McGuire’s long pass. But even when the Wigan coach Shaun Wane began to rotate his forwards, there was little sign of any letup as Sean O’Loughlin took Brett Finch’s short pass to cross for a third try, to which Charnley added a third goal to make it 18-4.

Tomkins then carved open the home defence to set the centre George Carmont sprinting over before the scrum-half Thomas Leuluai .

Leeds had lost McGuire to injury by then and their fortunes went from bad to worse in the second half. Darrell Goulding sent Charnley over unopposed for his 21st try of the season and Tomkins set up scores for the wing Anthony Gelling and Leuluai either side of another Hall try.

The stand-off Brett Finch rounded off the rout by collecting Rhinos hooker Shaun Lunt’s kick to score his side’s ninth try.

Article courtesy of the Guardian

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Comments (25)

  • 69Rosstitute

    gravy sandwich hahahaha gotta love Stevo

  • johnno8721

    23:11 awesome. Just never get bored of watching this guy.

  • David Beeston

    Eddie the anti Wigan bastard. The Farrell try was clearly a try and hes like “oooah” as if its a knock on

  • emilypimblett20

    AMAZING game from wigan,we give it outpr everything

  • Jess McAteer

    ‘that was as smooth as a gravy sandwich’ omg hahahaha

  • theshakeylad

    hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha whos the better team newt else to say

  • ict45

    one of your trys came from a clear forward pass and one from a scrum which should of been ours. this resulted in 12 points we lost by 10 you do the math.

  • twinterrors44

    no you werent robbed at all mate in last years final.i didnt see any tries where we stuck our hand out, our hand hit the ball and we scored, or someone knocks on, ref waves play on, tomkins picks it up and thaler pulls it back. i admit we played shite, but you have to have a look at some of those key decisons. you may have had some unfair decisions but nothing that changed the game.

  • ict45

    come on keep your dignity what goes around comes around we were robbed in the final last year.

  • matt40553

    pyed the reff in semis

  • twinterrors44

    at least we didnt pay the ref m8 :)

  • Wiganlad82

    I know im gutted

  • ict45

    they have got to the final shame you havent HAHA ;)

  • TheMatthewsheriff

    Hull fc rule

  • CaLMCee

    revenge was sweet

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  • Adam McDermott

    I cant stand that prick charnley

  • Wiganlad82

    Wanky wire fans make me laugh as if there gona win wigan keep dreaming ur most over rated team in super league hope ya get to challange cup final so we can show how good a team we are and give ya a whippin

  • mathewtaylorwigan

    U won nowt pal, that shield means fook all, wigan will win proper silverware for 3rd year running, anyway ive yet to go to wire and providing im not workin il be goin this year, so may the best team win, i hope im givin u sum shit n not estin humble pie ;)

  • theshakeylad

    when we beat you, you obviosly mean and of-course i would be happy to lay another rippin into you. and id say are game was harder did you see the weather conditions top class rugby and no one gives a shit youre top of the league we won it last season and it dont mean anything.

  • mathewtaylorwigan

    Uv nowt rip me for lad were top of the league and goin stronger and stronger, we beat catalan away today convincingly, in my opinion probly the hardest game goin, i tell u wot wen we play u next and u beat us then u can rip into me how bowt that!

  • theshakeylad

    newt say now ?

  • theshakeylad

    ino its about the pier strikes clown but you do eat pies alot of its the only place in england where bakeries stay open later then kebab shops lol and id definetly say there was more bagheads in wigan than there is in warrington you have all the chavy pillhead nightclubs. but as for rugby when weve tonked leeds tonite ill be on here rippin you again

  • mathewtaylorwigan

    And just for the record they call us pie eaters because its a figure of speech about eating humble pie years ago, not actually eating pie you retard, makes me laugh when an inbred fuck tries to be funny wen u really havent got a clue av u, right im off to work, il work extra hard today ur benefits depend on me!

  • mathewtaylorwigan

    We will see then wont we, go and inject ur heroin and shake sum more u gobshite!

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