Wigan Return To Form Against Woeful Rhinos

Wigan returned to winning ways in this confident 34-16 victory over a Leeds team yet to find their mojo.

The Rhinos were however the first to score when a high ball was dropped by winger Tom Davies and picked up by the fast moving Ash Handley. Dan Sarginson replied a few minutes later after getting on the end of a George Williams kick with Zak Hardaker converting.

Williams was instrumental in this victory setting up two scores and grabbing one of his own and in this form he could well reach the level that many people have predicted.

The second score was from Brett Ferres yet to find his international form but proving unstoppable close to the line. He bulldozed his way over for a classical forward try.

In a nip and tuck opening phase Wigan responded with an excellent score from Ben Flower getting on the end of a piece of magic from Thomas Leuluai with hardaker failing with the two.

Then the mercurial Williams pounced showing his all round skills with a beautifully lofted kick and Joe Greenwood taking the four. With Hardaker taking the two the home team took an important 16-12 advantage .

This was followed up by the superb joe Bullock who looks like a real quality forward and totally at home in top flight rugby league. His powerful running resulted in a superb score on his home debut.

At 22-12 the pressure on the Wigan line was held and coach Adrian Lam would have been pleased with the defensive qualities .

After the break defences were dominant and it took another Zak Hardaker penalty to break the deadlock .The 12 point lead was unassailable with Leeds offering little in the middle from the halves.

Young winger Tom Davies was denied a further score before George Williams produced a piece of individual brilliance to take the score to 28-12 with 13 minutes remaining.

For the Rhinos Kallum Watkins provided a response with a nice try. His combination with Konrad Hurrell May take another few weeks to prosper but Rhino fans will surely relish the prospect of these two as attacking weapons .

Liam Farrell rounded the game off with a fine individual effort and coach David Furner will be disappointed with the size of the 34-16 defeat.

This was a resounding victory for Wigan and a strong performance from Williams in the middle.
Wigan have a solid pack and are a well trained defensive side.

Not quite back to the drawing board for David Furner but the next few weeks will be important for both teams.

Wigan: Hardaker, Davies, Sarginson, Gildart, Marshall, Williams, Leuluai, Clubb, Powell, Flower, Greenwood, Farrell, O'Loughlin.
Replacements: Navarrete, Isa, Hamlin, Bullock.
Leeds: Walker, Briscoe, Watkins, Hurrell, Handley, Lolohea, Myler, Peteru, Dwyer, Merrin, Ferres, L. Sutcliffe, Ward.
Replacements: Cuthbertson, Parcell, Oledzki, Donaldson.


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