Super League: Leeds Rhinos Leeds overtake Warrington Wolves to move up to fifth in the table | rugby league news

The win over Warrington is the fifth win in a row for Rohan Smith’s side as they continue their quest for a play-off spot; Rhinos are now three points clear of seventh-placed Salford.

Last update: 08/19/22 22:40

James Bentley was in form as the Rhinos battled to a tight victory over a struggling Wolves team.

James Bentley was in form as the Rhinos battled to a tight victory over a struggling Wolves team.

Leeds continued their resurgence late in the season with a tense 24-18 win over Warrington at Headingley to climb to fifth place in the Betfred Super League.

A fifth straight win puts the Rhinos within three points of fourth-placed Catalans Dragons, their opponents in the penultimate game of the regular season, and strengthens the belief that Rohan Smith’s men could be dark horses for the Grand Final.

The architects of the win were midfielders Aidan Sezer and Blake Austin, paired for the first time in six weeks, while Leeds were also buoyed by the impact of rowers Rhyse Martin and James Bentley.

Among the try-scorers as Leeds established a 24-6 interval lead was 18-year-old second rower Morgan Gannon, who combined brains and brawn 24 hours after discovering he had two A’s and a B on his A levels.

Warrington, with little to play for but pride, brought in Riley Dean in place of the injured Stefan Ratchford and handed debuts off the bench to teenagers Adam Holroyd and Luke Thomas.

match history

Playing with the swagger and confidence befitting a team on a four-match winning streak, Leeds attacked with poison from the start and took the lead after four minutes when Martin slid the ball from a two-man tackle to full-back Richie Myler. . he put on winger Ash Handley to prove his 150th appearance in the Super League.

Warrington’s only attempt at a one-sided first half was fortuitously scored by Dean, who recovered the ball after his late-inning kick ricocheted off a defender’s legs.

Peter Mata’utia kicked the conversion to level the score, but that was for the best for the visitors, who were second best in all departments during the first half.

The Leeds Rhinos celebrate as they continue their late-season surge of form.

The Leeds Rhinos celebrate as they continue their late-season surge of form.

Leeds manager Smith, forced to reshuffle his team after losing winger Liam Tindall to injury, switched Martin to center and scored the next try courtesy of a fine volley from the impressive Bentley.

Loose forward Cameron Smith then had standout Gannon charging for a try and at the stroke of halftime, Bentley worked prop Zane Tetevano for his first try since the season opener against Warrington six months ago.

Martin kicked his fourth conversion to make it 24-6, but the Wolves hinted at a comeback four minutes into the second half when center Jake Wardle broke through for a fifth try in nine appearances for the club.

Mata’utia added the goal and the score seemed to inject new enthusiasm into the Warrington side, who camped inside the Leeds half.

In a rare attack, Austin thought he had scored against his former club when Martin made a quick 20-metre restart, but he was returned for a forward pass and the visitors scored again to set up a tense finish.

Thomas, a 19-year-old prop who made his international debut for Wales against France in June, was denied a memorable try when he was stopped over the line, but Wolves kept up the pressure and second rower Ben Currie scored his Super 200. League appearance diving into George Williams’ shot for a try which Mata’utia converted.

Despite their better second-half performance, Wolves are now level on points with second-from-bottom Wakefield following their victory at Hull FC.

Whats Next?

For the Leeds Rhinos, the visit of the Huddersfield Giants is their next game, live sky sports arena on Wednesday, August 24, starting at 8pm. Warrington returns to Halliwell Jones Stadium for their next game when they host the Castleford Tigers on Thursday, August 25 at 8 p.m.

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published.