Wolves pounce to make Leeds suffer

p29084Sport-8-1

Published: Friday 13th March 2015 by The News Editor

Comments (0)

Warrington piled on the agony for Leeds as the luckless Yorkshiremen lost their star full-back as well as their 100 per cent Super League record on Friday the 13th.

The Rhinos left out England international Zak Hardaker after it emerged that he was the subject of a police investigation into an assault case, forcing Leeds to throw teenager Ashton Golding in for his full debut.

Golding performed admirably but little else went right for Leeds as they fell from the top of the table and suffered a fifth consecutive defeat at the Halliwell Jones Stadium in going down 18-6 to a Warrington side starting to find their groove.

The Rhinos trailed 18-0 until scoring what proved to be a consolation try through winger Tom Briscoe and skipper Kevin Sinfield’s goal took him to within three points of the 4,000 mark.

The Wolves, led by the magnificent Chris Hill in the absence of the injured Joel Monaghan, c reated the first chance when lively left winger Matty Russell produced a half-break but centre Ryan Atkins was pulled back for a forward pass.

Both sides were full of attacking intent but they virtually cancelled each other out and it took a moment of brilliance from right winger Kevin Penny to break the deadlock on 15 minutes.

Penny was forced to drop back to collect Ratchford’s wayward pass but that succeeded in fooling the Leeds defence which was back-pedalling when the one-time basketball player cut a swathe through the middle for an opportunist score.

The Rhinos lost centre Joel Moon with concussion at that point but second rower Carl Ablett has plenty of experience in the threequarters and he demonstrated his nous on 25 minutes to create a clear-cut opening for winger Ryan Hall, who uncharacteristically fumbled the pass.

The Wolves then struck another blow seven minutes before the break when Ratchford raced onto a perfectly-judged grubber kick from scrum-half Gareth O’Brien.

Ratchford kicked his second goal to make it 12-0 and Warrington defended superbly to keep their lead intact up to the break, with Leeds duo Brad Singleton and Danny McGuire held agonisingly short of the line.

Leeds recovered a 12-point interval deficit to win handsomely in their last match but any hopes of a repeat were dashed by an unlikely error from their inspirational captain.

O’Brien swooped on a stray pass from the Rhinos stand-off 30 metres out from the visitors’ line to get Atkins over for a third try and Ratchford kicked his third goal.

Leeds grabbed a lifeline on the hour when Hall broke clear on halfway and centre Kallum Watkins was in support to get Briscoe away and they thought they had scored again moments later when Singleton touched down after Ratchford had fumbled Sinfield’s high kick but the try was ruled out for a knock-on by McGuire.

Sinfield went off injured 11 minutes from the end as Warrington comfortably held on for a precious victory despite Ratchford missing with a penalty kick at goal and Chris Bridge putting a drop-goal attempt wide.

Published: Friday 13th March 2015 by The News Editor

Comments (0)

Local business search