Super League review: Warrington beat Wigan; London Broncos and Wakefield win

Stefan Ratchford
Stefan Ratchford

A review of Friday's action in the Betfred Super League as Warrington beat Wigan.

Friday's Super League results

  • Warrington Wolves 25-12 Wigan Warriors
  • Hull FC 12-32 Wakefield Trinity
  • Leeds Rhinos 16-18 London Broncos

More 'bad blood' as Warrington beat Wigan

Warrington won their Grand Final re-match with Wigan 25-12 but finished the game with 11 men after the Super League game lived up to its "bad blood" tag.

Wolves forward Ben Westwood, the oldest player in Super League, was sent off and Dec Patton (Warrington) and Willie Isa (Wigan) were sin-binned following a brawl six minutes from the end.

Wigan also had Dan Sarginson sin-binned as they suffered a fourth straight defeat since their World Club Challenge loss to Sydney Roosters as the pressure mounts on interim head coach Adrian Lam.

Warrington's victory lifts them up to second place, two points behind St Helens, and gave them sweet revenge for their defeat by their arch rivals at Old Trafford in October.

Wigan were heading for a comprehensive defeat when they trailed 18-0 five minutes into the second half, but a rally brought them a couple of quickfire tries and that set up a tense finish in front of a 13,106 crowd at the Halliwell Jones Stadium.

It looked fairly routine for the Wolves from the moment clever playmaker Blake Austin fired out a pass to the left wing for Jake Mamo to score his third try in two games after just six minutes.

Austin also got second rower Ben Currie charging through a gap after 26 minutes, only for the England man to lose the ball in Zak Hardaker's last-gasp tackle on the line.

Wigan's lack of confidence was there for all to see, but there was no shortage of effort, particularly from skipper Sean O'Loughlin, and George Williams and Joe Bullock were brought down inches short of the line during a sustained spell of pressure.

Warrington were far more clinical and in-form full-back Stefan Ratchford showed a clean pair of heels after taking Currie's neat pass to scythe through the Wigan line for his side's second try.

Ratchford kicked his first conversion and, after second rower Jack Hughes had a try disallowed for a forward pass, added a penalty just before half-time to extend Warrington's lead to 12-0.

Wigan found themselves in a prime attacking position at the start of the second half when former winger Josh Charnley fumbled the ball from the kick-off, but they lacked the ability to make anything of it.

They scrambled well to deny Charnley after hooker Daryl Clark had split open their defence but gifted the former Wigan man a try shortly afterwards when Morgan Escare failed to take Austin's kick to the corner.

Ratchford kicked his third goal to make it 18-0 and Wigan were down to 12 men for 10 minutes when centre Dan Sarginson was sin-binned for a high tackle on Ryan Atkins.

Wigan also had second rower Joe Greenwood placed on report for a late tackle on Austin as their discipline continued to let them down.

Lam's response was to send on hooker Jake Shorrocks for his first appearance for more than two years and he sparked Wigan's fightback with a deft grubber kick that got winger Tom Davies over for a try.

Four minutes later Williams teased the Wolves defence with a jinking run before sending Willie Isa through a gap for a second try and Hardaker kicked his second conversion to cut the home side's lead to six points.

Patton eased Warrington nerves with a drop goal following a crucial ball steal by Atkins, but the drama continued and threatened to turn nasty when players from both sides began trading punches after Charnley had been tackled behind his own line.

When tempers cooled, referee Ben Thaler sent Isa and Patton to the sin bin and showed a red card to Westwood, but 11-man Warrington had the final say when former Wigan forward Jack Hughes forced his way over for his side's fourth try.

Wakefield too strong for Hull

Wakefield moved up to fifth in the Super League table as Bill Tupou's double led them to a 32-12 win over Hull FC at the KCOM Stadium.

The Tongan winger touched down in both halves but suffered a leg injury after his second try on a night when Trinity also lost Tom Johnstone to what could be a recurrence of a knee injury, which led to a lengthy stoppage towards the end of the first half.

Ryan Hampshire, Pauli Pauli and Reece Lyne also crossed for Wakefield with Danny Brough kicking three conversions and three penalties.

The home side were bidding for a fourth straight win after ending their 13-match losing streak which stretched back well into last season but found Wakefield too strong.

Danny Houghton and Bureta Faraimo scored Hull's tries late in the first half and two conversions by Marc Sneyd brought them within two points at the break but Wakefield scored freely in the second period to record a comfortable win.

After a cagey start, Carlos Tuimavave thought he had stretched to dot the ball down with 24 minutes gone but was adjudged to have knocked on.

But it was Wakefield who scored the first try as Hampshire ran in between the posts after 27 minutes following a break out of defence and break the deadlock.

Johnstone put Lyne away and he fed the supporting Hampshire who ran 50 metres to touch down. Brough kicked the conversion to a give his side a 6-0 lead.

Hull were beginning to feel the pressure as another break in midfield saw Albert Kelly shown a yellow card for his high tackle on Jacob Miller, leaving his side a man short for the remaining 10 minutes of the half. Brough put over an easy penalty to extend his side's lead to 8-0.

The visitors scored their second try within two minutes, Brough and Matty Ashurst combining to set up Tupou, with the half-back kicking his second conversion.

A lengthy delay saw Johnstone carried from the field on a stretcher after suffering a knee injury.

Hull finally got on the scoreboard when Houghton followed a low kick from Sneyd and ripped the ball out of the hands of Miller before touching down, with Sneyd kicking the extras after 36 minutes.

Two minutes later Sneyd's grubber kick to the corner was touched down by Faraimo at full stretch, which Sneyd converted.

With Danny Kirmond sent to the sin-bin early in the second half, Wakefield made light of their numerical disadvantage as Tupou dived in at the corner from Hampshire's pass.

Brough missed the difficult kick from the touchline but he stretched his side's advantage with his second penalty midway through the half.

Sneyd was sin-binned with 18 minutes to go after kicking the ball away when he failed to get on the end of his own kick.

Two minutes later Tupou was helped off the field with a leg injury as Wakefield suffered a second injury blow.

Pauli scored Wakefield's fourth try with a little over 10 minutes left, his power taking him over the line from close range.

Brough's third penalty shortly after put the visitors 14 points up and left Hull with too much to do and Lyne added a fifth try for the visitors to add some gloss to the scoreline with four minutes left.

Brilliant late-show downs Leeds

London Broncos staged a remarkable late comeback to snatch a stunning 18-16 win over Leeds at Headingley.

The Rhinos appeared to have a much-needed victory wrapped up with four minutes to play but tries from Matty Fozard and Will Lovell left Leeds shell-shocked at full-time.

A sixth defeat of the year did not appear even a remote possibility in the closing stages after Richie Myler, Trent Merrin and Tom Briscoe had scored to leave the Rhinos in full control after a dismal first half.

But the promoted Broncos have been no pushovers in the early stages of the season and they claimed a third scalp in memorable fashion.

Leeds and London met in the Super 8s Qualifiers last August and the Rhinos carried their 2018 form into the new campaign.

David Furner took over as head coach in the off-season but a return of one win from the opening six games left Leeds desperate for the two points against a Broncos side holding their own back in Super League.

The Rhinos started the match like a team low on confidence - controlling things yet unable to truly stretch their visitors.

Nathaniel Peteru tried to get Leeds going with a rampaging run through the middle of the London defence but aside from that brief scare the Broncos dealt with the early pressure comfortably.

London slowly took control of the contest and opened the scoring after 26 minutes through Kieran Dixon's penalty after Merrin was caught laying in the ruck.

Leeds must have been ruing their decision to run an earlier penalty close to the Broncos line as Danny Ward's men began to turn the screw.

Myler came up with a try-saving tackle to deny Luke Yates but former Leeds forward Pitts touched down on the next play thanks to smart work by Rhys Williams after Briscoe made a mess of Jordan Abdull's cross-field kick.

Dixon converted from out wide to make it 8-0 after half an hour and the Rhinos would have been left with an improbable task had they not dragged down Abdull just short of the line.

Captain Brett Ferres was held up over the line as Leeds tried to respond before the break but they walked off pointless and with boos from their own fans ringing in their ears.

The Rhinos came back out fired up and they were celebrating their first points in almost two hours when Myler went himself from 10 metres out and showed good determination to force his way over.

Tui Lolohea added the extras and would have had the opportunity to level the scores had Leeds not turned down another easy two points from a penalty.

Jack Walker had a try chalked off for crossing but the Rhinos did not have to wait much longer for their next score.

Briscoe atoned for his earlier error by catching and releasing Lolohea's high kick, with Liam Sutcliffe and Mikolaj Oledzki keeping the ball alive to put Merrin over for his first Leeds try under the posts.

All of a sudden the Rhinos were playing with confidence and keeping the ball alive at every opportunity, with Lolohea's superb long pass on another last-tackle play laying on a try for Briscoe on his 300th career appearance.

Lolohea missed his first conversion of the night and that proved crucial as Fozard touched down his own kick before Lovell kept a cool head on a chaotic last-tackle play to secure a famous win for London.

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