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Leeds Rhinos 18 – 12 Warrington Wolves

Leeds Rhinos continued their 100 per cent start to the season with a Zak Hardaker inspired win over Warrington Wolves.

Joel Monaghan put the Wolves ahead in the opening ten minutes he beat Ryan Hall to the ball with an impressive leap to meet a pinpoint Richard Myler kick in the corner.

The teams could not be separated until Tom Briscoe sparked Leeds into life. His strong run down the right opened up space before an incisive kick inside left Zak Hardaker with an easy finish to level the scores.

Leeds continued to dominate, having two tries disallowed with in he space of five minutes, as they began to take the game to their visitors.

The home side finally took the lead and Briscoe was involved again. The 23-year-old burst through a gap in the Warrington defence and used his pace and strength to travel 60 meters and score despite the attentions of the Warrington defence, taking the score to 12-6 at half time.

Despite being down, Warrington were far from out and always looked  threat. Their next chance came through Stefan Ratchford who was denied a certain try thanks to an impressive last-ditch tackle on the Leeds line by Hardaker.

A matter of minutes later, Hardaker was imposing himself of the game again. After a period of pressure on the visitors’ line, the 22-year-old full back exploited a lapse in concentration from the Wolves and strolled over from ten metres out for his second try of the game.

Ben Westwood crossed with just over three minutes remaining to set up a tense finish but the Rhinos saw the game out to continue their strong start to the season, while Warrington are still searching for their first win of this year’s campaign.

20. Sports Journalism student at UCLan | Morecambe FC programme contributor | Dewsbury Rams media team | Leeds Rhinos fan.


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