Warrington return to the summit
The comprehensive win over Leeds sees Tony Smith’s side return to the top of the table although they will drop back to second should Hull FC beat St Helens.
The Wolves have struggled in the last two weeks falling to defeats to Wakefield and Castleford but the performance on Friday was more like the Warrington side who have been the league’s pacesetters in the first half of the season.
The home side held a narrow 18-12 lead at half-time but hit their stride after the interval scoring six tries and playing some entertaining rugby.
Returning players key for Wolves
Chris Sandow’s return was a big lift to the Warrington outfit who have lost four out of their six league games in his absence.
However it was the return of Rhys Evans and Brad Dwyer which impressed most.
Evans looked a man intent on making an impact in defence while Dwyer caused Leeds’ defence all sort of problems from the dummy-half position.
A second half to forget for Leeds
Momentum is huge in rugby league and Leeds were unable to stop Warrington from enjoying the possession and field position in the second half.
The Rhinos were well in the contest at half-time and did not look like a team struggling at the bottom of the table.
The second 40 minutes was all Warrington and is the third consecutive week now the Rhinos’ defence has conceded over 40 points.
Should McDermott go?
Leeds have won just three of their 16 games this season and have also been knocked out of the Challenge Cup.
The team look a shadow of 2015’s treble winning side and the team look destined to be heading for the Middle 8s and battling for Super League survival next season.
The Rhinos are beset by injuries but that shouldn’t take away from the fact that their performances this season have been below par and they are not showing any signs of improvement.
A less patient club would have shown Brian McDermott the door and perhaps it is only his achievements in previous seasons which are keeping him in the Rhinos hot seat.
There are no widespread calls from supporters for him to leave although he is facing the biggest test of his coaching career in attempting to turn the Rhinos’ fortunes around.
Warrington Wolves 52 (18)
Tries: Ormsby (2), Lineham, Dwyer, Atkins, Ratchford, Gidley, Clark (2)
Goals: Gidley (8)
Leeds Rhinos 18 (12)
Tries: Keinhorst, Ferres (2)
Goals: Sutcliffe (3)