Super League: Wigan see off Leeds to make it 11 wins in a row
Last Updated: 28/05/13 1:46pm
Wigan put an end to Leeds' perfect record at Magic Weekend with a hard-fought 20-16 triumph over the reigning Super League champions at the Etihad Stadium.
First-half tries from the prolific back three of Sam Tomkins, Pat Richards, who also kicked four goals, and Josh Charnley proved enough for the table-topping Warriors to stretch their unbeaten run to 11 games.
Joe Vickery's first Super League score made for a tense finish and the Rhinos thought they had won it late on with a solo effort from Danny McGuire, only for it to be ruled out for obstruction.
The no-try decision by the video referee consigned Leeds to a third straight defeat in all competitions, though this was a much-improved display on their recent losses to Huddersfield and St Helens.
Two of the biggest heavyweights in the English game had traded blows in the opening 40 minutes before Leeds let their guard slip in the closing stages, gifting their opponents eight valuable points with costly errors of judgement.
Wigan had started the game impressively and Sam Tomkins continued his hot streak with the opening try in the left corner after nine minutes courtesy of Ian Thornley's excellent offload.
Leeds did well to weather the early storm before being given the chance to get points on the board when Michael McIlorum's shoulder charge on Kevin Sinfield was spotted by referee Richard Silverwood.
The Leeds skipper picked himself up off the turf to kick the resulting penalty, then pushed his side 8-6 ahead when he converted his own try that came off the back of a Zak Hardaker break down the right.
However, a mistake almost immediately from the re-start put Wigan in prime position to respond, and they duly took the opportunity with Richards running in on the left.
The winger successfully added the conversion and also a further penalty to make it 14-8, though the gap was cut down to just two points when Kallum Watkins somehow managed to ground the ball one-handed as he was spun 360 degrees into touch.
Yet the crucial period of the contest game just before the break; a needless shove by Ryan Bailey on Logan Tomkins allowed Richards a bonus shot at the posts before Sinfield's brave attempt at a short grubber deep inside his own half only resulted in a Wigan try for Charnley right on the hooter.
The second half failed to see the same number of points but was not short on drama, the most notable moment coming seven minutes from time when McGuire's score was disallowed for running around the back of a team-mate.
It meant the Warriors were able to hold on and avenge their 18-14 loss to the same opponents at Headingley back in March, while the match provided the perfect finish to Super League's two-day stay in Manchester.
First Utility Super League
Tue 30th Jun
Hull K R34 - 28Salford Red Devils
Wed 1st Jul
Wakefield Wildcats26 - 16Hull FC
Thu 2nd Jul
Warrington Wolves17 - 6Wigan Warriors
Fri 3rd Jul
Leeds Rhinos46 - 18St Helens
Sun 5th Jul
Huddersfield Giants32 - 14Hull K R
Hull FC31 - 24Wakefield Wildcats
Salford Red Devils18 - 14Catalans Dragons
Castleford Tigers34 - 20Widnes Vikings
Thu 9th Jul
Wigan WarriorsvsLeeds Rhinos
Fri 10th Jul
St HelensvsHuddersfield Giants
Sun 12th Jul
Hull FC0 - 0Castleford Tigers
Salford Red Devils0 - 0Hull K R
Wakefield Wildcats0 - 0Warrington Wolves
Widnes Vikings0 - 0Catalans Dragons
Thu 16th Jul
Warrington WolvesvsSt Helens
Fri 17th Jul
Hull K RvsHull FC
Leeds Rhinos0 - 0Salford Red Devils
Wigan Warriors0 - 0Widnes Vikings
Sat 18th Jul
Catalans DragonsvsHuddersfield Giants
Sun 19th Jul
Wakefield Wildcats0 - 0Castleford Tigers
Thu 23rd Jul
Hull FCvsWigan Warriors
Fri 24th Jul
St Helens0 - 0Hull K R
Sun 26th Jul
Huddersfield Giants0 - 0Wakefield Wildcats
Leeds Rhinos0 - 0Catalans Dragons
Widnes Vikings0 - 0Salford Red Devils
Castleford Tigers0 - 0Warrington Wolves
Magic Weekend 2013
The best of Sunday's action from Super League's Magic Weekend at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester.
Leeds coach Brian McDermott felt his side had a late try harshly ruled out in their 20-16 defeat to Wigan.
Huddersfield coach Paul Anderson admitted revenge played a big part in his side's 42-6 win over Bradford.
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