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
Sun 22nd Mar
Wakefield Wildcats14 - 44Huddersfield Giants
Widnes Vikings20 - 16Hull K R
Thu 26th Mar
Salford Red Devils36 - 8Widnes Vikings
Fri 27th Mar
Castleford Tigers20 - 14Hull FC
Hull K R24 - 22St Helens
Warrington Wolves10 - 29Huddersfield Giants
Wigan Warriors52 - 10Wakefield Wildcats
Sat 28th Mar
Catalans DragonsvsLeeds Rhinos
Thu 2nd Apr
Hull FCvsHull K R
Wakefield Wildcats0 - 0Catalans Dragons
Widnes Vikings0 - 0Warrington Wolves
Fri 3rd Apr
Castleford TigersvsLeeds Rhinos
Wigan WarriorsvsSt Helens
Huddersfield Giants0 - 0Salford Red Devils
Mon 6th Apr
Warrington WolvesvsCastleford Tigers
Hull K R0 - 0Huddersfield Giants
Leeds Rhinos0 - 0Wakefield Wildcats
Salford Red Devils0 - 0Wigan Warriors
St Helens0 - 0Hull FC
Catalans DragonsvsWidnes Vikings
Fri 10th Apr
Hull FCvsWidnes Vikings
Sat 11th Apr
Warrington Wolves0 - 0Wakefield Wildcats
Castleford TigersvsHull K R
Sun 12th Apr
Salford Red Devils0 - 0Leeds Rhinos
Huddersfield Giants0 - 0St Helens
Wigan Warriors0 - 0Catalans Dragons
Thu 16th Apr
Wigan WarriorsvsWarrington Wolves
Fri 17th Apr
St HelensvsLeeds Rhinos
Sun 19th Apr
Huddersfield Giants0 - 0Catalans Dragons
Widnes Vikings0 - 0Castleford Tigers
Thu 23rd Apr
Wakefield WildcatsvsWigan Warriors
Fri 24th Apr
Hull FC0 - 0Huddersfield Giants
Leeds RhinosvsWarrington Wolves
St Helens0 - 0Widnes Vikings
Sat 25th Apr
Catalans DragonsvsHull K R
Sun 26th Apr
Salford Red Devils0 - 0Castleford Tigers
Thu 30th Apr
Huddersfield GiantsvsLeeds Rhinos
Fri 1st May
Hull FC0 - 0Salford Red Devils
St Helens0 - 0Wakefield Wildcats
Wigan Warriors0 - 0Hull K R
Sun 3rd May
Warrington Wolves0 - 0Widnes Vikings
Castleford Tigers0 - 0Catalans Dragons
Thu 7th May
Hull K RvsWakefield Wildcats
Fri 8th May
Wigan Warriors0 - 0Castleford Tigers
Sat 9th May
Catalans DragonsvsSt Helens
Sun 10th May
Salford Red Devils0 - 0Huddersfield Giants
Warrington Wolves0 - 0Hull FC
Widnes Vikings0 - 0Leeds Rhinos
Thu 21st May
Castleford TigersvsHuddersfield Giants
Fri 22nd May
Hull FC0 - 0St Helens
Leeds Rhinos0 - 0Hull K R
Salford Red Devils0 - 0Warrington Wolves
Sat 23rd May
Catalans DragonsvsWigan Warriors
Sun 24th May
Wakefield Wildcats0 - 0Widnes Vikings
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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- Magic musings
- Smith thrilled for Morley
- Wolves rip Saints to shreds
- Hull hit back to stun Rovers
- Powell hopeful following win
- Tigers annihilate Wildcats
- Dureau thrilled with comeback
- Dragons too hot for Broncos
- Wane wants revenge on Leeds
- McDermott: No Leeds crisis
- Every angle covered
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- Rhinos v Warriors: Teams
- Bulls v Giants: Teams
- Powell ready for crucial test
- Wellens: Saints need to build
- Gentle aiming to end hoodoo
- Dragons v Broncos: Teams
- Hull FC v Hull KR: Teams
- Saints v Wolves: Teams
- Tigers v Wildcats: Teams
- Fiddes' Cent