Super League: Lee briers drop-goal sees Warrington beat Leeds
Last Updated: 06/07/13 10:44am
Lee Briers: Last minute drop-goal wins it
A last minute drop-goal by Lee Briers gave Warrington Wolves a dramatic 19-18 victory over Leeds Rhinos at the Halliwell Jones Stadium.
The Rhinos outscored the Wolves four tries to three, with the visitors going over through two tries from Ryan hall and one each from Liam Sutcliffe and Zak Hardaker.
Micky Higham had opened the scoring with a try for Warrington inside ten minutes, before Stefan Ratchford and Brett Hodgson also crossed the whitewash.
Briers had had a quiet match before he stepped up to try a one-pointer with time running out, but he pushed his effort just wide of the uprights.
He was relieved to get another shot just moments before the end and this time he made no mistake as he split the posts to send the home side wild.
Higham put the home side in front after five minutes when he followed up his own delicate grubber kick to touch down and Brett Hodgson kicked the first of his three goals.
Hall responded for Leeds with the aid of a deft one-handed flick pass from his centre Joel Moon, after first creating the position with a break out of his own half.
Young Sutcliffe then went 80 metres to score the second after pouncing on a stray pass from Warrington half-back Stefan Ratchford.
Both teams experienced blows before half-time, with centre Ryan Atkins (Warrington) and forward Mitch Achurch (Leeds) helped off with leg injuries, and the Rhinos also lost forward Brad Singleton with a hamstring injury.
However, the champions extended their lead two minutes into the second half when Hall intercepted Grix's pass meant for Joel Monaghan to sprint the length of the field to score his second try.
Hardaker was once more off target with the goal and the Wolves drew level on 54 minutes when Ratchford spotted a gap in the Leeds defence and squeezed over from dummy half for his side's second try.
The momentum was clearly with Warrington at that stage but Leeds struck once more on the hour when Hardaker took a return pass from Sutcliffe to go in for a fourth try and this time he added the goal from close to the posts.
But it never looked likely to be the winning score and the scores were level once more four minutes later when Monaghan palmed the ball back from Briers' high kick for Hodgson to touch down.
Hodgson's third goal made it 18-18 and, in a frantic finale, Briers was twice wide with drop-goal attempts before finally hitting the target.
First Utility Super League
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
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