Leeds hang on to inflict first defeat on Steve Price’s Warrington

Leeds Rhinos started defence of the Super League title with a 16-12 win over a new-look Warrington side.

With the club starting life without Danny McGuire and Rob Burrow, it was two of the club’s most senior players, Ryan Hall and Jamie Jones-Buchanan, who scored the tries to secure victory for Brian McDermott’s side.

The experienced pair had given Leeds a 12-0 lead before Warrington debutant Bryson Goodwin halved the deficit before half-time.

But Hall’s individual effort extended the lead for the Rhinos after the break, and despite Tom Lineham’s late effort, Leeds held on for the win.

Warrington: Ratchford, Lineham, Goodwin, Atkins, Russell, Brown, Roberts, Hill, Clark, Cooper, Currie, Hughes, Murdoch-Masila. Subs: Westwood, Philbin, King, Patton.

Tries: Goodwin, Lineham

Goals: Goodwin (2)

Leeds: Walker, Briscoe, Watkins, Sutcliffe, Hall, Moon, Myler, Cuthbertson, Parcell, Singleton, Jones-Buchanan, Ablett, Delaney. Subs: Dwyer, Mullally, Peteru, Ormondroyd.

Tries: Jones-Buchanan, Hall (2)

Goals: Watkins (2)