Warrington Wolves came back to form with a bang when they convincingly defeated Leeds Rhinos 10-29 at Headingley tonight after leading 4-14 at half-time.
Warrington opened the scoring after nine minutes when winger Gene Ormsby touched down a grubber to the corner by Ben Currie. Stefan Ratchford couldn’t add the conversion.
An Warrington’s second try also came from a kick, when Ben Harrison kicked into the corner for captain Joel Monaghan to touch down, with Ratchford again unable to convert.
But he was more successful after 23 minutes when Ashton Sims scored from a superb dummy-half pass from Micky Higham.
Higham then kicked a 40-20, but the Wolves couldn’t take advantage of it as Sims tried to touch down from dummy-half.
The Rhinos needed to respond, and they finally did after 37 minutes when Kallum Watkins, who was again playing on the wing, touched down after some great passing, with a superb final flick by Carl Ablett, although the try was too far out for Liam Sutcliffe to convert.
Currie opened the second-half scoring when Daryl Clark made a break, supported by Ratchford, who handed on to Currie, with Ratchford goaling.
Roy Asotasi was the next to touch down after great work by Ormsby, shortly after Kevin Sinfield had entered the field off the bench to make his 500th appearance, with Ratchford’s goal putting them 24 points ahead with the conversion and a penalty for a Jamie Peacock high tackle.
Mitch Achurch reduced the deficit to 18 points when he touched down after fine work by substitute Rob Burrow, with Sinfield goaling, and the scoring was completed when youngster Declan Patton added a late field goal, sending the majority of the 17,430 crowd home unhappy.
A full report, photos and analysis will appear in Monday’s edition of Rugby League Express.