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Warriors beat Leopards

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* Match Report as Wigan Warriors win against Leigh Leopards at The Brick Community Stadium.

* A Bevan French double was paired with an acrobatic Liam Marshall effort and Liam Farrell try as the Warriors ran out winners.

* FT | Wigan Warriors 24-6 Leigh Leopards.

MATCH REPORT AS WIGAN WARRIORS BEAT LEIGH LEOPARDS 24-6 AT THE BRICK COMMUNITY STADIUM.

A feisty first half contest saw just one try scored. A penalty goal from Adam Keighran after a sin bin for Robbie Mulhern opened the scoring before Bevan French raced in straight afterwards to give Wigan an 8-0 advantage. Brad O’Neill was shown a yellow card just before the end of the first forty as Wigan started the second half minus a man.

Leigh cut the deficit with a Brad Dwyer try in the second half but Wigan responded immediately with a quickfire double from Marshall and French. A final flurry saw Liam Farrell support a great break from Jake Wardle to round-off the victory and see the Warriors to victory and at the summit of the Betfred Super League table.

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The Warriors saw Mike Cooper leave the field for a head injury assessment in the second minute after the forward clashed heads with Robbie Mulhern.

A high-tempo game saw the scores remain to nil after 20 minutes but there were chances for both sides. Abbas Miski looked to be sent through in space on the right edge but the play was pulled back for a forward pass. After plenty of defensive fire Leigh then had a chance as Ipape raced for the line, French was on hand to stop him before Liam Farrell wrapped up the following play to deny the Leopards on the line on the last tackle.

Robbie Mulhern was sent to the sin bin shortly afterwards after Kaide Ellis was hit late twice in succession. The Warriors opted for the tee from the penalty as Adam Keighran slotted over the first two-points of the game.

Immediately from the restart Wigan crossed for the opening try. A fantastic run from Jake Wardle saw him shrug off a tackle from Zak Hardaker before sending an inside ball to Bevan French who finished off the move, scoring close to the sticks. Adam Keighran kicked the conversion to make it 8-0.

Leigh were asking the questions before the half time break as Mulhern returned from the sin bin but the Warriors held firm in defence. Brad O’Neill was sent to the sin bin with just minutes left of the half but the Warriors went into the sheds with an 8-0 advantage.

With the man advantage Leigh thought they’d hit back in the 45th minute as Zak Hardaker broke through before the ball was sent out to Umyla Hanley, the winger tried to dive in at the corner but his foot was in touch and the effort was chalked off by the video referee as it remained 8-0 to the Cherry and Whites.

The Leopards hit back with a try in the 54th minute to cut the deficit to two-points. A penalty for a late hit allowed Leigh into Wigan’s half and a quick play from Brad Dwyer saw the hooker muscle his way over next to the uprights. Moylan converted the effort to make it 8-6 with 25 minutes to play.

Wigan responded immediately as they went up the other end to score their second of the night. A ball to Liam Marshall saw the winger leap into the air and get the ball down perfectly in a fine acrobatic effort. Keighran couldn’t add the extras but Wigan were back out to 12-6.

In the blink of an eye Wigan were in again, Bevan French was through a gap before kicking the ball through to the in goal and giving chase to ground it himself. Keighran slotted the two and it was 18-6.

A final flurry from Wigan saw Jake Wardle break through once again and Liam Farrell in support finished off the move to score under the uprights. Adam Keighran was on target to seal a 24-6 victory.

Wigan Warriors: Bevan French, Abbas Miski, Adam Keighran, Jake Wardle, Liam Marshall, Jack Farrimond, Harry Smith, Mike Cooper, Brad O’Neill, Luke Thompson, Junior Nsemba, Liam Farrell, Kaide Ellis.

Interchanges: Ethan Havard, Patrick Mago, Tyler Dupree, Sam Walters.

18th Player: Zach Eckersley.

Tries: French (22′, 59′), Marshall (57′), Farrell (78′)

Goals: Keighran 4/5

Sin Bin: O’Neill (38′)

Leigh Leopards: Matt Moylan, Umyla Hanley, Zak Hardaker, Ricky Leutele, Josh Charnley, Gareth O’Brien, Lachlan Lam, Tom Amone, Edwin Ipape, Robbie Mulhern, Kai O’Donnell, Ed Chamberlain, Owen Trout.

Interchanges: Aaron Pene, Brad Dwyer, Jack Hughes, John Asiata.

18th Player: Matt Davis.

Tries: Dwyer (54′)

Goals: Moylan 1/1

Sin Bin: Mulhern (21′)

Referee: Aaron Moore.

Attendance: 16,053

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* Matt Peet praised his side after Wigan Warriors beat Leigh Leopards at The Brick Community Stadium.

* Peet: “I’m really pleased. There were lots of tests tonight but the group delivered.”

* FT | Wigan Warriors 24-6 Leigh Leopards.

MATT PEET PRAISED HIS SIDE AFTER WIGAN WARRIORS BEAT LEIGH LEOPARDS 24-6 AT THE BRICK COMMUNITY STADIUM.

The Warriors scored four tries through Bevan French (x2), Liam Marshall and Liam Farrell to claim the two points in physical Betfred Super League clash.

Reflecting on the victory, Peet said: “I’m really pleased. We came up against a really good Leigh team who were determined and with a lot to play for. There were lots of tests tonight but the group delivered.”

Jake Wardle recorded three assists in the win, and on the performance, Peet said: “He’s just very good at playing rugby league. He must be a nightmare to defend against because you can’t just be aggressive as he has a lot of ability. He’s got a great partnership with the players around him and he’s a pleasure to coach.”

Praising Brad O’Neill, Peet said: “It’s not just the amount of work that he does, it’s the quality whilst always trying to make the perfect tackle and win the collisions. We had to look after him this week after he came back from England and I did have a little concern going into the game that there might have been some tiredness but he was outstanding.”

Providing an update on Mike Cooper, who failed a HIA in the early stages, Peet said: “When something is that clean it’s important that the player is looked after. It’s never nice to see but these things happen in games of rugby and when they do the short and long term health of the player has to be the priority.”

Looking ahead to next Friday’s clash against St Helens at The Brick Community Stadium, Peet said: “We expect that the level might go up again next week but as long as the lads continue to turn up for each other like they did tonight then I’ll back them all the way.”

Tickets for Friday night’s Derby double-header against St Helens are on sale from The Brick Community Stadium Ticket Office and online HERE.

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that takes a lot of courage. #18thMan
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Re: Warriors beat Leopards

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Ellis: No better place to play

* Kaide Ellis reflected on a hard fought victory at home to Leigh Leopards on Friday night, while looking ahead to next week’s clash with St Helens.

* Ellis: “When you get a good turnout and they get behind you like tonight, there’s no better place to play.”

* FT | Wigan Warriors 24-6 Leigh Leopards.

KAIDE ELLIS SPOKE AFTER WIGAN WARRIORS CAME OUT VICTORS AT THE BRICK COMMUNITY STADIUM AGAINST LEIGH LEOPARDS.

Ellis and the Cherry and Whites battled hard to defeat Leigh Leopards at The Brick Community Stadium, winning by 24 points to 6 to extend their lead at the top of the Betfred Super League table.

Reflecting on the victory, Ellis said: “It was a good win against a tough side. I think whenever we’ve looked at the games previously between us they’ve always had that derby feel, with both teams obviously being from the same area.

“With the way they play it was always going to be a tough start and a tough game throughout, but it’s always nice to win at home.”

It took 20 minutes for the match to see it’s first points, with Adam Keighran scoring a penalty before converting Bevan French’s first try of the night in quick succession. Ellis highlighted the intensity brought by both sides as a key factor to the game.

“I think it was quite even early on and a tough first 20 minutes”, said Ellis. “We spoke about it all week and we knew what they were going to bring with that physicality early on. They’ve got such a big, mobile pack and they throw the ball around at the back a bit as well, but we matched that and had to bring it against them too.”

The Warriors saw Brad O’Neill sent to the sin bin just prior to the half-time hooter. Speaking on defensive efforts, Ellis said: “At the start of the second half we had a man down and we knew exactly what they were going to do – come through the middle and take us on, and they had a lot of joy. But we fought pretty hard and scrambled our backsides off. Bevan (French) at the back came up with some big stops.

“We were hanging on at the end there a little bit, but we back ourselves to find our way out of it. It was a gutsy defensive effort, no doubt.”

From one big game to another, Ellis and his teammates will turn their attention to next week’s Betfred Super League fixture against St Helens. The Warriors will welcome their rivals to The Brick Community Stadium for the first time in 2024, with Saints currently sitting behind them in second place.

“That was probably a good dress rehearsal for what’s to come next week”, said Ellis on the two fixtures. “The lead up to tonight was always about that – two big games in a row with a big month ahead. They’re all going to be very physical, end-to-end games, so that was perfect preparation.

“It’s going to be nice now to get a good string of home games”, said Ellis. “When you get a good turnout and they get behind you like tonight, there’s no better place to play.”

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Anyone can support a team when it is winning, that takes no courage.
But to stand behind a team, to defend a team when it is down and really needs you,
that takes a lot of courage. #18thMan
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