Super League semi-final: Wigan Warriors 8-20 Leeds Rhinos – visitors to grand final

Jarrod O’Connor’s try against Wigan was his first for Leeds
Wigan (4) 8
Attempts: Marshall, Powell
Leeds (2) 20
Attempts: O’Connor, Bentley 2 Goals: Hardaker 4

Leeds capitalized on a strong defensive display in the first half to beat Wigan 20-8 and reach their first Super League grand final since 2017.

Liam Marshall gave Wigan the lead, but despite dominating possession and territory, they were unable to score again.

Leeds turned the game around after the break through Jarrod O’Connor and James Bentley, before Wigan sent off John Bateman.

Bentley scored again to seal the win before Sam Powell’s late consolation.

The Rhinos will play champions St Helens or Salford Red Devils in tomorrow’s second semi-final at Old Trafford on Saturday, September 24.

However, they will have to do without half-back Aidan Sezer, who failed a head injury assessment after Bateman’s high and late tackle, resulting in the Wigan striker being shown a red card.

Wigan, who finished second in the table for home advantage in the play-offs, entered this season unbeaten at home in every game in every competition.

But Leeds have been in excellent form since Rohan Smith’s arrival as manager, and have now won 11 of their last 13 games, including play-off wins over Catalans Dragons and Wigan to reach the grand final for the third time from fifth place. in the league

More to follow.

Wigan: Field, French, Pearce-Paul, Bibby, Marshall, Smith, Leuluai, Singleton, Powell, Byrne, Isa, Bateman, Smithies.

Exchanges: Mago, Ellis, Havard, Cooper.

Shipping: Bateman (51)

Leeds: Myler, Briscoe, Hardaker, Sutcliffe, Tindall, Austin, Sezer, Oledzki, O’Connor, Prior, Bentley, Tetevano, Smith.

Exchanges: Leeming, Donaldson, Walters, Thompson.

Judge: Liam Moore