Super League  Saturday 14th September 2013  Halliwell Jones Stadium  Att: 8,695

Squad

Atkins, C. Bridge, Briers, Carvell, Cooper, Evans, Grix, Harrison, Higham, Hill, Hodgson, J. Monaghan, M. Monaghan, Morley, Ratchford, C. Riley, Waterhouse, Westwood, Wood.

Squad

Hardaker, Jones-Bishop, Watkins, Moon, Hall, McGuire, Burrow, Leuluai, Peacock, Jones-Buchanan, Ablett, Sinfield, Delaney, Bailey, Kirke, Clarkson, Achurch, Singleton, Sutcliffe.

Scorers

TRY SCORERS:

Ryan Atkins

Ben Westwood

Lee Briers

Ben Westwood

Ben Westwood

Simon Grix

Ben Westwood

GOAL SCORERS:

Stefan Ratchford

Lee Briers

Lee Briers

Lee Briers

Stefan Ratchford

Stefan Ratchford

Scorers

TRY SCORERS:

Zak Hardaker

Zak Hardaker

Kevin Sinfield

Kallum Watkins

GOAL SCORERS:

Kevin Sinfield

Kevin Sinfield

Full Report

Match Official: J Child

England forward Ben Westwood grabbed four tries to help Warrington Wolves to a resounding victory over their grand final conquerors and take them to within 80 minutes of a return to Old Trafford.

The tough-tackling second-rower was at the heart of an impressive performance from the Wolves, who earned themselves a week off and the right to select their semi-final opponents under the ClubCall system.

Leeds Rhinos will still have a chance to keep alive their bid for a hat-trick of titles as they prepare for a home tie in next Friday's preliminary semi-final but must hope this seven-try defeat does not shake their confidence.

The Rhinos were back to full strength with the return from suspension of prop Ryan Bailey and were in the game until Westwood completed his second hat-trick of the season six minutes into the second half.

Westwood opened the scoring five minutes into the qualifying play-off after collecting Lee Briers' grubber kick and stretching out of full-back Zak Hardaker's tackle to plant the ball on the line for his first try.

The champions' response was led by livewire hooker Rob Burrow, who carved out two tries in seven minutes.

Centre Kallum Watkins finished off his lightning break and then took another offload from him to combine with winger Ben Jones-Bishop to get skipper Kevin Sinfield over.

Sinfield struck the upright with his second conversion attempt to leave his side 10-6 in front but it was a tenuous lead and there was little to choose between the two fiercely competitive teams.

Briers was given a warning for sparking a mini brawl by throwing a punch after taking exception to a tackle by Leeds second-rower Carl Ablett but stayed on the pitch and continued to orchestrate matters.

The Wolves were level on 26 minutes when replacement hooker Michael Monaghan put makeshift scrum-half Simon Grix through a gap and he easily rounded Hardaker.

Stefan Ratchford's second goal nudged his side back in front and they extended their lead in fortuitous circumstances five minutes before the break.

Westwood stormed onto Briers' pass and looked a certain scorer until Hardaker got back to make the tackle on the line.

Unclear whether the England forward managed to get the ball down, video referee Phil Bentham gave him the benefit of the doubt and Briers added the conversion to open up an eight-point lead.

Westwood almost completed his hat-trick two minutes into the second half when he lost the ball in Danny McGuire's tackle short of the line but there was no stopping the second-rower four minutes later when he finished off a break by Monaghan.

It was enough to clinch Westwood the man-of-the-match award, although he was pushed closely by Briers, whose 40-20 kick ensured the momentum stayed with his side.

And it was Briers who sealed the win with Warrington's fifth try after Monaghan had worked the ball back from the Leeds line.

Hardaker went over for two tries as the Rhinos attempted to play catch-up but, in between, Westwood touched down Briers' kick to score his fourth try and centre Ryan Atkins scored a seventh try six minutes from the end after pouncing on a stray pass from Sinfield.

Match Action

  • 76m
    goal

    Stefan Ratchford

    Warrington

  • 75m
    try

    Ryan Atkins

    Warrington

  • 74m
    goal

    Kevin Sinfield

    Leeds

  • 73m
    try

    Zak Hardaker

    Leeds

  • 71m
    goal

    Lee Briers

    Warrington

  • 70m
    try

    Ben Westwood

    Warrington

  • 62m
    try

    Zak Hardaker

    Leeds

  • 61m
    interchange_on

    Liam Sutcliffe

    Leeds

  • 61m
    interchange_off

    Jamie Jones-Buchanan

    Leeds

  • 58m
    goal

    Lee Briers

    Warrington

  • 57m
    try

    Lee Briers

    Warrington

  • 47m
    try

    Ben Westwood

    Warrington

  • 43m
    interchange_off

    Ian Kirke

    Leeds

  • 43m
    interchange_on

    Brad Singleton

    Leeds

  • 38m
    goal

    Lee Briers

    Warrington

  • 37m
    try

    Ben Westwood

    Warrington

  • 29m
    interchange_on

    Stefan Ratchford

    Warrington

  • 29m
    interchange_off

    Ben Harrison

    Warrington

  • 28m
    goal

    Stefan Ratchford

    Warrington

  • 27m
    interchange_off

    Chris Hill

    Warrington

  • 27m
    try

    Simon Grix

    Warrington

  • 27m
    interchange_on

    Garreth Carvell

    Warrington

  • 27m
    interchange_off

    Micky Higham

    Warrington

  • 27m
    interchange_on

    Michael Monaghan

    Warrington

  • 26m
    interchange_off

    Paul Wood

    Warrington

  • 26m
    interchange_on

    Adrian Morley

    Warrington

  • 23m
    interchange_on

    Brett Delaney

    Leeds

  • 23m
    interchange_off

    Ryan Bailey

    Leeds

  • 19m
    try

    Kevin Sinfield

    Leeds

  • 18m
    interchange_off

    Kylie Leuluai

    Leeds

  • 18m
    interchange_on

    Ian Kirke

    Leeds

  • 14m
    goal

    Kevin Sinfield

    Leeds

  • 13m
    try

    Kallum Watkins

    Leeds

  • 7m
    goal

    Stefan Ratchford

    Warrington

  • 6m
    try

    Ben Westwood

    Warrington