Our YEP Jury have their say on the defeat at Wigan and look ahead to Salford at home.
It’s always tough against Wigan and last week’s defeat was tough to take.
Wigan, who are unbeaten at home in the Super League this season, played some great rugby at times, which was duly matched by the Rhinos. We saw some great tries and an even better ‘try’ that wasn’t to be, which was the main talking point of this match.
My opinion on Danny McGuire’s ‘No Try’ is that it should have stood. This obstruction rule is spoiling the game of rugby league.
I’ve seen many tries disallowed this season for alleged obstruction, on this occasion Watkins made the dummy run and Joel Tomkins didn’t even attempt to tackle the player with ball and minimal contact was made between Tomkins and Watkins which was enough for the video ref to give ‘No Try’.
Now if Tomkins actually made an attempted tackle and Watkins prevented him from doing so then that would have been fair enough.
It was outstanding play from Leeds and would have swung momentum in our favour. There was also a knock on by Matty Smith, which went against us and Wigan went on to score as a result.
I agree with Brian McDermott’s post-match comments though, we need to learn to win when decisions go against us, which is easier said than done. We missed Zak Hardaker last week mainly for his defensive qualities, McDermott didn’t really have much choice but to move Super League’s best centre Kallum Watkins to full-back and in doing this we didn’t really get the best from him attacking wise.
Paul Aiton had another fine game, I’m not sure what he was thinking at the end when he conceded the penalty though. Brett Delaney deserves a mention, week after week he puts in 110 per cent.
He does all the hard work that sometimes goes unnoticed, I don’t know how he manages to walk off the pitch some weeks, he reminds me of that scene in the 80’s movie Platoon where Sgt. Elias gets killed. His body must be in bits.
Salford up next, I think this will be a close game and we will need to be on top form to overcome an unpredictable Salford side. I’m not giving a prediction this week because I’m always miles out. Just a Leeds win will do for me.
A late penalty from Matty Smith to give Wigan the win was tough to take, but I think Leeds can take a lot from the game.
With the calibre of players missing before the game, I wasn’t confident about a Leeds victory. However with a couple of questionable refereeing decisions going our way, it could easily have been a leeds victory.
The call for obstruction for McGuire’s try was a shocker, it was almost as bad as the call against McGuire for a similar try at the Magic Weekend. I’m not sure how referees will improve when the ex-head of referees Stuart Cummings is backing up the video referees decision.
Leeds didn’t let that get to them, and did great to come from 24-12 down to draw the game level with Rob Burrow’s piece of magic. I felt Adam Cuthbertson did a great job for us off the bench, his off-loads can’t be predicted by the opposition and he is my Man of Steel so far.
Next up for Leeds is a tough game against Salford Red Devils, they seem to have hit form again, probably no coincidence that Tim Sheens is back at the club.
It will be good to see us get some players back. Tom Briscoe should be back in contention very soon and the increasing competition can only be good for the Rhinos in the long term.
The game against Wigan was always going to be tough especially when we hadn’t won at their ground for the past few meetings.
It was a closely-fought game which saw us come back from 24-12 to level the game.
I personally thought Danny McGuire’s disallowed try was a try and it was a bad call for obstruction by the officials on the night.
I do think however Wigan controlled the game a lot better than we did in the first half and we needed to dig deeper from the off.
We still holding on to the top of the table position and we need to keep up momentum to keep us there.
Tonight we face Salford Red Devils at home. They came back to beat Hull KR last week and I’m hoping we win.
We played some good rugby at times, but two very poor decisions by the officials effectively cost us the game at Wigan.
How many times have we said that this season!
It’s Salford Red Devils at Headingley tomorrow and I can only see a big Rhinos win happening.
Well the stars of the show, sorry villains, have to be the referee Silverwood and the video referees for not allowing a perfectly legitimate try and for the video referees for not having a word in the referee’s earpiece over Matty Smith knocking on.
It was so obvious at the time.
The game was ours in my opinion, we defended strongly apart from a couple of poor reads.
And what was Paul Aiton thinking in giving away a dumb penalty?
He, for me, has too much of that in his game.
I would play Rob Burrow as he doesn’t do stupid things like that.
We should have more than enough ability and nous to beat Salford convincingly!
It has been a long time since I was as angry after a game as I was on Thursday night.
We deserved at least a point from what was a terrific game of rugby league. For the referee to apologise after the event does not help our cause.
We’re still top though and Salford are next up.