Leeds suffer seventh successive defeat after hat-trick by Wigan’s Marshall

first_imgmatch reports Brian McDermott admitted he was concerned after Leeds endured yet another defeat. Never before had the reigning champions lost seven successive league games in the modern era, and it did not take long herefor it to become apparent the Rhinos were about to create an unwanted record.This defeat leaves them hovering above the competition’s bottom four, who will split from the rest in a month’s time to fight against relegation with the Championship’s best in the Qualifiers. In 2016 Leeds’s presence in that mini-league was shocking. To be there two years from the past three would be unthinkable. Read more Share on Twitter Share on Pinterest Share via Email Since you’re here… Super League Super League XXIII (2018) Leeds Rhinos But it is perhaps the nature of this defeat to second-placed Wigan which will be most concerning. Leeds had improved of late but by half-time they were 22-4 behind after being comprehensively outplayed, and matters only got worse.Such was the nature of their performance it prompted the usually positive McDermott to tell it like it was. “I could give you some cliches and they would be true – but if you’re asking me if I’m concerned then yes, for sure,” he said.Though Leeds took the lead through Brett Ferres’s early try, by half-time two tries for Liam Marshall and another for Josh Woods – the teenage half-back who was magnificent for the home side – had established a commanding advantage which Wigan did not surrender.The Rhinos’ performance only worsened after the interval. The moment Liam Farrell strode through a huge gap in Leeds’ defence to touch down underlined the gulf between the two sides, before the Rhinos topped that by throwing two wild passes in midfield in the final moments which were picked off by Wigan players and eventually finished by Marshall and Tom Davies.There were moments of promise for Leeds, Joel Moon’s late try among them. But the champions are running out of excuses as well as time. On this form Leeds may need the sides below them to keep losing should they wish to avoid the Qualifiers this summer.Wigan Tomkins; Davies, Bateman, Gildart, Marshall; Woods, Powell; Clubb, Leuluai, Navarrete, Isa, Farrell, O’Loughlin. Interchange Hamlin, Greenwood, Escare, Tautai.Tries Marshall 3, Woods, Farrell, Leuluai, Davies. Goals Tomkins 9.Leeds Walker; T Briscoe, Sutcliffe, L Briscoe, Hall; Moon, Myler; Garbutt, Parcell, Oledzki, Smith, Ferres, Cuthbertson. Interchange Ormondroyd, Golding, Walters, Singleton.Tries Ferres, Moon.Referee B Thaler. Attendance 10,645. Topicscenter_img … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Rugby league Share on Messenger Wigan Warriors Reuse this content Share on LinkedIn England show best of rugby league in dazzling Denver defeat of New Zealand Share on WhatsApp Share on Facebook Support The Guardianlast_img read more