Wolves stun Rhinos

by Gary Skentelbery Pictures: George Thornton

WARRINGTON'S big guns are certainly firing on all cylinders as Prop Paul Rauhihi at last showed the kind of form which saw him help the Kiwis defeat Australia in the Tri Nations final.
Rauhihi was unstoppable as he capped a fine performance with a try and off-loaded the ball at will against the hapless Leeds defence.
Fellow new signing Rob Parker also continued to impress with a brace of tries while flying winger Henry Fa'afili raced in for a hat-trick of tries as Warrington moved up to fourth in the table.
Second placed Leeds started brightly enough with young winger Lee Smith going over in the corner after the visitors capitalised on a mistake from Richie Barnett.
However, it was all Wolves for the remainder of the half with the home side running in a total of five tries as as Fa'afili struck first going over in the corner for his 13th try of the season.
Just minutes later the rampaging Rauhihi collected Jon Clarke's pass before surging over under the sticks brushing off a weak Ryan Bailey challenge in the process.
Leeds had no answer to Wolves' attack and the impressive Jon Clarke burrowed his way over from close range shrugging off a poor tackle from Shane Millard.
Even at 16-6 up the home side maintained their intense pressure with Barnett making up for his earlier mistake by scoring in the corner following a sweeping move.
Leeds were looking to see out the remainder of the half, but a Chev Walker mistake conceded possession and with the visitors expecting a Lee Briers drop goal, Rob Parker burst through to score a super try.
The visitors pulled a try back shortly after the re-start when Burrow broke through the line before outsprinting Barnett for the four-pointer with the aid of the video referee.
Leeds could have added another on the hour mark when Gareth Ellis burst through the line, but with options available he was stopped by Rauhihi who also stripped the ball in a one-on-one challenge.
That was as close as the Rhinos came to mounting a fightback with Parker and Fa'afili's second tries of the game extending Wolves' lead to 38-10.
The Rhinos did pull one try back in the closing stages when McGuire dived over the line after a run from dummy half from Matt Diskin but Warrington had the final say with Fa'afili intercepting McGuire's ambitious pass to run unchallenged under the sticks to complete a fine individual performance.
  • Pictures show Martin Gleeson off loading to Henry Fa'afili and Rob Parker touching down.

    Warrington (28) 44.
    Tries: Fa'afili 3, Rauhihi, Clarke, Barnett, Parker 2. Goals: Briers 6.

    Leeds (6) 16.
    Tries: Smith, Burrow, McGuire. Goals: Burrow, Smith.
    Att: 11,753