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Warrington slump to Leeds defeat to finish fourth in table

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Pictures Eddie Whitham

WARRINGTON Wolves ended the regular season with a 26-4 defeat at Leeds, which means they finish fourth in the Super League table.

Having seemingly had second place secured, a dismal run of 9 defeats in 12 means Steve Price’s side face a do-or-die play-off clash with Castleford at the Halliwell Jones Stadium next week.

All they needed to do was ensure they didn’t do 13 points worse than Salford, with the Red Devils taken to golden point by Hull KR after a 16-all draw.

With 10 minutes to go, Warrington trailed by 12 which would have been enough to secure third place if Salford lost, but they conceded two late tries to the Rhinos, who finished a dismal campaign with a win at Headingley.

Liam Sutcliffe and Rob Lui crossed for tries, with Rhys Martin adding three conversions, as the Rhinos went 14-0 in front.

Josh Charnley pulled a try back, but Adam Curthbertson and Tom Briscoe crossed late on.

It means Salford will travel to Wigan, with the loser facing the winner of Warrington against Castleford the following weekend.

Leeds: Walker, L Briscoe, Sutcliffe, Hurrell, Handley, Lui, Myler, Cuthbertson, Dwyer, Peteru, Martin, Ward, Jones-Buchanan. Subs: Smith, Singleton, Donaldson, Johnson.

Warrington: Ratchford, Charnley, King, Goodwin, Lineham, Austin, Smith, Hill, Clark, Cooper, Murdoch-Masila, Currie, Clark. Subs: Hughes, Akauola, Mamo, Westwood.

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