Wigan Warriors’ (10/3 – Grand Final Outright) dominant performance over Leeds Rhinos earned them top spot in the Betfred Super League on Sunday evening.
Second-row forward Liam Farrell scored his 100th club try to help Wigan on their way as he forced himself over early on.
Leeds replied through winger Tom Briscoe, but Wigan soon extended their advantage as Bevan French scored to make it 12-4.
Wigan soon pushed clear thanks to Dom Manfredi’s try, before Leeds showed some fight with Liam Sutcliffe bundling his way over the line.
However, late scores from Jake Bibby and French ensured Wigan secured a 28-10 success at the Totally Wicked Stadium.
Leeds lost Luke Gale for the final 10 minutes due to a sin bin, but coach Richard Agar says more cheap errors cost his team dearly.
He told Wigan Today: “There was a lot of effort and we should be filthy that the scoreline ended up as it did.
The focus in our camp maybe on the sin bin but not from me – it should be on the errors committed. I said to them, ‘This is first-grade… and we’re throwing hand grenades, that’s going to kill you’.
“There were some really poor errors on our part. Regardless of the sin bin, we have to be better at the end.”
Earlier in the day, St Helens (7/4 – Grand Final Outright) edged a tense encounter against Castleford to keep up the pressure on the teams at the top.
The two sides continued struggled to break each down throughout the 80 minutes, but it was the Saints who eventually ran out 10-0 winners.
Theo Fages scored the only try of the game, while Lachlan Coote kicked three penalties to make sure his side gathered all the points.
Wigan remain two points clear of Saints at the top, while Leeds sit sixth after successive defeats.