Warriors shut out depleted Rhinos, Centurions off bottom


Wigan Warriors shut out a heavily depleted Leeds Rhinos side to move into the Super 8s in style, while Leigh Centurions rose off the bottom of Super League by holding Salford Red Devils to nil.

The Rhinos were without 13 first-team players - including captain Danny McGuire, Ryan Hall and Brad Singleton - for Friday's trip to the DW Stadium and the unchanged Warriors took full advantage, surging to an emphatic 34-0 victory.

George Williams scored the last try of each half and finished with 12 points after two successful conversions, while Oliver Gildart's quickfire double put Wigan 22 points clear in the 54th minute.

Michael McIlorum, Sam Tomkins and Tom Davies also touched down as Shaun Wane's team geared up for the Challenge Cup semi-final against Salford next weekend in fine fashion, keeping the Rhinos off the scoreboard for just the second time in Super League.

It was quite a different case for the Red Devils, though, who were on the end of a resounding 25-0 defeat to Qualifiers-bound Leigh Centurions.

Gregg McNally crossed twice as the Centurions avoided finishing bottom of the table, with Widnes Vikings slipping to 12th. Salford dropped to fifth as a result of Hull FC's 14-10 win over Huddersfield Giants, the boot of Marc Sneyd proving decisive.