For most Leeds fans, especially those who grew up enduring Wigan’s insane dominance in the 80s and 90s, beating Wigan just once is special but beating them again and again is something different indeed.
However, the Rhinos have accomplished just that this weekend defeating the Warriors on three different fronts.
First the Rhinos women dominated their young Wigan counterparts 64-6 to gain a measure of revenge for their Grand Final defeat to the Warriors back in 2018 which I’m sure still irks the squad today as it denied them the chance to be the first treble winners with St Helens instead claiming that accolade in 2021.
Then the surprise of the lot. The men also enjoyed a dominant side against the Challenge Cup holding Wigan side who are currently second in the table and flying high. The Warriors even went into that game having beaten Hull FC 60-0 a week before with Bevan French scoring seven tries.
What made the win more impressive was Leeds were down to their last senior prop and started their 10th halfback pairing of the season with loose-forward Cameron Smith partnering fullback Richie Myler in the halves during a 42-12 win.
Then today the clean sweep was completed by the wheelchair team who haven’t let their recent Challenge Cup Final win get to them and today defeated the Warriors 62-40.
After those three games, the Rhinos can claim to have beaten the Warriors by an aggregate score of 170-58 after a special weekend.
That’s an average victory of 56-19 over the weekend and it’s sure to be one that Leeds fans and players remember for a long time.