Debutant Williams snatches Wolves win at Leeds

Warrington’s George Williams landed a drop-goal on his debut to secure victory at the Leeds on Sunday; both clubs scored four tries on the night, with Leeds’ Harry Newman (two), Mikolj Oledzki, Brad Dwyer scoring; Michael Cooper, Blake Austin, Josh Charnley, Danny Walker scored for Wolves

Last Updated: 01/08/21 11:01pm

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Watch highlights as George Williams returned to Super League and won the game for Warrington vs Leeds
Watch highlights as George Williams returned to Super League and won the game for Warrington vs Leeds

George Williams enjoyed a victorious debut for Warrington by kicking a dramatic last-minute drop-goal which condemned Leeds to a 27-26 defeat.

A thrilling encounter saw both sides score four tries apiece and Harry Newman’s brace for the Rhinos appeared to have handed them victory.

But the Wolves’ replacement hooker Danny Walker scored a late try which Stefan Ratchford converted to level matters at 26-26 before Williams’ one-pointer snatched the win for Steve Price’s team.

Williams' drop-goal on debut for Warrington proved the difference vs Leeds on Sunday
Williams’ drop-goal on debut for Warrington proved the difference vs Leeds on Sunday

Warrington, who had beaten Wigan at home on Wednesday, paired England stand-off Williams in the halves with Blake Austin but Leeds began the brighter of the sides.

The Rhinos had won at Hull FC on Thursday and led in the eighth minute when Luke Gale found Richie Myler inside the left channel and the full-back’s neat pass sent Newman diving over in the corner.

It was a well-worked try which Rhyse Martin converted, but Warrington quickly steadied themselves and fashioned an impressive response.

After Leeds forward Zane Tetevano lost possession from the restart, the visitors forced the Rhinos back towards their own line.

Austin and Ben Currie went close but Leeds’ defence cracked when England hooker Daryl Clark found Mike Cooper and he crashed over from close range.

Ratchford added the conversion but the hosts added a second try in the 17th minute when Mikolaj Oledzki showed impressive strength to barrel over the line.

Leeds scored four tries on the night, but in the end finished on the losing side
Leeds scored four tries on the night, but in the end finished on the losing side

Martin again converted to make it 12-6 but Leeds faltered again from the restart as Tetevano fumbled the ball from the kick-off, forcing his side into a goal-line drop-out.

From there, Warrington attacked again and, although Williams’ pass went to ground, Austin scooped up the ball and scampered over the line.

Ratchford converted again to level matters at 12-12 but Leeds claimed a third try in the 29th minute through ex-Warrington hooker Brad Dwyer.

Gale expertly created the space to sidestep his way through the Wolves defence before producing a deft offload which sent Dwyer over the line.

Martin’s third conversion put Leeds 18-12 ahead at the break but Warrington scored a controversial equalising try in the 51st minute when Josh Charnley dived over in the right corner.

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Warrington’s Josh Charnley crossed the line to level up against Leeds Rhinos, but should the try have stood?
Warrington’s Josh Charnley crossed the line to level up against Leeds Rhinos, but should the try have stood?

The winger looked like he had been denied but referee Chris Kendall sent it up to video referee Robert Hicks as a try and he confirmed it as a legal score.

Ratchford converted to make it 18-18 and then booted a penalty to put Warrington in front before an equalising penalty from Martin – after Jack Hughes’ late hit on Gale which earned the Warrington captain a yellow card – made it 20-20.

With 10 minutes remaining, Newman brilliantly burst through the Warrington defence for a fine individual score and Martin added the extras.

Harry Newman appeared to have won the game for Leeds with his two tries
Harry Newman appeared to have won the game for Leeds with his two tries

Yet Warrington were not to be denied as replacement hooker Walker crashed under the posts with four minutes remaining and Ratchford’s conversion made it 26-26.

There was still time for Williams to have the final say as he kept his cool to kick a well-executed drop-goal which gave Warrington a famous win.

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The match-winner Williams gives his thoughts after kicking the winning point for Warrington in their win over Leeds
The match-winner Williams gives his thoughts after kicking the winning point for Warrington in their win over Leeds

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Leeds Rhinos coach Richard Agar gives his reaction after seeing his side lose by one point to Warrington
Leeds Rhinos coach Richard Agar gives his reaction after seeing his side lose by one point to Warrington

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Leeds Rhinos’ Luke Gale said he was ‘lost for words’ after his side’s loss to Warrington Wolves
Leeds Rhinos’ Luke Gale said he was ‘lost for words’ after his side’s loss to Warrington Wolves

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Warrington coach Steve Price was full of praise for Williams after his winning kick vs Leeds
Warrington coach Steve Price was full of praise for Williams after his winning kick vs Leeds

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Stefan Ratchford gives his reaction after being named Player of the Match after leading Warrington to victory over Leeds in dramatic fashion
Stefan Ratchford gives his reaction after being named Player of the Match after leading Warrington to victory over Leeds in dramatic fashion

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