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Summary

  1. Leeds start defence of Super League title with defeat
  2. Sandow try gave Warrington half-time lead
  3. Singleton and Hall replied for Leeds
  4. Penny try secures Wolves win

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By Matt Newsum

All times stated are UK

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Goodbye

FT: Leeds Rhinos 10-12 Warrington Wolves

Ashton Sims
Rex Features

One down and five to go in round one of the 21st season of Super League, and what a curtain raiser it was.

Passion, power, precision and skill, and a couple of tries thrown in too.

Warrington win, champions Leeds lose, but there's plenty of football to be played over the next 10 months.

Boy, it's good to be back.

Until next time, goodbye.

Happy birthdays

FT: Leeds Rhinos 10-12 Warrington Wolves

Just time before we hop it to say a happy birthday to Harry Jepson OBE, an absolute legend of the Leeds club for today - he's 96.

A gratuitous happy birthday to Brad 'Freddy' Fittler too, he's 44 on 5 February. What a player.

Freddy Fittler
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Is Gidley the piece in the jigsaw?

FT: Leeds Rhinos 10-12 Warrington Wolves

The 33-year-old shone in the halves with calm authority alongside the more explosive style of Chris Sandow.

Playing behind a terrifically mobile yet powerful pack, the duo were able to prompt and probe and cause Leeds problems.

It's only week one, but Warrington have missed that kind of leadership since the retirement of Lee Briers.

FT: Leeds Rhinos 10-12 Warrington Wolves

Danny McGuire had arguably his most influential season in 2015 for some time, scoring tries, creating them and providing leadership.

His injury will definitely have hindered Leeds' attack, the rhythm and the tempo.

Liam Sutcliffe has been out for a long time and will be all the better for the run out, but needs game-time to get back to full sharpness.

The pundit's view

FT: Leeds Rhinos 10-12 Warrington Wolves

Brian Noble

Ex-Great Britain coach, BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

"They've set a high standard, both of these teams.

"Leeds were hindered a little with the loss of Danny McGuire, but no excuses. Warrington found enough quality in their attack and we saw some sublime touches from Sandow.

"Leeds were dead and buried at one point, so the win comes down to how well Warrington defended. In the scramble moments, when Leeds thought they were getting over the line, somebody popped up with some rib-tickling tackles."

Full time

FT: Leeds Rhinos 10-12 Warrington Wolves

The champions have been beaten.

Warrington edge a fine encounter between two real contenders.

Kurt Gidley had the patience, Chris Sandow the magic and the pack was immense.

Leeds will be disappointed, they had chances to kick for goal but they opted to run it. But titles are not won or lost in game one.

Big hands up by Jordan Lilley in the absence of Danny McGuire, while Brett Ferres was a ball of energy.

Exciting, dramatic and gripping start to Super League XXI.

Kevin Penny
Rex Features

Leeds Rhinos 10-12 Warrington Wolves

PUSH AT THE SCRUM!

Leeds Rhinos 10-12 Warrington Wolves

Kallum Watkins tries to go on the outside and hits the turbos but Warrington look to force him into touch.

The offload goes loose and it's all over now surely. Bar the hooter.

Leeds Rhinos 10-12 Warrington Wolves

One minute to go.

No-one would write off Leeds though now. Zak Hardaker picks up in his own 10 and this is the last chance for Leeds.

Leeds Rhinos 10-12 Warrington Wolves

Leeds make a hash of the final tackle play, with a loose pass swallowed up 20 metres out from the Warrington line.

It's one out stuff from the Wolves here, nothing daft.

Leeds Rhinos 10-12 Warrington Wolves

Agony for Leeds as Zak Hardaker is unable to find the mark, and the deficit remains two points.

Time running out but the home side do have possession. Big defensive effort required by Warrington now to hold on.

Leeds Rhinos 10-12 Warrington Wolves

Leeds under pressure from Kurt Gidley's kick and Warrington are fierce in the chase and line-speed.

Jordan Lilley goes for the chip 'n' chase for Leeds and wins a penalty. Zak Hardaker is going to look for the points with a goal attempt.

Leeds Rhinos 10-12 Warrington Wolves

Brian Noble

Ex-Great Britain coach, BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

How did Rob Burrow not score?! What pace has Ben Currie got?! That's a try-saving tackle.

Leeds Rhinos 10-12 Warrington Wolves

Rob Burrow ALMOST got away to score but he didn't back his pace and he was scragged by the Warrington cover Ben Currie.

Leeds try to go right but the ball was forward from Kallum Watkins to Tom Briscoe and play is brought back.

Leeds Rhinos 10-12 Warrington Wolves

Leeds trail then as we move inside the final 10.

Will there be a dramatic finale?

Penny restores Warrington lead

Leeds Rhinos 10-12 Warrington Wolves

Brian Noble

Ex-Great Britain coach, BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

Fabulous Warrington try. It's a precision kick and a half from Sandow.

TRY (Penny, con Gidley)

Leeds Rhinos 10-12 Warrington Wolves

What a breakout score!

Warrington work it down the right through Matty Russell, Tom Lineham and Rhys Evans, with the latter eventually stopped.

However the ball is worked to Chris Sandow, who measures a perfect kick to Ben Currie and in goes Kevin Penny for a score.

Kurt Gidley knocks it over, two point ball-game!

Leeds Rhinos 10-6 Warrington Wolves

Credit to Kurt Gidley. Both Brad Singleton and Keith Galloway have lined him up for almost every drive but he's holding his own.

Leeds peg Warrington back in their own half with a kick from Jordan Lilley. It's eating up the clock and eating up the energy.

Leeds Rhinos 10-6 Warrington Wolves

Warrington put on the move to the right but Rob Burrow comes in with superb technique to drive Rhys Evans into touch.

Brilliant defence from the little pivot.

Leeds Rhinos 10-6 Warrington Wolves

Beautiful move through hands down the left and Leeds centre Joel Moon is displaying some cutting running lines at the moment.

Leeds again turnover on the last but Warrington are having to come away from their own line.

Leeds Rhinos 10-6 Warrington Wolves

Leeds turnover after six tackles in the Warrington 10.

Ben Currie does a Zak Hardaker impression to scamper through the Leeds cover but Kurt Gidley's pass in the subsequent set goes awry.

Leeds Rhinos 10-6 Warrington Wolves

Fine effort from Tom Briscoe, a superb defensive player, to get the ball away from Warrington's Ben Currie.

Jack Hughes then concedes a penalty for a nibble at the ruck and Leeds can drill to touch.

Hall's facial foliage in question?

Leeds Rhinos 10-6 Warrington Wolves

Dave Woods

BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

Ryan Hall
Rex Features

Ryan Hall's moustache - it looks like he's pinched it from the props department of an amateur dramatics society.

TRY (Hall)

Leeds Rhinos 10-6 Warrington Wolves

Winger Ryan Hall's frankly appalling moutstache has been overshadowed by an excellent try, on the back of excellent work from his centre partner Joel Moon.

Moon dummied and wriggled, then offloaded and Jordan Lilley had presence of mind to pick out Hall.

Zak Hardaker pulls his kick wide. Leeds lead for the first time.

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Not been a game for the backlines so far. The only time we've really seen the wingers is covering kicks or defending on the fringes.

All about the forwards.

Ben Westwood
Rex Features

Leeds Rhinos 6-6 Warrington Wolves

Leeds get a penalty inside the 10 and they'll run it.

Another forward pass, another error, brings the set to an end. Frustrating for the Headingley crowd, other than that away support of course.

Leeds Rhinos 6-6 Warrington Wolves

Knock-on by Tom Lineham gives Leeds a scrum deep in Warrington territory. The pendulum has swung back Leeds way.

Leeds Rhinos 6-6 Warrington Wolves

Warrington find themselves a metre away but Carl Ablett was on hand to poach a loose pass with the visitors lurking.

Leeds charge forward and are over halfway.

Singleton try levels for Leeds

Brian Noble

Ex-Great Britain coach, BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

Singleton came back against the grain and that makes it such a hard tackle for the defender to make.

TRY (Singleton, con Hardaker)

Leeds Rhinos 6-6 Warrington Wolves

Short ball switch from Rob Burrow gets Brad Singleton through a gap - he's made a few charges like that tonight - and he's rewarded this time.

Referee James Child went upstairs with an on-field try decision and no view could prove otherwise. Zak Hardaker tagged on the conversion. We're level.

Leeds Rhinos 0-6 Warrington Wolves

Leeds inside five...

Leeds Rhinos 0-6 Warrington Wolves

A lovely inside-outside move almost gets Leeds over but it's held up. Leeds look like they've got a scrum from a Kurt Gidley knock-on. Another opportunity for the Rhinos.

Leeds Rhinos 0-6 Warrington Wolves

Leeds battering away and in the Warrington 10 and get a penalty when Jack Hughes fails to peel away from the ruck. Another tap.

Leeds Rhinos 0-6 Warrington Wolves

First time we've really seen Leeds cut loose, whipping the ball from left to right.

Penalty for Kevin Penny's shove on Tom Briscoe off the ball and Leeds are within yards of the line... until a forward pass hands the ball over.

Kick-off

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We're back under way and it's Leeds who get the ball.

Leeds lose captain Maguire to injury

HT: Leeds Rhinos 0-6 Warrington Wolves

Brian Noble

Ex-Great Britain coach, BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

He looked like he'd done his ankle 10 minutes before the end of the half. It's a big blow for Leeds, but I'm a huge fan of Jordan Lilley.

Magsy's big day ends early

HT: Leeds Rhinos 0-6 Warrington Wolves

Danny McGuire is not coming back out, Leeds confirm.

He looked uncomfortable in that first half and he won't be back on.

Danny McGuire has been ruled out for the remainder of the game, we will have more details on the injury after the match

Can this man turn the game for Leeds?

HT: Leeds Rhinos 0-6 Warrington Wolves

Adam Cuthbertson
SWPIX.COM

Few players have enjoyed such a successful introduction to Super League than Adam Cuthbertson, with the ex-Newcastle prop/back-rower racking up a division-high of offloads last season.

If Leeds are to unlock Warrington, his subtlety around the ruck might well be key. We saw some flashes, but the Rhinos need more.

Will this be Warrington's year?

HT: Leeds Rhinos 0-6 Warrington Wolves

Chris Hill
SWPIX.COM

After a pleasing first 40 minutes for Tony Smith's side, not to mention a strong winter of recruitment, some Warrington fans will be confident their side will be involved in the mix for trophies in 2016.

History is not on their side though.

Even so, there have been a couple of near misses for the Wolves in recent seasons, losing in Grand Finals to Leeds (2012) and Wigan (2013) at Old Trafford.

Super League fixtures

Round One: 4-7 February

Thursday: Leeds v Warrington

Friday: Hull FC v Salford, St Helens v Huddersfield, Wigan v Catalans

Sunday: Hull KR v Castleford, Wakefield v Widnes