Super League: Wigan Warriors 46-8 Leeds Rhinos
|Betfred Super League|
|Wigan (22) 46|
|Tries: Marshall 3, Wood, Farrell, Leuluai, Davies Goals: Tomkins 9|
|Leeds (4) 8|
|Tries: Ferres, Moon|
Liam Marshall scored a hat-trick as Wigan inflicted a seventh successive Super League defeat on champions Leeds.
Brett Ferres capitalised on a collision between John Bateman and Sam Tomkins to give Leeds the perfect start.
But two Marshall tries, one from Josh Woods and five Tomkins goals gave Wigan a 22-4 half-time advantage.
Further tries from Liam Farrell, Thomas Leuluai, Tom Davies and Marshall's hat-trick score eased Wigan clear, with Joel Moon's effort a mere consolation.
Tomkins, who passed 1,000 career points with a first-half penalty, kicked four further goals in the second half to finish with a personal best of nine in the match as Wigan completed a league double over the Rhinos.
Defeat leaves Leeds seventh in the table, but only one point ahead of fourth-from-bottom Catalans Dragons, who host Castleford on Saturday.
And, with only four regular-season games left, it leaves them in danger of finishing outside the Super 8s for the second time in three years and facing the prospect of a battle to retain their top-flight status in the Qualifiers.
However, for second-placed Wigan, victory in their first match at the DW Stadium for two months left them four points behind leaders St Helens and was a welcome return to form after a run of only one win in five games since coach Shaun Wane announced he would be leaving at the end of the season.
Ferres' early score threatened to extend that run, but Wigan soon seized control, with Marshall capping a dominant performance in the club's first game since it was confirmed that Wane would be joining Scottish Rugby as a high performance coach by completing his hat-trick with the last move of the match.
Wigan coach Shaun Wane told BBC Radio Manchester:
"It was a good win against a quality team like Leeds. It was a good performance and I was happy with the way we attacked and defended. We did a lot of good things.
"We were good and Leeds were a little off with their defence, but they're a better team than they showed today.
"My aim is to win every game until the end of the season and make sure we get the best our of every player."
Leeds coach Brian McDermott told BBC Radio Leeds:
"We conceded too many soft tries, it was too easy for Wigan. We were dopey in defence.
"I'm concerned that we've lost seven on the bounce and we can't keep doing that.
"That team we fielded was certainly good enough to compete with and beat Wigan but the most disappointing thing is how much it wasn't a contest. The scoreline hurts."
Wigan: Tomkins; Davies, Bateman, Gildart, Marshall; Woods, Powell, Clubb, Leuluai, Navarrete, Isa, Farrell, O'Loughlin.
Replacements: Hamlin, Greenwood, Escare, Tautai.
Leeds: Walker; T Briscoe, Sutcliffe, L Briscoe, Hall; Moon, Myler; Garbutt, Parcell, Oledzki, Smith, Ferres, Cuthbertson.
Replacements: Golding, Singleton, Ormondroyd, Walters.
Referee: Ben Thaler.