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LIAM TREBLE BIG TROUBLE; RUGBY LEAGUE; Marshall piles on agony for hapless Rhinos.

Byline: GARETH WALKER Rugby Lge Correspondent @garethwalker

Wigan 46 Leeds 8

SHAUN WANE watched Liam Marshall's hat-trick heap more misery on floundering Leeds - then turned his attention to Warrington.

Marshall (right) scored a quick-fire double that ended a bright Leeds start before completing the scoring in the closing stages.

It inflicted a seventh straight Super League defeat on the champions, who are now looking over their shoulders at the bottom four.

Wane's side are embedded in the top two - but he has not forgotten this month's 23-0 Challenge Cup defeat against the Wolves ahead of next Friday's rematch at the DW Stadium.

Wane said: "It's more than just another game.

"It was a cup loss and getting beat like that, getting nilled, hurt us all. We did OK tonight and scored some good tries.

"We knew they had some flaws and wanted to exploit that.

"They will improve when they get a few players back but I think we had more players out than them tonight."

Leeds could be out of the top eight by the end of the weekend if in-form chasing duo Huddersfield and Catalans win - and coach Brian McDermott admitted the losing run has become a concern.

The Rhinos successfully preserved their top-flight status in the Qualifiers two years ago but this is becoming an alarming slide for a side that lifted the title at Old Trafford just eight months ago.

McDermott said: "I could give you some cliches and say there's still some life in us and we're not done yet, and all that would be true.

"But if you're asking me if I'm concerned then yes for sure, we've lost seven on the bounce.

"In the main I just thought we conceded way too many soft tries - it was too easy for Wigan in that first half."

Brett Ferres opened the scoring for the visitors after he capitalised on a mix-up between John Bateman and Sam Tomkins, but that was as good as it got for the Rhinos.

Marshall's brace and a try to the eye-catching young stand-off Josh Woods made it 22-4 at the break. Further Wigan tries from Liam Farrell, Tommy Leuluai, Tom Davies and Marshall again completed the rout despite having forward Romain Navarrete sinbinned, with Joel Moon's response doing little to mask Leeds' plight.

PWDLF APts StHelens 181602 581 22632 Wigan 19 14 0 5 517 279 28 Castleford 18 12 1 5 415 364 25 Warrington 18 12 0 6 421 327 24 Hull 181008 441 36520 Wakefield 18 9 0 9 413 367 18 Leeds 19 7 1 11 355 427 15 Huddersfield 18 7 1 10 296 516 15 Catalans 18 7 0 11 323 440 14 Salford 18 6 0 12 294 425 12 HULLKR 184 113321 4769 Widnes 18 3 0 15 309 474 6 SUPER LEAGUE TABLE

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ON THE BALL Josh Woods goes past Leeds' Jack Walker to score a try for Wigan

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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Geographic Code:4EUUK
Date:Jun 29, 2018
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