On the 23rd August 2002 the Rhinos travelled to Wakefield to take on the Wildcats for the fourth time that year.
On this day in 2002 Leeds Rhinos were on the road to play Wakefield Trinity Wildcats in Super League. Leeds had won just one of their last three games but were sitting in fourth position in the league, whilst Wakefield had not managed a win in their last three games and were in tenth. This was the fourth encounter between the sides this year, having played each other in the Challenge Cup quarter finals as well as twice in the league - Leeds had been victorious on each occasion. Ryan Sheridan began the scoring for the Rhinos with a try after just four minutes, Keith Senior followed this up three minutes later with his own try and then a further quick succession of tries saw Karl Pratt and Danny Ward both score and the Rhinos were 24-0 up after 16 minutes. The only response Wakefield had in the first half was a try from Martin Moana but Leeds stretched their lead 5 minutes from half time through a converted Jamie Jones Buchanan try. As much as Leeds had dominated the first half, the second was a different story, with the Rhinos failing to touch down at all. The defence stayed strong though and the Rhinos managed to hold on to the lead until the final whistle, despite tries from Andrew Frew and Chris Feather for Wakefeild and the dismissal of Wayne McDonald after 75 minutes. The final score was 30-16 to Leeds, with Kevin Sinfield being named man of the match.
We received a lovely email this morning from the dad of a family who attended the St Helens game on Monday night that we would like to share with you because it shows the unique atmosphere you help create here on match nights at Headingley Carnegie.