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Leeds Rhinos v Wakefield Wildcats, Friday 19th July, kick off 8pm

5th July 2013

By Leeds Rhinos

Leeds Rhinos return to Headingley Carnegie on Friday 19th July when we entertain Wakefield on our annual Armed Forces Day.

As in recent years, we will be supporting the Royal Navy Royal Marines Charity on the day plus the pre-match curtatin raiser sees the Royal Navy Royal Marine East v West Origin clash, which is always an entertaining encounter. 

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To book your ticket now call 0871 423 1315 during normal office hours (calls cost 10p per minute) or book online 24 hours a day at www.therhinos.co.uk/buytickets

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Leeds Rhinos 20 Wakefield Wildcats 18

19th July 2013

By Leeds Rhinos

A man of the match winning performance from Joel Moon inspired the Rhinos to a hard earned victory over Wakefield that was in the balance until the final seconds.

It took until the eighteenth minute of the game for Leeds Rhinos to break the deadlock however that did not mean the opening quarter was not an entertaining affair. Leeds had the majority of possession and went close when Joel Moon opened up the Wildcats defence before a wide pass from Rob Burrow gave Ryan Hall a small gap out wide. However, Peter Fox was alert to the danger and showed great strength to take his England team mate into touch. 

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Wakefield had the next good chance when a well timed pass from Tim Smith released Fox down the wing and took Hall out of the play in a simple move however Zak Hardaker and Ben Jones-Bishop regrouped well and tackled the Wildcats man ten metres short of the Rhinos line. 

The end to end nature of the game continued after that with Leeds twice forcing Wakefield to drop out and both Liam Sutcliffe and Rob Burrow chalking up first half 40:20 kicks however the visitors were able to deny Leeds with some well organised defence. 

Leeds finally found a way through with some good old fashioned passing and catching as they moved the ball quickly along the back line to create a gap for Jones-Bishop to touch down in the corner. Zak Hardaker pulled his attempted conversion wide but his side led 4-0. 

Wakefield made the most of a mix up in the Leeds defence to take the lead ten minutes later when Tim Smith chipped ahead into the Rhinos in goal and the ball bounced back into the path of Mathers, who hacked ahead and Andy Raleigh won the race to touch the ball down. Lee Smith added the conversion to give his side the lead. 

The Rhinos struck back four minutes later and once again it was Jones-Bishop who touched down for his fifth try in as many games since his comeback. Sutcliffe produced a well placed crossed field kick that saw Jones-Bishop sail above Cockayne to catch and touch down. Rob Burrow added the touchline conversion to give his side a 10-6 lead at the break. 

The only blight on the first half was the amount of handling errors from both sides in the slippery humid conditions. It prevented any sort of momentum gathering in the match and that continued at the start of the second half. However, one man who was exempt from criticism was Joel Moon. The Queenslander was in sensational form and a constant threat to the visitors. He got the try his efforts deserved after just before the hour mark after stepping away from an on rushing defender and sprinting to the line. Burrow missed the conversion attempt from wide out but his side now led 14-6.

Wakefield came back once again and perhaps inevitably it was Ali Lauitiiti who got his side right back in the game when he bust through a tackle near the line and stretched out one handed to score. Lee Smith added the conversion to put his side back within touching distance.

Leeds needed to find a response and a cross field kick from Hardaker bounced off Fox onto Lee Smith and Ryan Hall was fastest to react to grasp the loose ball and touch it down. Rob Burrow had a crucial conversion attempt from near the touchline to give his side a two score lead and he slotted it straight over with five minutes to go. 

Wakefield knew they were against the clock and a clever short kick off move saw the ball bounce into the arms of Cockayne who raced down field. Two tackles later, and despite the close attentions of three Leeds defenders, referee Phil Bentham adjudged Frankie Mariano got the ball down. Lee Smith added the conversion to set up a tense finale. 

However, Hardaker’s towering kick off was spilled in goal by Wakefield and the Wildcats spent the final minutes of the game stuck on their own line as Leeds held on for a well earned victory. 

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