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Leeds Rhinos 28 Wakefield Wildcats 22

4th June 2010

By Leeds Rhinos

A late try from Danny Buderus secured a hard earned win for the Rhinos over Wakefield at Headingley Carnegie.

Brian McClennan opted to start Keith Senior on the bench for only the second time in his Leeds career. He completed a strong looking list of replacements alongside fellow internationals Matt Diskin, Jamie Peacock and Greg Eastwood.

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John Kear opted to play new signing Charlie Leono in the Under 20 fixture prior to the main game but did welcome back Ben Jeffries and Glenn Morrison, the former on the bench whilst Morrison started. The forward made an immediate impact on the game when he powered his way over with the first attack of the game after just four minutes.

It got worse for Leeds four minutes when Sam Obst crossed for the second try of the game. It came from a mix up after a the half backs grubber kick bounced off at least two stray legs before rebounding into his arms and allowing him to scamper over. Paul Cooke converted both to make it 12-0.

The Rhinos produced a perfect response after conceding a second try. Kylie Leuluai led the charge with a couple of rampaging runs and with that momentum the Rhinos were able to open up the Wildcats defence. Kevin Sinfield created the chance with a brilliant offload as he fell to the ground and McGuire timed his run to perfection to score. Sinfield added the conversion on his 350th appearance for the club to make it 12-6.

It looked like the Champions would equalise soon afterwards when a strong run from Danny Buderus got the Rhinos going forward before a sublime flick by Brett Delaney released Scott Donald. However, Danny Kirkmond did well to get back and pull the winger down to snuff out the chance.

Leeds were enjoying the lions share of possession and they forced two repeat sets off kicks from Sinfield. The first looked like it would lead to a try for Carl Ablett only for the bounce of the ball to favour Damian Blanch, and the Irish international was able to knock the ball dead. However, as the pressure mounted so the heaven's opened and the game was being played in near torrential rain.

However, the Rhinos did not let conditions get to them and continued to work out their sets. Eventually they got their reward when Carl Ablett offloaded to Jamie Jones-Buchanan to cross for his fourth try of the season. Sinfield added the conversion to level the score after 28 minutes.

With eight minutes remaining in the half, Cooke was able to give his side the lead once again with a penalty from 15 metres out after Matt Diskin was penalised for interference in the tackle, although the hooker claimed his shirt was being pulled.

As half time beckoned, it looked like the Rhinos had missed their chance to go in in front when Lee Smith could not take in Webb's short pass near the line. However, Blanch knocked on two tackles later and the Rhinos quickly formed the scrum to stop the club with 75 seconds remaining in the half. It was enough for the Champions as the ball was moved along the back line and the move was finished excellently by Scott Donald for his fourth try of the season. Sinfield added a touchline conversion to make it 18-14 at the break. 

Leeds were given a great chance to get off on the right foot at the start of the second half when Wakefield's kick off went out on the full however they could not make the most of their pressure and they were left to rue those early missed chances when Aaron Murphy held off the challenge of Kevin Sinfield to go over from close range after 49 minutes. Cooke was unable to add the conversion so the scores remained level.

Both sides battled hard after that score but all too often the option on the last tackle was easily dealt with by the opposition. Referee Ian Smith was called upon on a number of occasions to decide on 50/50 calls as the ball was spilled in the tackle as the defenders tried to force pressure on the ball carrier.

It looked as it nothing would seperate the sides however with ten minutes to go Lee Smith latched onto a loose ball and kicked ahead to chase. However, he was taken out by Glenn Morrison and whilst the forward was being dispatched to the sin bin, Sinfield lined up the penalty to give his side the lead once more.

With six minutes to go the skipper made sure of the win with a fantastic offload to Buderus to score between the posts. Sinfield converted to give the Rhinos a 26-18 lead.

However, there was still time for late drama when Jason Demetriou was awarded a try by video referee James Childs after the ball was spilled on the Rhinos line and the Wildcats captain dived on the loose ball. Crucially Paul Cooke missed the conversion to leave the visitors four points adrift.

With the last play of the game, Sinfield wrapped up his side's win with a penalty for a high tackle on Lee Smith. The penalty confirmed a hard earned 28-22 win for the Champions and kept up their unbeaten record.

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