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Leeds Rhinos 34 Wakefield Wildcats 30

1st May 2010

By Leeds Rhinos

The Rhinos have recorded an incredible 34-30 win over Wakefield at Murrayfield having trailed 28-10 in the first half.

The Rhinos welcomed back Brent Webb after he missed the previous weeks defeat at St Helens however they had to do without Ali Lauitiiti, after he failed a fitness test, and Kylie Leuluai, who was allowed to stay at home with his wife who is due to give birth anyday.

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That meant that Academy youngster Chris Clarkson got another chance to impress on the bench whilst Luke Ambler retained his place amongst the replacements.

Wakefield were forced into a last minute change when Danny Kirkmond was ruled out in the warm up. He was replaced by Kevin Henderson at loose forward whilst Dale Morton came into the side on the bench.

Leeds, perhaps with that loss at Belle Vue in mind, started strongly especially on defence. A bone jarring hit by Jamie Peacock gained the Rhinos possession deep in Wakefield territory and it looked like they had opened the scoring when Rob Burrow darted through a gap to score. However, video referee Phil Bentham penalised Ian Kirke for blocking and the score was chalked off after five minutes.

The Rhinos were left to rue that missed chance two minutes later when Ben Jeffries spotted the Leeds rushing up quickly in defence and cut back inside to score the opening try of the game from ten metres out. He converted his own try to make it 6-0.

Wakefield doubled their advantage seven minutes later when Jeffries kicked to the corner after spotting Rob Burrow out wide and gave Damian Blanch the chance to out jump the scrum half and he collected the ball and ran out to score between the posts. Jeffries converted to make it 12-0.

Burrow was helped off the pitch after the try with a knee injury but his team mates came up with the perfect response with a try after 21 minutes. It followed a period of sustained pressure on the Wildcats line and eventually the ball was spread along the line and Senior put Ryan Hall through to score in the corner. Sinfield missed the conversion but the deficit was cut to 12-4.

Five minutes later the gap was just two points when Danny McGuire and Ian Kirke combined to unlock the Wildcats defence before finding Hall out wide. He had the presence of mind to throw a pass back inside and Webb was backing up to score in the corner. Sinfield added the conversion to make it 12-10.

However, just as it looked like the Rhinos had got themselves back in the game Wakefield struck back with three tries in less than ten minutes just before half time. The first came from Paul Johnson when he went from dummy half and spun in the tackle to score after 31 minutes later. Four minutes Blanch crossed for his side’s second try after McGuire had been penalised for dissent. Then with two minutes remaining in the half Tevita Leo-Latu took full advantage after Sinfield had put his re-start out on the full. The hooker escaped three would be tackles to score between the posts. Jeffries converted two of the three tries to give his side an 18 point advantage.

There was just time left for the Rhinos to get something before the break and they did just that through Ryan Hall. Sinfield had regained possession with a well worked short kick off and eventually the ball was moved wide for Hall to bravely stretch out one handed to score in the corner under pressure from two defenders. Sinfield added the touchline conversion to make it 28-16 at the break.

Leeds cut the gap just a converted try seven minutes into the second half when Chris Clarkson showed great maturity to battle away after being tackled near the line and stretched out over his head to touch the ball down. Sinfield converted to make it 28-22.

Wakefield, sensing the Rhinos fightback was on elected to go for goal when they were awarded a penalty within range and Jeffries made it 30-22 after 52 minutes.

The Rhinos were not to be denied though and after several attacks on the Wakefield line they eventually got their reward. Webb and McGuire combined brilliantly down the short side before the latter passed to Hall for the winger to complete his hat trick. Sinfield added the touchline conversion to make it 28-30.

Wakefield were denied a try soon afterwards when video referee Phil Bentham ruled that Wakefield had knocked on as they tried to ground a loose ball from a cross field kick.

Leeds pressed hard but had to defend their line as well to give themselves a chance of snatching a win. It took some brilliant goal line defence from Smith and Delaney to deny Wakefield a try before Hall took a high bomb under pressure to defuse the chance.

The Champions then went the length of the field to score the winning try. Peacock and Senior produced powerful runs before Webb passed back inside for Danny Buderus to spark the celebrations with a try after 77 minutes. Sinfiedl added the conversion to make the final score 34-30.

 

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