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Leeds Rhinos 52 Wakefield Trinity Wildcats 22

19th April 2002

By Leeds Rhinos

Leeds Rhinos moved to the top of Tetley’s Super League following a 52-22 win over Wakefield Trinity Wildcats.

This was the third meeting between the two sides this season having met in pre-season and the Challenge Cup Quarter Final however Wakefield arrived with a crippling injury crisis but showed real spirit as they fought back to seriously worry Leeds in the second half when the score was 30-22. But the dual introduction of Rob Burrow and Willie Poching turned the game for the home side that pulled away in the closing quarter.

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Chev Walker was the star for Leeds, running in a hat-trick on his return to the side, including a sensational eighty metre South Stand side run. In total Leeds ran in nine tries although it was not always that comfortable after two tries by Wildcats substitute Chris Feather and the sin binning of Wayne McDonald left the game on a knife edge.

But Leeds cut loose in the final 15 minutes, with Ben Walker, Rob Burrow, Ryan Sheridan and Keith Senior all adding to Matt Adamson's earlier score, Ben Walker ending with seven goals from as many attempts and Kevin Sinfield adding one.

The Wildcats were only ten points adrift at the break due to Francis Cummins' score on the stroke of half time, with Chev Walker grabbing a brace in trading tries with Ben Westwood and debutant trialist George Truelove. The Wildcats fought back in the second half and Wakefield looked like cutting the lead to just two points with twenty minutes remaining when Damon Keating broke down field.

Karl Pratt and Keith Senior made an excellent chase back to cover but the incident was put on report as Keating left the field severely concussed.

Wakefield were on top at this stage but then came the onslaught from the Rhinos led by the arrival of Willie Poching, who was dangerous every time he touched the ball and live wire Rob Burrow.

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