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Wakefield Trinity 38 Leeds Rhinos 18

30th July 2012

By Leeds Rhinos

The Rhinos run of wins came to an end with a tough defeat at the Rapid Solicitors Stadium, despite a second half hat trick from Ryan Hall.

With Danny McGuire suspended and Brett Delaney and Carl Ablett ruled out through injury, Head Coach Brian McDermott drafted in German international Jimmy Keinhorst for his debut off the bench and Brent Webb returned to the side at scrum half.

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The game kicked off in bright evening sunshine and there was action from the off as Kevin Sinfield’s kick off rebounded off the post and Wakefield had to immediately react to clear their own lines.

Brent Webb had an eventful return to the side as he was placed on report for a collision on Danny Kirmond. The Wakefield man had broken through on halfway and opted to chip over Webb, who was the last line of defence. Webb had no time to react and could only brace himself for impact. Referee Richard Silverwood waved play on and neither touch judge entered the field. However, Webb called the referee over to stop play so Kirmond could receive treatment and found himself penalised and put on report.

Wakefield had an effort by Andy Ellis ruled out by video referee Ben Thaler when replays showed that Zak Hardaker had got under the ball. However, after a string of penalties against the Rhinos, the home side hit the front soon after as Andy Raleigh held off the challenge of Jamie Peacock to touch down next to the posts. Paul Sykes added the conversion to make it 6-0 after 8 minutes.

Webb looked to have scored for the Rhinos next but it was denied by the video ref when he adjudged that Stevie Ward had obstructed a defender although the replays looked inconclusive as Ward was tackled from behind without the ball and an argument could have been made that the defender was at fault for misreading the play.

However there was no denying the Rhinos after 15 minutes when Ward intercepted Tim Smith’s pass 10 metres from the Leeds line and raced up field. He drew three defenders to him before passing out wide for Kallum Watkins to race in for the try. Uncharacteristically Sinfield missed the conversion attempt from out wide so it remained 6-4.

The home side responded well to that score and came right back at Leeds. They were denied a try when Webb lost a bouncing ball from a high kick however Andy Ellis was offside when he took the ball to score. Frankie Mariano then knocked on with the line at his mercy moments. They eventually got their reward when Paul Sykes powered through the attempted tackle of Sinfield to score. He converted himself to make it 12-4 after 30 minutes.

The Wildcats then increased their lead with the very next set. Sinfield’s kick off went out on the full and from the penalty they crossed three tackles later as Kirmond made the extra man to go through a gap. Sykes added the conversion to put his side 18-4 up at the break.

Leeds needed a quick response in the second half and they got it with a brace of tries from Ryan Hall inside the opening ten minutes. Both came from Sinfield cross field kicks, the first was misjudged by Peter Fox entirely and Hall grabbed the chance to go outside his England team mate to score. Three minutes later, Hall raced through to collect a kick out of the lap of full back Richard Mathers and go over for his second try of the night. Sinfield converted the second try to make it 18-14 with 31 minutes to go.

Wakefield knew they needed to score next to stop the roll and they got over after 57 minutes through Danny Washbrook. Jamie Jones-Buchanan had chased back brilliantly to stop a certain try for Kyle Amor following a break in midfield but the Rhinos were on the back foot and quick ball put Danny Washbrook in at the corner. Sykes added the conversion to make it 24-14.

The home side then put the result beyond Leeds with another score when Amor and Raleigh produced offloads near the line to put Kyle Wood in for the try. Sykes was off target but the clock was against the Champions now at 28-14.
There was still time left for Hall to complete his hat trick when he beat Fox to touch down Sinfield’s through kick. Sinfield was off target again and Leeds had eight minutes to score two more tries.

They were pulled back for a forward pass inside their own half to stem the momentum and then Tim Smith’s kick caught Keinhorst out and Dean Collis was quickest to react to the loose ball to touch down. Sykes added the conversion to make the score 34-16 to the home side.

To rub salt in the wound, the Wildcats then finished with another score, this time for former Leeds man Peter Fox, who just got around the outside of Hall to touch down one handed. Sykes missed the touchline conversion attempt but his side had secured a well deserved 38-18 win.

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