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Wakefield Trinity Wildcats 16 Leeds Rhinos 30

23rd August 2002

By Leeds Rhinos

Wakefield remains in deep relegation trouble after leaving their comeback too late against title-chasing Leeds.

The Rhinos looked to be heading for a landslide victory when they raced into a 24-0 lead inside 16 minutes but the spirited Wildcats stemmed the onslaught and restored their pride by scoring all the points in the second half.

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 Leeds, who began the match in total control, ended the game with 12 men after prop Wayne McDonald, a former Wakefield player, was sent off on 77 minutes for punching and they also lost Matt Adamson and Tonie Carroll through injury.

The Rhinos, who returned to form with a half-century of points against Hull a week earlier, picked up where they left off, scoring at a point a minute to run the Wildcats ragged in a devastating opening.

The home side, just a point above bottom club Salford, had no answer to the quicksilver handling of playmakers Ben Walker and Kevin Sinfield or the rapier-like thrusts of Great Britain centre Keith Senior, who scored one try and set up another inside the first 11 minutes.

Former Wakefield forward Willie Poching did the early damage, carving out a gaping hole in the home defence to send scrum-half Ryan Sheridan scampering over for the first try after only two minutes.

Senior took Walker's accurate pass to scythe his way past scattered defenders for a second before accelerating through a gap and putting his winger Karl Pratt away.  And when prop Danny Ward crashed over five minutes later, with Walker kicking his fourth conversion, the game was as good as over.

It could even have been worse, with Carroll having two tries disallowed and Wakefield winger Kris Tassell coming up with a magnificent last-ditch tackle to deny Walker.

However, the Wildcats managed to stem the tide, with stand-off Martin Moana pulling a try back on 21 minutes, although the visitors added to their tally on 34 minutes when Sinfield produced a superb break in midfield to send substitute Jamie Jones-Buchanan over for his side's fifth try.

Wakefield, led by player-coach Adrian Vowles, continued to battle hard but they suffered a blow 10 minutes into the second half when forward Dave Wrench had to be carried from the field on a stretcher.  Wrench, a former Leeds player, appeared to be a casualty of a spear tackle and referee Richard Silverwood put the incident on report.

It did not deter the Wildcats, however, and they scored a second try when left winger Andrew Frew leapt high in the air to take Davis' "bomb".  And they added further respectability to the scoreboard when promising prop Chris Feather powered his way over for a third try, to which Davis added his second goal.

Leeds coach Daryl Powell will be dismayed at his side's failure to make the most of their brilliant start and even more concerned over injuries to Adamson (shoulder) and Carroll (leg).

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