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Wakefield Wildcats v Leeds Rhinos, Friday 10th July, 8pm

6th July 2009

By Leeds Rhinos

Tickets and travel are still available for our game at Wakefield this Friday as the Rhinos look to continue their winning ways at Belle Vue.

Sky Sports have informed the club that our game at Wakefield will now shown live and will be played on Friday 10th July and not Sunday 12th July with an 8pm kick off 

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The Rhinos have never lost at Belle Vue in Super League, in fact you have to go back to 21st October 1992 for Leeds’ last defeat at Belle Vue when tries from Vince Fawcett, Gary Mercer and Andy Goodway and two goals from John Gallagher were not enough to prevent the visitors losing 16-17.

Leeds beat Wakefield at Headingley Carnegie in the second game of the season, 18-4, thanks to tries from Ian Kirke, Ali Lauitiiti and Jamie Jones-Buchanan. That was Lauitiiti’s ninth try in ten appearances against the Wildcats which included five tries in the 2005 meeting at Belle Vue.

We have tickets and travel on sale for this game now, standing tickets are £18 for Adults, £10 for Students (with a valid student card) and Senior Citizens (Over 60 years of age) and £10 for under 16’s. 

Junior season ticket holders can exchange their away voucher (number 10) at Headingley Carnegie Stadium. If you wish to purchase seating tickets for this game they must be purchased in advance by contacting Wakefield’s ticket office on 01924 211611. 

Official coach travel is also available for this match priced at £9 and to book either tickets or travel please call the ticket office hotline on 0871 423 13 15 or book online at www.therhinos.co.uk/buytickets  

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Wakefield Wildcats 30 Leeds Rhinos 32

10th July 2009

By Leeds Rhinos

The Rhinos secured a dramatic win at Belle Vue with a last minute try from Scott Donald giving his side to a 32-30 win to deny the Wildcats their first home victory over Leeds since 1992.

The Rhinos travelled to Belle Vue knowing that long time engage Super League leaders St Helens were now back within touching distance and welcomed back Brent Webb and Danny McGuire after the pair missed the previous weeks 43-30 win over Hull FC at the KC Stadium.

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Wakefield Wildcats coach John Kear made two changes to the side that lost at Huddersfield, with hooker Brad Drew returning from a rib injury and back row forward Kevin Henderson recalled at the expense of Frank Winterstein. Scott Grix is switched to stand-off in place of Tony Martin, who has a shoulder injury. 

From the kick off it was clear the Rhinos would face a strong physical contest, with Wakefield throwing everything at the Rhinos, but the Leeds defence proved too strong and they were denied an early opening try.

After 9 minutes it was the Rhinos who got the first try of the game when Carl Ablett benefited from a neat Danny McGuire pass before making a good break down the wing, and despite the Wildcat’s attempts the second rower was able to stay in touch to offload to the supporting Jamie Jones-Buchanan who ran over for the try. Kevin Sinfield converted to give his side a 6-0 lead. 

The homeside were reduced to twelve men when Steve Snitch was sent to the sin bin and Leeds made the most of the extra man when but the Wildacts though continued to pressure the Rhinos and on 20 minutes they were finally able to find a way through the Leeds defence, with Matt Blaynmire crossing under the posts, after collecting a Sam Obst kick. Danny Brough scored the conversion to bring the scores level.

Leeds continued to fall foul of referee Steve Ganson in Steve Ganson and  the Wildacts were able to benefit from this Danny Brough succesfully converted the Wildacts penalties to give the homeside a 10-6 advantage.

Keith Senior hit back for his side on 30 minutes when he powered his way over the line in the corner, under a mass of Wakefield bodies. Unusually for Leeds, Sinfield was unable to add the conversion leaving the scores level at 10-10.

Before the second half came to a close Wakefield managed to score a second try, with Sam Obst fooling the Rhinos defence with a dummy pass which helped him create space and go in for a try. Brough’s conversion was once again successful, giving the Wildcats a 16-10 lead at the interval. 

Within minutes of the restart Leeds had pulled back a try through Rob Burrow. Senior making the break in midfield before releasing Ryan Hall on his wing, who used his speed to break away upfield, but with the Wakefield defence closing in the winger released to the onrunning Burrow who dived over unopposed. Sinfield added the conversion to level the game.

Leeds were once again penalised with 8 minutes played and Brough duly added the conversion from in front of the posts to increase his side’s lead to 18-16. Wakefield then added further to the visitors’ woes 4 minutes later when Scott Grix grabbed a try for the Wildcats, after grounding Brough’s perfect kick into the corner, which Brough then converted.

Wakefield were in again on 57 minutes when Leeds were unable to deal with a cross field kick from Brough to the corner.  Hall knocked the ball down and after a scramble over the line Ryan Atkins was able to get his hand to the ball to ground it. Brough continued his 100% record with the boot and his conversion gave his side a comfortable lead at 30-16.

Leeds were reduced to twelve men with ten minutes remaining when Brent Webb was sent to the sin bin for holding down at the tackle but despite this Leeds showed great attitude and showed determination to get back in the game and on 66 minutes when Ali Lauitiiti gave the Rhinos a lifeline when he opened up the home defence, weaving his way through under the posts for the try. Sinfield converted

Wakefield were awarded three penalties but this time did not opt to kick for goal and they failed to make anything of their opportunities and were punished for this.  With two minutes to go Keith Senior once again made the break to put his side in for a try, combining with Hall to send Burrow over behind the posts. With Sinfield off the pitch Lee Smith stepped over for the conversion and slotted it over, but Leeds still trailed 30-28.

With less than a minute left of the game there was one final twist in this memorable derby. With the clock ticking down Leeds continued to push forward and McGuire’s grubber kick was collected by Ablett who offloading to Buderus who carried the ball up before passing back to McGuire, who stumbled in his run but still managed to pass to Donald who was able to snatch a try in the final play of the game, running over in the corner to the delight of the travelling Rhinos fans. Smith missed the difficult conversion, but it didn’t matter as the Rhinos had done enough to secure a 32-30 victory.

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