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Leeds Rhinos 6 Wakefield Trinity 30

26th December 2016

By Leeds Rhinos

The Rhinos endured a disappointing Boxing Day morning as they only had a Jack Ormondroyd try to show for their efforts in a 30-6 loss to Wakefield in the Wetherby Whaler Festive Challenge.

The Rhinos were gifted an early chance to get in front when Trinity allowed Ashton Golding’s kick off to run dead but, typical of the rest of the first half, they were met with stern resistance from Wakefield on their own line and were guilty of forcing the pass leading to knock ons in the blustery conditions.

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It was the visitors who struck first. The score came after Leeds were penalised for dragging Scott Grix into touch. That led to some unfestive pushing and shoving. Trinity made the  most of their possession and moved the ball along the backline to put Tom Johnstone over in the corner. Liam Finn added the conversion to give his side a 6-0 lead after 13 minutes.

Once again Leeds got a chance from the restart when they regathered the bouncing kick off. Josh Walters went closest to scoring, going over the line but, following a lengthy conversation between referee Chris Kendall and his touch judge, he was penalised for a double movement.

It was soon a double blow for Leeds as Reece Lyne, who was impressive throughout, touch down a loose ball following a grubber kick to the in goal that Golding failed to clear. Finn missed the conversion attempt in the windy conditions but Wakefield now led 10-0.

The Rhinos dominated the remainder of the first half but they could find no way through the Trinity defence. Brad Singleton and Anthony Mullally worked tirelessly but just as a score seemed to be building, the ball went down and the chance went begging.

The home side endured a nightmare start to the second half then. Like Wakefield, the low sun and swirling wind caused havoc from the kick off and Leeds were forced to drop out immediately. However, Trinity were clinical with their chance and Mikey Sio spotted a gap from dummy half to go over next to the posts. Finn added the conversion to make it 16-0.

Leeds worked hard to try and find a way back into the game after that but with so many senior players missing they lacked direction at times.  Hooker Sam Hallas thought he had got over for a try but had the ball stripped from him as he turned to get it down and was adjudged to have knocked on.

Wakefield then crossed for their fourth try when Joe Arundel cut back inside to evade the attempted tackle of Jordan Lilley to score.

Finn missed the conversion but should have scored his side’s fifth try soon after with the line at his mercy but the long arm of Mitch Garbutt stretched out and tipped the ball out of the half backs arms as he headed for the line.

Once again, Leeds went close in reply with Jordan Baldwinson held up over the line before Johnstone dramatically dived over in the corner for the visitors. Finn added an excellent touchline conversion to make it 26-0.

Leeds did get a score back with ten minutes to go when Jack Ormondroyd marked his first game for the club with a try from close range. Lilley added the conversion but it was scant consolation.

There was still time left for Johnstone to finish off his hat trick and cap a good morning’s work for the visitors.

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