RHINOS CONTINUE WINNING RUN

Leeds Rhinos extended their winning run to eight matches at the start of Super League IX with a 36-12 victory at Wakefield Trinity Wildcats.

Leeds Rhinos extended their winning run to eight matches at the start of Super League IX with a 36-12 victory at Wakefield Trinity Wildcats. They were without captain Kevin Sinfield for the clash, but turned on the style with seven tries in front of a packed Belle Vue crowd. Wakefield staved off early Leeds pressure and took advantage of Barrie McDermott’s spill inside his own half to take a sixth minute lead. The try was well worked, with Michael Korkidas offloading and Sid Domic – the stand off in Jamie Rooney’s absence – surging to the line, David March goaling. The Rhinos got off the mark three minutes later, Andrew Dunemann and Richard Mathers spreading the ball wide before Danny McGuire allowed Keith Senior to stride in at the corner. McGuire has been in a rich vein of form recently, and he was in the right place at the right time on 26 minutes to scoop up Danny Ward’s offload and score for the eighth successive game. Dave Furner goaled, and McGuire added his 13th try of the season before the half hour, after Senior palmed back Dunemann’s bomb. The Rhinos were unable to add to their lead before the break, while Mathers needed to kick the ball dead seconds before the hooter, as Justin Ryder closed on Ben Jeffries’ kick. Furner extended Leeds’ cushion to ten points a minute after the break, and a fine tackle from Matt Diskin cut down Jeffries as he broke clear. Diskin then had a hand in the Rhinos’ fourth try of the evening, moving the ball right after Rob Burrow’s initial break for Willie Poching and Chev Walker to free Francis Cummins, who cut in to touch down. Furner’s goal put Leeds 22-6 up, but Wakefield rallied, with David Solomona burrowing over from dummy half on 55 minutes after Gareth Ellis had been held short. March kicked the touchline conversion, and a three-man tackle held up Dunemann on the hour. But a spell of Rhinos pressure paid off on 68 minutes, when they kept the ball alive on the last and Mathers flicked on Marcus Bai’s pass to allow Furner to romp in from 25 metres. Ellis intercepted Willie Poching’s pass to prevent a sixth Leeds try, but that came on 75 minutes when Dunemann’s long pass gave Senior – captain for the night in Kevin Sinfield’s absence – his second score. Furner added his second try in the final minute to seal the win and continue Leeds’ winning start to the season.