Old Cup rivalries renewed with Wakefield

Leeds Rhinos will travel to Wakefield Trinity Wildcats in the Fourth Round of the Tetley’s Challenge Cup.

For the sixth consecutive season, the Rhinos have been drawn against Super League opposition in the Fourth Round of the Cup. Leeds and Wakefield met at the same stage two years ago but at Headingley Carnegie when two tries from Zak Hardaker helped the home side to a 38-18 victory.

Last season, the two sides met on consecutive weeks with Leeds winning and now again in 2014, they will play back to back games with the First Utility Super League clash at Headingley Carnegie following the Cup meeting at the Rapid Solicitors Stadium.

In total, the teams have met on nineteen occasions in the Challenge Cup including the 1968 Challenge Cup Final, made famous as the ‘Watersplash Final’. Leeds have won 14 of the previous 19 meetings. Wakefield are seeking their first Challenge Cup victory against Leeds since 1942 – they have lost twelve consecutive Cup fixtures against their West Yorkshire rivals since then, including the 1968 Final at Wembley.

Looking ahead to the game Wakefield boss Richard Agar told BBC Radio Leeds, “We play at Headingley a week after so this makes things interesting. I am pleased it is at home first and foremost. There have been some cracking fixtures in recent years between the two sides and this should be no different.”

Rhinos and England forward Jamie Jones-Buchanan echoed those sentiments. He added, “It will be a really tough game. Wakefield have been scoring points for fun recently, they have looked fantastic on offence, and I expect it to be tough every time we go out there.”

Previous Challenge Cup meetings:
2011 (Round 4) Leeds 38 Wakefield 18
2002 (Quarter Final) Leeds 46 Wakefield 10
1982 (Quarter Final) Wakefield 2 Leeds 20
1978 (Round 2) Wakefield 6 Leeds 28
1972 (Quarter Final) Leeds 11 Wakefield 5
1968 (FINAL) Leeds 11 Wakefield 10 (at Wembley Stadium)
1953 (Round 1, First Leg) Wakefield 9 Leeds 33
1953 (Round 1, Second Leg) Leeds 32 Wakefield 9
1950 (Quarter Final) Leeds 14 Wakefield 8
1947 (Semi-Final) Leeds 21 Wakefield 0 (at Fartown, Huddersfield)
1943 (Round 2, First Leg) Wakefield 5 Leeds 8
1943 (Round 2, Second Leg) Leeds 10 Wakefield 8
1942 (Round 2, First Leg) Wakefield 3 Leeds 0
1942 (Round 2, Second Leg) Leeds 8 Wakefield 0
1937 (Round 1) Wakefield 2 Leeds 0
1924 (Round 2) Leeds 0 Wakefield 6
1914 (Round 2) Wakefield 9 Leeds 8
1912 (Round 1) Wakefield 10 Leeds 2
1903 (Round 2) Wakefield 0 Leeds 13