Flashback: Five Top Super League Meetings vs Wakefield Trinity

Andrew Dunemann last minute drop goal

As Emerald Headingley prepares to host a second round of triple and double headers in the Betfred Super League, including Wakefield vs Leeds, let’s take a look back at some of our favourite Super League meetings against Wakefield.


In 1999, the newly crowned Challenge Cup winning Rhinos returned to Headingley for the first time since lifting the cup to face Wakefield for the first time in the league. Vince Fawcett and two goals from former Leeds player Adam Hughes provided the only points for Wakefield during the game, with Francis Cummins, Brad Godden and Ryan Sheridan scoring tries to seal the win for Leeds. Cummins also added three goals to his try to end the match with a personal tally of ten points while Dean Lawford also contributed two conversions.


There was late drama in 2003 as Leeds looked to continue an unbeaten run against Wakefield that had run for three years. Having missed out on lifting the Challenge Cup the week before, Leeds fans had something to cheer about at Headingley when Andrew Dunemann’s late drop goal kept the Rhinos at the top of the Super League table. Danny McGuire and Waisale Sovatabua were the sole try scorers for both sides in the match, with impeccable goal kicking from Kevin Sinfield and Jamie Rooney, who slotted four goals each, keeping the scores locked at 12 all prior to Dunemann’s one pointer.


Five tries from Ali Lauitiiti stole the headlines for Leeds in 2005 as Tony Smith’s side made up for losing 44-28 to Wakefield at Headingley earlier in the season. Future Wakefield player Lauitiiti had scored five times in the league already for the Rhinos that season and matched his tally in one game at Belle Vue. Full back Richie Mathers also got a double while Marcus Bai, Keith Senior, Willie Poching, Rob Burrow, Barrie McDermott and Gareth Ellis, who had signed for Leeds from Wakefield last season, also crossed the whitewash.


Leeds’ biggest win over Wakefield came in the penultimate match of the 2011 season; the Rhinos running out comfortable 64-20 winners at Emerald Headingley. Three tries from Ryan Hall was a highlight for the free scoring winger, who was in contention to be named top try scorer in Super League that season, while Carl Ablett, Jamie Peacock, Lee Smith, Danny Buderus, Ben Jones-Bishop and two tries from Danny McGuire helped Leeds to victory prior to their Play Off campaign. The departing Ali Lauitiiti also got on the scoresheet for the last time in his Leeds career as the Kiwi back rower joined Trinity at the end of the season.


The Rhinos maintained an unbeaten start at home in 2017 with a 38-14 win over Wakefield in round six. Kallum Watkins plucked a McGuire kick out of the air to ground Leeds’ first try before Tom Johnstone showed his pace, slicing through the Rhinos defence to score. The home side retook control as Anthony Mullally and Watkins again put the Rhinos 20-4 up at the break and in the second half, Leeds were clinical again; Ryan Hall, Matt Parcell and Adam Cuthbertson sealing the two points for the Rhinos while David Fifita and Johnstone added consolation tries for the visitors.