Flashback: Five Top Super League Meetings vs Wakefield Trinity
It’s a quick turnaround for the Rhinos in the Betfred Super League as Richard Agar’s side prepare for back to back games against Wakefield Trinity. Ahead of Thursday’s ‘home’ meeting at the Totally Wicked Stadium, take a look at some of our favourite home clashes against Trinity at Emerald Headingley:
1999 – Leeds Rhinos 22 Wakefield Trinity 8
Wakefield first met the Rhinos for the first time in Super League fresh after Graham Murray’s side had lifted the Challenge Cup. Bouncing back from a heavy defeat to St Helens, Leeds were too good for Andy Kelly’s side; Francis Cummins notably scoring a try and kicking four goals in the 22-8 result.
2003 – Leeds Rhinos 13 Wakefield Trinity 12
There was late drama when Leeds and Wakefield clashed in 2003 as Andrew Dunemann kicked his second drop goal in successive League matches to help the Rhinos to victory. Having lost the Challenge Cup final to Bradford the week before, Leeds turned their attention to the league where they were eager to continue their unbeaten run in the League, which looked in danger when Waisale Sovatabua’s 50th minute try and four goals from Jamie Rooney matched Danny McGuire and Kevin Sinfield’s early efforts. With the score locked at 12 all, like against Castleford in April, hooker Dunemann put his hand up and slotted the drop goal, giving Leeds a 13-12 win.
2011 – Leeds Rhinos 64 Wakefield Trinity 20
During Leeds’ eight year unbeaten home streak against Trinity, Brian McDermott’s side won their final home match of the 2011 regular season in style, recording the club’s biggest win over Wakefield. Ryan Hall, who was leading Leeds’ try charts for the third year running, was unstoppable against Wakefield’s Dale Morton – the winger scoring a hat trick. Danny McGuire showed his class too, crossing the whitewash twice. Ali Lauitiiti made sure he got a try in his penultimate Leeds home appearance before his move to Trinity, taking an inside pass from McGuire to score from short range.
2012 – Leeds Rhinos 42 Wakefield Trinity 20
In the only Play Off match to be played between Leeds and Wakefield in the last decade, the reigning Super League Champions weren’t going to miss the chance to defend their title at Old Trafford, disposing Wakefield 42-20 in front of a home crowd. Current Wakefield winger Ben Jones-Bishop had one of his best games in a Leeds shirt, taking his try tally for the season to 22 with a hat trick (his second against Trinity that season). Rob Burrow and Danny McGuire both continued their scoring records against Wakefield – Burrow scoring twice – while Zak Hardaker ensured victory for the Rhinos.
2015 – Leeds Rhinos 48 Wakefield Trinity 22
With only one defeat in eight games, Leeds returned to Emerald Headingley on Easter Monday to give the fans a 48-22 result against a struggling Wakefield side. Rob Burrow and Kallum Watkins led the Leeds attack, scoring two tries a piece, while Ryan Hall, Zak Hardaker, Ash Handley and Andy Yates also got on the scoreboard.