Opposition Overview: Wakefield Trinity

Picture by Jack Wray/Super League Europe/via SWpix.com - 06/03/2021 - Super League Season 2021 Pre Season Location Video Shoot and Stills Photography Portraits. Wakefield Trinity - Kelepi Tanganoa

Leeds Rhinos are back on home soil this Friday, looking to stop a four match losing streak in the Super League when they face Wakefield Trinity at Emerald Headingley, kick off 7:45pm.

Friday’s match will be available to season ticket holders and flexi members on OurLeague and will also be free to watch for everyone on Sky Sports’ YouTube channel.


2021 so far..

In 2021, Wakefield are yet to win a match and currently sit second from bottom of the Betfred Super League table, just above Leigh Centurions on points difference.

It hasn’t been the easiest of starts for Trinity when you look at their first five fixtures. All the teams they have played so far finished in the Play Offs last season, from the Rhinos in round one to their last opponents Catalans Dragons, who won 38-18 at the Mobile Rocket Stadium. Trinity’s best performance came at the KCOM Stadium three weeks ago when a late Carlos Tuimavave try sealed a 20-14 win for Hull FC, after Wakefield had bounced back from 14-0 down to bring the scores level.

Hull FC’s Josh Griffin is tackled by Wakefield’s Jay Pitts, Lee Kershaw and Reece Lyne. Picture by Alex Whitehead/SWpix.com

New half back Mason Lino looks to have settled in alongside captain Jacob Miller and in that loss to Hull FC, scored a try and kicked three goals in one of his best performances. The former New Zealand Warriors and Newcastle Knights player currently ranks seventh overall in his goal kicking, successfully kicking nine goals, and is only second to Hull KR’s Jordan Abdull in attacking kicks with 27. Centre Reece Lyne has also been an important player, despite only scoring once this season – the England international has led Trinity in clean breaks (3) and tackle busts (19).


2021 Squad


First Four Fixtures


Top Performers

Tries

Tom Johnstone

2 Tries (1st in Trinity)

Goals

Mason Lino

9 Goals (7th in Super League)

Tackle Busts

Reece Lyne

19 Tackle Busts (10th in Super League)

Offloads

David Fifita

10 Offloads (6th in Super League)


The Captain

Now in his sixth season with Trinity, Jacob Miller going to be a key component for Chris Chester if Wakefield are to get their first win of the season.

Miller first arrived in Super League with Hull FC in 2013 from NRL side Wests Tigers, where he made his professional debut. With the Tigers, he played only a handful of games as the club went from the NRL Play Offs in 2011 to the bottom end of the League in 2013. He departed for Hull FC midway through the 2013 season and helped the black and whites to that year’s Challenge Cup Final, starting in the 16-0 loss to Wigan. The following season, Hull had one of the their worst finishes since 2009, ranking eleventh with only ten wins, and Miller, who had fallen out of the pecking order and had gone on loan at Doncaster, was released.

Picture by Allan McKenzie/SWpix.com – 27/03/2021 – Rugby League – Betfred Super League Round 1 – Wakefield Trinity v Leeds Rhinos – Emerald Headingley Stadium, Leeds, England – Jacob Miller.

After being released in November 2014, Wakefield stepped in to pick up the half back and both parties haven’t looked back. Through Wakefield’s rise into the Play Offs between 2016 and 2018, Miller was a central player alongside half back partners Liam Finn, Danny Brough and now Mason Lino. So far he has scored 52 tries for Trinity and 26 goals and one of his most memorable performances came against Catalans Dragons at the 2016 Dacia Magic Weekend; the half back kicking a long range drop goal to seal a 25-24 win.


Returning Faces

On Saturday afternoon, Wakefield’s Jay Pitts makes his return to Emerald Headingley to face his former club. Having come through Wakefield’s Academy system, he signed with Leeds in 2009 and went on to play in 28 games over four seasons. He left Leeds in 2013 to join Hull and then Bradford Bulls and London Broncos before returning to Wakefield following London’s relegation in 2020, playing 14 games.

Jay Pitts in action for the Rhinos in 2011. PICTURE BY VAUGHN RIDLEY/SWPIX.COM

Last Game vs Leeds at Emerald Headingley

The last time that Leeds and Wakefield met in a Rhinos ‘home’ game, it was a frustrating night at the Totally Wicked Stadium as Richard Agar’s side suffered a 30-6 defeat to Trinity. After falling 20 points behind at half time, a sole Ash Handley try in the second half was Leeds’ only response as Trinity picked up their fifth win of the campaign.