Top Five Super League Moments vs Wakefield Trinity
Leeds and Wakefield meet at Emerald Headingley for the second time in 2021 on Friday night, with the Rhinos looking to get back to winning ways and Trinity aiming to grab their first points of the campaign.
Ahead of the match, here is a trip down memory lane with a look back at five of the top moments from our previous Super League League clashes against Trinity.
5. 2011 – Lauitiiti bids farewell to Leeds with last try
In 2011, when Leeds recorded their biggest ever win over Trinity, the departing Ali Lauitiiti scored his last try for the Rhinos in front of a home crowd. Arriving from New Zealand Warriors in 2004, Lauitiiti was loved by the Rhinos fans as he helped the club secure five Grand Finals and two World Club titles and went on to be a crowd favourite for Trinity. On the final day of the 2011 campaign, against his future club, Lauitiiti didn’t pass up the opportunity to score one last try, taking a pass inside from Danny McGuire to drive over the line.
4. 2012 – Jones-Bishop’s two tries in final minutes seals hat trick and Leeds’ place in the Play Off semi finals
In the only Play Off clash to be played at Emerald Headingley between the two sides, the reigning champions Leeds ran away with a 42-20 result, thanks to a hat trick from future Wakefield winger Ben Jones-Bishop. Although the first half was a close contest, the Rhinos began to run away with the match in the second period and two tries from Jones-Bishop in the final ten minutes put the icing on the cake as Leeds progressed to the elimination semi final against Catalans Dragons.
3. 2011 – Ryan Hall hat trick helps Leeds to biggest Super League win over Trinity
Leeds ended the 2011 season in style, beating Wakefield by a record 64-20 scoreline at Emerald Headingley. It was the highest score that the Rhinos have posted against Trinity during the Super League era and a hat trick from Ryan Hall helped the home side secure a fifth place, before they entered the Play Offs.
2. 2020 – Handley takes a step closer to becoming Super League’s 2020 top tryscorer
Despite the disappointing 30-6 loss when Leeds met Trinity at the Totally Wicked Stadium in 2020, Leeds’ sole try scorer Ash Handley took a step closer towards claiming the crown of Super League’s top try scorer by scoring his 12th try of the season. He added two more tries against Trinity at the Mobile Rocket Stadium days later, eventually becoming only the seventh player in Leeds Rugby’s history to win the accolade.
1. 2003 – Dunemann drop goal continues Leeds’ unbeaten streak
Having lost out to Bradford Bulls in the Challenge Cup Final the week before, Leeds returned to Emerald Headingley to take on Wakefield in a nail biting classic. The Rhinos hadn’t lost a match so far in the League but Wakefield aimed to take a point away from Headingley; Jamie Rooney and Kevin Sinfield both kicking four conversions to keep the game close. It wasn’t until the final minutes that Dunemann, who had kicked a drop goal two weeks before against Castleford, stepped up again to seal another win and keep Leeds top of the table.