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 - Mason Lino

With four matches remaining in the 2021 Betfred Super League season, Leeds Rhinos look to continue their push for the Play Offs against Wakefield Trinity on Monday afternoon, kick off 3pm.

Tickets are still available for the match and can be purchased over the phone or online starting from £10. The match report, highlights and reaction will be available across the Rhinos website and social channels post match.

2021 so far..

A turbulent 2021 has seen Wakefield struggle throughout the campaign but after a change in coaching staff, they look to finish the campaign strongly under the eye of Willie Poching.

It wasn’t the easiest of starts for Trinity as they lost to the Rhinos in round one, Wigan, St Helens and Hull FC to sit joint bottom of the league after four rounds. Defeats to Catalans and Leeds followed; the latter coming in golden point extra time when Rhyse Martin converted a penalty goal to win the game for the Rhinos and consign Wakefield to six straight defeats.

Picture by Allan McKenzie/SWpix.com – 21/08/2021 – Rugby League – Betfred Super League Round 20 – Castleford Tigers v Wakefield Trinity – the Mend A Hose Jungle, Castleford, England – Innes Senior is tackled by Suaia Matagi & Nathan Massey.

Finally, Trinity found their first points of the season and started to climb the table with wins over Hull KR, Huddersfield and Leigh and a 14-6 win over Wigan also proved a highlight of the season. Six defeats in their seven games though wasn’t good enough for Trinity and prompted the club and head coach Chris Chester to part ways at the start of August. Under former player Poching, Wakefield have two wins in three matches, notably toppling Hull KR on Thursday night 25-18.

Next Monday sees Leeds meet Wakefield for the third time this season, before Poching’s side end the season with matches against Huddersfield (Dacia Magic Weekend), Leigh and Hull FC. Although they can’t make the play offs, with a host of new arrivals announced to join the club in 2022, Poching will be looking to lay a positive foundation with the best possible finish to 2021.

2021 Squad

This Month’s Fixtures

Key Player

Picture by Allan McKenzie/SWpix.com – 16/06/2021 – Rugby League – Betfred Super League Round 10 – Wakefield Trinity v Castleford Tigers – The Mobile Rocket Stadium, Wakefield, England – Wakefield’s Mason Lino..

New half back Mason Lino looks to have settled in alongside captain Jacob Miller and is by far one of Wakefield’s top performers this season. The former New Zealand Warriors and Newcastle Knights player has only missed one game this season for Wakefield and is their top points scorer with five tries, 58 goals and a drop goal. He is also in the top five points scorers in Super League.

Alongside Miller’s eleven assists, Lino also has six himself – three of which have come in the last two matches against Castleford and Hull KR. He is particularly good with the boot, kicking the third highest number of attacking kicks in the league as well as 164 general kicks. A particular highlight for him this season came against Warrington, where he marshalled Trinity to a 28-22 win; the half back scoring a try, kicking six goals and setting some of his best statistics this season.

The Interim Coach

A new face has taken the reigns at Wakefield Trinity for the remainder of the season, following Chris Chester’s departure earlier this month.

After holding assistant coaching roles at Trinity, Salford Red Devils, Warrington, Hull KR and the Rhinos, Willie Poching has naturally stepped up to take on the head coaching role at Wakefield till the end of the season. He marked his appointment with the win over Warrington on home turf two weeks ago.

Poching started his playing career in Australia and played for Marist Saints and Mount Albert Lions before making the step into the Premiership competition with Auckland Warriors. After a handful of appearances for the club in 1995, he moved to North Queenland Cowboys, Hunter Mariners and St George Dragons over the space of three years before Poching made the move to the UK to join Wakefield.

In the Super League competition, he made almost 70 appearances in red, white and blue and quickly became a fan favourite. He also attracted interest from the Rhinos and announced his move to the club for 2002, prompting Wakefield to give the forward the captaincy in his final season.

Picture by Allan McKenzie/SWpix.com – 15/08/2021 – Rugby League – Betfred Super League Round 19 – Wakefield Trinity v Warrington Wolves – Beaumont Legal Stadium, Wakefield, England – Wakefield interim coach Willie Poching with Warrington’s Lee Briers at his first game in charge.

Rhinos fans were equally as receptive to Poching during the four years he wore blue and amber and was importantly part of the squad that started the club’s golden generation. He came off the bench in the 2004 Grand Final win over Bradford as well as the 2005 World Club Challenge win over Canterbury Bulldogs; a game in which he scored a try. Unfortunately, a knee injury brought a premature end to Poching’s playing career as he retired at the conclusion of the 2006 campaign.

He moved straight into the backroom staff at the Rhinos and headed up the academy but in 2010, he started his first assistant coach role under Tony Smith at Warrington. Around that time too, he became Samoa’s head coach too. He also held the assistant coach role at Salford Red Devils in 2017 before reuniting with Smith at Hull KR in 2018. He returned to Wakefield earlier this season under Chester.

Returning Faces

Wakefield’s Jay Pitts faces his former club on Monday afternoon. 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 Mobile Rocket

Leeds Rhinos kicked off the new Betfred Super League season with an entertaining 28-22 win over Wakefield Trinity at Emerald Headingley. The match was classed as an away fixture for the Rhinos and they made the best start to this year’s Super League competition; Luke Briscoe, Alex Sutcliffe, Brad Dwyer, Richie Myler and Jack Broadbent scoring the tries.

Tickets + Magic Weekend

Mobile Rocket Stadium, Wakefield

Tickets for the game are now on sale and can be purchased over the phone on 0371 423 1315 (Monday to Friday 10.30am – 3.30pm) or online at tickets.therhinos.co.uk. Please be aware that the ticket office at Emerald Headingley Stadium is not open on non-match days.

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Don’t forget you can also order your Dacia Magic Weekend tickets for Saturday!

Fans who haven’t booked their tickets yet – don’t need to panic – there is still time! Tickets are still available at incredible value, starting from just £12.50 for day tickets and from £20 for weekend tickets. Rhinos Members receive 50% discount on these prices too. Book online at tickets.therhinos.co.uk or call the Ticket Office on 0371 423 1315 (Current opening hours are Monday to Friday, 10:30am to 3:30pm, excluding Bank Holidays)