Stats Pack: Wakefield Trinity
SL.Rd22. Wrinity v Rhinos. Sun30thAug2021. © MATTHEW MERRICK PHOTOGRAPHY
Leeds Rhinos make the short trip south to Wakefield tonight as Richard Agar’s side take on Wakefield Trinity, kick off 8pm. Don’t forget that tickets are still on sale. Click here to buy now.
Before the teams run out, here are some of the key stats, figures and facts about both Agar and Willie Poching’s sides.
*Stats courtesy of OPTA
Team Head to Head
Both Leeds and Wakefield are yet to register a league point after three rounds of the 2022 season but this fixture will see that change.
The two clubs have played each other 235 times in history. Leeds have won 136 of them; 42 of which have come in the Super League era. Notably between June 2000 and August 2004, the Rhinos took the two league points away from Wakefield 11 times consecutively, including a 52-22 win in 2002 when Chev Walker registered his first hat trick of the season.
Wakefield have beaten Leeds in Super League 12 times, half have come at home. Their first win came at the of the Rhinos at the start of the 2000 season; Steve McNamara registering ten points (one try and three conversions) in a 22-18 win and their most recent win came in 2021, when a late try from Joe Arundel and drop goals from Ryan Hampshire and Mason Lino.
In the league so far, both sides average around 12 points a game (Wakefield: 12.7, Leeds 12). A contrasting factor is that Leeds have enjoyed a flurry of points half way through the first half while Wakefield tend to finish games strongly (Trinity have scored 18 points in the final 15 minutes of matches in 2022). The Rhinos also continue to dominate possession compared to other Super League teams, plus Richard Agar’s side have also kept up their record as the top metre makers per set in the league.
Wakefield also rank highly in possession, but unlike Leeds they benefit from their offload game to make metres. David Fifita leads the line with seven offloads, but outside backs Tom Lineham, Liam Kay and Reece Lyne are also close behind. In defence, although the club doesn’t rank among the top tacklers, Trinity do have the best tackle efficiency in the league (90.7%).
Wakefield’s Top Performers
4 Tries (6th in SL)
5 Goals (10th in SL)
107 Tackles (13th in SL
7 Offloads (3rd in SL)
Dummy half runs
12 dummy half runs (5th in SL)
Key Match Up
Kelepi Tanginoa and Rhyse Martin return to their respected sides for tonight’s match having both missed the last two games.
Second rower Tanginoa celebrated his birthday earlier in the week and is one of Wakefield’s main strike weapons in Poching’s forward pack. He was named in Trinity’s 21-man squad for last week’s trip to St Helens but was utilised in the club’s reserves squad that comfortably beat Hull KR 42-16. He’s expected to be back in contention this week as the back rower looks to continue his record of playing in every game against Leeds, since his arrival in 2019. Last season, he was one of the try scorers in Trinity’s 20-13 result so expect him to be a major threat.
Martin also marked his birthday this week and flew back into the country earlier this week after being back home on compassionate leave. His inclusion is massive for the Rhinos following the injury to Alex Mellor last Thursday and the stellar performance that the Papua New Guinea international produced against Warrington in round one. Compared against his opposite number Ben Currie in the opening game, Martin made more carries (Currie: 5 carries; Martin: 14 carries) and metres (Currie: 55 metres; Martin: 134 metres) than the Wolves second rower and also finished among the game’s top tacklers with 27.
Stats Standout from Round 3: Wakefield Trinity
Highlighted as Wakefield’s prime weapon, winger Tom Johnstone has started another Super League season in his traditional try scoring fashion.
After three rounds, although Trinity are still looking for their first win, the England international is setting the tempo with four tries already (joint-third most tries in the league). One of those came in the defeat to St Helens, which saw Johnstone be more than just a try scorer. As expected, he completed the full eighty minutes alongside former Rhino and centre partner Corey Hall, and the duo finished the game with the joint most carries by a Wakefield player (19 carries). Only Jonny Lomax (21 carries) made more.
His 200 run metres and four tackle breaks was also a standout among Wakefield’s team, and both contributed to Johnstone staying as Wakefield’s top metre maker and tackle breaker in 2022.
Stats Standout from Round 3: Leeds Rhinos
In a tough matchup with Catalans Dragons a week ago, prop Mikolaj Oledzki got through plenty of work throughout a 71 minute performance.
After the early loss of Alex Mellor to injury in the opening minutes, Oledzki, who was called up to Shaun Wane’s England squad earlier this week, completed the most minutes by a Leeds forward behind Morgan Gannon (who completed the full 80 minutes). During the time he was on the field, the prop made the joint-third most carries (equal with Tom Briscoe and Zane Tetevano) and the most run metres out of any Rhinos player on the field (166 metres). His performance against the Dragons meant that he now sits as Leeds’ leading metre maker this season and twelfth in Super League.
In defence, the prop shined too. He completed 41 out of 44 tackles (93%) which put him in the top two tacklers for the game- Cam Smith again leading the way with 47 tackles. Looking at the first three rounds of the season, only Smith betters Oledzki’s tackle tally among the Leeds squad (Smith: 123 tackles, Oledzki: 94 tackles).
Centre Liam Sutcliffe is set to make his 200th Leeds Rhinos appearance against Wakefield.
Debut as a substitute in a 30-22 defeat to St Helens in 2013, Sutcliffe has gone on to score over 600 Super League points and has lifted two Challenge Cups, a League Leaders’ Shield and Grand Final trophy.
Brad Dwyer also hits a major milestone against Trinity as the hooker hits 100 appearances for Leeds.
After joining the club back in 2018, Dwyer has built himself into a fan favourite over his four years at the club as he’s scored 28 tries. Most of those came last season when he finished as the club’s top try scorer in all competitions.
For this game, Rhinos junior members can get their ticket at the discounted price of just £5 when you buy online.
|Advance and Matchday PricesWest Stand (Standing along side of pitch)|
|Senior Citizens (65+)||£20|
|Juniors (16 and under)||£10|
|Junior Season Members||£5|
|Junior Under 5s*||FREE|
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