Stats Pack: Wakefield Trinity

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Leeds and Wakefield go head to head as part of an action packed evening at Headingley Stadium tonight. Before the teams run out, here are some of the key stats, figures and facts about both Rohan Smith and Willie Poching’s sides.

*Stats courtesy of OPTA


2022 Breakdown

The two clubs have played each other 236 times in history and 56 times in Super League, with Leeds winning 43 matches. 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.

The Rhinos also came out on top at the Be Well Support Stadium earlier this year as Ash Handley scored a hat trick in a 34-18 win. Wakefield on the other hand, have beaten Leeds in Super League 12 times, six of them coming at Headingley.

Since the two sides last met in round four, not much has changed in terms of their statistics. Leeds continue to dominate on the ground with over 20,000 metres made this year – the third most made in the competition. This is led by their back line, which averages 119 metres per game. Plus Leeds’ completion of 80.6% and territory percentages of 53.5% puts Rohan Smith’s side in the top three clubs in the competition.

Another area where it will be key for Leeds to win is possession. In all three games that the Rhinos have won this year, they have dominated in this metric but compared over the twelve rounds that have been played, the club ranks sixth out of the twelve clubs with just over 50% possession. Wakefield also do well in this metric and sit just behind Leeds in seventh with an average of 49.9% possession.

In defence, the two clubs are evenly matched. Both sides’ tackle efficiency calculates as 89.1%, even though Leeds have made more tackles. The Rhinos are third in the league with 4,028 for tackles, compared with Wakefield who are in eighth with 3,928.


Wakefield’s Top Performers

Tries

Tom Johnstone

7 tries (12th in SL)

Try Assists

Jacob Miller

6 try assists (18th in SL)

Carries

Corey Hall

170 carries (9th in SL)

Goals

Max Jowitt

13 goals (12th in SL)

Offloads

Reece Lyne

15 offloads (10th in SL)


Head to head

Mikolaj Oledzki and Tinirau Arona are two forwards that are major contributors to their clubs.

Oledzki has been ever-present for the Rhinos and his stats are impressive as a prop. He leads the Rhinos forward pack in carries this year, which has contributed to him also ranking highly in metres. As highlighted previously, one of Leeds’ strengths this season has been at making metres, and Oledzki has made 1,610 of them. Only Ash Handley beats the prop in carries and metres, but Oledzki’s ability to carry the ball post contact has seen the prop make on average 54.7 metres post contact per game.

On the defensive side, along with his academy team mate Cam Smith, the duo lead the Rhinos in tackles made. Smith has the fourth most in the league with 418, while Oledzki isn’t far behind in eighth with 385.

On the opposite side of the field, Arona’s impact is slightly more defensive within the Wakefield squad. Whereas Oledzki comes out on top on the attacking side of the ball, Arona is the most efficient tackler within Trinity’s team (he completes 95.1% of his tackles). He also ranks fourth out of the Wakefield team for tackles made this season, averaging 26.7 a game.

In attack, like Oledzki, he also makes a lot of post contact metres. Winger Tom Johnstone leads the club with 500 post contact metres, while Arona is just behind him on 489. For line engaged runs, although it is traditional for spine players, such as half backs, hookers and full backs to rank highly in this metrics, Arona is third for Wakefield, behind half backs Mason Lino and Jacob Miller.


Stats Standout from Round 12: Leeds Rhinos

Winger David Fusitu’a was a welcome return for Leeds against Salford and he had one of his best games in a Rhinos shirt.

The Tongan international was back in the Rhinos side for the first time since March and with a new centre partner in Zak Hardaker, the two had a strong afternoon despite the end result. In terms of the back line, only Ash Handley carried the ball more than Fusitu’a (Handley making 19 carries compared to Fuisitu’a’s 17), but his ability to make post contact metres saw the former New Zealand Warrior make the most by a Leeds player in the match with 77.

He made the joint most tackle breaks too with Handley with six apiece, but also made three errors.


Stats Standout from Round 12: Wakefield Trinity

Former Leeds centre Corey Hall was one of Wakefield’s top players against Toulouse last weekend, despite Trinity losing out in France.

Hall started with Wakefield’s Scholarship team before he went on to play for Wigan and Leeds Academy. He returned to the club this season and currently leads Willie Poching’s side in carries made with 170, which is eighth overall in Super League. Against Olympique, he made the most carries out of any player on either side with 19 carries, plus he ran for 170 metres, the most by a Trinity player in the game and his most in a single match this year.

His three tackle busts was only bettered by his wing partner Liam Kay, plus Hall also made a line break, his first since the middle of April, and seven support runs. His try in the second half was also important as it brought the score level and gave Wakefield a chance to get a result.


Team News


Ticket Information

There’s plenty going on tonight when the Rhinos take on Wakefield Trinity at Headingley!

First up, Leeds Rhinos Women play their first Betfred Women’s Super League game of the season against Huddersfield Giants Women, kick off 5.45pm 

Plus to celebrate the Rugby League World Cup coming to Headingley later in the year, we’re pulling out the carnival vibes with a samba band and steel drum band. There will also be an opportunity for photos will all three World Cup trophies. 

Get your tickets now for only £24 for adults and £12 for juniors but be aware that prices increase by £3 from midnight. Plus if you’re a member, you can buy two tickets for just £2.21.

To buy online, go to tickets.therhinos.co.uk or call the ticket office on 0371 423 1315 (opening hours: Monday-Friday).