• Leeds Rhinos
  • 10 - 4

  • Wakefield Trinity
  • Leeds Rhinos
  • HT 0 - 4
  • Wakefield Trinity
26th December 2018 | KO 11:30 | Emerald Headingley | Friendly

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Leeds Rhinos 10 Wakefield Trinity 4

Leeds Rhinos v Wakefield Briscoe try

The Rhinos returned to Emerald Headingley to begin the Dave Furner-era and they were given a tough work out by a strong Wakefield outfit.

Leeds had the best of the early chances when new signing Tui Lolohea combined with Jack Walker to find space for centre Alex Sutcliffe. Unfortunately, Walker’s pass was always dipping and Sutcliffe was unable to regather in the pass.

Sutcliffe combined with Tom Briscoe soon after to prevent a try as Bill Tupou was forced wide and the 2018 Dream Team member could only get the ball down in touch by the corner flag.

Leeds had to continue to produce some strong defence to keep Wakefield out and they should have opened the scoring when Ash Handley intercepted 15m from the Trinity line only to see his pass to Luke Briscoe go down with the line at his mercy.

Wakefield did open the scoring after 26 minutes when they made the most of a Rhinos error as James Donaldson lost possession in the tackle and Tupou evaded the cover to cut back inside. Despite the appeals by the Rhinos for a ball steal, referee Robert Hicks was happy that the Leeds man had lost the ball and the try was awarded. Ryan Hampshire missed the conversion attempt from wide out so it remained 4-0.

Wakefield were reduced to 12 men when Tyler Randell was sin binned for a swinging arm that caught Luke Briscoe around the neck and sent the winger spinning. Leeds thought they had taken immediate advantage when skipper Richie Myler went over only for play to be pulled back for obstruction and so it remained 4-0 at the break.

Leeds made a better start to the second half and could have levelled matters early on. A great run from Brad Dwyer saw the hooker get to within inches of the Wakefield line but he was held back by some desperate defence. The ball was moved wide and a grubber kick was touched down only for referee Hicks to rule it out once again saying there was a push on the defender during the chase.

Trinity immediately went on the attack with a quick tap and it took a fantastic chase from Lolohea to deny Wakefield a try however Leeds were then reduced to 12 men when Jack Walker was sin binned for a second effort.

Wakefield thought they had doubled their lead when they went over in the corner only for the touch judge to spot a forward last pass.

Leeds were fired up now and looking to get the equalising score having received that let off. Jack Walker made an immediate impact on his return to the action to get his side on the front foot and then Wakefield allowed a high kick by Lolohea to bounce. Tom Briscoe reacted quickest to get their first, jump highest and then evade two would be tacklers to score in the corner. Lolohea was unlucky to see his touchline conversion attempt drift wide so the scores remained level.

It was not long before the home side took the lead for the first time with an excellently executed play that saw Lolohea time his pass to perfection to put Handley in space to race over for the try. Lolohea opened his account for the Rhinos with the conversion from the South Stand touchline with less than ten minutes to play.

Wakefield had two late opportunities but great defence from Ashton Golding on both occasions kept the visitors out and secured the win.

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Leeds Rhinos v Wakefield Briscoe try

The Rhinos returned to Emerald Headingley to begin the Dave Furner-era and they were given a tough work out by a strong Wakefield outfit.

Leeds had the best of the early chances when new signing Tui Lolohea combined with Jack Walker to find space for centre Alex Sutcliffe. Unfortunately, Walker’s pass was always dipping and Sutcliffe was unable to regather in the pass.

Sutcliffe combined with Tom Briscoe soon after to prevent a try as Bill Tupou was forced wide and the 2018 Dream Team member could only get the ball down in touch by the corner flag.

Leeds had to continue to produce some strong defence to keep Wakefield out and they should have opened the scoring when Ash Handley intercepted 15m from the Trinity line only to see his pass to Luke Briscoe go down with the line at his mercy.

Wakefield did open the scoring after 26 minutes when they made the most of a Rhinos error as James Donaldson lost possession in the tackle and Tupou evaded the cover to cut back inside. Despite the appeals by the Rhinos for a ball steal, referee Robert Hicks was happy that the Leeds man had lost the ball and the try was awarded. Ryan Hampshire missed the conversion attempt from wide out so it remained 4-0.

Wakefield were reduced to 12 men when Tyler Randell was sin binned for a swinging arm that caught Luke Briscoe around the neck and sent the winger spinning. Leeds thought they had taken immediate advantage when skipper Richie Myler went over only for play to be pulled back for obstruction and so it remained 4-0 at the break.

Leeds made a better start to the second half and could have levelled matters early on. A great run from Brad Dwyer saw the hooker get to within inches of the Wakefield line but he was held back by some desperate defence. The ball was moved wide and a grubber kick was touched down only for referee Hicks to rule it out once again saying there was a push on the defender during the chase.

Trinity immediately went on the attack with a quick tap and it took a fantastic chase from Lolohea to deny Wakefield a try however Leeds were then reduced to 12 men when Jack Walker was sin binned for a second effort.

Wakefield thought they had doubled their lead when they went over in the corner only for the touch judge to spot a forward last pass.

Leeds were fired up now and looking to get the equalising score having received that let off. Jack Walker made an immediate impact on his return to the action to get his side on the front foot and then Wakefield allowed a high kick by Lolohea to bounce. Tom Briscoe reacted quickest to get their first, jump highest and then evade two would be tacklers to score in the corner. Lolohea was unlucky to see his touchline conversion attempt drift wide so the scores remained level.

It was not long before the home side took the lead for the first time with an excellently executed play that saw Lolohea time his pass to perfection to put Handley in space to race over for the try. Lolohea opened his account for the Rhinos with the conversion from the South Stand touchline with less than ten minutes to play.

Wakefield had two late opportunities but great defence from Ashton Golding on both occasions kept the visitors out and secured the win.