• Leeds Rhinos
  • 15 - 13

  • Wakefield Trinity
  • Leeds Rhinos
  • HT 6 - 10
  • Wakefield Trinity
14th May 2021 | KO 19:45 | Emerald Headingley | Betfred Super League

Leeds Rhinos 15 Wakefield Trinity 13

SL.Rd6.Rhinos v Trinity.Fri14th May2021.© MATTHEW MERRICK PHOTOGRAPHY

A penalty goal from Rhyse Martin in golden point extra time earned Leeds Rhinos a 15-13 win over Wakefield Trinity at Emerald Headingley.

Luke Gale returned to captain the Rhinos for the first time since week two against Castleford Tigers, joining Liam Sutcliffe in the halves. Rhyse Martin rejoined the starting thirteen, seeing Sam Walters drop to the bench, while Morgan Gannon came in for his third appearance of the season. Leeds forwards Mikolaj Oledzki and Alex Mellor hit significant career milestones; Oledzki making his 100th career appearance while Mellor played his 150th career appearance. Former Rhino Jay Pitts, who lined up at second row for Wakefield, also made his 150th Super League appearance.

An early error from Mellor allowed Trinity to have the first chance for points but Mason Lino’s fifth tackle kick was dealt with by Oledzki, forcing the turnover in favour of the Rhinos. Soon the home side were forcing the mistakes; Lyne dropping the ball bringing it away from his own line. Like Trinity, Leeds made it to the fifth tackle but Gale’s grubber kick didn’t have the power and Wakefield brought the ball away.

After pounding the Wakefield defence for four repeat sets, Leeds looked to have found a breakthrough 15 minutes in to the game. Brad Dwyer, who was starting for the first time this season, ducked and weaved his way round the Trinity markers and into the backfield and found Gale in support. Without a player following him up, the captain kicked long for Ash Handley but Lee Kershaw was quicker to bat the ball behind for a drop out.

A knock on from Oledzki on the repeat set released the pressure on Wakefield as Chris Chester’s side retaliated; Liam Kay opening the scoring. A penalty against Mellor for tackling Olly Ashall-Bott in the air helped the visitors downfield but then a further repeat set punished the home side as Wakefield moved the ball wide, found the Leeds defence short on numbers and threaded winger Kay in to score in the corner.

Trinity soon took their lead to two tries as Lino added his name to the scoresheet. As a short side play broke down, Reece Lyne kicked ahead and although Handley looked to have it covered, the ball bounced out of the winger’s hands. With the ball loose on the ground, the Trinity half back dabbed the ball ahead with his foot and picked it up to score. Lino missed both conversions to give Wakefield an eight point advantage.

The Rhinos tried to get back into the game and with minutes to go in the half, Martin closed the scoreline to two points. After Dwyer had come close to scoring but lost the ball in the tackle metres from the try line, the Rhinos managed to defend Wakefield in their own 20 metre area and force Lino to kick long. Bringing the ball back, thanks to a strong carry from Tom Briscoe, the home side moved the ball right and Martin found a hole to drive through and get himself over the try line. The decision was handed up to video referee Liam Moore as a try and he approved. Martin added the conversion bringing the score to 8-6.

Lino added a penalty goal before the close of the half, after Joe Westerman was stripped of the ball short of the Leeds try line, to make sure Chester’s side went into the break leading 10-6.

 

Leeds needed to make a fast start to the second half and nearly got the breakthrough as Broadbent bounced his way through the line from short range but referee Robert Hicks brought the play back for an obstruction.

The Rhinos would make the breakthrough with 25 minutes to go; Konrad Hurrell getting his first try of the season. An offload by Mellor was picked up by Leeming who fed O’Connor. Bouncing off the attempted tackle of Westerman, the young loose forward carried on and passed for Sutcliffe to feed Hurrell, who touched down in the corner. Martin successfully converted the touchline kick to give the Rhinos the lead for the first time in the match.

Luke Briscoe was unlucky not to extend the Rhinos’ lead further with a spectacular diving effort in the corner, after taking a pass from Hurrell, but even though referee Hicks handed the decision up as a try, the video replay showed the winger had lost the ball in the process of grounding it and the try was chalked off.

Wakefield continued to push the Rhinos all the way and going into the final ten minutes, the pressure ramped up on the home side. First Handley was forced to pat the ball over the dead ball line and then Josh Eaves was held up over the try line. A penalty against Luke Briscoe for lifting Max Jowitt above the horizontal was enough to force Lino to call for the kicking tee and the half back made sure he locked the scores up with five minutes left.

Luckily for Leeds, a knock on by Wakefield from the kick off was enough to give the Rhinos a chance to take the win, Luke Gale stepping around the attempted tackle of Chris Green to slot a drop goal, but Lino matched the half backs attempt with a minute on the clock, slotting a drop goal of his own to force golden point extra time.

It was a Wakefield penalty that ultimately decided the match in extra time. After coming up short, Trinity forced Leeds to come away from their own try line and the home side obliged, a break by Hurrell setting the Rhinos away. As the centre powered deep into the Wakefield half, all eyes were on Gale for the drop goal but as King Vuniyayawa ran the ball in, he had the ball stripped illegally and Hicks called the penalty. Choosing to go for two, Martin stepped up and slotted the goal to win the game 15-13 for the Rhinos.

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SL.Rd6.Rhinos v Trinity.Fri14th May2021.© MATTHEW MERRICK PHOTOGRAPHY

A penalty goal from Rhyse Martin in golden point extra time earned Leeds Rhinos a 15-13 win over Wakefield Trinity at Emerald Headingley.

Luke Gale returned to captain the Rhinos for the first time since week two against Castleford Tigers, joining Liam Sutcliffe in the halves. Rhyse Martin rejoined the starting thirteen, seeing Sam Walters drop to the bench, while Morgan Gannon came in for his third appearance of the season. Leeds forwards Mikolaj Oledzki and Alex Mellor hit significant career milestones; Oledzki making his 100th career appearance while Mellor played his 150th career appearance. Former Rhino Jay Pitts, who lined up at second row for Wakefield, also made his 150th Super League appearance.

An early error from Mellor allowed Trinity to have the first chance for points but Mason Lino’s fifth tackle kick was dealt with by Oledzki, forcing the turnover in favour of the Rhinos. Soon the home side were forcing the mistakes; Lyne dropping the ball bringing it away from his own line. Like Trinity, Leeds made it to the fifth tackle but Gale’s grubber kick didn’t have the power and Wakefield brought the ball away.

After pounding the Wakefield defence for four repeat sets, Leeds looked to have found a breakthrough 15 minutes in to the game. Brad Dwyer, who was starting for the first time this season, ducked and weaved his way round the Trinity markers and into the backfield and found Gale in support. Without a player following him up, the captain kicked long for Ash Handley but Lee Kershaw was quicker to bat the ball behind for a drop out.

A knock on from Oledzki on the repeat set released the pressure on Wakefield as Chris Chester’s side retaliated; Liam Kay opening the scoring. A penalty against Mellor for tackling Olly Ashall-Bott in the air helped the visitors downfield but then a further repeat set punished the home side as Wakefield moved the ball wide, found the Leeds defence short on numbers and threaded winger Kay in to score in the corner.

Trinity soon took their lead to two tries as Lino added his name to the scoresheet. As a short side play broke down, Reece Lyne kicked ahead and although Handley looked to have it covered, the ball bounced out of the winger’s hands. With the ball loose on the ground, the Trinity half back dabbed the ball ahead with his foot and picked it up to score. Lino missed both conversions to give Wakefield an eight point advantage.

The Rhinos tried to get back into the game and with minutes to go in the half, Martin closed the scoreline to two points. After Dwyer had come close to scoring but lost the ball in the tackle metres from the try line, the Rhinos managed to defend Wakefield in their own 20 metre area and force Lino to kick long. Bringing the ball back, thanks to a strong carry from Tom Briscoe, the home side moved the ball right and Martin found a hole to drive through and get himself over the try line. The decision was handed up to video referee Liam Moore as a try and he approved. Martin added the conversion bringing the score to 8-6.

Lino added a penalty goal before the close of the half, after Joe Westerman was stripped of the ball short of the Leeds try line, to make sure Chester’s side went into the break leading 10-6.

 

Leeds needed to make a fast start to the second half and nearly got the breakthrough as Broadbent bounced his way through the line from short range but referee Robert Hicks brought the play back for an obstruction.

The Rhinos would make the breakthrough with 25 minutes to go; Konrad Hurrell getting his first try of the season. An offload by Mellor was picked up by Leeming who fed O’Connor. Bouncing off the attempted tackle of Westerman, the young loose forward carried on and passed for Sutcliffe to feed Hurrell, who touched down in the corner. Martin successfully converted the touchline kick to give the Rhinos the lead for the first time in the match.

Luke Briscoe was unlucky not to extend the Rhinos’ lead further with a spectacular diving effort in the corner, after taking a pass from Hurrell, but even though referee Hicks handed the decision up as a try, the video replay showed the winger had lost the ball in the process of grounding it and the try was chalked off.

Wakefield continued to push the Rhinos all the way and going into the final ten minutes, the pressure ramped up on the home side. First Handley was forced to pat the ball over the dead ball line and then Josh Eaves was held up over the try line. A penalty against Luke Briscoe for lifting Max Jowitt above the horizontal was enough to force Lino to call for the kicking tee and the half back made sure he locked the scores up with five minutes left.

Luckily for Leeds, a knock on by Wakefield from the kick off was enough to give the Rhinos a chance to take the win, Luke Gale stepping around the attempted tackle of Chris Green to slot a drop goal, but Lino matched the half backs attempt with a minute on the clock, slotting a drop goal of his own to force golden point extra time.

It was a Wakefield penalty that ultimately decided the match in extra time. After coming up short, Trinity forced Leeds to come away from their own try line and the home side obliged, a break by Hurrell setting the Rhinos away. As the centre powered deep into the Wakefield half, all eyes were on Gale for the drop goal but as King Vuniyayawa ran the ball in, he had the ball stripped illegally and Hicks called the penalty. Choosing to go for two, Martin stepped up and slotted the goal to win the game 15-13 for the Rhinos.

Team Performance

Goals

3

2

Tries

2

2

Player Performance

PlayerTRGLDGYCRCI+I-
Jack Broadbent0000000
Luke Briscoe0000000
Konrad Hurrell1000000
Tom Briscoe0000000
Ash Handley0000000
Liam Sutcliffe0000000
Luke Gale0010000
Mikolaj Oledzki0000000
Brad Dwyer0000000
Matt Prior0000000
Alex Mellor0000000
Rhyse Martin1300000
Jarrod O'Connor0000000
Interchanges
Kruise Leeming0000000
King Vuniyayawa0000000
Sam Walters0000000
Morgan Gannon0000000
PlayerTRGLDGYCRCI+I-
Olly Ashall-Bott0000000
Lee Kershaw0000000
Reece Lyne0000000
Joe Arundel0000000
Liam Kay1000000
Max Jowitt0000000
Mason Lino1210000
Tinirau Arona0000000
Jordan Crowther0000000
Kelepi Tanginoa0000000
Jay Pitts0000000
Matty Ashurst0000000
Joe Westerman0000000
Interchanges
Eddie Battye0000000
Chris Green0000000
Josh Eaves0000000
David Fifita0000000
Stats Key
  • TR: Tries
  • RD: Red Cards
  • GL: Goals
  • I+: Interchange On
  • DG: Drop Goals
  • I-: Interchange Off
  • YC: Yellow Cards