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Leeds Rhinos 20 Wakefield Trinity 20

Ash Handley crossed for a try in the first half against Wakefield at Emerald Headingley

There was more late heart break for the Rhinos as a late rally from Wakefield saw Trinity take a share of the spoils when video referee Ben Thaler awarded a late try to the visitors.

The Rhinos thought they had scored at the end of their first set when Mitch Garbutt reacted quickly to a spilled kick to collect and stretch out to put the ball down. However, video referee Ben Thaler disagreed with the on field call and disallowed the scoring after spotting a contact from Brad Singleton on the attempted catcher.

However, Leeds did take the lead after six minutes as they kept the ball alive deep in Wakefield territory. Liam Sutcliffe did well to offload the ball as three defenders tried to drag the centre into touch. Tom Briscoe was alert to collect the ball and then fed Jack Walker to move the ball further in. Richie Myler and Joel Moon then worked a run around before Myler found Ash Handley and he put Ryan Hall over in the corner. Sutcliffe added the conversion from the South Stand touchline to give his side a 6-0 lead.

Wakefield then had three sets on the Rhinos line after forcing a drop out and then gaining a penalty on the fifth tackle on the home try line. However, Leeds stood their ground and manage to see off that danger.

However, Trinity then managed to level the game with a long range effort when Bill Tupou got through the first tackle and then evaded Jack Walker to get over the line. Ryan Hampshire added the conversion to level the score after 14 minutes.

The Rhinos kept up the pressure on Wakefield with and without the ball. Eventually the pressure on defence produced an error as a wide pass went down and Myler was quickest to react to hack ahead and slide over for the try. Sutcliffe was on target again to increase the lead with 17 minutes to go until the break.

The advantage was extended four minutes later when Leeds took advantage of a penalty against Reece Lyne for slowing down the ruck. It was Moon and Myler again who created the chance but the Wakefield defence raced to shut down the danger from Hall this time giving Handley the chance to cut back inside and show great strength to get the ball down. Sutcliffe was on target from the South Stand touchline and the Rhinos were good value for their 18-6 lead.

Wakefield managed to gain a foothold in the game after 33 minutes when Justin Horo produced a strong drive between two defenders to score against the run of play. Hampshire was on target again to cut the gap to 18-12 at half time.

Whilst the teams were back in the dressing rooms at half time, the summer drought came to a temporary halt as the heavens opened through the full interval and at the start of the second half. That added a new dynamic to the game as both teams were forced to focus on their ball retention and did very well given the sudden change in the playing environment.

Leeds extended their lead at 51 minutes when they were awarded a penalty in centre field 40 metres from the Wakefield line. Carl Ablett opted to go for goal and Sutcliffe kept up his 100% record on the night to give his side a two score lead at 20-12.

Brad Dwyer was denied a try with 19 minutes to go when he chased up his own kick. Former Rhino Ben Jones-Bishop had looked to have dealt with the kick but it popped out as Myler chased through and Dwyer tried to dive over the top of the Wakefield man to get the ball down but it rolled away from him and out of play.

Dwyer then came up with a huge try saving tackle on Jowitt as the full back looked certain to score from close range before he was cut down inches short.

There was still time however for late drama as Wakefield crossed for a third try with nine minutes to go. They kicked on the last between the posts and Kyle Wood was fastest to react to get to the ball. Crucially the on field decision was from referee Robert Hicks was try and despite replays suggested some doubt that he got the ball down but video referee Ben Thaler agreed with the on field decision. Hampshire added the conversion to put his side back to within touching distance of the Rhinos.

He then levelled the game with six minutes to go with a penalty following a high tackle. Wakefield had three attempts at a drop goal to win the game, the first of which hit the post and rebounded away but they could not snatch the win.

The Rhinos best chance came when they broke down the South Stand side but Sutcliffe’s pass went behind Briscoe and the chance to get the win had gone.

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Ash Handley crossed for a try in the first half against Wakefield at Emerald Headingley

There was more late heart break for the Rhinos as a late rally from Wakefield saw Trinity take a share of the spoils when video referee Ben Thaler awarded a late try to the visitors.

The Rhinos thought they had scored at the end of their first set when Mitch Garbutt reacted quickly to a spilled kick to collect and stretch out to put the ball down. However, video referee Ben Thaler disagreed with the on field call and disallowed the scoring after spotting a contact from Brad Singleton on the attempted catcher.

However, Leeds did take the lead after six minutes as they kept the ball alive deep in Wakefield territory. Liam Sutcliffe did well to offload the ball as three defenders tried to drag the centre into touch. Tom Briscoe was alert to collect the ball and then fed Jack Walker to move the ball further in. Richie Myler and Joel Moon then worked a run around before Myler found Ash Handley and he put Ryan Hall over in the corner. Sutcliffe added the conversion from the South Stand touchline to give his side a 6-0 lead.

Wakefield then had three sets on the Rhinos line after forcing a drop out and then gaining a penalty on the fifth tackle on the home try line. However, Leeds stood their ground and manage to see off that danger.

However, Trinity then managed to level the game with a long range effort when Bill Tupou got through the first tackle and then evaded Jack Walker to get over the line. Ryan Hampshire added the conversion to level the score after 14 minutes.

The Rhinos kept up the pressure on Wakefield with and without the ball. Eventually the pressure on defence produced an error as a wide pass went down and Myler was quickest to react to hack ahead and slide over for the try. Sutcliffe was on target again to increase the lead with 17 minutes to go until the break.

The advantage was extended four minutes later when Leeds took advantage of a penalty against Reece Lyne for slowing down the ruck. It was Moon and Myler again who created the chance but the Wakefield defence raced to shut down the danger from Hall this time giving Handley the chance to cut back inside and show great strength to get the ball down. Sutcliffe was on target from the South Stand touchline and the Rhinos were good value for their 18-6 lead.

Wakefield managed to gain a foothold in the game after 33 minutes when Justin Horo produced a strong drive between two defenders to score against the run of play. Hampshire was on target again to cut the gap to 18-12 at half time.

Whilst the teams were back in the dressing rooms at half time, the summer drought came to a temporary halt as the heavens opened through the full interval and at the start of the second half. That added a new dynamic to the game as both teams were forced to focus on their ball retention and did very well given the sudden change in the playing environment.

Leeds extended their lead at 51 minutes when they were awarded a penalty in centre field 40 metres from the Wakefield line. Carl Ablett opted to go for goal and Sutcliffe kept up his 100% record on the night to give his side a two score lead at 20-12.

Brad Dwyer was denied a try with 19 minutes to go when he chased up his own kick. Former Rhino Ben Jones-Bishop had looked to have dealt with the kick but it popped out as Myler chased through and Dwyer tried to dive over the top of the Wakefield man to get the ball down but it rolled away from him and out of play.

Dwyer then came up with a huge try saving tackle on Jowitt as the full back looked certain to score from close range before he was cut down inches short.

There was still time however for late drama as Wakefield crossed for a third try with nine minutes to go. They kicked on the last between the posts and Kyle Wood was fastest to react to get to the ball. Crucially the on field decision was from referee Robert Hicks was try and despite replays suggested some doubt that he got the ball down but video referee Ben Thaler agreed with the on field decision. Hampshire added the conversion to put his side back to within touching distance of the Rhinos.

He then levelled the game with six minutes to go with a penalty following a high tackle. Wakefield had three attempts at a drop goal to win the game, the first of which hit the post and rebounded away but they could not snatch the win.

The Rhinos best chance came when they broke down the South Stand side but Sutcliffe’s pass went behind Briscoe and the chance to get the win had gone.