• Leeds Rhinos
  • 30 - 4

  • Wakefield Trinity
  • Leeds Rhinos
  • HT 10 - 0
  • Wakefield Trinity
26th December 2019 | KO 11:30 | Emerald Headingley | 10,106 | Wetherby Whaler Festive Challenge

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Leeds Rhinos 30 Wakefield Trinity 4

There was plenty for Leeds Rhinos to cheer about at Emerald Headingley as they home side ran out to a comfortable 30-4 win with tries from Cameron Smith, Konrad Hurrell, Alex Sutcliffe Harry Newman, Stevie Ward and Brad Dwyer to retain the Wetherby Whaler Festive Challenge.

The Rhinos had a number of good early chances to score. The first came to Harry Newman, who started on the wing, as he got the ball out wide before cutting in field only to dragged into the in goal and held up. The next chance came from the opposite wing as Ash Handley and Rob Lui exchanges passes before a deft kick towards Alex Sutcliffe was plucked up by the second row but he could not get the ball down under pressure from the visitors. After fifteen minutes the Rhinos looked certain to open the scoring when first Handley and then captain Stevie Ward drove for the line only for Wakefield’s last ditch desperation to keep the home side out again.

When the Rhinos finally did break the deadlock it was from Wakefield’s best chance of the game. Chris Green kept the ball alive with an offload 20 metres from the Rhinos posts before Kyle Wood put a low kick in from dummy half. Handley swept round to see off the danger and Leeds got on the front foot straight away. A big carry from Ava Seumanufagai earned his side a penalty which was quickly followed by another for a high shot on Oledzki. Leeds ran at the heart of the Wakefield defence and Cameron Smith, who started at loose forward, found a way through to score between the posts. Luke Gale added the conversion to make it 6-0 after 22 minutes.

With ten minutes to go until the break, Wakefield had a great opportunity to hit back as they were awarded three penalties in quick succession on the Rhinos line. However, Leeds stood firm and a forward pass eventually handed possession over.

Leeds extended their advantage when Gale’s fine pass was matched by an unflinching run by Ward. He was hauled down five metres short but Konrad Hurrell arrived on the scene to barge his way over from short range. Gale was unable to convert from the South Stand touchline so it remained 10-0 after 32 minutes.

Trinity should have hit back soon after when a chipped kick over the top on the last tackle was collected with players in support. Reece Lyne was well tackled by Handley but he kept the ball alive to spread play towards the North Stand side only for Lee Kershaw to cut in field only to be wrapped up by three defenders to force the turnover.

Kershaw however made amends at the start of the second half when he did get Wakefield’s first try. A strong start to the second half by the visitors was rewarded when they moved the ball across the field and found enough space outside of Newman for Kershaw to dramatically dive through the air to score in the corner. Ryan Hampshire was unable to add the conversion so it remained 10-4 after 45 minutes.

Richie Myler, who replaced Lui at half time, should have had a try to his name after a nice run and kick ahead only to be taken out by Kershaw as he went to ground the ball. The Wakefield try scorer was sent to the sin bin but Leeds were just awarded the penalty. However, it was not long before the home side did get their third try of the game. Alex Sutcliffe, who had been impressive throughout, got a well deserved score as he reacted quickest to get through the Trinity defence.

Two minutes later, Leeds increased their lead further with quick hands along the back line having forced a repeat set. The handling created the space for Newman and there was no denying him this time as he cut around the last defender to score. Gale was unable to convert either chance from wide out but Leeds were good value for their 18-4 lead.

The Rhinos kept the pressure on and added two more tries just after the hour mark. The first was for Ward who came through on a charging run before stepping passed two would be tacklers to score between the posts.

Brad Dwyer had an easier route to the line soon after when he picked up from dummy half, dummied to pass left and raced through the gap to score. Gale converted both tries to make it 30-4 after 65 minutes.

Leeds looked to create some more chances after that but the jobs was done and they held on to give the crowd of 10,106 plenty to cheer about.

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There was plenty for Leeds Rhinos to cheer about at Emerald Headingley as they home side ran out to a comfortable 30-4 win with tries from Cameron Smith, Konrad Hurrell, Alex Sutcliffe Harry Newman, Stevie Ward and Brad Dwyer to retain the Wetherby Whaler Festive Challenge.

The Rhinos had a number of good early chances to score. The first came to Harry Newman, who started on the wing, as he got the ball out wide before cutting in field only to dragged into the in goal and held up. The next chance came from the opposite wing as Ash Handley and Rob Lui exchanges passes before a deft kick towards Alex Sutcliffe was plucked up by the second row but he could not get the ball down under pressure from the visitors. After fifteen minutes the Rhinos looked certain to open the scoring when first Handley and then captain Stevie Ward drove for the line only for Wakefield’s last ditch desperation to keep the home side out again.

When the Rhinos finally did break the deadlock it was from Wakefield’s best chance of the game. Chris Green kept the ball alive with an offload 20 metres from the Rhinos posts before Kyle Wood put a low kick in from dummy half. Handley swept round to see off the danger and Leeds got on the front foot straight away. A big carry from Ava Seumanufagai earned his side a penalty which was quickly followed by another for a high shot on Oledzki. Leeds ran at the heart of the Wakefield defence and Cameron Smith, who started at loose forward, found a way through to score between the posts. Luke Gale added the conversion to make it 6-0 after 22 minutes.

With ten minutes to go until the break, Wakefield had a great opportunity to hit back as they were awarded three penalties in quick succession on the Rhinos line. However, Leeds stood firm and a forward pass eventually handed possession over.

Leeds extended their advantage when Gale’s fine pass was matched by an unflinching run by Ward. He was hauled down five metres short but Konrad Hurrell arrived on the scene to barge his way over from short range. Gale was unable to convert from the South Stand touchline so it remained 10-0 after 32 minutes.

Trinity should have hit back soon after when a chipped kick over the top on the last tackle was collected with players in support. Reece Lyne was well tackled by Handley but he kept the ball alive to spread play towards the North Stand side only for Lee Kershaw to cut in field only to be wrapped up by three defenders to force the turnover.

Kershaw however made amends at the start of the second half when he did get Wakefield’s first try. A strong start to the second half by the visitors was rewarded when they moved the ball across the field and found enough space outside of Newman for Kershaw to dramatically dive through the air to score in the corner. Ryan Hampshire was unable to add the conversion so it remained 10-4 after 45 minutes.

Richie Myler, who replaced Lui at half time, should have had a try to his name after a nice run and kick ahead only to be taken out by Kershaw as he went to ground the ball. The Wakefield try scorer was sent to the sin bin but Leeds were just awarded the penalty. However, it was not long before the home side did get their third try of the game. Alex Sutcliffe, who had been impressive throughout, got a well deserved score as he reacted quickest to get through the Trinity defence.

Two minutes later, Leeds increased their lead further with quick hands along the back line having forced a repeat set. The handling created the space for Newman and there was no denying him this time as he cut around the last defender to score. Gale was unable to convert either chance from wide out but Leeds were good value for their 18-4 lead.

The Rhinos kept the pressure on and added two more tries just after the hour mark. The first was for Ward who came through on a charging run before stepping passed two would be tacklers to score between the posts.

Brad Dwyer had an easier route to the line soon after when he picked up from dummy half, dummied to pass left and raced through the gap to score. Gale converted both tries to make it 30-4 after 65 minutes.

Leeds looked to create some more chances after that but the jobs was done and they held on to give the crowd of 10,106 plenty to cheer about.