• Leeds Rhinos
  • 34 - 06

  • Wakefield Trinity
  • Leeds Rhinos
  • HT 10 - 06
  • Wakefield Trinity
26th December 2021 | KO 11:30 | Headingley Stadium | Wetherby Whaler Festive Challenge

Leeds Rhinos 34 Wakefield Trinity 6

Leeds Rhinos rounded off 2021 in winning fashion as they defeated Wakefield Trinity 34-6 in the Wetherby Whaler Festive Challenge.

Richard Agar named a strong team for the Festive Challenge’s return. New signings Blake Austin, Aidan Sezer and James Bentley all started their first game in a Rhinos shirt, and there was also a first appearance for academy half back Jack Sinfield, who signed his first professional contract earlier in the year. Rhinos player of the year Mikolaj Oledzki was joined by Zane Tetevano at prop (Tetevano also playing in his first Boxing Day match), and Cameron Smith started at loose forward.

The Rhinos applied early pressure on Wakefield’s youthful side, forcing them to kick from deep and play inside their own half, but Trinity were the side to open the scoring. Leeds were bringing the ball away from their own line, after Zane Tetevano had prevented Gaskell from sliding a dangerous kick towards the in goal, but a mistimed pass from Kruise Leeming proved fatal. As Jack Broadbent was unable to catch Leeming’s pass, the winger chose to kick it but Lewis Murphy was there to intercept and score in the corner.

The slippy surface was causing problems for both teams in attack and defence, but a knock on from Jordan Crowther allowed Leeds to get themselves back in the game. Camped on their opponents try line, Aidan Sezer made a dart for the line himself and beat two Wakefield defenders to score in his first game for his new club. The number seven also converted to level the score at 6-6.

Wakefield’s youth started to show as Robbie Butterworth’s restart went out on the full. From the error, the Rhinos shifted into all-out attack and Mikolaj Oledzki looked to have score from a short, strong drive but referee Jack Smith called held. Knowing they had the numbers on the left, Sezer and Leeming didn’t panic and the duo connected up nicely to shift the ball wide for captain Ash Handley to beat John Davetanivalu and score in the corner.

Broadbent looked to have got Leeds’ third try as the winger picked up Butterworth’s dropped ball but referee Smith penalised Harry Newman for tackling the Wakefield full back in the air. Newman was unlucky not to score too towards the end of the half as the centre tried to barrel his way over but couldn’t get the ball down.

As the half came to a close, James Donaldson was penalised for a heavy hit on Harry Bowes and the substitute was sent to the sin bin with a minute remaining. Although the half time score of 10-6 was in favour of the Rhinos, the home side were going to have to make a strong start to the second half with one player less on the field.

 

Leeds started the second half in style as Ash Handley got his second try of the game. The Rhinos came out of half time and looked a different team as they charged the ball forwards. On fourth tackle, Leeming and Sezer connected up to put Myler through a hole and with only the full back to beat, the full back chose to be unselfish and passed for Handley to score in the corner and make the score 16-6.

Still the Rhinos kept coming forward and Austin and Newman were both close to adding more points to Leeds’ score but both came up short. Following a knock on from Jordan Crowther, Austin then released Broadbent down the sideline but as the winger kicked back across the field, the kick was too heavy for Leeming to pounce on it and instead the ball rolled dead.

Murphy had Wakefield’s best try scoring chance of the second half as a move wide found the winger in space but as he offloaded back, Newman was there to pick him off and start a break away. As Wakefield were unable to stop Leeds rolling downfield, Austin and Myler were on hand to open up space for Newman to slip through and score, despite Matty Ashurst’s best efforts.

The Rhinos started to reel the changes as full time approached. Liam Tindall, Jack Sinfield and Jarrod O’Connor were all introduced to the action and the tries continued to flow. Tom Briscoe slipped through the Wakefield defence to take Leeds to nearly 30 points before Newman closed out the scoring; the centre cutting back inside to score a brilliant solo effort. Jack Sinfield stepped up to convert the last two tries and make the final score 34-6.

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Leeds Rhinos rounded off 2021 in winning fashion as they defeated Wakefield Trinity 34-6 in the Wetherby Whaler Festive Challenge.

Richard Agar named a strong team for the Festive Challenge’s return. New signings Blake Austin, Aidan Sezer and James Bentley all started their first game in a Rhinos shirt, and there was also a first appearance for academy half back Jack Sinfield, who signed his first professional contract earlier in the year. Rhinos player of the year Mikolaj Oledzki was joined by Zane Tetevano at prop (Tetevano also playing in his first Boxing Day match), and Cameron Smith started at loose forward.

The Rhinos applied early pressure on Wakefield’s youthful side, forcing them to kick from deep and play inside their own half, but Trinity were the side to open the scoring. Leeds were bringing the ball away from their own line, after Zane Tetevano had prevented Gaskell from sliding a dangerous kick towards the in goal, but a mistimed pass from Kruise Leeming proved fatal. As Jack Broadbent was unable to catch Leeming’s pass, the winger chose to kick it but Lewis Murphy was there to intercept and score in the corner.

The slippy surface was causing problems for both teams in attack and defence, but a knock on from Jordan Crowther allowed Leeds to get themselves back in the game. Camped on their opponents try line, Aidan Sezer made a dart for the line himself and beat two Wakefield defenders to score in his first game for his new club. The number seven also converted to level the score at 6-6.

Wakefield’s youth started to show as Robbie Butterworth’s restart went out on the full. From the error, the Rhinos shifted into all-out attack and Mikolaj Oledzki looked to have score from a short, strong drive but referee Jack Smith called held. Knowing they had the numbers on the left, Sezer and Leeming didn’t panic and the duo connected up nicely to shift the ball wide for captain Ash Handley to beat John Davetanivalu and score in the corner.

Broadbent looked to have got Leeds’ third try as the winger picked up Butterworth’s dropped ball but referee Smith penalised Harry Newman for tackling the Wakefield full back in the air. Newman was unlucky not to score too towards the end of the half as the centre tried to barrel his way over but couldn’t get the ball down.

As the half came to a close, James Donaldson was penalised for a heavy hit on Harry Bowes and the substitute was sent to the sin bin with a minute remaining. Although the half time score of 10-6 was in favour of the Rhinos, the home side were going to have to make a strong start to the second half with one player less on the field.

 

Leeds started the second half in style as Ash Handley got his second try of the game. The Rhinos came out of half time and looked a different team as they charged the ball forwards. On fourth tackle, Leeming and Sezer connected up to put Myler through a hole and with only the full back to beat, the full back chose to be unselfish and passed for Handley to score in the corner and make the score 16-6.

Still the Rhinos kept coming forward and Austin and Newman were both close to adding more points to Leeds’ score but both came up short. Following a knock on from Jordan Crowther, Austin then released Broadbent down the sideline but as the winger kicked back across the field, the kick was too heavy for Leeming to pounce on it and instead the ball rolled dead.

Murphy had Wakefield’s best try scoring chance of the second half as a move wide found the winger in space but as he offloaded back, Newman was there to pick him off and start a break away. As Wakefield were unable to stop Leeds rolling downfield, Austin and Myler were on hand to open up space for Newman to slip through and score, despite Matty Ashurst’s best efforts.

The Rhinos started to reel the changes as full time approached. Liam Tindall, Jack Sinfield and Jarrod O’Connor were all introduced to the action and the tries continued to flow. Tom Briscoe slipped through the Wakefield defence to take Leeds to nearly 30 points before Newman closed out the scoring; the centre cutting back inside to score a brilliant solo effort. Jack Sinfield stepped up to convert the last two tries and make the final score 34-6.

Team Performance

Goals

5

1

Tries

6

1

Player Performance

PlayerTRGLDGYCRCI+I-
Richie Myler0000000
Jack Broadbent0000000
Harry Newman2000000
Tom Briscoe1000000
Ash Handley2000000
Blake Austin0000000
Aidan Sezer1300000
Mikolaj Oledzki0000000
Kruise Leeming0000000
Zane Tetevano0000000
Alex Mellor0000000
James Bentley0000000
Cameron Smith0000000
Interchanges
Brad Dwyer0000000
James Donaldson0001000
Morgan Gannon0000000
Bodene Thompson0000000
Jack Sinfield0200000
Jarrod O'Connor0000000
Liam Tindall0000000
PlayerTRGLDGYCRCI+I-
Robbie Butterworth0000000
Lewis Murphy1000000
Thomas Minns0000000
Corey Hall0000000
John Davetanivalu0000000
Brad Walker0100000
Lee Gaskell0000000
Yusuf Aydin0000000
Harry Bowes0000000
Tinirau Arona0000000
Matty Ashurst0000000
Kelepi Tanginoa0000000
Jordan Crowther0000000
Interchanges
Liam Hood0000000
David Fifita0000000
Oliver Farrar0000000
Kobe Poching0000000
Charlie Abraham0000000
Stats Key
  • TR: Tries
  • RD: Red Cards
  • GL: Goals
  • I+: Interchange On
  • DG: Drop Goals
  • I-: Interchange Off
  • YC: Yellow Cards