• Leeds Rhinos
  • 44 - 40

  • Wakefield Trinity
  • Leeds Rhinos
  • Wakefield Trinity
18th June 2012 | KO 20:00 | Emerald Headingley | Super League

Leeds Rhinos 44 Wakefield Trinity Wildcats 40

A hat trick from Ben Jones-Bishop including a 97 metre dash were the highlights of a dramatic high scoring clash at Headingley Carnegie.

The Rhinos included all ten players who had been involved on international duty 48 hours earlier whilst Wakefield had no players in their squad who had seen action at the weekend.

Ali Lauitiiti was making his first competitive return to Headingley Carnegie since his winter move to Belle Vue whilst the Wildcats were captained by former Leeds favourite Richard Mathers.

It was another former Rhino, Kyle Amor, who caught the eye early on with a fine break from deep inside his own half that set up a dangerous move for his side.

However, it was Leeds who struck decisively first. Ben Jones-Bishop batted a bouncing ball back towards full back Zak Hardaker, who collected the ball on his own 20 metre line before bursting through the cover. Lauitiiti was the closest man to him on the chase and he cantered clear to score. Sinfield added the conversion to make it 6-0 after as many minutes.

Leeds then doubled their lead after 11 minutes with another sensational score. This time Jones-Bishop showed his sprinting prowess as he took a crossfield kick on the full before rounding Lauitiiti and going 97 metres to score. Sinfield making it 12-0.

However, if Leeds thought they had broken the back of Wakefield they soon found out how the Wildcats had come back from 20-0 against Hull in their previous game. They struck back first through Ben Cockayne after Vince Mellars took Tim Smith's cross field kick and batted it down to Lauitiiti. The Samoan international kept the ball alive in one hand in the tackle and popped the pass to his winger to score.

The Wildcats then levelled the game soon after when Tim Smith stepped his way through the Leeds defence to score beside the posts. Sykes converted both tries to make it 12-12.

The visitors then hit the front for the first time when a through kick took a fortunate bounce off the outstretched boot of Rob Burrow straight into the arms of Dean Collis, who had the simple job of scoring. Sykes making it 18-12.

It was the Rhinos turn to level the game next and they had a large slice of luck in their effort this time. Leeds had kept the ball alive well before Jamie Jones-Buchanan kicked ahead on the last tackle and chased his own effort. Mathers seemed to have it covered but knocked on into the arms of the England man who powered his way over the line. Sinfield's conversion making it 18-18.

The see-saw nature of the half continued when Lauitiiti was too big and too strong near the Leeds line after 33 minutes. There was a touching moment after his score as both sets of supporters cheered his name such is the high regard the forward is still held in at Headingley Carnegie. Sykes added the conversion to put his side back in front 24-18.

The Rhinos levelled the score at half time with a fourth try just before the break. Sub Stevie Ward timed his pass to Carl Ablett to perfection and the England centre released Jones-Bishop to score down the touchline for his second try of the game. Sinfield was on target again to keep the teams tied at 24-24 at the break.

Wakefield had a great chance to go back in front soon after the re-start but some desperate defence kept Kyle Trout out when he seemed to be a certain try scorer. However the replacement made amends six minutes later following a long spell of pressure on the Rhinos. Following a penalty for ball stealing, Wakefield made the home side pay when Trout took a short pass from Smith to score between the posts. Sykes made no mistake with the kick to put his side back in front.

As was the nature of the game, it was then the Rhinos turn to score two tries to go back in front. The first came after Wakefield made a mess of taking the kick off. They were forced to drop out and then from a subsequent penalty the pressure cracked the Wildcats defence and Weller Hauraki powered his way over from short range after 51 minutes.

Ten minutes later, Leeds went back in front as Ben Jones-Bishop completed his hat trick. Ryan Bailey had gone close after being held up over the line but the home side did not hang about and a quick play the ball and fast hands released Jones-Bishop out wide. Sinfield converted both tries and then knocked over a penalty after 66 minutes to put his side 38-30 in front.

There was still time for late drama though. Oliver Wilkes crossed for Wakefield after Ablett had been penalised on the last tackle and Sykes put his side within two points of levelling with the conversion.

However, Leeds looked to have sealed the win when Ablett did brilliantly to beat five would be defenders to score a great centres score. Sinfield kept up his 100% record with the boot to make it 44-36 with just three minutes to go.

Wakefield still kept fighting and got a score in the corner through Peter Fox. They decided to turn down the conversion attempt in an effort save enough time to go for a winning score but the clock beat them and the Rhinos held on for a dramatic 44-40 win.

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A hat trick from Ben Jones-Bishop including a 97 metre dash were the highlights of a dramatic high scoring clash at Headingley Carnegie.

The Rhinos included all ten players who had been involved on international duty 48 hours earlier whilst Wakefield had no players in their squad who had seen action at the weekend.

Ali Lauitiiti was making his first competitive return to Headingley Carnegie since his winter move to Belle Vue whilst the Wildcats were captained by former Leeds favourite Richard Mathers.

It was another former Rhino, Kyle Amor, who caught the eye early on with a fine break from deep inside his own half that set up a dangerous move for his side.

However, it was Leeds who struck decisively first. Ben Jones-Bishop batted a bouncing ball back towards full back Zak Hardaker, who collected the ball on his own 20 metre line before bursting through the cover. Lauitiiti was the closest man to him on the chase and he cantered clear to score. Sinfield added the conversion to make it 6-0 after as many minutes.

Leeds then doubled their lead after 11 minutes with another sensational score. This time Jones-Bishop showed his sprinting prowess as he took a crossfield kick on the full before rounding Lauitiiti and going 97 metres to score. Sinfield making it 12-0.

However, if Leeds thought they had broken the back of Wakefield they soon found out how the Wildcats had come back from 20-0 against Hull in their previous game. They struck back first through Ben Cockayne after Vince Mellars took Tim Smith's cross field kick and batted it down to Lauitiiti. The Samoan international kept the ball alive in one hand in the tackle and popped the pass to his winger to score.

The Wildcats then levelled the game soon after when Tim Smith stepped his way through the Leeds defence to score beside the posts. Sykes converted both tries to make it 12-12.

The visitors then hit the front for the first time when a through kick took a fortunate bounce off the outstretched boot of Rob Burrow straight into the arms of Dean Collis, who had the simple job of scoring. Sykes making it 18-12.

It was the Rhinos turn to level the game next and they had a large slice of luck in their effort this time. Leeds had kept the ball alive well before Jamie Jones-Buchanan kicked ahead on the last tackle and chased his own effort. Mathers seemed to have it covered but knocked on into the arms of the England man who powered his way over the line. Sinfield's conversion making it 18-18.

The see-saw nature of the half continued when Lauitiiti was too big and too strong near the Leeds line after 33 minutes. There was a touching moment after his score as both sets of supporters cheered his name such is the high regard the forward is still held in at Headingley Carnegie. Sykes added the conversion to put his side back in front 24-18.

The Rhinos levelled the score at half time with a fourth try just before the break. Sub Stevie Ward timed his pass to Carl Ablett to perfection and the England centre released Jones-Bishop to score down the touchline for his second try of the game. Sinfield was on target again to keep the teams tied at 24-24 at the break.

Wakefield had a great chance to go back in front soon after the re-start but some desperate defence kept Kyle Trout out when he seemed to be a certain try scorer. However the replacement made amends six minutes later following a long spell of pressure on the Rhinos. Following a penalty for ball stealing, Wakefield made the home side pay when Trout took a short pass from Smith to score between the posts. Sykes made no mistake with the kick to put his side back in front.

As was the nature of the game, it was then the Rhinos turn to score two tries to go back in front. The first came after Wakefield made a mess of taking the kick off. They were forced to drop out and then from a subsequent penalty the pressure cracked the Wildcats defence and Weller Hauraki powered his way over from short range after 51 minutes.

Ten minutes later, Leeds went back in front as Ben Jones-Bishop completed his hat trick. Ryan Bailey had gone close after being held up over the line but the home side did not hang about and a quick play the ball and fast hands released Jones-Bishop out wide. Sinfield converted both tries and then knocked over a penalty after 66 minutes to put his side 38-30 in front.

There was still time for late drama though. Oliver Wilkes crossed for Wakefield after Ablett had been penalised on the last tackle and Sykes put his side within two points of levelling with the conversion.

However, Leeds looked to have sealed the win when Ablett did brilliantly to beat five would be defenders to score a great centres score. Sinfield kept up his 100% record with the boot to make it 44-36 with just three minutes to go.

Wakefield still kept fighting and got a score in the corner through Peter Fox. They decided to turn down the conversion attempt in an effort save enough time to go for a winning score but the clock beat them and the Rhinos held on for a dramatic 44-40 win.

Team Performance

Goals

7

6

Tries

7

7

Player Performance

PlayerTRGLDGYCRCI+I-
Zak Hardaker1000000
Ben Jones-Bishop3000000
Carl Ablett1000000
Brett Delaney0000000
Ryan Hall0000000
Kevin Sinfield MBE0700000
Danny McGuire0000000
Kylie Leuluai0000000
Rob Burrow MBE0000000
Darrell Griffin0000000
Jamie Jones-Buchanan1000000
Chris Clarkson0000000
Ryan Bailey0000000
Interchanges
Jamie Peacock MBE0000000
Weller Hauraki1000000
Stevie Ward0000000
Shaun Lunt0000000

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PlayerTRGLDGYCRCI+I-
Interchanges
Stats Key
  • TR: Tries
  • RD: Red Cards
  • GL: Goals
  • I+: Interchange On
  • DG: Drop Goals
  • I-: Interchange Off
  • YC: Yellow Cards