• Leeds Rhinos
  • 6 - 30

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  • Leeds Rhinos
  • HT 0 - 20
  • Wakefield Trinity
29th October 2020 | KO 17:30 | Totally Wicked Stadium | Super League

Season So Far

Metres Gained

25,329

Tackles Made
6,295
Missed Tackles
623
Penalties Conceded

109

Total Carries

3,345

Total Passes

4,042

Clean Breaks

133

Errors

277

Top Try Scorer
Ash Handley

18

Top Passer
Brad Dwyer

942

Top Metre Maker

3,123

Ash Handley
Top Tackler

537

Cameron Smith

Leeds Rhinos 6 Wakefield Trinity 30

RFL. SL. Rhinos v Trinity. Thurs 29th Oct. © MATTHEW MERRICK PHOTOGRAPHY

It was a frustrating night at the Totally Wicked Stadium for Leeds Rhinos, who suffered a 30-6 defeat to Wakefield Trinity after falling 20 points behind at half time.

Having beaten Castleford Tigers 28-24 at Emerald Headingley on Monday night, four Rhinos players had been stood down coming into the game by COVID contact protocols, following a breakout of cases in the Tigers camp. That forced Richard Agar to make changes to his Rhinos side; the former Wakefield coach naming Jack Walker, Alex Sutcliffe and Luke Briscoe in the backline while Brett Ferres and Tom Holroyd were called onto the bench alongside Brad Dwyer and Cameron Smith.

The Rhinos made a great start to the match, going to within 20 metres of the Wakefield try line and forcing a repeat set in the first minutes. After having success with playing down the short side against the Tigers, Kruise Leeming tried to put Alex Sutcliffe over in the corner before, on the fifth tackle, the hooker tried to get a third consecutive set as his pass was batted down but referee Ben Thaler called a turnover.

Although Leeds had pressured Wakefield early on, a chance for the Rhinos proved fatal as Wakefield scored 20 unanswered points over the next 29 minutes. Ava Seumanufagai seemed certain to get his second try in four days, connecting up nicely with Gale, but the pass was debatably called forward. Now with ball in hand, Reece Lyne made up for a knock on by providing Innes Senior with a well timed pass, releasing the Huddersfield loanee down the touchline. Looking back inside, Senior found the onrushing Max Jowitt, who beat Briscoe to the try line to give the away side the early advantage.

It was soon two tries in ten minutes for the Wakefield full back after another error from Leeds prevented the home side from registering their first points. As Gale moved across the Wakefield defensive line, the Leeds skipper lost the ball trying to kick it into the in goal area, turning possession over to Trinity. An offload from Kelepi Tanginoa caught the Leeds defence short of numbers on the right side, allowing Tom Johnstone to speed passed Sutcliffe and find Jowitt inside, who doubled Trinity’s lead. Ryan Hampshire kicked his first of the evening to make the score 10-0.

Before half time, Chris Chester’s side finished with two further tries; Fifita bulldozing his way over Kruise Leeming and Luke Gale to get the ball over the try line and Man of the Match Jowitt rounding off the first half by completing his first Super League hat trick. Having held up Kyle Wood prior to Fifita’s try, the Leeds defence tried their best to hault the burrowing full back but he was too strong, grounding the ball. Hampshire kicked a one further conversion as Wakefield took a 20-0 lead into the break.

 

Starting the second half as they began the first, Leeds applied early pressure to try claw back the 20 point deficit. Rhyse Martin’s grubber kick into the in goal area was batted forward by Johnstone and the referee awarded the Rhinos a penalty as Bill Tupou picked up the ball in an offside position. Probing the line, Gale looked to have set up Ferres for his 100th career try but the substitute offloaded the ball forward to Cameron Smith instead of trying to ground it.

The Rhinos continued to apply pressure with three back to back sets on the try line but Wakefield wouldn’t crack; Alex Mellor coming the closest to ground the ball. On the hour mark, Leeds got their rewards as Ash Handley recorded his 12th try of the season. A clean break by Liam Sutcliffe through the Trinity line put the centre one on one with Jowitt and he made a well timed pass for Handley, who had to evade the cover tackle from Lyne to get the ball over the whitewash. Martin converted to bring the score to 20-6.

A string of chances went begging for the Rhinos as the game approached its climax. Sutcliffe dropped a Gale pass that would have cut open Trinity before a last ditch play from Senior denied Handley from latching onto a Gale kick into the in goal area. Mikolaj Oledzki was also unlucky not to get on the scoresheet as the prop was held up by Fifita after Thaler had handed the decision to the video referee.

Mellor was sent to the sin bin for the remainder of the game after being judged to hit Hampshire dangerously high and late while the Wakefield half back was kicking the ball on the fifth tackle. Trinity used it to their advantage inside the last ten minutes as Senior scored two late tries, combining with Lyne for his first and finishing off a sweeping move across the field to dot the ball down in the corner. Hampshire successfully converted the last kick to dispatch the Rhinos 30-6.

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RFL. SL. Rhinos v Trinity. Thurs 29th Oct. © MATTHEW MERRICK PHOTOGRAPHY

It was a frustrating night at the Totally Wicked Stadium for Leeds Rhinos, who suffered a 30-6 defeat to Wakefield Trinity after falling 20 points behind at half time.

Having beaten Castleford Tigers 28-24 at Emerald Headingley on Monday night, four Rhinos players had been stood down coming into the game by COVID contact protocols, following a breakout of cases in the Tigers camp. That forced Richard Agar to make changes to his Rhinos side; the former Wakefield coach naming Jack Walker, Alex Sutcliffe and Luke Briscoe in the backline while Brett Ferres and Tom Holroyd were called onto the bench alongside Brad Dwyer and Cameron Smith.

The Rhinos made a great start to the match, going to within 20 metres of the Wakefield try line and forcing a repeat set in the first minutes. After having success with playing down the short side against the Tigers, Kruise Leeming tried to put Alex Sutcliffe over in the corner before, on the fifth tackle, the hooker tried to get a third consecutive set as his pass was batted down but referee Ben Thaler called a turnover.

Although Leeds had pressured Wakefield early on, a chance for the Rhinos proved fatal as Wakefield scored 20 unanswered points over the next 29 minutes. Ava Seumanufagai seemed certain to get his second try in four days, connecting up nicely with Gale, but the pass was debatably called forward. Now with ball in hand, Reece Lyne made up for a knock on by providing Innes Senior with a well timed pass, releasing the Huddersfield loanee down the touchline. Looking back inside, Senior found the onrushing Max Jowitt, who beat Briscoe to the try line to give the away side the early advantage.

It was soon two tries in ten minutes for the Wakefield full back after another error from Leeds prevented the home side from registering their first points. As Gale moved across the Wakefield defensive line, the Leeds skipper lost the ball trying to kick it into the in goal area, turning possession over to Trinity. An offload from Kelepi Tanginoa caught the Leeds defence short of numbers on the right side, allowing Tom Johnstone to speed passed Sutcliffe and find Jowitt inside, who doubled Trinity’s lead. Ryan Hampshire kicked his first of the evening to make the score 10-0.

Before half time, Chris Chester’s side finished with two further tries; Fifita bulldozing his way over Kruise Leeming and Luke Gale to get the ball over the try line and Man of the Match Jowitt rounding off the first half by completing his first Super League hat trick. Having held up Kyle Wood prior to Fifita’s try, the Leeds defence tried their best to hault the burrowing full back but he was too strong, grounding the ball. Hampshire kicked a one further conversion as Wakefield took a 20-0 lead into the break.

 

Starting the second half as they began the first, Leeds applied early pressure to try claw back the 20 point deficit. Rhyse Martin’s grubber kick into the in goal area was batted forward by Johnstone and the referee awarded the Rhinos a penalty as Bill Tupou picked up the ball in an offside position. Probing the line, Gale looked to have set up Ferres for his 100th career try but the substitute offloaded the ball forward to Cameron Smith instead of trying to ground it.

The Rhinos continued to apply pressure with three back to back sets on the try line but Wakefield wouldn’t crack; Alex Mellor coming the closest to ground the ball. On the hour mark, Leeds got their rewards as Ash Handley recorded his 12th try of the season. A clean break by Liam Sutcliffe through the Trinity line put the centre one on one with Jowitt and he made a well timed pass for Handley, who had to evade the cover tackle from Lyne to get the ball over the whitewash. Martin converted to bring the score to 20-6.

A string of chances went begging for the Rhinos as the game approached its climax. Sutcliffe dropped a Gale pass that would have cut open Trinity before a last ditch play from Senior denied Handley from latching onto a Gale kick into the in goal area. Mikolaj Oledzki was also unlucky not to get on the scoresheet as the prop was held up by Fifita after Thaler had handed the decision to the video referee.

Mellor was sent to the sin bin for the remainder of the game after being judged to hit Hampshire dangerously high and late while the Wakefield half back was kicking the ball on the fifth tackle. Trinity used it to their advantage inside the last ten minutes as Senior scored two late tries, combining with Lyne for his first and finishing off a sweeping move across the field to dot the ball down in the corner. Hampshire successfully converted the last kick to dispatch the Rhinos 30-6.

Team Performance

Metres Gained
Leeds Rhinos

1330

Wakefield Trinity

1528

Carries
Leeds Rhinos

180

Wakefield Trinity

204

Passes
Leeds Rhinos Wakefield Trinity

240

245

Tackles
Leeds Rhinos Wakefield Trinity

411

334

Missed Tackles

Leeds Rhinos

41

Wakefield Trinity

25

Clean Breaks

Leeds Rhinos

7

Wakefield Trinity

6

Attacking Kicks

12

6

Dummy Half Metres

150

100

Forty Twenty

0

0

Goals

1

3

Penalties Conceded

5

4

Tries

1

6

Player Performance

PlayerTTATCMTMITBATCMAGCBDREFTGMGOFP
Jack Walker0030110181448.002000010
Luke Briscoe0050150161076.711100000
Alex Sutcliffe00161300121048.700100000
Liam Sutcliffe01191641121139.421200000
Ash Handley10603902020210.130100010
Robert Lui0026212010606.000000011
Luke Gale0018450913181.400400010
Mikolaj Oledzki0037630011898.100200001
Kruise Leeming0014130145213.004000000
Ava Seumanufagai002220009677.400000000
Alex Mellor0041103007375.300200011
Rhyse Martin0036243111978.810001000
Bodene Thompson0033500045413.500000000
Interchanges
Brad Dwyer0045124007578.107000010
Cameron Smith0038710011544.900100010
Tom Holroyd001523003165.300000001
Brett Ferres0037501012594.901200021
PlayerTTATCMTMITBATCMAGCBDREFTGMGOFP
Max Jowitt3070230151499.901100000
Innes Senior2110340191528.030200000
Bill Tupou00142200191397.302000010
Reece Lyne01100450161298.112200040
Tom Johnstone01301401112911.713100000
Jacob Miller0022282312524.300000001
Ryan Hampshire011901437243.400103301
David Fifita10334080201286.410000041
Jordan Crowther00256100000.000000000
Tinirau Arona0035100009728.000000000
James Batchelor0038503013937.200100000
Kelepi Tanginoa00265140141037.401100020
Joe Westerman00271130121028.500000010
Interchanges
Kyle Wood012450004287.004000000
Eddie Battye00244010231596.900000011
Brad Walker001621005326.400100000
Adam Tangata001000005377.400000000
Stats Key
  • T: Tries
  • TA: Try Assists
  • TC: Tackles
  • MT: Marker Tackles
  • MIT: Missed Tackles
  • TB: Tackle Busts
  • AT: Attacking Kicks
  • C: Carries
  • M: Metres
  • AG: Average Gain
  • CB: Clean Break
  • DR: Run From Dummy Half
  • E: Errors
  • FT: Forty Twenty
  • G: Goals
  • MG: Missed Goals
  • OF: Offload
  • P: Penalties
  • YC: Yellow Card
  • RC: Red Card