• Leeds Rhinos
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  • Wakefield Trinity
  • Leeds Rhinos
  • HT 00 - 20
  • Wakefield Trinity
29th October 2020 | KO 17:30 | Totally Wicked Stadium | Betfred Super League

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.

Team Performance

Goals

1

0

Tries

1

0

Player Performance

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Liam Sutcliffe0000000
Alex Sutcliffe0000000
Luke Briscoe0000000
Robert Lui0000000
Luke Gale0000000
Ava Seumanufagai0000000
Kruise Leeming0000000
Mikolaj Oledzki0000000
Alex Mellor0000000
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Bodene Thompson0000000
Interchanges
Brad Dwyer0000000
Cameron Smith0000000
Brett Ferres0000000
Tom Holroyd0000000

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