• Wakefield Trinity
  • 20 - 13

  • Leeds Rhinos
  • Wakefield Trinity
  • HT 6 - 12
  • Leeds Rhinos
30th August 2021 | KO 15:00 | Mobile Rocket Stadium | Betfred Super League

Wakefield Trinity 20 Leeds Rhinos 13

It was a disappointing afternoon for Leeds Rhinos as they were defeated 20-13 by Wakefield Trinity, who kicked two drop goals and scored a try in the final minute to win the match.

Richard Agar made two changes to his side for the match. Morgan Gannon dropped out of the squad, seeing James Donaldson take his place. Young half back Callum McLelland was included in the seventeen-player team though; the half back returning after missing the win over Wigan.

Leeds dominated the early sets, with Rob Lui’s attacking kicks proved fruitful as neither Ryan Hampshire, Innes Senior or Tom Johnstone dealt with the kicks well, but the tables turned in Wakefield’s favour after Matt Prior was sin binned for a dangerous high tackle on Tom Johnstone.

Down to twelve, the home side mounted multiple attacks on the try line; Johnstone coming close as he cut back inside and Senior also nearly setting up the winger again following an offload from Kelepi Tanginoa but both times the Rhinos’ cover defence held strong.

The visitors’ efforts paid off as Kruise Leeming scored the opening try of the game. A kick by Mason Lino was intercepted by Brad Dwyer, who started to break away. Offloading to Leeming who then fed Ash Handley, the Leeds winger was unlucky to be brought down. Moving back across the field with Tom Briscoe, the centre dropped the ball off nicely for Leeming, who split through the tackle of Lino to score under the posts. Rhyse Martin converted. 6-0

Prior’s return sparked Leeds’ attack further, although no points were added to the score line. A knock on by Tanginoa and offside penalty allowed Dwyer to have a go out of dummy half but the hooker was held up. Shortly after, on the fifth tackle, Lui tried to put Cameron Smith through a gap in front of the posts but the substitute dropped the ball as he tried to wriggle out of the challenge of David Fifita and Kyle Wood.

Despite all the away side’s possession and attacks, Trinity responded through Tanginoa to level the score. A short break by Lee Kershaw down the edge wasn’t dealt with by King Vuniyayawa and Wakefield continued to progress. Jacob Miller then put Jordan Crowther through a gap but was denied by good work from Richie Myler and Martin. Martin was penalised for holding Crowther down, forcing referee Chris Kendall to wave back to one, but with Leeds’ defence fragmented, Miller picked out Tanginoa with a well timed pass and the second rower was over to level the score.

No sooner had the scoreboard ticked over, the Rhinos were in for their second of the afternoon before the half time hooter. Drives by Leeming and Harry Newman aided Leeds downfield following the Trinity try, and as Lui stabbed the ball towards the posts, Wakefield’s defenders missed the ball and following up was Dwyer to plant it down before the dead ball line. Martin converted his second of the game to make the half time score 12-6.

 

The second half saw the home side fight their way back into the match and eventually take away the two points.

Jordan Crowther levelled the score once again for Trinity after an attack by Leeds broke down. Leeming had lost the ball going for the corner and Wakefield mounted their attack. Miller’s high bomb on the fifth tackle wasn’t dealt with by the Rhinos either and as the home side came forward once more, Lino’s grubbed kick for the posts was missed by Smith and Crowther was there to dot it down. Lino converted to make the score 12-12.

Luke Briscoe missed two brilliant opportunities as Leeds tried to work their way back into the game but the Rhinos were just missing the final flourish as Trinty survived.

As tensions rose, Matt Prior didn’t like a late hit from Chris 
Green and the two were sin binned for fighting. Wakefield got the penalty and sensed an opening; Johnstone and Senior both being denied in the corner after some desperate defending from Leeds.

Miller and Lui exchanged drop goals to keep the score locked at 13-13 but after Myler’s fifth tackle kick was too long and with a seven tackle set in hand, Wakefield came down the field and Hampshire slotted a second drop goal to edge the home side back ahead.

Leeds tried their best to get themselves back in the game with minutes to go but Trinity wrapped up the points as Joe Arundel took an offload from Fifita to score between Handley and Briscoe. Lino converted to make the full time score 20-13.

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It was a disappointing afternoon for Leeds Rhinos as they were defeated 20-13 by Wakefield Trinity, who kicked two drop goals and scored a try in the final minute to win the match.

Richard Agar made two changes to his side for the match. Morgan Gannon dropped out of the squad, seeing James Donaldson take his place. Young half back Callum McLelland was included in the seventeen-player team though; the half back returning after missing the win over Wigan.

Leeds dominated the early sets, with Rob Lui’s attacking kicks proved fruitful as neither Ryan Hampshire, Innes Senior or Tom Johnstone dealt with the kicks well, but the tables turned in Wakefield’s favour after Matt Prior was sin binned for a dangerous high tackle on Tom Johnstone.

Down to twelve, the home side mounted multiple attacks on the try line; Johnstone coming close as he cut back inside and Senior also nearly setting up the winger again following an offload from Kelepi Tanginoa but both times the Rhinos’ cover defence held strong.

The visitors’ efforts paid off as Kruise Leeming scored the opening try of the game. A kick by Mason Lino was intercepted by Brad Dwyer, who started to break away. Offloading to Leeming who then fed Ash Handley, the Leeds winger was unlucky to be brought down. Moving back across the field with Tom Briscoe, the centre dropped the ball off nicely for Leeming, who split through the tackle of Lino to score under the posts. Rhyse Martin converted. 6-0

Prior’s return sparked Leeds’ attack further, although no points were added to the score line. A knock on by Tanginoa and offside penalty allowed Dwyer to have a go out of dummy half but the hooker was held up. Shortly after, on the fifth tackle, Lui tried to put Cameron Smith through a gap in front of the posts but the substitute dropped the ball as he tried to wriggle out of the challenge of David Fifita and Kyle Wood.

Despite all the away side’s possession and attacks, Trinity responded through Tanginoa to level the score. A short break by Lee Kershaw down the edge wasn’t dealt with by King Vuniyayawa and Wakefield continued to progress. Jacob Miller then put Jordan Crowther through a gap but was denied by good work from Richie Myler and Martin. Martin was penalised for holding Crowther down, forcing referee Chris Kendall to wave back to one, but with Leeds’ defence fragmented, Miller picked out Tanginoa with a well timed pass and the second rower was over to level the score.

No sooner had the scoreboard ticked over, the Rhinos were in for their second of the afternoon before the half time hooter. Drives by Leeming and Harry Newman aided Leeds downfield following the Trinity try, and as Lui stabbed the ball towards the posts, Wakefield’s defenders missed the ball and following up was Dwyer to plant it down before the dead ball line. Martin converted his second of the game to make the half time score 12-6.

 

The second half saw the home side fight their way back into the match and eventually take away the two points.

Jordan Crowther levelled the score once again for Trinity after an attack by Leeds broke down. Leeming had lost the ball going for the corner and Wakefield mounted their attack. Miller’s high bomb on the fifth tackle wasn’t dealt with by the Rhinos either and as the home side came forward once more, Lino’s grubbed kick for the posts was missed by Smith and Crowther was there to dot it down. Lino converted to make the score 12-12.

Luke Briscoe missed two brilliant opportunities as Leeds tried to work their way back into the game but the Rhinos were just missing the final flourish as Trinty survived.

As tensions rose, Matt Prior didn’t like a late hit from Chris 
Green and the two were sin binned for fighting. Wakefield got the penalty and sensed an opening; Johnstone and Senior both being denied in the corner after some desperate defending from Leeds.

Miller and Lui exchanged drop goals to keep the score locked at 13-13 but after Myler’s fifth tackle kick was too long and with a seven tackle set in hand, Wakefield came down the field and Hampshire slotted a second drop goal to edge the home side back ahead.

Leeds tried their best to get themselves back in the game with minutes to go but Trinity wrapped up the points as Joe Arundel took an offload from Fifita to score between Handley and Briscoe. Lino converted to make the full time score 20-13.

Team Performance

Goals

3

2

Tries

3

2

Player Performance

PlayerTRGLDGYCRCI+I-
Richie Myler0000000
Luke Briscoe0000000
Harry Newman0000000
Tom Briscoe0000000
Ash Handley0000000
Robert Lui0010000
Kruise Leeming1000000
Bodene Thompson0000000
Brad Dwyer1000000
Matt Prior0002000
James Donaldson0000000
Rhyse Martin0200000
Zane Tetevano0000000
Interchanges
King Vuniyayawa0000000
Callum McLelland0000000
Tom Holroyd0000000
Cameron Smith0000000
PlayerTRGLDGYCRCI+I-
Ryan Hampshire0010000
Tom Johnstone0000000
Innes Senior0000000
Joe Arundel1000000
Lee Kershaw0000000
Jacob Miller0010000
Mason Lino0300000
Eddie Battye0000000
Liam Kay0000000
Chris Green0001000
Jay Pitts0000000
Kelepi Tanginoa1000000
Jordan Crowther1000000
Interchanges
Kyle Wood0000000
David Fifita0000000
Yusuf Aydin0000000
James Batchelor0000000
Stats Key
  • TR: Tries
  • RD: Red Cards
  • GL: Goals
  • I+: Interchange On
  • DG: Drop Goals
  • I-: Interchange Off
  • YC: Yellow Cards