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Wakefield Wildcats 6 Leeds Rhinos 60

The Rhinos produced an impressively clinical display to see off the challenge of Wakefield and book their place in the Fifth Round of the Tetley’s Challenge Cup.

The opening exchanges were as cagey as you would expect from a local derby in a knock out competition but the visitors slowly gained the upper hand and finally made that pressure count when Rob Burrow went from dummy half and sprinted clear to score after 19 minutes.

That sparked a ruthless passage of play from the Rhinos as they ran in four more tries inside 13 minutes. The first came from Carl Ablett, as he supported the break of Kevin Sinfield and took a sublime offload to go over between the sticks. Danny McGuire was next on the scoresheet after a Burrow kick bounced away from Peter Fox and the kick chase from Ryan Hall caused the former Leeds Academy man to knock on. Joel Moon, on his return to the side from injury, was quickest to react and picked up the loose ball before passing to McGuire who cut back in field to score. Hall then benefitted from some good work by Jamie Peacock and Ryan Bailey in midfield, as their offloads caught the Wildcats flat footed and a wide pass from Burrow put Hall in for the try. Finally, Ablett powered his way over from close range to make it 26-0 after 32 minutes, Sinfield missing the last two conversion attempts.

Wakefield got a score back after that when scrum half Pita Godinet produced two dummies to create a gap and went through to score between the posts, Sammut adding the conversion but it was just a brief reversal in the flow of the game.

The Rhinos finished the half with a try in the last minute. Godinet had tried to create another score with an offload near the Leeds line but it fell to Hardaker, who broke upfield. Ablett maintained the momentum with a strong run before offloading to Hall, who went 45 metres to score. Sinfield added the conversion to make it 32-6.

Half time saw Liam Sutcliffe return to the Rhinos side after his loan spell at Bradford, as he replaced McGuire, and he soon announced his return with a try after 50 minutes as he timed his run to perfection to cut through the defence and score.

That try came after a well deserved try for Mitch Achurch following good work by Sinfield and Hardaker in the build up and when Achurch was in space there was no stopping him from 15 metres out. The Rhinos captain converted both tries to make it 44-6.

Despite the scoreline, Leeds then produced some strong goal line defence to keep Wakefield out and they then finished with a final flourish. Briscoe intercepted an offload from Lauitiiti and raced in from 45 metres out before Burrow grabbed his second try when he took Peacock’s offload and stepped twice around the retreating cover to score between the posts. Finally, Sinfield chipped over a kick with two minutes to go and Joel Moon allowed the ball to bounce once before collecting and touching down. Sinfield converted the last two to make the final score 60-6.

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Wakefield Wildcats 6 Leeds Rhinos 60

The Rhinos produced an impressively clinical display to see off the challenge of Wakefield and book their place in the Fifth Round of the Tetley’s Challenge Cup.

The opening exchanges were as cagey as you would expect from a local derby in a knock out competition but the visitors slowly gained the upper hand and finally made that pressure count when Rob Burrow went from dummy half and sprinted clear to score after 19 minutes.

That sparked a ruthless passage of play from the Rhinos as they ran in four more tries inside 13 minutes. The first came from Carl Ablett, as he supported the break of Kevin Sinfield and took a sublime offload to go over between the sticks. Danny McGuire was next on the scoresheet after a Burrow kick bounced away from Peter Fox and the kick chase from Ryan Hall caused the former Leeds Academy man to knock on. Joel Moon, on his return to the side from injury, was quickest to react and picked up the loose ball before passing to McGuire who cut back in field to score. Hall then benefitted from some good work by Jamie Peacock and Ryan Bailey in midfield, as their offloads caught the Wildcats flat footed and a wide pass from Burrow put Hall in for the try. Finally, Ablett powered his way over from close range to make it 26-0 after 32 minutes, Sinfield missing the last two conversion attempts.

Wakefield got a score back after that when scrum half Pita Godinet produced two dummies to create a gap and went through to score between the posts, Sammut adding the conversion but it was just a brief reversal in the flow of the game.

The Rhinos finished the half with a try in the last minute. Godinet had tried to create another score with an offload near the Leeds line but it fell to Hardaker, who broke upfield. Ablett maintained the momentum with a strong run before offloading to Hall, who went 45 metres to score. Sinfield added the conversion to make it 32-6.

Half time saw Liam Sutcliffe return to the Rhinos side after his loan spell at Bradford, as he replaced McGuire, and he soon announced his return with a try after 50 minutes as he timed his run to perfection to cut through the defence and score.

That try came after a well deserved try for Mitch Achurch following good work by Sinfield and Hardaker in the build up and when Achurch was in space there was no stopping him from 15 metres out. The Rhinos captain converted both tries to make it 44-6.

Despite the scoreline, Leeds then produced some strong goal line defence to keep Wakefield out and they then finished with a final flourish. Briscoe intercepted an offload from Lauitiiti and raced in from 45 metres out before Burrow grabbed his second try when he took Peacock’s offload and stepped twice around the retreating cover to score between the posts. Finally, Sinfield chipped over a kick with two minutes to go and Joel Moon allowed the ball to bounce once before collecting and touching down. Sinfield converted the last two to make the final score 60-6.