Wakefield Trinity 26-28 Leeds Rhinos

Sunday 8th April 2018
KO: 15:00 - Round: 10

26-28 FT

HT: 12 6

Attendance: 6,767

Official: C Kendall

Venue: The Mobile Rocket Stadium

  • Wakefield Trinity

  • Tries
    Max Jowitt, Jacob Miller, Matty Ashurst, Kyle Wood,

  • Goals
    Ryan Hampshire (5),

  • Drop Goals

  • Leeds Rhinos

  • Tries
    Kallum Watkins (2), Ash Handley, Brad Singleton, Josh Walters,

  • Goals
    Kallum Watkins (4),

  • Drop Goals

Official Report / Commentary

Kallum Watkins scored two tries as Betfred Super League champions Leeds Rhinos inflicted a fifth straight defeat on Wakefield Trinity by edging a thriller 28-26.

The Rhinos captain had come in for some criticism after his side had failed to win recent close games on goal kicks but his late touchline conversion proved the difference in an enthralling contest at Belle Vue.

Watkins had earlier opened the scoring on his 200th Super League appearance but Wakefield deservedly led at the break thanks to tries from Jacob Miller and Kyle Wood.

Matty Ashurst put Trinity back in control after Ash Handley’s eighth try in five games, only for Watkins and Brad Singleton to touch down to give the Rhinos a 22-20 lead in the closing stages.

Watkins added the extras to Josh Walters’ try to seemingly secure the points for Leeds but they had to withstand a frantic final minute following Max Jowitt’s try.

Leeds head coach Brian McDermott said: “It was a hard-fought win. There were so many ebbs and flows in the game, I should imagine it would have been a really good game to watch.

“I thought that was a really significant win to build a team’s personality, character and an identity. Wins like this are big for that.”

Wakefield head coach Chris Chester said: “We’re our own worst enemies right now. That’s five losses on the bounce and it’s not a good place to be in.

“But there are lots of things we can be positive about. We’re all frustrated because we know we could have won that game. We know we’re not a million miles away but I can’t keep saying the same things week in, week out.”

  • 79: GOAL! scored for Wakefield by Ryan Hampshire
  • 79: TRY! scored for Wakefield by Max Jowitt
  • 75: GOAL! scored for Leeds by Kallum Watkins
  • 75: TRY! scored for Leeds by Josh Walters
  • 66: GOAL! scored for Leeds by Kallum Watkins
  • 65: TRY! scored for Leeds by Brad Singleton
  • 61: TRY! scored for Leeds by Kallum Watkins
  • 55: TRY! scored for Wakefield by Matty Ashurst
  • 55: GOAL! scored for Wakefield by Ryan Hampshire
  • 52: GOAL! scored for Wakefield by Ryan Hampshire
  • 48: GOAL! scored for Leeds by Kallum Watkins
  • 46: TRY! scored for Leeds by Ash Handley
  • 30: GOAL! scored for Wakefield by Ryan Hampshire
  • 30: TRY! scored for Wakefield by Kyle Wood
  • 24: GOAL! scored for Wakefield by Ryan Hampshire
  • 23: TRY! scored for Wakefield by Jacob Miller
  • 15: TRY! scored for Leeds by Kallum Watkins
  • 15: GOAL! scored for Leeds by Kallum Watkins
  • Key Performers

    Ash Handley

    Metres 154
    2 2

    Ashton Golding

    Metres 158
    2 2

    Ryan Hall

    Metres 182
    2 2

    Bill Tupou

    Metres 176
    4 4

    Head to Head

    Tries:

    Wakefield Trinity 4
    Leeds Rhinos 5

    Goals:

    Wakefield Trinity 5
    Leeds Rhinos 4

    METRES:

    Wakefield Trinity 1402
    Leeds Rhinos 1434

    CARRIES:

    Wakefield Trinity 177
    Leeds Rhinos 186

    TACKLES:

    Wakefield Trinity 352
    Leeds Rhinos 325

    OFFLOADS:

    Wakefield Trinity 12
    Leeds Rhinos 9

    PENALTIES:

    Wakefield Trinity 5
    Leeds Rhinos 4

    BREAKS:

    Wakefield Trinity 10
    Leeds Rhinos 8

    Full Match Statistics

    Player T TA TK MT MI TB AT C M AG CB DR E FT G MG OF P
    Kyle Wood 1 0 20 1 2 5 0 9 73 8.11 1 8 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Matty Ashurst 1 0 26 5 2 4 0 16 144 9.00 1 0 1 0 0 0 1 0
    Jacob Miller 1 0 14 1 4 3 5 13 110 8.46 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Max Jowitt 1 0 3 0 2 2 0 6 31 5.17 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Danny Kirmond 0 0 35 9 4 2 1 9 80 8.89 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
    Pauli Pauli 0 0 8 0 1 0 0 4 32 8.00 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 2
    Tinirau Arona 0 0 26 2 1 0 0 9 48 5.33 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
    Justin Horo 0 0 22 3 0 0 0 9 64 7.11 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
    James Batchelor 0 0 31 12 0 1 0 4 23 5.75 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1
    Craig Huby 0 0 20 2 1 3 0 12 82 6.83 0 0 1 0 0 0 3 0
    Tyler Randell 0 1 39 6 2 1 0 7 59 8.43 0 4 2 0 0 0 0 0
    Keegan Hirst 0 0 29 5 1 2 0 9 72 8.00 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Ryan Hampshire 0 2 30 0 7 4 3 9 62 6.89 1 0 0 0 5 0 2 0
    Tom Johnstone 0 0 8 1 3 4 1 12 119 9.92 2 0 2 0 0 0 0 0
    Bill Tupou 0 0 13 0 4 2 1 19 176 9.26 1 0 2 0 0 0 2 0
    Reece Lyne 0 0 23 5 2 3 0 15 135 9.00 1 2 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Ben Jones-Bishop 0 0 5 0 1 2 0 15 92 6.13 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 1
    Player T TA TK MT MI TB AT C M AG CB DR E FT G MG OF P
    Kallum Watkins 2 1 22 2 1 1 2 16 113 7.06 0 1 3 0 4 1 3 0
    Ash Handley 1 0 20 3 4 8 0 13 154 11.85 2 2 0 0 0 0 1 0
    Brad Singleton 1 0 23 7 3 0 0 15 96 6.40 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
    Josh Walters 1 0 26 6 5 3 0 7 23 3.29 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Tom Briscoe 0 0 3 0 1 4 0 13 71 5.46 0 0 2 0 0 0 1 0
    Ashton Golding 0 0 4 0 1 12 0 18 158 8.78 1 3 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Ryan Hall 0 0 0 0 2 3 0 15 182 12.13 2 2 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Liam Sutcliffe 0 1 14 2 4 0 1 4 33 8.25 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Richard Myler 0 2 16 0 3 1 10 13 46 3.54 0 1 2 0 0 0 1 1
    Jamie Jones-Buchanan 0 0 36 4 2 0 0 12 94 7.83 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Matt Parcell 0 0 30 6 1 3 0 7 60 8.57 0 6 0 0 0 0 0 1
    Stevie Ward 0 0 38 6 4 0 0 13 93 7.15 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
    Carl Ablett 0 1 30 5 3 2 0 10 70 7.00 1 0 1 0 0 0 2 0
    Brett Ferres 0 0 10 2 0 0 0 3 36 12.00 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Cameron Smith 0 0 25 4 1 0 0 12 80 6.67 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Mikolaj Oledzki 0 0 21 6 2 0 0 9 66 7.33 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Brad Dwyer 0 0 7 1 1 0 0 6 59 9.83 1 5 0 0 0 0 1 0

    Stats Key

    T: Tries
    TA: Try assists
    TK: Tackles
    MT: Marker tackles
    MI: Missed tackles
    TB: Tackle busts
    AT: Attacking kicks
    C: Carries
    M: Metres
    AG: Av gain
    CB: Clean break
    DR: Run from dummy half
    E: Errors
    FT: Forty twenty
    G: Goals
    MG: Missed goals
    OF: Offload
    P: Penalties

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