Wakefield Trinity Wildcats suffered a hammering defeat 50-28 defeat against local rivals Leeds Rhinos, wiping the festive cheer out of the travelling side in the Tetley’s Festive Challenge.
Wakefield Trinity Wildcats started the first half of the Tetley’s Festive Challenge on a strong note, with winning most of the possession and applying a lot of pressure on the home side. Matt Ryan and Jacob Miller put Wakefield ahead in the opening six minutes with back to back scores and Craig Hall converted on both occasions putting us 0-12 into the lead.
Leeds Rhinos came fighting back with Stevie Ward who found his way through the Wakefield defence on the following set to score their first try of the game, Liam Sutcliffe converted, 6-12.
Wakefield kept well composed and retained a piled on the pressure for the home side for a good spell of the first half, putting the lead up to 6-18. After a few interchanges by the Rhinos, they found their fighting spirit and came back extremely strong to finish the first half in the lead on 22-18.
The second half started much better for both sides as they look much more controlled, however Leeds Rhinos started the half the way they ended the first, with much more possession and taking an early try.
It became clear that the Rhinos were to take control of the game fairly early taking their lead to an staggering 50-18. Wakefield got two consolation try’s in the final two minutes of the Tetley’s Festive Challenge, unfortunately for the visiting side, Leeds Rhinos were far too strong.
Wakefield Trinity Wildcats Head Coach, James Webster said. "I came here today to hopefully source some positives, see if we were on the right track and pick up where we are short. we are still short defensively and in the middle too."
"I thought we showed a few good touches on the ball, its going to take us some time to get up to speed before the season starts."