Leeds Rhinos were too strong for Wakefield Wildcats in front of a bumper crowd on Easter Monday.
It was a very close first half with exceptional end to end action, both sides looked well composed and up for the fight.
James Webster was much happier with the performance from his side, but believes that there is still a lot to learn.
“I thought we had a real good go, an improvement from the Thursday night, I thought if we were able to handle Leeds on a one on one in certain situations we would have been right in the game.” James expressed.
“We tried really hard in that game and I thought we were ultra competitive for long periods, you come to Leeds and as soon as they break you they score quick.”
It has been another tough few days in the Wakefield camp with further set backs on the injury front when Dean Collis and Mickael Simon added to the long list after the Catalans fixture.
James continued, “We have probably had an hour and a half training over the month as a team, but we are not going to bury our heads in the sand.
“I have got some beat up blokes in the changing room but it was good experience for us again. While we are not looking over competitive on the score board at the moment, as a club we are gaining some really valuable experience for some people.”
Leeds were the first to make the break on 10 minutes when Ryan Hall collected a neat kick from Rob Burrow and placed it down in the corner, Kevin Sinfield converted to make it 6-0.
Wakefield kept their composure and fought back well pushing the Rhinos into their own half, Tim Smith fooled the Leeds defence with a dummy run and step to pounce over the line, Hall converted to level the scoreline 6-6.
Zak Hardaker got on the back of some excellent play by Kallum Watkins to score for Leeds and double their lead to 12-6.
Craig Hall intercepted the ball after Hardaker failed to flick it across to his teammates. The centre ran 90 metres to put Wakefield back level after he converted his own try and put the scoreline back to level points 12-12.
The Rhinos scored two quick back-to-back tries, the first when Ryan hall made a break, he passed to Rob Burrow who was in support and the scrum-half nudged it over to put them back in the lead on 18-12.
The second try came when Rob Burrow caused a few issues for Wakefield in defence after Carl Ablett made a break for Leeds making it 24-12.
Wakefield kept strong and pushed forward, an offload from Washbrook to Lauitiiti found Jarrod Sammut on the inside who scored for the visitors. Hall failed with the conversion to put them eight points behind on 24-16.
Not long after Kallum Watkins was on the inside of a Stevie Ward break to extend Leeds’ lead to put them 30-16 on half time.
HALF TIME: LEEDS RHINOS 30-16 WAKEFIELD WILDCATS
It was a tight affair at the start of the second half; Leeds Rhinos edged it being a slightly stronger side.
The first try of the second half came on 50 minutes when Ash Handley found space in the corner after a great pass from McGuire, Sinfield converted from the touchline to make it 36-16 to the home side.
Wakefield looked like they were going to get back into the game when Pita Godinet popped the ball across to Griffin; unfortunately the prop lost the ball as he attempted to ground it.
A great defensive display by Miller, as he stopped Handley from setting Watkins free, but Leeds soon found themselves back in possession. On the next play Andy Yates scored the Rhinos seventh try of the afternoon, Sinfield added the two extra points to put them 42-16 into the lead.
Leeds had hold of the game, gaining much more possession, on 67 minutes Kallum Watkins intercepted Sammut’s pass and raced 50 metres to score, Sinfield remained 100% with the boot to put Leeds 48-16 up.
Paul McShane passed freely to Dan Smith who powered on and scored under the sticks. Hall converted to make it 48-22 with four minutes left in the game.
FULL TIME: LEEDS RHINOS 48-22 WAKEFIELD WILDCATS