posted on 18 June 2016

(Image : Dave Williams, RL Photos)

Trinity slumped to a heavy defeat against former Champions and local rivals Leeds Rhinos after discipline proved costly in poor weather conditions.

Rhinos took control of the game early on forcing errors which resulted in a high penalty count going in the visitors favour, adding four penalty kicks to their two tries to get the win.

The visitors opened up the game when Danny McGuire got the ball away to Mitch Achurch who burst through the Wildcats try line after the defence over read, Sutcliffe converted to put them 6-0 in the lead after three minutes.

Soon after the Rhinos were awarded a penalty in a dangerous position after the home side were pulled up for being offside and added the extras.

Matty Ashurst made a fantastic break down the field, he found Miller who was in support, the ball was flung out wide to Reece Lyne who then put in Ben Jones-Bishop in the corner to put the home side back into the game. Finn added the extras to put it 6-8.

Another penalty for the visitors after Trinity were penalised for a ball steal and Sutcliffe adds the extras for the second time in the first half to put themselves further into the lead.

A questionable try for the Rhinos on their final play of a scrappy set and Singleton slid over the line after it was loose on the far side and Suctliffe got his third conversion.

Stoppage in play towards the end of the first half saw Jamie Jones-Buchanan receiving treatment resulting in new signing David Fifita getting sin binned on his debut for Trinity.

Rhinos continued their strong presence on the field in the second half and found themselves further in the lead on 45 minutes.

Tinirau Arona went to collect McGuire’s kick but fumbled in the process giving away a scrum 10m out, on the next play Singleton went over for his second of the game.

Rhinos were then awarded with two consecutive penalties, the first after a high tackle from Reece Lyne and the second when play was pulled back after a shove from Jay Walton, Sutcliffe made it four successful penalty kicks to add the four points.

Bill Tupou was the second player for Trinity to be sin binned, the Rhinos took advantage of their extra man and the ball was passed through to Sutcliffe, he converted his own try to win the game or the visitors on 6-32.

Full Time: Wakefield Wildcats 6-32 Leeds Rhinos


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