Wakefield Trinity PDRL fell shy of maintaining their unbeaten record as the Manchester Festival sees a victory over Wigan Warriors but an agonising defeat to Leeds Rhinos.
Following a Magic Weekend in Newcastle, Wakefield Trinity looked to maintain their 100% record following a 16-6 victory in the Toon at the start of this month.
With confidence on a high, Trinity headed over the Pennines to face Wigan & Leeds in the next Festival of 2023. Riding high on past success over the Warriors, Trinity started bright, opening the scoring with a lovely try from David Jones before Darren Dean & Adam Fleming found themselves on the scoresheet. 100% accuracy with the boot from Fleming gave us an 18-0 victory following a controlled display.
Next up, it was the old foe. The past hasn’t been forgotten, and after inflicting defeat on the Rhinos earlier in the year, Trinity was looking to gain the double over their West Yorkshire rivals again in 2023. With tensions high and the will to win for victory elevated, the contest was fierce, Leeds taking the lead before an expert try from Player-Coach, Lee Whiteley, brought us back into the game, Fleming unable to convert through the sticks.
However, just as it was in 2022, heartbreak for Trinity as Leeds scored a last-gasp try to seal the win and gain maximum points for the afternoon.
Wakefield Trinity PDRL will now pick themselves up ahead of another test as we travel to Hull for the next Festival on Saturday, 15th July.
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