It was a dismal evening for Trinity at the hands of local rivals Leeds Rhinos at the Headingley Carnegie Stadium.
After a fairly even opening 15 minutes, both sides held up strong in defence denying one another any attempt at going into the lead. However the Rhinos grew stronger as the first half went on resulting in Trinity buckling under and giving away a handful of errors.
Trinity were the first to crack after Kallum Watkins who beat Miller with the jump to get on the end of McGuire’s kick and got the ball over the line to put the home side into the lead.
Five minutes later, Trinity were back in the game after a fantastic ball out wide from Jacob Miller which found Tom Johnstone who raced 50m down field to get his first try of the 2017 season in front of the travelling support. Unfortunately, Williams missed the conversion leaving Trinity trailing by two points.
The Rhinos grew stronger with confidence as the game went on pushing Trinity deeper into their own half. Anthony Mullally found space within Wakefield’s defence to cross and further the home sides lead.
That dominance in attack continued for Leeds; Craig Huby was penalised for messing around at the ruck and gave away a penalty. Golding took advantage of this and successfully took the two points that were on offer.
Minutes later, Kallum Watkins went over for his second of the game for the Rhinos right on the hooter to put the home side into the lead on 20-4 at half time.
Rhinos came out pumped in the second half and it was not long until they got onto the score sheet once again. Ryan Hall found a space in the corner after a pass from Brett Ferres to go over.
Fifita proved to be a powerhouse after he went over at close range holding off three Rhinos’ defenders to get Trinity back into the game.
A nice little flick from Rob Burrows for the Rhinos who found Adam Cuthbertson to go over under the posts and further the home sides lead on 32-10 with 22 minutes of the game remaining.
Trinity were down to 12 men after Danny Kirmond was sent to the sin bin for 10 minutes after a high shot on Rob Burrows deep into Wakefield’s own half. On the next play, Matt Parcell sneaked over from dummy half.
Wakefield had two close efforts towards the back end of the second half. The first came when Arundel got over the line but the play was brought back for a forward pass. Minutes later Ben Jones-Bishop looked close to get his 100th try but the Leeds defence proved too strong to deny the winger.
Johnstone got his second try of the game right on the final hooter for Trinity, unfortunately Williams failed the conversion.
Full Time: Leeds Rhinos 38-14