Leeds Rhinos recovered from 16-4 down in the first half to beat Wakefield Trinity 28-22 at Headingley.
Leeds started well, and got their reward after five minutes. They forced a goal line drop out, and from the resulting field position, Luke Briscoe went over to score. Rhyse Martin was off target with the conversion attempt.
Out of nothing, Wakefield levelled. Tom Johnstone got the ball 10m from his own line, and stepped past a couple of defenders and went all the way. Mason Lino missed the conversion.
That gave Wakefield some momentum, and took the lead through a good finish by Innes Senior in the corner. Lino scored the conversion this time to give them a six-point lead.
Four minutes later, Wakefield dpubled their advantage, as a good step by Jacob Miller created the space for Matty Ashurst to get the try. Lino converted.
In typical fashion of the first half, Leeds hit back quite quickly. Luke Briscoe got down the left-hand side and passed inside for Alex Sutcliffe to score. Martin scored the conversion to half the deficit.
With the clock winding down until half time, Leeds struck again as Brad Dwyer scooted out of dummy half to score. Martin added the conversion to level the game.
Leeds’ strong end to the first half saw them go in ahead, as Matt Prior stripped the ball from Johnstone, and from the resulting position, Luke Gale was able to put Richie Myler over. Martin converted for a six-point advantage at the break.
Wakefield were able to strike back just five minutes into the second half. Gale’s kick found Johnstone 85m out, and once again he ran all the way to score under the posts. Lino converted to level the game.
Just on the hour mark, Leeds took the lead for the third time, as Myler put Jack Broadbent through a gap to score. Martin missed the conversion, meaning the lead stood at four points.
Wakefield tried, but could not find that final score. Super League goes to St Helens next week. Wakefield face Wigan Warriors while Leeds take on Castleford Tigers.
Wakefield Trinity: Alex Walker, Innes Senior, Reece Lyne, Bill Tupou, Tom Johnstone, Jacob Miller, Mason Lino, David Fifita, Jordy Crowther, Tinirau Arona, Matty Ashurst, Kelepi Tanginoa, Joe Westerman.
Subs: Josh Wood, Chris Green, Adam Tangata, James Batchelor.
Head Coach: Chris Chester.
Leeds Rhinos: Richie Myler, Tom Briscoe, Jack Broadbent, Alex Sutcliffe, Luke Briscoe, Liam Sutcliffe, Luke Gale, Mikolaj Oledzki, Kruise Leeming, Matt Prior, Alex Mellor, Rhyse Martin, Zane Tetevano.
Subs: Brad Dwyer, Bodene Thompson, James Donaldson, Cameron Smith.
Head Coach: Richard Agar.