Leeds Rhinos claimed their second win of the season after a 15-13 extra time win over Wakefield Trinity at Headingley.
It was a real stop-start beginning to the game. Both sides were getting field position, but then coming up with mistakes at crucial moments.
The first try came after 19 minutes. Wakefield managed to get in after some good passes to get it out to Liam Kay in space on the wing, who went over for the try. Mason Lino missed the conversion, meaning their lead stood at four points.
Four minutes later, Wakefield doubled their advantage. Reece Lyne kicked the ball forward, Ash Handley could not take it in, allowing Lino to kick forward and ground the ball. He couldn’t convert his own try.
Just past the half-hour, Leeds hit back. Rhyse Martin took in a short pass and powered his way over. He converted to bring the Rhinos back within two points.
A couple of minutes later, Wakefield extended their lead. Lino kicked a penalty after Leeds were punished for a ball steal by Matt Prior.
Leeds almost hit back a couple of minutes into the second half. But Jack Broadbent’s try was disallowed after an obstruction was called in the build up.
The Rhinos did hit the front 15 minutes after the break. Liam Sutcliffe managed to spread the ball to Konrad Hurrell, who ran through to score. Martin hit the conversion.
They almost increased their lead soon after, but Luke Briscoe dropped the ball whilst going for an acrobatic finish.
The error-strewn nature of the game continued in the second half, with both sides inviting the other one with errors in dangerous positions.
With a couple of minutes left, Josh Eaves thought he had scored for Wakefield, but his ambitious dummy half effort was ruled out on account he was held up.
On the next play, Wakefield got a penalty after the touch judge ruled Luke Briscoe’s tackle was dangerous. Lino kicked the two points to level the scores.
However, Wakefield gave the ball away almost straight from the kick off, with Tinirau Arona throwing a stray pass. From the resulting field position, Luke Gale was able to slot a drop-goal after dummying past Eaves.
But Trinity were given one last chance after a high tackle deep into their own half. The resulting field position allowed Lino to drop back and level the scores once more.
Gale did have one more chance with seconds to go, but his drop-goal attempt was charged down.
The match was decided four minutes into extra-time. Leeds got a penalty from dead in front after a ball steal from Jsy Pitts. Martin scored the penalty to win the match.
Both sides return to action in front of fans next Sunday. Leeds welcome Hull FC and Wakefield welcome Hull KR.
Leeds Rhinos: Jack Broadbent, Luke Briscoe, Konrad Hurrell, Tom Briscoe, Ash Handley, Liam Sutcliffe, Luke Gale, Mikolaj Oledzki, Brad Dwyer, Matt Prior, Alex Mellor, Rhyse Martin, Jarrod O’Connor.
Subs: Kruise Leeming, King Vuniyayawa, Sam Walters, Morgan Gannon.
Head Coach: Richard Agar.
Wakefield Trinity: Oliver Ashall-Bott, Lee Kershaw, Reece Lyne, Joe Arundel, Liam Kay, Max Jowitt, Mason Lino, Kelepi Tanginoa, Jordan Crowther, Tinirau Arona, Matty Ashurst, Jay Pitts, Joe Westerman.
Subs: Josh Eaves, Eddie Battye, David Fifita, Chris Green.
Head Coach: Chris Chester.