Wakefield Trinity put themselves back into contention of a place at Old Trafford with an impressive 38-6 victory over rivals Leeds Rhinos.
Joe Arundel opened the scoring for Trinity after Jacob Miller, on his return to the side, had made a jinking run. The centre stepped past the defence to touch down, and the hosts were on the board. Liam Finn successfully added the extras to make it 6-0.
The lead didn’t last long when a deft Danny McGuire grubber led to Adam Cuthbertson scoring his tenth try of the season.
Errors started to creep up in the game with both sides making mistakes in promising attacking positions. Wakefield’s lead was restored through Ben Jones-Bishop who touched down a perfectly placed Scott Grix kick in the corner.
Kyle Wood then continued his fine form as he fended off Jamie Jones-Buchanan to make a break from dummy half, giving the ball to the supporting Scott Grix to make it 18-6.
With six minutes to go to half time Liam Finn made it 20-6 after Leeds were penalised for being offside.
Trinity extended their lead even further on the hooter when Danny McGuire and then Kallum Watkins failed to deal with a kick which fell to a grateful Miller. Finn made it 26-6 at the break from in front of the posts.
Wakefield were the first to strike after half time when a big hit from Miller on Ashton Golding led to the ball to come free for Matty Ashurst to score.
Kyle Wood had a try disallowed for a double movement as Wakefield continued to assert their dominance.
The victory may have come at a cost as Arundel looked to have sustained a serious arm injury with only five minutes of the game remaining.
Leeds once again couldn’t handle a Wakefield kick as Bill Tupou scored to make the final score 38-6.
Report by Sam Taylor