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Wakefield Trinity 18-34 Leeds Rhinos: Highlights, player ratings & talking points

Wakefield Trinity were absolutely demolished at home against Leeds Rhinos tonight.

It was a procession from start to finish, with Leeds running into a 30-0 half-time lead against shellshocked Wakefield side.

Things did improve for Wakefield in the second-half with a try in the opening ten minutes threatening some sort of comeback, but Ash Handley’s second try of the evening soon put pay to that idea.

Highlights

Ash Handley’s try was an inspired effort, he cut inside from 20 metres out, scything through the Trinity defence and dotting down under the posts.

Jack Walker in a rampant mood; it’s been an incredibly difficult start to the season for the fullback, but he was absolute class tonight.

Rhyse Martin putting in an incredible shift after returning from compassionate leave. He certainly did his late father proud.

It was Liam Sutcliffe’s 250th career appearance and Brad Dwyer’s 100th.

The last try of the game was arguably the best as Trinity scored a superb effort through Max Jowitt after Mason Lino made a good break.

Talking points

1. Leeds – wow!

Where has this performance been hiding all season? They utterly destroyed Wakefield down the middle and on the edges and for the majority of the game, it looked like men against boys. There was no stopping the Rhinos in that mood and head coach Richard Agar will be looking for more of the same from now on – though he certainly will not be happy with the last five minutes when Wakefield scored twice.

2. Jack is back!

Jack Walker is most certainly back in form and looking every bit the inspired fullback before his devastating injuries. Walker broke the first tackle almost every time he got the ball and his attacking threat was palpable throughout the 80 minutes. Long may it continue.

3. Slug fest second-half

After such an impressive first-half, Leeds head coach Richard Agar will have been wanting more of the same in the second. However, with the weather taking the pace out of the game, it turned into a damp squib in the second-half with Wakefield scoring two consolation tries in the last five minutes.

Player ratings

Wakefield Trinity

1 Max Jowitt – 7
2 Tom Johnstone – 6
13 Jay Pitts – 6
16 James Batchelor – 5
27 Lewis Murphy – 5
6 Jacob Miller – 5
7 Mason Lino – 7
15 Jai Whitbread – 6
24 Harry Bowes – 6
10 Tinirau Arona – 5
11 Matty Ashurst – 6
12 Kelepi Tanginoa – 6
14 Jordy Crowther – 6
Substitutes
8 Eddie Battye – 7
19 Liam Kay – 6
22 Yusuf Aydin – 7
35 David Fifita – 9

Leeds Rhinos

1 Jack Walker – 10
2 David Fusitu’a – 8
3 Harry Newman – 10
4 Liam Sutcliffe – 7
5 Ash Handley – 9
6 Aidan Sezer – 8
7 Blake Austin – 8
8 Mikolaj Oledzki – 8
9 Kruise Leeming – 9
10 Matt Prior – 9
21 Morgan Gannon – 9
12 Rhyse Martin – 9
13 Zane Tetevano – 8
Substitutes
14 Brad Dwyer –
17 Cameron Smith – 7
19 Bodene Thompson – 6
20 Tom Briscoe – 7

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