Super League: Leeds Rhinos 16-20 Wakefield Trinity Wildcats

Liam Finn
Liam Finn kicked four goals as Wakefield beat reigning Super League champions Leeds Rhinos
Leeds (6) 16
Tries: Moon, Briscoe, Achurch Goals: Sutcliffe 2
Wakefield (8) 20
Tries: Ashurst, Miller, Hall Goals: Finn 4

Wakefield secured their second Super League win of the weekend with victory at struggling champions Leeds.

The visitors took the lead through Matty Ashurst but Leeds worked their way back through Joel Moon.

A Liam Finn penalty made it 8-6 to Wildcats at the break and Jacob Miller extended their lead shortly afterwards.

Tom Briscoe and Mitch Achurch replied for Leeds but Finn's penalty and Craig Hall's 80-metre effort secured their first victory at Headingley since 2007.

Rhinos, following their sixth defeat in eight league games, fall behind Wakefield and down to 10th in the table.

The Wildcats went into the game buoyed by Friday's win over Huddersfield, while Leeds were looking to make amends for their narrow defeat away at Castleford.

Wakefield broke the deadlock when Miller put Ashurst through a huge hole 15 metres from the Rhinos line, but Moon scooped up the loose ball from Zak Hardaker's grubber kick to reply under the posts.

Miller benefitted from Tom Johnstone's offload to stretch Wakefield's lead, but it did not last long as the visitors allowed a high Hardaker kick to bounce and Briscoe touched down in the corner.

The game appeared to take decisive turn in the 64th minute when Wakefield hooker Scott Moore was sin-binned for offside and Leeds forward Achurch jinked his way over against 12 men, before Liam Sutcliffe converted to put the Rhinos in front for the first time.

Wakefield got back on level terms when Finn slotted over a simple penalty and Hall pounced on a dropped ball by Ash Handley two minutes from time to end Wildcats' 10-game losing streak at Headingley.

Leeds head coach Brian McDermott: "There are some obvious things that are not there for us.

"I know what's wrong and we know what's wrong, but going out there and executing that is a different matter. That's what makes sport really interesting.

"It's not slide rules and science. If we just pressed a few buttons and all of a sudden people started playing well and with confidence, we'd all be coaches.

"We've got to be as good at this end of the table as we are at the other end of the table. We've got some hard work to do and things we need to fix up. I'm confident the group will do that."

Wakefield head coach Chris Chester: "I'm really proud. We had to tough it out in the second half and I thought we were worthy winners.

"I think it's the first time this club has won two games over Easter so I'm really proud of everybody.

"We showed a lot of character and resilience in the second half. We found a way to win the game with a special play from Craig Hall to go the full length."

Leeds: Hardaker; Briscoe, Watkins, Moon, Handley; Sutcliffe, Lilley; Singleton, Falloon, Cuthbertson, Keinhorst, Walters, Jones-Buchanan.

Replacements: Burrow, Mullally, Achurch, Garbutt.

Wakefield: Hall; Johnstone, Arundel, Lyne, Jones-Bishop; Finn, Miller; Scruton, Moore, Simon, Kirmond, Ashurst, Molloy.

Replacements: Sio, Aruna, Yates, Walton.

Referee: Phil Bentham.

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