Super League: Wakefield Trinity 26-24 Leeds Rhinos

Max Jowitt
Max Jowitt (left) scored his third try in five appearances this season
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Wakefield (12) 26
Tries: Kershaw, Lyne, Jones-Bishop, Jowitt Goals: Hampshire 5
Leeds (12) 24
Tries: Sutcliffe, Ferres, Parcell, Lolohea Goals: Sutcliffe 4

Wakefield Trinity claimed a narrow Super League win over Leeds Rhinos.

The teams went in level at the break, with debutant Lee Kershaw and Reece Lyne going over for the hosts and Liam Sutcliffe and Brett Ferres both touching down for the visitors.

Tries from Ben Jones-Bishop and Max Jowitt put the hosts in control before Matt Parcell's try reduced the arrears with 10 minutes to play.

Tui Lolohea crossed for the Rhinos on the hooter but it was not enough.

The defeat means that Leeds remain 11th in the Super League table and level on points with bottom side London Broncos.

Wakefield moved the game away from their West Yorkshire rivals in the opening 20 minutes of the second half, with a pair of Ryan Hampshire penalties and converted scores from Jones-Bishop and Jowitt.

David Furner's side stuck at it but their late tries could not prevent them from slipping to a ninth defeat in 12 Super League games this season.

They host fellow strugglers Hull KR on Sunday, while Wakefield visit Hull FC.

Wakefield Trinity coach Chris Chester:

"This is a team that will never get beaten on effort and that was evident today. The team spirit was evident to see and we fought to the very last minute.

"We've got guys out there that haven't played in the first team with us this year.

"I sit here as a proud coach of a side that's got another two points off the Rhinos.

"That win is probably my best at Wakefield Trinity and it has made me a very proud man."

Leeds head coach David Furner:

"They got up 12-0 and we did a really good job to come back playing some decent football.

"In the second half we talked about doing the same things and sticking to the game plan and I thought we went away from it, particularly at the start.

"It wasn't good enough and our execution on their try-line was poor.

"I'm disappointed and we need more actions and a bit more control from our senior players."

Wakefield: Jowitt, Jones-Bishop, Lyne, Caton-Brown, Kershaw, Reynolds, Hampshire, Kopczak, Crowther, Arona, Kirmond, Horo, King.

Interchanges: Hirst, Pauli, Fifita, Annakin.

Leeds: Lolohea, T. Briscoe, Watkins, Newman, Handley, Sutcliffe, Myler, Peteru, Dwyer, Albert, Ferres, Trout, Merrin.

Interchanges: Singleton, Donaldson, Oledzki, Parcell.

Referee: Chris Kendall (RFL)