Leeds Rhinos 18-35 Wakefield Trinity

Friday 1st March 2019
KO: 19:45 - Round: 4

18-35 FT

HT: 10 22

Official: C Kendall

Venue: Emerald Headingley Stadium

  • Leeds Rhinos

  • Tries
    Ash Handley 2, Tom Briscoe 2,

  • Goals
    Tuimoala Lolohea,

  • Drop Goals

  • Wakefield Trinity

  • Tries
    Tom Johnstone 3, Kyle Wood, Jacob Miller, Danny Brough,

  • Goals
    Danny Brough 5,

  • Drop Goals
    Danny Brough,

Official Report / Commentary

Wakefield Trinity winger Tom Johnstone ruined Leeds Rhinos’ homecoming with a 12-minute hat-trick of tries in a 35-18 victory at a new-look Headingley.

The Rhinos opted to start their Betfred Super League campaign with four away matches to enable the £45million redevelopment work to continue and had high hopes of improving their fortunes on their eagerly-awaited return.

They had the encouragement of an early try from winger Ash Handley but the game turned on the tryscoring heroics of Johnstone, who made his England debut last October and must be a candidate for the Lions tour on the evidence of his performance.

His first-half treble enabled Trinity to establish a 22-10 interval lead which was more than enough for the visitors to consolidate, thanks largely to the game management of veteran half-back Danny Brough, who finished with 15 points from a try, five goals and a drop goal.

Wakefield coach Chris Chester said: “We’ve been building something the last two or three weeks and tonight was pretty special.

It was important we put in a good performance because Leeds are a good side and it’s always a tough place to come.

Certainly after the first 10 minutes I was scratching my head and thinking we were in for a long night, but we slowly got ourselves back into the game and I thought we were really dominant from minute 10."

Leeds coach Dave Furner said: “You’ve got to adapt and be more resilient when there are late changes. We lacked resilience on our try-line, particularly in the first half. That caused us some system breakdowns.

“We reassessed at half-time and three or four times they were on our line and we actually stopped them. We had opportunities to get back into the game but we conceded too many points in the first half.

“At times we were good with the ball but there are two parts to this game. We’ve got to be better with our discipline but we keep learning.”

 

  • 78: TRY! scored for Leeds by Tom Briscoe
  • 75: TRY! scored for Leeds by Ash Handley
  • 68: GOAL! scored for Wakefield by Danny Brough
  • 66: TRY! scored for Wakefield by Danny Brough
  • 62: Goal scored for Wakefield by Danny Brough
  • 59: TRY! scored for Wakefield by Jacob Miller
  • 43: GOAL! scored for Wakefield by Danny Brough
  • 32: GOAL! scored for Wakefield by Danny Brough
  • 31: TRY! scored for Wakefield by Kyle Wood
  • 26: GOAL! scored for Leeds by Tuimoala Lolohea
  • 25: TRY! scored for Leeds by Tom Briscoe
  • 23: GOAL! scored for Wakefield by Danny Brough
  • 22: TRY! scored for Wakefield by Tom Johnstone
  • 15: TRY! scored for Wakefield by Tom Johnstone
  • 12: GOAL! scored for Wakefield by Danny Brough
  • 11: TRY! scored for Wakefield by Tom Johnstone
  • 3: TRY! scored for Leeds by Ash Handley
  • Key Performers

    Tom Briscoe

    Clean Breaks: 3

    Bill Tupou

    Metres: 270

    Ash Handley

    Clean Breaks: 3

    Tom Johnstone

    Tries: 3
    Clean Breaks: 3

    Head to Head

    Tries:

    Rhinos 4
    Trinity 6

    Goals:

    Rhinos 1
    Trinity 5

    METRES:

    Rhinos 1093
    Trinity 1289

    CARRIES:

    Rhinos 148
    Trinity 181

    TACKLES:

    Rhinos 336
    Trinity 288

    OFFLOADS:

    Rhinos 13
    Trinity 8

    PENALTIES:

    Rhinos 9
    Trinity 8

    BREAKS:

    Rhinos 8
    Trinity 7

    Full Match Statistics

    Player T TA TK MT MI TB AT C M AG CB DR E FT G MG OF P
    Konrad Hurrell 0 0 9 2 2 5 0 13 119 9.15 0 1 3 0 0 0 1 0
    Adam Cuthbertson 0 0 19 4 2 2 0 13 113 8.69 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 0
    Tom Briscoe 2 0 5 0 2 7 0 14 102 7.29 3 2 0 0 0 0 1 0
    Ash Handley 2 0 6 0 1 1 0 13 100 7.69 3 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
    Trent Merrin 0 0 30 5 4 0 0 10 82 8.20 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1
    Kallum Watkins 0 0 26 1 7 2 0 9 81 9.00 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
    Liam Sutcliffe 0 0 30 2 4 2 0 10 81 8.10 1 0 2 0 0 0 0 0
    Brad Singleton 0 0 17 1 1 2 0 11 76 6.91 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
    Brett Ferres 0 0 24 1 1 0 0 11 70 6.36 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 1
    Tuimoala Lolohea 0 4 1 0 1 1 2 8 58 7.25 1 1 2 0 1 3 0 1
    Cameron Smith 0 0 40 6 4 5 0 10 48 4.80 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1
    Matt Parcell 0 0 30 8 1 1 0 4 44 11.00 0 3 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Mikolaj Oledzki 0 0 27 5 1 0 0 5 39 7.80 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Nathaniel Peteru 0 0 19 3 0 1 0 5 34 6.80 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Richard Myler 0 0 13 2 0 1 6 9 23 2.56 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
    James Donaldson 0 0 23 1 0 1 0 3 23 7.67 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 2
    Brad Dwyer 0 0 17 4 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Player T TA TK MT MI TB AT C M AG CB DR E FT G MG OF P
    Bill Tupou 0 2 8 0 2 11 0 17 270 15.88 2 1 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Matty Ashurst 0 0 23 3 3 3 0 13 112 8.62 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
    Reece Lyne 0 0 9 1 0 1 0 15 88 5.87 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Craig Kopczak 0 0 15 1 2 0 0 11 83 7.55 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0
    Ben Jones-Bishop 0 1 1 0 2 1 0 9 76 8.44 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Jacob Miller 1 1 15 0 5 4 2 14 74 5.29 0 0 2 0 0 0 1 1
    David Fifita 0 0 22 3 1 4 0 10 73 7.30 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Justin Horo 0 0 12 3 1 1 0 10 70 7.00 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
    Ryan Hampshire 0 0 3 0 1 0 0 13 64 4.92 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1
    Tinirau Arona 0 0 33 7 0 1 0 10 64 6.40 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
    George King 0 0 27 5 3 1 0 9 55 6.11 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Tom Johnstone 3 0 4 1 2 1 0 12 53 4.42 3 2 3 0 0 0 0 0
    Pauli Pauli 0 0 11 1 2 3 0 4 49 12.25 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
    Keegan Hirst 0 0 15 4 1 0 0 10 48 4.80 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
    James Batchelor 0 0 32 8 3 1 0 8 45 5.63 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3
    Kyle Wood 1 1 43 7 2 2 1 10 34 3.40 0 7 2 0 0 0 2 1
    Danny Brough 1 0 15 1 1 0 3 6 31 5.17 0 0 1 0 5 2 0 0

    Stats Key

    T: Tries
    TA: Try assists
    TK: Tackles
    MT: Marker tackles
    MI: Missed tackles
    TB: Tackle busts
    AT: Attacking kicks
    C: Carries
    M: Metres
    AG: Av gain
    CB: Clean break
    DR: Run from dummy half
    E: Errors
    FT: Forty twenty
    G: Goals
    MG: Missed goals
    OF: Offload
    P: Penalties