Super League  Saturday 15th September 2012  Headingley Carnegie Stadium  Att: 9,044

Squad

Jones-Bishop, Watkins, Hardaker, Hall, McGuire, Burrow, Leuluai, Peacock, Jones-Buchanan, Ablett, Sinfield, Delaney, Bailey, Kirke, Clarkson, Hauraki, Griffin, Ward, Lunt.

Squad

Mathers, Fox, Cockayne, Cowling, Wood, Lauitiiti, Ellis, Raleigh, Collis, Washbrook, Amor, Johnson, Kirmond, Mariano, T. Smith, Trout, Wilkes, Sykes, L. Smith.

Scorers

TRY SCORERS:

Ben Jones-Bishop

Ben Jones-Bishop

Zak Hardaker

Danny McGuire

Ben Jones-Bishop

Rob Burrow

Rob Burrow

GOAL SCORERS:

Kevin Sinfield

Kevin Sinfield

Kevin Sinfield

Kevin Sinfield

Kevin Sinfield

Kevin Sinfield

Kevin Sinfield

Scorers

TRY SCORERS:

Ali Lauitiiti

Richie Mathers

Lee Smith

Ben Cockayne

GOAL SCORERS:

Paul Sykes

Paul Sykes

Full Report

Match Official: S Ganson

Defending Stobart Super League champions Leeds Rhinos kept alive their hopes of another Grand Final appearance after bringing Wakefield Trinity Wildcats’ seven-match winning run to a halt in tonight's elimination play-off.

The Rhinos trailed three times before finally getting on top of their gallant opponents and finishing with a flourish as a Ben Jones-Bishop hat-trick earned a trip to Catalan Dragons in next Friday's preliminary semi-final.

Former Leeds Grand Final winners Richard Mathers, Lee Smith and Ali Lauitiiti all scored tries as the Wildcats played their full part in a thoroughly entertaining match and threatened to spring a shock before finally running out of steam.

They led 16-12 early in the second half, but Leeds’ class told in the end, Jones-Bishop scoring three second-half tries.

Leeds were boosted by the return of half-back Danny McGuire after a four-match absence with a knee injury, and he was at the heart of the action as the Rhinos dominated the opening stages.

But Wakefield’s defence was exemplary and the only early danger came from a break out of his own half by full-back Zak Hardaker.

Tim Smith was clearly Wakefield's key player and it was his accurate cut-out pass that enabled winger Ben Cockayne to open the visitors’ account on 14 minutes.

They scored again nine minutes from half-time when centre Lee Smith released Cockayne and took a return pass to touch down, with Paul Sykes kicking the goal.

The Wildcats spurned other chances, with substitute Frankie Mariano twice spilling passes with the defensive line breached, and Leeds captain Kevin Sinfield crucially knocking down Cockayne's final pass with the tryline beckoning.

Leeds were clearly rattled at that stage and it was only the class of Kallum Watkins that kept them in the game by half-time.

He sliced between Sykes and Cockayne to get Rob Burrow over on 22 minutes and demonstrated brilliant footwork and evasive skills again 28 seconds from the interval to create a second try for the diminutive hooker.

Sinfield's second goal made it 12-10 but the Wildcats were back in front within two minutes of the re-start when replacement hooker Kyle Wood freed Mariano and he got Mathers over for his side's third try.

Sykes' second conversion put the visitors into a 16-12 lead but again the champions struck back, this time with their best rugby of the match.

Wakefield loose forward Danny Washbrook saved a certain try when he got back to halt Leeds left winger Ryan Hall after a 70-metre run. But his defenders could not regroup quickly enough to prevent right winger Jones-Bishop collecting Sinfield's pinpoint kick to grab his first try.

Sinfield's third goal edged his side back in front and, with their tails up, the champions piled the pressure on visibly tiring opponents.

It was no surprise when the Rhinos scored again, quicksilver Burrow opening up the Wakefield defence with his trademark jink to get McGuire over for a fourth try.

Hardaker then went 80 metres to bring the 9,034 crowd to its feet with a glorious score after picking up a dropped pass by Wakefield prop Andy Raleigh close to his own line.

Sinfield's fifth goal made it 30-14 but Wakefield battled to the end, scoring again when Lauitiiti touched down Tim Smith's grubber kick.

However, Leeds were in total control by then and Jones-Bishop touched down twice in three minutes to complete his hat-trick, Watkins providing the final pass each time, and Sinfield took his goal tally to seven from as many attempts.

Match Action

  • 75m
    goal

    Kevin Sinfield

    Leeds

  • 74m
    try

    Ben Jones-Bishop

    Leeds

  • 72m
    goal

    Kevin Sinfield

    Leeds

  • 71m
    try

    Ben Jones-Bishop

    Leeds

  • 70m
    interchange_on

    Chris Clarkson

    Leeds

  • 70m
    interchange_off

    Brett Delaney

    Leeds

  • 69m
    interchange_on

    Shaun Lunt

    Leeds

  • 69m
    interchange_off

    Ryan Bailey

    Leeds

  • 68m
    try

    Ali Lauitiiti

    Wakefield

  • 65m
    goal

    Kevin Sinfield

    Leeds

  • 64m
    try

    Zak Hardaker

    Leeds

  • 62m
    goal

    Kevin Sinfield

    Leeds

  • 61m
    try

    Danny McGuire

    Leeds

  • 54m
    interchange_on

    Paul Johnson

    Wakefield

  • 54m
    interchange_off

    Danny Kirmond

    Wakefield

  • 49m
    goal

    Kevin Sinfield

    Leeds

  • 48m
    try

    Ben Jones-Bishop

    Leeds

  • 42m
    goal

    Paul Sykes

    Wakefield

  • 41m
    try

    Richie Mathers

    Wakefield

  • 40m
    goal

    Kevin Sinfield

    Leeds

  • 39m
    try

    Rob Burrow

    Leeds

  • 37m
    interchange_off

    Ali Lauitiiti

    Wakefield

  • 37m
    interchange_on

    Frankie Mariano

    Wakefield

  • 32m
    goal

    Paul Sykes

    Wakefield

  • 31m
    try

    Lee Smith

    Wakefield

  • 30m
    interchange_on

    Darrell Griffin

    Leeds

  • 30m
    interchange_off

    Jamie Jones-Buchanan

    Leeds

  • 24m
    goal

    Kevin Sinfield

    Leeds

  • 23m
    try

    Rob Burrow

    Leeds

  • 21m
    interchange_off

    Andy Ellis

    Wakefield

  • 21m
    interchange_on

    Kyle Wood

    Wakefield

  • 18m
    interchange_on

    Stevie Ward

    Leeds

  • 18m
    interchange_off

    Kylie Leuluai

    Leeds

  • 16m
    interchange_on

    Oliver Wilkes

    Wakefield

  • 16m
    interchange_off

    Kyle Amor

    Wakefield

  • 14m
    try

    Ben Cockayne

    Wakefield