Leeds Rhinos 15 Wakefield Trinity 13: Chris Chester “proud”, but a penalty in extra time for Wakefield without a win Yorkshire News

Wakefield Trinity didn’t get any last night, as they suffered a seventh loss in a row under the most cruel of circumstances.

The desperate Leeds Rhinos, on a five-game losing streak, secured victory with a penalty in the second minute of extra time at Golden Point after Konrad Hurrell’s mountainous charge got them into position.

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As Leeds moved closer through King Vuniyayawa, Jay Pitts, Trinity’s second row, ripped possession of the Rhinos player, but the tackle was controversially deemed to have already been completed.

Referee Robert Hicks gave a penalty that Rhyse Martin simply converted.

There had already been drama in the final stages of this West Yorkshire derby.

Mason Lino’s 75th minute penalty had leveled the game at 12-12, but his teammate Tini Arona threw a terrible pass from the restart to concede possession and gave Luke Gale, on his return from a fractured thumb. , the opportunity to place a drop immediately. objective.

However, Wakefield, who had defended superbly for most of the match, found enough energy to gain position for Lino to call his own just one point, but they still needed Max Jowitt to charge up another attempt from Gale with the final play. .

Konrad Hurrell of Leeds Rhinos celebrates his try (BRUCE ROLLINSON)

The loss was tough for Chris Chester, the Trinity coach who this week admitted he did not know if his contract would be extended into 2022.

His players clearly showed here that they are fighting for him, especially given the situation they are in tonight.

They lost hooker Jordan Crowther to an injury in the opening exchanges and then saw prop David Fifita trudge with a rib problem shortly after entering first period.

Add in the fact that Trinity saw his first-choice hooker, Kyle Wood, wake up with a calf injury in Thursday’s final practice session and you could understand why Chester must have feared the worst.

Wakefield’s Olly Ashall-Bott is well received by the Leeds Rhinos defenders. (BRUCE ROLLINSON)

Admittedly they led 10-6 at halftime, the first time they led at halftime this season.

However, they had spent most of the first period defending, and Leeds had most of the best field position.

Fortunately for Trinity, Richard Agar’s side was very misplaced with his execution and it resembled a side that had babbled this term so much.

The return of England scrum half Gale brought some order to his game, but there was still not enough precision.

Liam Sutcliffe of Leeds Rhinos on the attack. (BRUCE ROLLINSON)

Every time Luke Sutcliffe looked to attack Wakefield’s left edge, his side seemed to be wrong, Hurrell coughed up one of his passes and Martin soon did the same.

They turned down an early penalty shot only to see the generally dependable Matt Prior spill the game and when Brad Dwyer, starting at the hooker in place of Kruise Leeming, got on the line, he too lost control.

To be fair, Wakefield defended his own line admirably in the opening exchanges, showing remarkable stamina as they held out for four straight sets, then scored with their first attack of the night in the 19th minute.

Where Leeds lacked sharpness, Chester’s side showed much as the excellent Joe Westerman, Lino and, with the final pass, Max Jowitt, linked up to put Liam Kay in the left corner for the season winger’s first attempt.

Lino failed to convert and then sent a pass to Westerman on the restart set, the kind of rudimentary mistake that has been hurting Chester’s side so much.

However, Leeds failed to capitalize – Hurrell spilled – and, instead, Trinity added a second try.

Rhyse Martin from Leeds Rhinos bursts in to try. (BRUCE ROLLINSON)

Reece Lyne was out of options when England center hit a grubber, but the generally infallible Ash Handley couldn’t clean up the kick and Lino kicked to score.

Once again the Samoan couldn’t improve, however, and Leeds responded when Prior stole the ball from Kelepi Tanginona, Sutcliffe this time running sensibly towards the line and Martin finally took the lead.

By his high standards, Tanginoa had a difficult night; earlier, the pillar sent a forward pass without pressure and, in the second half, conceded a penalty in possession on his own 20 meters after being offended by something Alex Mellor did in the entrance.

It was the kind of bad discipline that his team, which had extended its lead with a Lino penalty, couldn’t afford to muster.

Yes, their team was so energetic on defense, they put Sutcliffe in touch from that penalty, and, in the first period, they supported Morgan Gannon and Jack Broadbent with some superb efforts.

In the second period, they also managed to hold onto Hurrell after Eddie Battye couldn’t play the ball properly, but it was inevitable that all the energy expended on that aspect of their game would eventually come back to haunt them.

Jack Broadbent passed, but the Leeds side saw his effort …

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This notice was published: 2021-05-14 23:15:19