Brian McDermott hit out at the RFL’s match officials department after being frustrated by what he believed were Wakefield’s ‘spoiling’ tactics in this one-sided clash.
Leeds’s 11 try win secured their place in the Engage Super League play-offs, with Ryan Hall claiming a hat-trick, Danny McGuire crossing twice and Ali Lauitiiti marking his Headingley farewell with a popular touchdown.
But that did little to appease McDermott, who was seething with the sport’s current rules and regulations.
McDermott said: “If anybody wants this game to progress to where we all think it should progress to, where people are just gob-smacked by the skill and spectacle on show, then our attitude towards dominant teams needs to change.
“That was reffed at the lowest common denominator. It was almost like ‘let’s feel sorry for the opposition’. I would say there were 20 occasions where he could have penalised them (Wakefield) for holding down, and all it did was just make it a frustrating second half for everybody.
“It wasn’t Ben Thaler’s fault as an individual – it’s our sport and the governing body. Their attitude, instruction and the edicts that come from above allow people to spoil and get away with it.
“Penalise them out of the game and there’ll be some ugly score-lines, but the coaches and the players will have to adjust. At the moment Wakefield don’t have to adjust because they had some success with their tactics. Rant over.”
Ryan Tongia grabbed Trinity’s solitary first-half try as the hosts built up a 28-4 lead, and Leeds never looked back.
Lauitiiti went over from McGuire’s inside pass four minutes after the restart to lift the roof off Headingley’s South Stand.
McDermott added: “I’m really pleased with the fellas. They were in a dark place last week and we were pretty determined to do something special tonight.
“From one to 17, everyone ran with determination – and we could have scored a few more points as well.”
Wakefield boss John Kear said: “We made early tackle errors and that’s a pretty simple recipe for disaster.”