The Rhinos opened the scoring through Scott Donald early in the game, with tries from Jordan Tansey and Matt Diskin giving the home side a 16-4 advantage at the interval; Wakefield’s reply coming from Jason Demetriou.
However, Leeds had the final say of an entertaining encounter with Ryan Hall grabbing a try on the hooter, and the departing Willie Poching kicking a long-range conversion in his final game for the club.
Having lost the last two Boxing Day games against Widnes, the Wolves were in no mood to lose for the third year in a row, and ran in ten tries to claim a crushing 62-6 win over their derby rivals.
New signing Paul Johnson was the first to score, with a brace apiece for Stuart Reardon and Chris Reilly, and further tries for Brent Grose, Lee Briers (who also kicked seven goals), Richie Barnett, Mark Gleeson and Kevin Penny.
Young winger Scott Yates was the try scorer for the Vikings, who will have to see a marked improvement in their defence.
A young Tigers side took to the field and were 10-0 down to Rovers by the half-time interval, and despite tries by Kirk Dixon and Michael Shenton pulling the score back to 10-8, Featherstone had the final say with a try from Jamie Benn sealing the win.
Four men were sent to the bin in the second half – three of them Dewsbury players – and this was to the home side’s advantage, Alex Clemie grabbing their first try and giving them the lead, before a last-minute touch-down from Phil Farrell to settle the game.