Leeds Rhinos put paid to Wakefield Trinity Wildcats’ hopes of staying at the top of the engage Super League table for another 24 hours with a 32-26 win at Belle Vue on Friday night.
Bradford Bulls currently sit atop the league table, but that could all change when they travel to Harlequins on Saturday afternoon, or when Hull Kingston Rovers face Warrington Wolves on Sunday.
The Rhinos blitzed their opponents in the first half, tries from Scott Donald, Keith Senior, Jordan Tansey and Danny McGuire putting the visitors 24-0 up after just half an hour of play.
Wakefield’s ill-discipline did not help the cause: the Wildcats conceded 12 penalties and saw both Olivier Elima and Paul March sent to the bin inside an opening half hour that eventually cost them the game.
However, Ben Jeffries’ touch down on the stroke of half time gave the home side some hope, and a brace of tries after the break from Peter Fox and one from Ryan Atkins reduced the deficit to 24-20.
There seemed to be a dramatic comeback on the cards, but Ryan bailey’s try for the Rhinos combined with the binning of Richard Moore put paid to any hopes of Wakefield sneaking the win.
Atkins added his second touch down of the evening, but the cause was lost; Rob Burrow and Kevin Sinfield both kicked penalties in the closing moments to settle the game in Leeds’s favour.