7 Jun 2019

Leeds nil Wakefield

Tui Lolohea scored a spectacular long-range try as Leeds Rhinos beat Wakefield Trinity 10-0 to register back-to-back Betfred Super League victories for the first time this season.

The Rhinos have endured a traumatic campaign after Dave Furner was sacked after just 14 games at the helm, with Richard Agar being placed in interim charge.

But former Hull FC and Wakefield boss Agar has now presided over successive wins against London Broncos and Trinity to boost Leeds’ hopes of avoiding relegation.

Two penalties from Liam Sutcliffe put the visitors 4-0 up at half-time and Tonga full-back Lolohea, a close-season signing from Wests Tigers, then struck with a fine long-range effort in the 54th minute.

That proved enough to see off Wakefield’s challenge as the Rhinos produced their best defensive display of the season to secure the points in a rain-soaked affair.

Agar said: “We’ve got to put it into perspective because some of the pressure that came our way in the first half was probably brought on by ourselves.

“But to focus on the positives, I’m just really proud of the effort and thought the commitment to each other defensively, even at times when we got broken, was superb.

“The accountability and discipline was great. It was always going to be a difficult night given the very, very tough conditions, so we always thought it was going to be a close game.

“I thought we had a couple more chances but as Wakefield always do, they came back and threw plenty at us.

“We’ve shown some frailties a number of times this year, so to come through it, and to nil any team, albeit in those conditions, against a fantastic team like Wakefield at home, hopefully we can draw a lot from that and get some steps on the back of what we did tonight.”

Wakefield boss Chris Chester said: “I thought the performance was good but our execution was horrendous.

“We started the game really well and kicked really well but had some poor errors and ill discipline.”

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