Wakefield Trinity Wildcats suffered their second defeat to Leeds Rhinos in a week as they went down 42-6 at Headingley Carnegie in the First Utility Super League.
After his team’s 60-6 loss to Rhinos in the Tetley’s Challenge Cup last weekend, Wildcats boss Richard Agar was hoping for an improved performance but the rematch was dominated by Leeds.
Shortly after Wildcats’ Ali Lauitiiti had left the field with an injury, Liam Sutcliffe gave the hosts the lead with a try converted by Kevin Sinfield.
Ryan Hall added another try three minutes later when he leaped onto Rob Burrow’s kick to touch-down and Sinfield again added the extras.
Rhinos continued to press Wildcats back and Tom Briscoe raced over on 24 minutes, Sinfield converting, to make it 18-0 with 24 minutes played.
The visitors produced some valiant defending as the first half drew to a close but the pressure finally told when Carl Ablett crossed two minutes before the break.
Sinfield maintained his 100 per-cent record with the conversion to make it 24-0 at the interval.
Jamie Peacock celebrated his 500th appearance with the hosts’ fifth try on the hour and Sinfield converted to make it 30-0.
The Leeds skipper was on target with a conversion again when Chris Clarkson touched-down.
There was finally something for the visiting fans to cheer when Jarrod Sammut crossed and converted his own try eight minutes from time.
However, Leeds hit back and Burrow went through a tired defence to score. Sinfield’s goal wrapped-up the scoring at 42-6.