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Leeds beat Wakefield 44-40 in Super League

Ben Jones-Bishop scored a hat-trick as Super League champions Leeds beat Yorkshire rivals Wakefield Trinity 44-40 at Headingley on Monday.
Leeds beat Wakefield 44-40 in Super League
by NRL

LONDON, June 18 AFP - Ben Jones-Bishop scored a hat-trick as Super League champions Leeds beat Yorkshire rivals Wakefield Trinity 44-40 at Headingley on Monday.

The winger's haul was instrumental in Leeds, also the World Club Challenge champions, ending Wakefield's three-match winning streak.

Both teams scored seven tries but the difference came from the boot of Leeds captain Kevin Sinfield, who kicked eight goals from as many attempts including a 65th-minute penalty.

Wakefield's Paul Sykes was also on target with all his goals but declined to convert winger Peter Fox's 79th-minute try to save time for a desperate late victory bid.

Leeds' win, in a fixture held over from February because of their involvement in the World Club Challenge, was only their second in six league matches but it was enough to return them to the top eight at the expense of Bradford.

And Leeds coach Brian McDermott was delighted by the way his side, which featured several players backing up from international duty 48 hours earlier in England's match against the Exiles, had twice come from behind to beat an in-form Wakefield.

"They are a team who have got momentum and they clearly came here to play," Rhinos chief McDermott said of the Wildcats.

"I thought we looked nervous and edgy. We were anxious in the early stages and conceded some soft tries. We had one structured attacking set in the whole of the first half which is unusual.

"We had to get ourselves off the canvas and we did that. It was always going to be a tough game, given that we had 10 players backing up.

"It doesn't fix everything but it was a very encouraging win."

Meanwhile Wakefield boss Richard Agar was left contemplating how his side had achieved the particularly impressive feat, for a visiting team at Headingley, of scoring 40 points yet still finished on the losing side.

"To score 40 points at Headingley and not get the win is a tough one for us to take," he said.

"We played some very positive stuff with the ball. We were very much the bearer of gifts and those gifts converted into 18 points. They didn't have to work at all for those 18 points.

"We made some uncharacteristic errors but I thought our offence was outstanding," Agar added.




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