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Last Updated: Sunday, 1 August, 2004, 16:05 GMT 17:05 UK
Leeds 46-28 Wakefield
MATCH FACTS
Leeds 46 (18)
Tries: Ward, Poching 2, McGuire, Burrow 2, Senior, McKenna
Goals: Sinfield 6, Burrow
Wakefield 28 (10)
Tries: Rooney, Wainwright, Solomona, Demetriou 2, Jeffries
Goals: March, Rooney
Att: 15,629
Danny McGuire notched a new Tetley's Super League record to strengthen Leeds' hold on top spot in the table.

The Rhinos stand-off took his season's tally to 29 tries to break Paul Newlove's record set in 1996 when the Test centre was at St Helens.

With seven games of the regular season left McGuire has a golden chance to set a record that will take some beating.

Wakefield battled hard and led briefly in the first half but once Leeds hit their stride there was no way back.

The Wildcats have now lost 12 games in a row to the Rhinos.

They withstood tremendous early pressure with winger Michael Wainwright twice saving his side with a ferocious cover tackle Ali Lautiit and then kicking a Chris McKenna grubber kick dead.

They have beaten a couple of big teams so I am pleased to get the two points
Leeds coach Tony Smith
But the Rhinos' onslaught paid off in the 14th minute when giant prop Danny Ward barged his way over from 10 yards out to chalk up his first try of the season.

Wakefield hit back within two minutes through a clever piece of thinking from scrum-half Ben Jeffries, whose grubber kick from 20 yards out allowed scrum- half Jamie Rooney to race through and score.

Rooney then turned provider on 27 minutes with his pass allowing Wainwright to touch down in the corner and put Wakefield 10-6 ahead.

Dominance

But Leeds replied within 60 seconds through Poching and Kevin Sinfield's goal regained the lead.

Slick handling after 32 minutes by Marcus Bai and Keith Senior created an opening for Richie Mathers, who took it on before flicking it to McGuire for the stand-off's record-breaking 29th try of the season.

The Rhinos' dominance continued after the break with two quick-fire tries.

I was happy with the effort but not the execution. We dropped too much ball
Cats coach Shane McNally
Matt Diskin's grubber kick caught the Wildcats defence out and Poching reacted quickest for his second try of the afternoon before Sinfield sent Rob Burrow over under the posts.

Tries by Wakefield's David Solomona and Jason Demetriou cut the deficit to 10 points only for Leeds to hit back on 57 minutes when McGuire sent Senior over.

Chris McKenna added the Rhinos' seventh try on the hour before a late touchdown by Burrow underlined the home side's dominance.

Wakefield grabbed late consolations through Jeffries and Demetriou, the latter intercepting a pass from Senior before racing 90 metres to score in the corner.


Leeds: Mathers, Cummins, McKenna, Senior, Bai, McGuire, Dunemann, Ward, Diskin, Bailey, Poching, Lauiti'iti, Sinfield.
Replacements: Burrow, McDonald, Adamson, McDermott.

Wakefield: M. Field, Ryder, Demetriou, Domic, Wainwright, Rooney, Jeffries, Blake, March, Korkidas, Solomona, J. Field, Spicer.
Replacements: Handforth, Elima, Applegarth, MacGillivray.

Referee: Steve Ganson (St Helens)




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