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Wakefield Trinity v Leeds Rhinos Preview
Wakefield Trinity welcome their near neighbours and big rivals the Leeds Rhinos down the M1 motorway to the capital of West Yorkshire for a derby game that always tends to entertain.
Wakefield have often been overshadowed by Leeds down the years and in terms of facilities, budgets and player quality but as has been time and time again, when it comes to local derbies all of that goes out of the window and anything can happen on any given day.
Wakefield do have great quality and can take on and defeat anybody on their day and whilst they do struggle with consistency, if they can perform near there best, they may have too much for a Leeds team who themselves struggle to play at anywhere near 100% for the whole 80 minutes of a game.
This is one of those games that always has a great buzz around it and always see’s the players step up and give us great entertainment and when you throw into the mix just how important these games are for the fans in this part of West Yorkshire and you have all of the ingredients needed for a high quality 80 minutes of rugby league action.
With limited to no facilities, poor views for fans and open stands that allow any atmosphere developed by the supporters to escape, it is up to the players to motivate themselves.
With the buzz in the build up to this derby and the importance to the fans, the players will know the importance of the game and that should see them perform.
Wakefield Trinity v Leeds Rhinos Prediction
Here at RLBet, we give out predict for who we think will win and also what we think the winning margin will be but don’t forget that the unpredictable nature of the Super League, this should only be seen as our view.
Each and every match between these West Yorkshire rivals is hugely important to both sets of fans in terms of local bragging rights, but as you would likely expect from 2 teams with the incredible history that these 2 have, there have been a number of matches that have been important on a national and county level.
One of the biggest matches between the 2 sides came in the 1967-68 season when they faced off in the Challenge Cup final.
In match played on a waterlogged pitch at the old Wembley Stadium, the match would go down as one of the most historic is the sports history not just because Leeds ran out the winners by just 1 single point in a 11-10 victory but because of the last minute missed conversion by Wakefield.
With the match and the cup there for the taking, Wakefield’s Don Fox, who had just been named the Lance Todd winner for his man of the match performance, stepped up to take a kick in front of the posts but his foot gave way as he struck the ball and he missed.
That cost Wakey the win and the image of water splashing around his legs as he missed gave the game the iconic name of the ‘Watersplash Final’.
The 2 sides have also met at the county level including the 1932-33 Yorkshire Cup final, when it was Leeds who thrashed Trinity by 8 points to 0 in a match played at Fartown Stadium in Huddersfield.
In the 1934-35 the 2 sides made history as they not only drew the first game 5-5 to send it to a replay but they then went on to draw the replay 2-2 to send the final to a second replay.
The first game was played at Crown Flatt Stadium in Dewsbury with the replay played at Fartown Stadium in Huddersfield.
The second replay was played at Parkside in Hunslet where it was Leeds who finally prevailed thanks to a 13-0 win.
It took until the 1947-48 season for the 2 sides to meet once again and incredibly this final also went to a replay when they drew 7-7 at Fartown Stadium in Huddersfield.
In the replay, played at Odsal Stadium in Bradford, it was Wakey who prevailed by the smallest of margins when they won the match 8-7.
In the 1958-59 season, Leeds gained some revenge with a 24-20 win at Odsal Stadium in Bradford but Wakey soon overturned that with a win in the 1961-62 Yorkshire Cup final when they defeated Leeds 19-9, also at Odsal Stadium.
Trinity defeated their big city rivals once again in the 1964-65 county cup final by a score of 18-2 at Fartown Stadium in Huddersfield.
It wasn’t until the 1973-74 season for the 2 sides to meet in the final of the same competition once again where it was Leeds who ran out the winners by 7 points to 2 in a match they hosted at Headingley Stadium.