11:15pm Monday 18th June 2012
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Ben Jones-Bishop grabbed a hat-trick of tries to help Leeds return to winning ways as they edged past Wakefield 44-40 in a try feast at Headingley.
The England Knights winger was one of 10 Rhinos players backing up from international duty 48 hours earlier and the Stobart Super League champions needed all their big guns to end Wakefield's three-match winning run as Zak Hardaker, Jamie Jones-Buchanan, Weller Hauraki and Carl Ablett also crossed.
With both sides scoring seven tries, Ben Cockayne, Tim Smith, Dean Collis, Ali Lauitiiti, Kyle Trout, Oliver Wilkes and Peter Fox went over for the visitors, the difference was provided by the boot of Rhinos captain Kevin Sinfield, who kicked eight goals from as many attempts, including a crucial penalty on 65 minutes.
Wakefield stand-off Paul Sykes also enjoyed a 100% record with the boot as he declined to attempt to convert winger Fox's 79th-minute try in order to save time for an unsuccessful late victory bid.
The champions had no answer to the offloads of exciting hooker Paul Aiton and former Leeds favourite Lauitiiti yet they raced into a 12-0 lead inside the opening 10 minutes thanks to tries from Hardaker and Jones Bishop.
Cockayne and Smith levelled the scores before Collis' try put them ahead.
With neither defence showing any signs of getting their act together, Leeds levelled through second rower Jones-Buchanan before Lauitiiti became a tryscorer for the third successive match. The scores were tied once more when Ablett got Jones-Bishop over for his second try three minutes before half-time.
It was a similar story after the break, with Wakefield second rower Trout scoring his first try of the season following a sustained spell of pressure on the Rhinos line. Leeds duly equalised when Hauraki crashed over and they regained the lead on the hour when Jones-Bishop raced onto Sinfield's kick to complete his hat-trick.
Sinfield put two scores between the sides five minutes later with a penalty awarded for dissent and it looked to be crucial as the visitors scored again through impressive prop Wilkes.
However, Ablett powered his way through a tiring Wakefield defence for his side's seventh try six minutes from the end before Fox grabbed what proved to be a consolation effort.
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