Leeds Rhinos got their 2022 season off to a winning start with a 34-6 Boxing Day victory over Wakefield Trinity at Headingley Stadium.
It was the first outing for Rhinos new halfback duo of Blake Austin and Aidan Sezer while James Bentley also featured. Jack Sinfield – son of Leeds legend Kevin – also came on in the second half as an interchange.
Wakefield also had a few new signings included in their side such as John Davetanivalu while Kobe Poching was on the bench – son of former Rhino and current Wakefield Head Coach Willie.
What a way to end the year! 🏉
Big win for @leedsrhinos and a day to remember for the 150 youngsters who got to play on the pitch and wave the flags ahead of kick off.
After 2 years without matchday activity, it was a sight to behold! Thanks to everyone who took part! 👏🤩 pic.twitter.com/gvQyS89NT4
— Leeds Rhinos Foundation (@RugbyLeeds) December 26, 2021
It was Wakefield who opened the scoring through Lewis Murphy however they wouldn’t cross again after their early score.
New arrival Sezer scored Leeds’ first try of the afternoon before Ash Handley crossed for a double either side of half-time.
Centre Harry Newman would also notch a brace in the second half before Tom Briscoe rounded out the scoring.