sport news Leeds 18-35: Wakefield: Tom Johnston ruins Rhinos return to Headingley

Leeds 18-35: Wakefield Trinity: Tom Johnston ruins Rhinos' return to Headingley with 12-minute hat-trick Leeds returned to Headingley on Friday but it was not a happy homecoming The Rhinos were beaten 35-18 at their new-look base by Wakefield Trinity Wakefield winger Tom Johnstone stole the show with a 12-minute hat-trick

By Ian Laybourn, Press Association Sport

Published: 01:32 GMT, 2 March 2019 | Updated: 01:32 GMT, 2 March 2019

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Wakefield winger Tom Johnstone ruined Leeds' homecoming with a 12-minute hat-trick of tries in a 35-18 victory at a new-look Headingley.

The Rhinos opted to start their Betfred Super League campaign with four away matches to enable the £45million redevelopment work to continue and had high hopes of improving their fortunes on their eagerly-awaited return.

They had the encouragement of an early try from winger Ash Handley but the game turned on the tryscoring heroics of Johnstone, who made his England debut last October and must be a candidate for the Lions tour on the evidence of his performance.

Wakefield Trinity beat Leeds Rhinos 35-18 in the Super League at a new-look Headingley

Wakefield Trinity beat Leeds Rhinos 35-18 in the Super League at a new-look Headingley

His first-half treble enabled Trinity to establish a 22-10 interval lead which was more than enough for the visitors to consolidate, thanks largely to the game management of veteran half-back Danny Brough, who finished with 15 points from a try, five goals and a drop goal.

Wakefield, who gave a first appearance of the season to burly forward Pauli Pauli, kept a tight rein on Leeds dangerman Konrad Hurrell and were 35-10 up before conceding two late tries.

Leeds switched Tui Lolohea to full-back on his home debut after Jack Walker

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