10th August 2017, 22:27 | super_league
Jacob Miller enjoyed a dream comeback as Wakefield Trinity boosted their fading play-off hopes with a 38-6 rout of West Yorkshire rivals Leeds Rhinos at Belle Vue.
Trinity, one of the season's surprise packages, had fallen away in recent weeks but they returned to form in style against an out-of-sorts Rhinos.
Miller had been a big miss for Wakefield during their poor run but his return from a broken leg was key to Chris Chester’s side climbing back into the top four.
Joe Arundel’s early effort set the tone for a dominant first-half performance by Wakefield as further tries from Ben Jones-Bishop, Scott Grix and Miller gave them a 26-6 lead at the break.
Adam Cuthbertson’s 10th-minute leveller was all Leeds had to show from a disappointing opening 40 minutes and it got little better for the Rhinos after the break with Matty Ashurst and Bill Tupou completing Wakefield’s biggest Betfred Super League win over their neighbours.
Wakefield coach Chester said: "We’ve copped some criticism over the last seven days and rightly so because the performance last week wasn’t to the standards we’ve set ourselves. But we answered a few questions tonight.
"We’ve shown with this performance tonight we’re not here to make the numbers up. We've got as good a chance as anybody competing for the top four."
Leeds coach Brian McDermott said: "Wakefield were really good. They were up for the fight and doing the tough stuff.
"We started off okay but we started to look for answers with too many passes and offloads, although that's not why we lost.
"It’s been a while since we’ve been beaten significantly like that."