Leeds Rhinos boss Brian McDermott described the 31-24 derby win at Wakefield Trinity Wildcats as a great advert for Super League.
A see-sawing encounter wasn’t sealed until Rob Burrow nipped over for a solo try, which returning skipper Kevin Sinfield converted after the hooter had gone.
McDermott said: “I enjoyed it. The two teams really had a dig, it was a big contest.
“It was very dramatic towards the back end in the final 20 minutes.
“It was very topsey-turvey, Wakefield never gave in and I am proud to say we never gave in. That result could have gone either way. Had Wakefield won that game I wouldn’t have had too much grievance.
“I thought Wakefield played really well. They probably deserved something from that game, they had a huge dig.”
McDermott admitted Sinfield’s return from a five-game injury lay-off gave Leeds a major lift. The skipper converted all five tries and landed a drop goal.
Teenager winger James Duckworth scored a debut try after earning a call-up following impressive performances in the under-19s.
McDermott said: His game’s based on how big he is and the strength of his carry and I am pleased he’s brought that into the first team as well.”
Wakefield boss Richard Agar said his side “just weren’t smart enough at crucial times”.
He was pleased with Wildcats’ effort, but said: “”I’s one we’re not happy with. We felt we didn’t learn the lessons from last week. At crucial times we came ujp with some poor players and wrong decisions.
“We had pole position once we went in front and we felt we lost it, rather than they won it.”
Agar refused to blame the loss of captain Danny Kirmond, who withdrew after the warm-up due to a knee injury, for his side’s defeat.