Leeds moved seven points clear at Super League's summit with a vintage display that saw Danny McGuire claim a fine hat-trick and Kevin Sinfield equal Andy Farrell's scoring record.
The Rhinos demonstrated their full range of devastating attacking options on their way to a 36-6 half-time lead as Wakefield were cruelly outclassed. Leeds gave a home debut to Eric Anselme and were further boosted by the return of Brent Webb, the Kiwi full-back. However, it was two homegrown talents that helped the hosts establish an early lead, McGuire latching on to Carl Ablett's pass to finish a fine move started by Matt Diskin.
Sinfield's conversion ensured he equalled Farrell's feat of scoring in 48 successive rounds of Super League. Wakefield's Sam Obst levelled the scores, but Anselme followed up his debut try against Bradford with another strong effort after slipping free of Jamie Rooney's grasp. The Frenchman's score opened the floodgates with four more tries in 10 minutes before half time to give Leeds a 30-point buffer.
Carl Ablett continued the rout before McGuire completed his treble. Diskin went over from close range and Keith Senior's second finished the scoring, meaning Danny Brough's effort counted for little.
Leeds: Webb; Hall, Ellis, Senior, Donald; McGuire, Burrow; Leuluai, Diskin, Peacock, Ablett, Anselme, Sinfield. Substitutes used: Tansey, Scruton, Worrall, Bailey.
Wakefield: Blaymire; Blanch, Martin, Atkins, Grix; Rooney, Brough; Moore, Obst, Wilkes, MacGillivray, Golden, Sculthorpe. Substitutes used: Dale, Bibey, Leo-Latu, Drew.
Referee: R Silverwood (Mirfield).Reuse content