Half-back Danny McGuire was the toast of Leeds after becoming Super League's all-time leading tryscorer in the Rhinos' 42-20 win over Wakefield at Headingley.
The 29-year-old equalled former Leeds team-mate Keith Senior's record of 199 tries last month and went past him in Saturday's elimination play-off. McGuire's landmark 200th try, on his 257th Super League appearance, capped an impressive second-half performance as Leeds three times came from behind to secure a trip to Catalan in next Friday's preliminary semi-final.
"It's a really special moment," McGuire said. "It's an honour to be the top tryscorer in Super League. Hopefully there's plenty more in me and more in me for this season."
McGuire's 60th minute try came from a break by lively hooker Rob Burrow, whose two first-half tries had kept Leeds in touch with the Wildcats, who had dominated much of the play.
Former Leeds Grand Final winners Richard Mathers, Lee Smith and Ali Lauitiiti all scored tries as Wakefield played their full part in a thoroughly entertaining match and threatened to spring a shock before finally running out of steam.
Leeds trailed 16-12 early in the second half but winger Ben Jones-Bishop collected a brilliant kick from Kevin Sinfield to put his side back in front before completing a hat-trick as the champions finished with a flourish.
"It was a tough one," Rhinos coach Brian McDermott said. "Wakefield brought their full package tonight, they didn't die wondering. They pushed us and we had to find out a little bit about ourselves during that first half. The scoreline probably is a bit flattering but it's pleasing to stay strong throughout that game."
At 30-20 with 10 minutes to go, Wakefield still had a chance to win it when loose forward Danny Washbrook broke clear but his pass was intercepted and Leeds made the most of the let-off.
Coach Richard Agar, who had guided his side to a record seven-match winning run at the end of the regular Super League season, admitted that fatigue finally caught up with them but could not be more proud of their achievements in his season.
"Energy got us," he said. "Our effort was not in question. We knew we needed to be really good tonight. We just didn't quite execute to the level that we needed to and where we have this year."
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