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Leeds Rhinos 14 St Helens 18

22nd July 2006

By Leeds Rhinos

The Rhinos went down 18-14 to St Helens at Headingley Carnegie in a gripping contest in front of a capacity crowd of 17,700.

The Rhinos went down 18-14 to St Helens at Headingley Carnegie in a gripping contest in front of a capacity crowd of 17,700. St Helens played the last 15 minutes with just 12 men when Jamie Lyon was sent off for a high shot on Rob Burrow but in the end it was two tries from Lee Gilmour that proved the difference. Both teams had surprises in their starting line ups. Youngsters Jordan Tansey and Ashley Gibson came into the starting line up for the Rhinos whilst Great Britain star Sean Long was ruled out for Saints by a late fitness test. The game started in the kind of tempo expected with first versus second with the Rhinos best attacks coming down the right hand side with Walker and Ellis combining whilst Saints put pressure on the Rhinos with deep kicks.

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The Rhinos opened the scoring after 16 minutes when Danny McGuire produced a great offload out of the tackle from Cunningham. He found Ellis, who burst through on a great angle before wrong footing Wellens to score outwide. Sinfield then added the conversion to score his 500th goal in the Super League regular seasons. The league leaders then hit back within two minutes when Maurie Fa'asavula forced his way over from dummy half and was awarded the try by video ref Ian Ollerton with the benefit of the doubt. Jamie Lyon added the conversion to level the score after 19 minutes. St Helens mounted plenty of pressure on the Leeds line, twice being held up over the line however just as it seemed like they would get a second score, Vinnie Anderson could not control a short ball and Keith Senior intercepted before galloping 80 metres up field, passed the despairing dive of Gardner, to slide over and score. Sinfield added the conversion to make it 12-6.

Leeds could have gone further in front in the next set, Millard producing a brilliant 40:20 kick but the pressure came to nothing as the ball went loose three tackles out of the scrum. The Rhinos did extend the lead after 37 minutes from a penalty. Chev Walker had dived backwards to get a loose ball when Willie Talau came in to complete the tackle, there was a stand off between the two before Talau through three connecting punches to Walker's head. Remarkably both were sin binned however Sinfield kicked the penalty to give the Rhinos an eight point lead. However, on the hooter Saints brought it back to a two point margin when Lee Gilmour made the most of the extremely wet conditions to slide in from eight metres out. Lyon added the conversion to end the half with Leeds leading 14-12.

The second half started in unconventional style with the Rhinos kicking back to Saints straight away after receiving the restart and the first ten minutes continued in that vein. Both teams looking for a way to open up the opposition and some sensational rugby in near torrential rain. Referee Ashley Klein seemed to be losing his grip on the game with a number of strange decisions for both sides. It was become inevitable that one of those decisions may decide the outcome of the game. It certainly had a big influence when Saints were awarded the ball when Klein adjudged Ali Lauitiiti had knocked on although replays suggested that the ball was stripped in a two man tackle. From the next set Cunningham set Gilmour away through a gap with a great cut out pass and Gilmour cut back inside to beat Tansey to score. Lyon added the conversion to give Saints the lead for the first time after 63 minutes.

Two minutes later Saints were reduced to 12 men when Jamie Lyon was sent off for a high shot on Rob Burrow after the scrum half had kicked through. High shots had been a characteristic of Saints play all afternoon and it was no surprise when someone was eventually removed although Lyon can count himself unlucky as there appeared to be no real malice in his actions. However, there was to be no last gasp victory for the Rhinos as Saints wound down the clock and ended up the victors in a titanic battle. The Rhinos had a try ruled out for Ashley Gibson with five minutes remaining, Klein adjudging that Lauitiiti's last pass was forward.

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