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Leeds Rhinos v St Helens, Saturday 19th March, kick off 5.45pm

11th March 2011

By Leeds Rhinos

The Rhinos will play their second consecutive home fixture on the 19th March against last year’s Super League finalists St Helens.

St Helens started their season with a replay of the 2010 Grand Final against their local rivals Wigan and they produced a thrilling fightback to secure a draw at 16-16. They followed this up by racking up over 50 points in their biggest win of the season so far against Salford City Reds. Next up for St Helens, in their first game at their temporary new ground, was Warrington who ended Saints’ unbeaten start and ended their own decade long losing streak against them with a 25-18 win. They bounced back from this defeat with a 22-16 away win against Catalan Dragons, with their rugby union bound player Kyle Eastmond kicking 3 of the goals. However, on their return to Widnes, they suffered a 27-16 defeat to high flying Quins.

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Last season Saints claimed the first win over  Leeds in their last game against the Rhinos at Knowsley Road, but in the second fixture the Rhinos were able take revenge on their home ground thanks to two tries from Danny McGuire which helped seal the 28-24 win.

In total Leeds have now played St Helens 158 times in the league and of those fixtures the share of wins is fairly even, with Leeds having claimed 79, St Helens 75 and 4 games ending in a stalemate.

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Leeds Rhinos 16 St Helens 30

19th March 2011

By Leeds Rhinos

The Rhinos lost out to St Helens at Headingley Carnegie despite tries from Ryan Hall, Paul McShane and Zak Hardaker on his debut.

Both teams had remarkably similar seasons going into the game with two wins and two defeats after the Magic Weekend, and both of those defeats coming against Warrington and Harlequins. The Rhinos started the game a point above Saints by virtue of their win at Cardiff whilst Saints had drawn with Wigan.

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Both teams were forced to make changes to their side. Saints were without Kyle Eastmond and Leon Pryce whilst Leeds gace a debut to Zak Hardaker on the wing and Rob Burrow was making his 300th appearance for the club.

The opening ten minutes saw defences on top as both teams looked to test their opposite numbers out. Saints were clearly looking to trouble the Rhinos with high kicks after Brent Webb was unable to gather the first two kicks. However, Webb, Ryan Hall and Hardaker dealt with everything after that. The young winger also had to show great strength along with Kevin Sinfield to deny Francis Meli a try in the corner as they held him up on the last tackle.

It was proving to be an eventful debut for the former Featherstone flyer and he looked to have marked the occasion with a try after 19 minutes. The ball was spread wide and he cut back to score. However, the decision went to video referee Phil Bentham and the replay clearly showed him stepping onto the touchline before he went over.

Saints made the most of the let off to score a minute later. The home fans were not happy with two decisions in the build up, firstly Weller Hauraki was adjudged to have knocked on and then a Saints player clearly moved at least a metre off the mark but was told to play on by referee Silverwood. The visitors were not arguing and crossed for the first try of the game when quick hands gave Jamie Foster the space to score outwide. He added the North Stand touchline conversion to make it 0-6.

The Rhinos responded well and began to create chances in the Saints half. They levelled the game with five minutes to go when Sinfield and Ablett combined to put Hall away in the corner. Sinfield added the touchline conversion to level the game.

The half finished in dramatic fashion as Saints threw the ball around looking to create an opening and it took a brilliant cover tackle from Hall and Buderus to deny Wellens a try.  

The second half started with high drama with three tries in the opening fifteen minutes as the lead see sawed between the sides. The Rhinos went in front controversially after four minutes with the referee and touch judge missed a forward pass from Kallum Watkins to Zak Hardaker. The winger appeared to lose the ball but then produced an incredible piece of skill to regather as he dived and put the ball down. The decision went to the video referee but with forward pass not allowed to be judged on tape, the score was awarded. Sinfield was off target with the conversion attempt so the score remained 10-6.

Saints hit back five minutes later when a crossfield kick was plucked out of the air by Michael Shenton and the former Castleford man touched down. Foster added the conversion to make it 10-12.

The Rhinos then struck the front again after 55 minutes when Paul McShane produced a great piece of dummy half play. He spotted the gap and ducked under the tackle before stretching out one handed through a mass of bodies to score. Sinfield added the conversion to make it 16-12. 

Saints hit back through Francis Meli soon afterwards as they created a gap down their left hand side. That scored edged them in front and the result was effectively sealed with twelve minutes to go when Paul Wellens finished off a move. The try once again contained some contentious decisions but Saints were now in command. Foster converted both tries to put his side 24-16 in front.

The young winger then rounded off a perfect night when he scored his second try with a great piece of skill, moving the ball around his body to touch down in the corner. He converted his own try to make the final score 30-16 to the visitors.

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