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Leeds Rhinos v St Helens, Friday 4th September, kick off 8pm

22nd August 2009

By Leeds Rhinos

We have saved the best until last at Headingley Carnegie this season with St Helens set to visit in our final home league game of the season on Friday 4th September, kick off 8pm.

The Rhinos will go into the game in top spot after their win over Celtic Crusaders whilst St Helens will be hoping to hold on to the League Leaders Shield they have won for the past four seasons.

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This will be the biggest game of the year at Headingley Carnegie as the Grand Finalists for the past two seasons clash, perhaps for the only time this year in Leeds. Don’t miss out on this incredible clash of the titans.

If you want seat tickets, you are urged to purchase your ticket as soon as possible as they are selling fast but demand for all areas of the ground is expected to be high so book now to avoid disappointment. You can buy tickets by calling 0871 423 1315 or online 24 hours a day by going to www.therhinos.co.uk/buytickets  

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Leeds Rhinos 18 St Helens 10

4th September 2009

By Leeds Rhinos

The Rhinos have put themselves in pole position to win the League Leaders Shield after a titanic battle with St Helens at Headingley Carnegie.

Jon Wilkin was the surprise inclusion in the St Helens team for the clash between the Champions and St Helens. 

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Wilkin had been ruled out of the game by Saints Head Coach Mick Potter 48 hours ago but was then named at loose forward whilst young half back Kyle Eastmond was declared on the official team sheet at centre, although doubts surrounded whether he would actually start the game there. 

The Rhinos were at virtual full strength with only Danny Buderus missing through injury and Ian Kirke and Carl Ablett returning from spells on the sidelines. 

The homeside started brightly and could have opened the scoring after just four minutes. After conceding two scrums inside their own half, Leeds counter attacked through Lee Smith and Danny McGuire only for Paul Wellens to tackle McGuire short. Leon Pryce came through to tackle Scott Donald with a certain try coming and found himself sent to the sin bin after four minutes. 

Two minutes later, a great offload from Jamie Peacock got the Rhinos on the front foot and quick hands by McGuire and Smith put Donald through in the corner but video referee Steve Ganson spotted his boot had touched the whitewash and the try was chalked off. 

Leeds were left to rue that missed chance after 11 minutes when James Graham released Lee Gilmour 40 metres out from the Rhinos line. He broke through but a brilliant cover tackle by Brent Webb appeared to stop him short as the ball carrying arm hit the deck before he rolled over and placed the ball down. However, Ganson this time favoured St Helens and awarded the try. Eastmond added a brilliant touchline conversion to give his side a 6-0 lead. 

The Rhinos were clearly getting frustrated as a number of 50/50 calls went against them however they managed to keep their minds on the job and came up with the next try. Having gained possession deep in Saints’ territory they made the most of it. Burrow went from dummy half first of all but was tackled short however Carl Ablett marked his return to the side by showing great strength to take himself over with two would be tacklers on his back from dummy half. Sinfield added the conversion to level the score after 24 minutes. 

The luck seemed to be turning the Rhinos way and as the first half drew to a close they took the lead. Sean Long was penalised for taking Donald out off the ball as he chased through for the bomb. And from the ensuing penalty, the Rhinos worked the ball along the line and good hands by McGuire and Keith Senior set up Ryan Hall to score in the corner, finishing brilliantly to keep up his charge for the top try scorers title. Sinfield added the touchline conversion to make it 12-6 after 37 minutes. 

St Helens came out fired up at the start of the second half and they got a lucky break when Eastmond’s kick bounced off Ryan Bailey’s back and referee Phil Bentham signalled that the tackle count had been wiped clean. They made the most of the chance as Chris Flannery straightened up near the line to wrong foot Bailey and Senior to score. Eastmond was off target with the conversion attempt so the Rhinos maintained their lead. 

The game was being played at a pulsating place with neither side taking a backward step in a tremendous advert for Super League. That was epitomised on the hour mark when the Rhinos produced a pulsating passage of play that included a great break by Smith and Donald before play was switched to other side and Senior released Hall to score in the corner. Sinfield was off target with the conversion attempt but Leeds now led 16-10. 

Eight minutes later Sinfield missed with a long range drop goal attempt to give his side an eight point cushion but then the balance of the game swung back in favour of the visitors as Eastmond and Long combined to cause Leeds problems. However, they could not take their chances and the Rhinos broke free and were gifted an opportunity to seal the game. Saints were penalised for interference at the play the ball 25 metres from their own line and Sinfield slotted the penalty to make it 18-10 with seven minutes to play. 

The tempers spilled over with four minutes to play when Lee Smith put in a crunching tackle on Lee Gilmour which the Saints players took exception to and led to an all in pushing match. 

However with the incident put on report it did nothing to dampen the flames and it spilled over again with two minutes remaining when Keith Senior was sin binned for slapping Jon Wilkin off the ball. 

However the Rhinos held on to put themselves in pole position to claim the League Leaders Shield for the first time since 2004. 

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