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Leeds Rhinos v St Helens, Saturday 3rd July, kick off 5.45pm

1st June 2010

By Leeds Rhinos

Engage Super League Champions Leeds Rhinos have dedicated the teams massive clash with St Helens at Headingley Carnegie on Saturday 3rd July as the first ever Fans Day to celebrate and thank the club’s loyal band of supporters.

The game is a repeat of the last three Engage Super League Grand Finals and, as if that was not enough to whet the appetite, it also comes a month before the two side’s clash in the Carnegie Challenge Cup semi final at the Galpharm Stadium.

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There will be a host of activities taking place in the build up to the game to thank supporters for their continued support of the club during what has proved to be a golden era in the club’s history. These will include:

• Blue & Amber, the club’s official matchday magazine will incorporate the name of every season ticket holder within the design in a special one off Fans Edition
• Season ticket holders who encourage four friends to purchase tickets for the game will get a FREE Leeds Rhinos replica home or away shirt *
• Every person who attends the Leeds Rhinos v St Helens will get £5 off any item in the club shop when they spend £15 on the matchday **
• There will be free activities for the whole family around the ground on the afternoon of the game
• Over 150 local young children will get the opportunity to play on the Headingley Carnegie pitch at half time
• 100 young girls will have the opportunity dance on the pitch as part of the pre-match build up
• The club have launched a search for the Rhinos Fan of the Year with the winner receiving a limousine drive to the stadium for them and three friends, a meal in the Long Bar before kick off, being presented with a signed shirt on the pitch at half time and the chance to meet the players after the game. Click here to nominate someone now.

Commenting on the plans Leeds Rhinos captain Kevin Sinfield said, “Our fans have been brilliant for us and it is great the club are having a day to recognise their support. We have had some tough times on the pitch this season and I know that many fans have suffered even greater hardships over the past eighteen months so it is fantastic that we can have a day when they get the recognition for the massive part they have played in the club’s success in recent years.”

Chief Executive Gary Hetherington said, “The Leeds v St Helens game is going to be a spectacular match. All our fans will have had this date in their diary from the first day that the fixtures came out and we want to make the day even more special. Often business’ can be accused of forgetting their loyal customer base when things are going well however we wanted to make sure that we singled out our supporters during this golden era for the club so they know how important they are to us and our ongoing success.”

Marketing Manager Abigail Furniss added, “Other clubs in recent years have awarded squad numbers to their supporters but we wanted a special occasion to celebrate our fan base and what better way to do that than on our biggest home game of the year. Tickets are on sale now and fans should keep an eye out on www.therhinos.co.uk for more details of money can’t buy prizes in the build up to the match.”

Fans can purchase tickets now by calling 0871 423 1315 or online 24 hours a day at www.therhinos.co.uk/buytickets

* If a season ticket holder brings 4 or more friends along to the St Helens match paying full price for their match tickets then the season ticket holder can claim a free Rhinos 2010 Home or Away shirt. They will receive a voucher when purchasing the tickets (they must all be purchased at the same time) and this can be taken either to Headingley Retail or Leeds Rugby Store, St John’s Centre, Leeds. The ticket transaction must be done at the ticket sales office – offer only available until 12noon on Saturday 3rd July.

** The voucher / offer can only be used when spending £15 or more in store. The voucher / offer is only valid on Saturday 3rd July from 9am – until 20 minutes after the final whistle. The voucher / offer is for single use only. It cannot be used in conjunction with any other voucher / offer. Only one voucher / offer can be used at a time. The voucher is valued at 0.001p.

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Leeds Rhinos 28 St Helens 24

3rd July 2010

By Leeds Rhinos

The Rhinos won a pulsating clash with St Helens at Headingley Carnegie thanks to a try from Ryan Hall to move them up to fourth spot in the Engage Super League.

Brian McClennan made one change to his starting line from the previous weeks win at Warrington with Chris Clarkson coming in to start at loose forward and Greg Eastwood coming on off the bench.

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St Helens coach Mick Potter shuffled his side around from the win over Salford eight days earlier with James Graham starting at prop and the returning Kyle Eastmond at scrum half allowing Scott Moore to move to loose forward and James Roby to go to hooker, in place of the injured Keiron Cunningham.

The home side found themselves under pressure almost straight from the kick off. Good runs from James Roby and Scott Moore took them down field and it took timely tackles by Brett Delaney and Danny Buderus to deny them a try on two occasions. However, Saints were clearly set on making a quick start and a chip kick to the corner from Leon Pryce was knocked behind him into the waiting arms of Chris Flannery, who replays showed touched down just before the line. Jonny Lomax added the touchline conversion to make it 6-0 after 90 seconds.

Lee Smith was grateful to the defensive skills of Ryan Hall two minutes. The Rhinos had defended well and forced a knock on 15 metres from their own line. Smith counter attacked but then threw a wild pass out to Hall which Eastmond picked up and looked certain to score. However, Hall reacted quickly and took the half back and the ball into touch at the corner flag.

Leeds had a half chance soon afterwards but Smith would have been disappointed with his pass again, this time behind Delaney and Donald. The Rhinos responded in the right manner though and came fire back the next time they had the ball. Taking possession deep in their territory, a series of quick play the balls gained them yardage before a well weighted cross field kick by Sinfield was knocked down by Donald, in a carbon copy of the first try of the game. Young loose forward Chris Clarkson snatched up the loose ball and went over for his first senior try at Headingley Carnegie. Sinfield's conversion attempted shaved the outside of the post to leave the score 6-4 after ten minutes.

The Rhinos took the lead eleven minutes later but from exactly the same blue print. Having worked the ball down field, Sinfield kicked towards Gardner again and once again Donald leapt highest and knocked the ball down. Brett Delaney was the grateful recipient as he picked up and went down the blindside to score his ninth try of the season. Sinfield the conversion to make it 10-6.

The Champions extended their lead to ten points after 24 minutes and once again it came from a Sinfield kick. Having opted to kick to space in midfield, Saints allowed the ball to bounce and it down, away from Paul Wellens, and in to the arms of Greg Eastwood. He passed to Senior who took three defenders with him before offloading over his head to Danny McGuire to score. Sinfield converted to make it 16-6.

Carl Ablett had a chance to score his side's fourth try but with less than a metre to go to the line, he was unable to take the short pass from Buderus and knocked on.  

Leeds were left to rue that missed chance when Saints rallied in the last five minutes of the half to level the game going into the break. They crossed first of all through Jonny Lomax, after the try was awarded despite claims for a forward pass in the build up and then with a minute to go, James Roby produced a great offload to set Flannery away. Sinfield made a valiant effort to deny the try but video referee Thierry Alibert awarded the score. Lomax converted the latter to make it 16-16 at half time.

The Rhinos had a let off at the start of the second half when Chris Dean was about to be awarded a try by referee Richard Silverwood after 42 minutes only for touch judge Anthony Martin to intervene. Donald had attempted to intercept Wellen's pass but replays showed that the initial pass was forward. Referee Silverwood initially waved away objections about the forward motion saying that it was Donald who had pushed it forward only for his colleague to advice him otherwise.

However, Saints made sure of the points on their next visit. Having been awarded a penalty for offside five metres from the Leeds line, they moved the ball quickly across the backline before Leon Pryce stepped through a gap to score. Lomax added the conversion to make it 22-16 after 51 minutes.

That was to be Pryce's last contribution to the game. Four minutes later he was injured in a freak accident. Having offloaded in a tackle from Buderus, his standing leg was caught by Keith Senior's leg as he was attempting a tackle on the Pryce's team mate. From the same passage of play, Ryan Bailey was penalised for a shoulder barge and Lomax opted to kick the resultant penalty. He was successful and as Pryce left the field his side led 24-16.

The Rhinos were getting increasing frustrated with what they saw as a number of 50/50 calls not going their way but they stuck to the job in hand and eventually got their reward. Ryan Bailey took the short pass to crash through 15 metres out and the prop unselfishly passed back inside to McGuire to score his second try of the game. Sinfield added the conversion to make it 24-22 after 63 minutes.

It got even better for Leeds three minutes later when Bailey produced a great offload as he headed to the ground. McGuire was unable to take the bouncing ball this time, as he over ran it, however Buderus was on hand to clean up the loose ball and he passed to Ryan Hall to score. The decision went upstairs to Thierry Alibert and he seemed to take an agel, studying if McGuire had made contact with the ball as he rushed passed it, but eventually the score was awarded and Headingley Carnegie erupted. Sinfield added a brilliant touchline conversion to make it 28-24 to the Champions.

Kevin Sinfield had a long range penalty attempt to give his side breathing space with five minutes to go but pulled it just wide however the Rhinos produced some outstanding defence to nullify Saints in the closing stages and record a memorable win.

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