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Leeds Rhinos 38 St Helens 19

21st April 2007

By Leeds Rhinos

Leeds produced a second half wonder show to score 24 unanswered points after the interval to see off St Helens at Headingley Carnegie.

However, it was the visitors who took the lead inside two minutes. Paul Wellens took the ball off Brent Webb in mid-air as both went up for a high kick on the last tackle. The Great Britain full back was alert and forced the ball backwards as he landed. Saints were able to move the ball quickly wide and Stephen Tyrer crossed in the corner. Sculthorpe added the touchline conversion to make it 6-0.

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Scott Donald struck back with his 10th try of the season after 13 minutes. Leeds were attacking with purpose when Jamie Jones-Buchanan ran hard at the Saints defence before producing a great offload to Donald who cut back inside Wellens to score. Sinfield added the conversion to level the score.

Leeds took the lead after 21 minutes when Danny McGuire spotted a gap and raced passed the despairing dive of Tyrer to go through and score his 100th try in Super League in just 114 appearances. Sinfield added the conversion to make it 12-6.

However, St Helens showed their class by hitting straight back. Maurie Fa'asavalu made the initial break before offloading in the tackle to James Roby to score. Sculthorpe's conversion levelled the game after 28 minutes.
The Rhinos retook the lead two minutes later when Jamie Thackray was lifted up through the vertical 20 metres from the Saints line. Sinfield added the penalty to make it 14-12.

With four minutes remaining in the half Sean Long kicked a 40:20 to give his side a great chance heading towards the break. And they took advantage as weak defence allowed Paul Wellens to get away from close range and score by the posts. Tyrer added the conversion to make it 18-14 to the visitors.

In the last second of the half, Sean Long kicked a 45 metre drop goal to make the half time score 19-14 to Saints.
The Rhinos came out fired up at the start of the half and scored after less than a minute. McGuire offloaded to Burrow on half way and he broke clear only to be tackled by Long five metres short. However, Clinton Toopi was on hand at first receiver to power his way over to score. Sinfield conversion hit the outside of the post so Saints just held on to their lead.

Both teams were putting a great show on for the packed crowd at Headingley Carnegie, with play going from one end of the field to another with some great Rugby League. However, it was Leeds who took control after 51 minutes from a penalty after a rampaging run by Jamie Peacock was only halted when he had the ball stripped from him in front of the posts. Sinfield kicked the goal to make it 20-19.

Leeds extended that lead after 55 minutes when Jamie Peacock came roaring onto a pass ten metres out and then bumped off three would be tacklers to score. Sinfield's conversion making it 26-19 to the Rhinos.

A record crowd for a Leeds v St Helens game in the summer era of 21,975 was brought to its feet with ten minutes to go when Lee Smith produced a brilliant offload to Brent Webb on half way and the Leeds fullback scampered through for the try. Sinfield's sixth conversion of the night making it 32-19 to the Rhinos.

To add the icing to the cake, with a minute remaining Smith again made a fantastic break, latching onto a spilled pass by Saints ten metres from their line. He burst up field before drawing the last man and passing to Burrow to score from 20 metres out. Burrow converted himself to seal a memorable 38-19 victory over the World Champions.
 

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