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St Helens v Leeds Rhinos, Friday 22nd April, kick off 8pm

16th April 2016

By Leeds Rhinos

Leeds Rhinos travel to St Helens next Friday in their next First Utility Super League clash which will be the first return game of the season.

Leeds defeated Keiron Cunningham's side 30-18 at Headingley Carnegie earlier in the season but Saints will be a tough prospect at home especially as they look to bounce back from their loss to Catalans Dragons last time out.

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Tickets and travel are now on sale for the game at Langtree Park, on Friday 22nd April kick off 8.00pm. The tickets are for the East Terrace, which is behind the posts at one end of the ground. These are priced at £22.50 for adults, £15.50 for  OAP’s (over 60) and young adults (16-21), and £10 for Juniors under 16. We also have unreserved seated tickets in the North Stand which is situated along the side. These are priced at, £25.00 for adults, £18.50 for  OAP’s (over 60) and young adults (16-21) and £10 for Juniors.

Tickets for Junior Season Members can be exchanged for a match ticket in advance of the match by producing the voucher from their away voucher booklet at the Leeds Rugby Retail Store or Ticket Office (match day only). Junior Season Ticket Holders can upgrade to the seated area for £5. Ambulant disabled are also on sale and are priced depending on age and area, helper tickets are also available if required upon production of valid ID. Wheelchair disabled fans need to buy their via St. Helens. There is also a small number of car parking spaces allocated for disabled supporters. Please contact St. Helens on 01744 455052 to arrange.
 
Official coach travel for this match is priced at £16. The coach will depart from Car Park F on St Michaels Lane at 5pm. Don’t forget that if you are a 2016 season member you can travel to this match for free! You must exchange the voucher you received with your season membership card at the Leeds Rugby Retail Store or Ticket Office (match day only) – terms and conditions apply.
 
NEW FOR 2016 – We will be introducing a new coach travel departure venue starting from this match. There will now be a coach departing for the St. Helens game from The Buffers, Rakehill Road, Scholes, LS15 4AL. The cost will be £16 and it will depart at 4.30pm.  Please note when booking you must request travel from The Buffers to ensure you are included on the list. This option is available until 5pm on Wednesday 20th April.
 
Match tickets will be available until 3.00pm on Friday 22nd April from the Leeds Rugby Retail Store. To book either or both tickets and travel, please call the Ticket Office Hotline on 0371 423 13 15, come down to the Leeds Rugby Retail Store at Headingley Carnegie Stadium or book online at www.therhinos.co.uk/buytickets.
 
St. Helens details are:
Ground Address – Langtree Park, McManus Drive, St. Helens, WA9 3AL
Website – www.saintsrlfc.com
Ticket Hotline Number – 01744 455052
Car Parking – Car Parking is available in the town centre. The two car parks are Tontine Car Park, Chalon Way Car Park, WA10 1BF and The Old Tesco Car Park, Park Link Way, WA10 1BF.
Coach Parking – Coach parking is at the Stadium and is priced at £10 per coach.

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St Helens 38 Leeds Rhinos 34

22nd April 2016

By Leeds Rhinos

Leeds and St Helens produced another thrilling encounter at Langtree Park that ultimately the home side just edged 38-34.

In recent league meetings between the sides, Leeds have been able to make a quick start over Keiron Cunningham’s side but it was the Rhinos who endured a nightmare start to the game as the conceded two tries inside the opening eight minutes of the game.
 
The first was particularly well received by the home fans as young full back Jonny Lomax ended his injury layoff by taking James Roby’s offload and racing through a gap before throwing the dummy wide and cutting back inside Zak Hardaker to score. Luke Walsh added the conversion and Saints had the perfect start at 6-0.
 
Things got even better for the home side in the next set. Keith Galloway and Jordan Lilley had to come up with vital tackles in the next set but Saints were hungry to score back to back tries and they did when Walsh broke through and passed to Joe Greenwood as he fell in the tackle, who scored. The half back unusually hooked his conversion attempt wide but Saints appeared in complete control at 10-0.
 
The Rhinos did not have their first real sight of the Saints line until the 17th minute and were being forced to work hard for anything from the home defence. However, they got their reward when Rob Burrow broke through on half way. The scrum half was hauled down metres short but Liam Sutcliffe, who had just come on as a replacement, had the presence of mind to throw a wide, looping pass to Ashton Golding to score in the corner. Jordan Lilley added the conversion to cut the gap to 10-6 after 24 minutes.
 
The visitors were then level soon when Lilley intercepted 35 metres from his own line and raced up field. He held off the defender long enough to offload to Sutcliffe, who was tackled 15 metres short. Leeds kept their cool once again with Lilley and Golding combining before Brad Singleton’s offload put Burrow in space to score. Lilley was off target this time but Leeds were back level.
 
The travelling fans were then in raptures when Leeds took the lead for the first time. Sutcliffe was involved once again in the build before Mitch Achurch produced a brilliant finger tip catch and pass from Singleton’s offload to put Jimmy Keinhorst in space. The centre dummied to pass wide before cutting back in run around and score. Lilley added the conversion and his side now led 16-10 with five minutes to play in the half.
 
With two minutes to go, Saints were awarded a penalty just inside their own half and they made the possession count as Lomax timed his run to perfection to collected Walsh’s grubber kick and score in the same movement. Walsh added the conversion to make it 16-16 at half time.
 
Leeds had a great opportunity at the start of the second half as they gained back to back penalties on the St Helens line after an error by the home side when they received the kick off. A clever move between Lilley and Kallum Watkins nearly brought a score for Brett Delaney but the forward narrowly failed to bring the offload in as the charged for the line.
 
Saints then did take the lead but there was an element of controversy in it. As Hardaker carried the ball from his own line he was hit by a thundering challenge from Kyle Amor. The former Rhino failed to wrap his arms around in the tackle leading for calls for the shoulder charge but as Hardaker lay prone on the floor, Amor picked up the ball to score. The decision went to the video referee Richard Silverwood and with both officials happy with the challenge the try was awarded. Walshed missed the conversion attempt.
 
Leeds came up with the perfect response when Ash Handley maintained his incredible try scoring run against Saints as he backed up a break by Sutcliffe to round the full back and score from half way. Lilley added the conversion to edge his side 22-20 in front.
 
However, Saints then struck with two tries to get themselves ten points in front again. Greenwood crossed for his second before Theo Fages stepped his way through the defence to score. Walsh converted both tries.
 
Leeds refused to through in the towel and gave themselves hope when Anthony Mullally crossed for his first try for the club, converted by Lilley.
 
However, Fages managed to extend the lead once again with his second try before Jimmy Keinhorst scored his second try after Ash Handley brilliantly leaped to take a high kick following a fine break by Burrow. Lilley added the conversion to make it 38-34 with four minutes to play.
 
Leeds tried to find a late winner but were unable to strike the killer blow and Saints held on for the win.

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