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St Helens v Leeds Rhinos, Saturday 24th April, 6pm

17th April 2010

By Leeds Rhinos

The Rhinos return to action in the Engage Super League next week and it is the biggest game of the year so far with a repeat of the last three Grand Finals at Knowsley Road.

This could be the Rhinos final visit to the famous old stadium with Saints set to move to a new home next season. Knowsley Road is one of only five grounds, including Headingley Carnegie, that is still in use since the creation of the game back in 1895 and the Rhinos will be looking for a rare win there having only won 20 games at the stadium in the intervening 115 years. 

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Tickets and travel are on sale for the match on Saturday 24th April, kick off 6.00pm. We have standing tickets only for this match; they are priced at £17.50 for Adults, £11.50 for Students (with a valid student card) and Senior Citizens (Over 60 years of age) and Juniors. Junior season ticket holders can exchange their away voucher at Headingley Carnegie Ticket Sales Office. 

Official coach travel for this match is priced at £15.00 with 5% discount for Season Ticket Holders, Bronze Members and Rhinos 2000 members and the coach will depart from Car Park F on St Michaels Lane at 3.00pm. 

To book either tickets or travel please call the Ticket Office Hotline on 0871 423 13 15 (calls are charged at 10 pence per minute) or book online at www.therhinos.co.uk/buytickets

Please note that there is an increase of £1.50 per ticket if purchased 48 hours before the day of the game. Tickets will be available from Leeds Rhinos Ticket Sales Office until 5pm on Thursday 22nd April. After this time tickets can only be purchased from St Helens.

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St Helens 41 Leeds Rhinos 20

24th April 2010

By Leeds Rhinos

The Rhinos suffered a 41-20 defeat at Knowsley Road to St Helens despite scoring tries through Lee Smith, Brett Delaney, Ryan Hall and Rob Burrow.

Leeds Rhinos travelled to Knowsley Road, perhaps for the last time, having to deal with late changes once again this season with Brent Webb and Carl Ablett ruled out.

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Webb was suffering from a neck injury whilst Ablett picked up a knee injury in final training. That meant the Luke Ambler earned a recall to the bench and Tom Bush was drafted in on the wing to allow Lee Smith to move to full back.

St Helens were also without five players including Leon Pryce who had broken little toe however they did welcome back Paul Wellens at full back with Scott Moore starting at stand off in place of Pryce. 

Leeds had a great opportunity from the kick off when Kyle Eastmond put his kick off out on the full and from the penalty on half way, Sinfield put his side deep in Saints territory. Two tackles later, Ian Kirke produced a great offload to Lee Smith to set the full back up for the try after 56 seconds. Sinfield added the conversion to make it 6-0.

St Helens had a great chance to hit back after seven minutes when Keiron Cunningham went from dummy half however a brilliant tackle by Smith denied him a try as he positioned his body perfectly to prevent the Saints captain grounding the ball.

Three minutes later it looked like Chris Flannery had the home side’s first try when he collected Ade Gardner’s knocked down kick but as he went to ground the ball he touched the dead ball line with his toe.

Video referee Steve Ganson was called upon again after 11 minutes when Jamie Jones-Buchanan appeared to be harshly penalised for blocking Scott Moore as Danny McGuire through a wide pass ten metres behind him that set Ryan Hall away to score.

However, eventually there was a try awarded when Scott Moore powered his way over after a fast pass from Cunningham just a metre from the Rhinos line. Jamie Foster kicked the conversion to level the score after 16 minutes.

St Helens sensed a chance to do apply some pressure and forced a repeat set midway through the first half and they made the most of the opportunity. Cunningham led the charge and passed to Tony Puletua, who came onto the ball on a real charge and powered his way over. Foster added the conversion to make it 12-6 after 22 minutes.

Leeds were on the end of a string of penalties against them from referee Richard Silverwood and those frustrations spilled over after 25 minutes when Luke Burgess was penalised for stealing the ball. Foster stepped up and increased his side’s lead to 14-6.

The Rhinos suffered a sucker punch just before half time when Ryan Hall knocked on trying to deal with a kick 30 metres from his own line. From the ensuing set, James Roby dummied five metres from the Leeds line and managed to hold off Luke Ambler and Kevin Sinfield to score. Foster added the conversion to make it 20-6 at half time.

Leeds started the second half strongly and had a chance through Danny McGuire but he was unable to keep hold of Burrow’s through kick just two minutes into the half. The Rhinos were left to rue that missed chance after 48 minutes when Flannery cut back inside to go passed Burrow to score. Foster added the conversion to make it 26-6.

Kyle Eastmond then increased the lead five minutes later with a drop goal from 35 metres out.

Leeds needed to get the next score if they were going to put pressure on St Helens and they managed to do just that after 56 minutes. Jones-Buchanan created the chance by stealing the ball off Roby in a one on one tackle 25 metres from the Saints line. The ball was moved quickly by Sinfield and McGuire to put Brett Delaney through for the try. Sinfield was off target but the Rhinos had cut the lead to 27-10.

Three minutes later the Rhinos took another big step towards a fight back when Sinfield and McGuire again combined to find Delaney, who this time passed to Ryan Hall to score the try. Sinfield added a brilliant touchline conversion to make it 27-16.

Leeds then had to produce some strong defence to keep St Helens out when James Graham and Scott Moore both went close to the line. However, the visitors could do little when Saints were awarded a penalty after 66 minutes right in front of the posts and Foster stepped up to extend the home side’s lead.

Any hopes of a fight back were quashed by Saints with two quick fire tries in five minutes. The first came from Matty Ashurst when he powered his way over from close range and then James Roby went over after 71 minutes from dummy half. Foster made it eight from eight on the night with the boot to make it 41-16.

The Rhinos did not allow their heads to drop however and continued to try and restore some pride in the closing minutes. Hall and Delaney both went close but they could not find a way through the Saints defence. Eventually they did get their reward when Rob Burrow reacted to a dropped ball five metres from his own line and raced the length of the field, tracked by James Graham to score with four minutes to go. Sinfield missed the conversion but it was only a late consolation try for the Rhinos and they fell to a 41-20 defeat.

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