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St Helens v Leeds Rhinos, Sunday 25th March, kick off 6.35pm

18th March 2012

By Leeds Rhinos

Leeds Rhinos face St Helens in a Grand Final rematch for the first time at St Helens’ new home at Langtree Park next Sunday evening.

The two sides come into the game with contrasting form. The Rhinos have won their five games whilst Saints have taken just one point from their last five matches and have now lost four successive games for the first time since 1989.

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This fixture date and kick off has changed from Saturday 24th March to Sunday 25th March kick off 6.35pm. The tickets are for the East Terrace, which is behind the posts at one end of the ground. These are priced at £18.50 adults, £12.50 OAP's (over 60) and young adults (16-21) and £5 for Juniors under 16. Tickets for Junior Season Ticket Holders can be exchanged for a match ticket in advance of the match by producing the voucher from their away voucher booklet at the Rhinos ticket office. All 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.

NB. Ticket prices increase by £1.50 on the day of the game except for Juniors which remain at £5.

Official coach travel for this match is priced at £15.00. The coach will depart from Car Park F on St Michaels Lane at 3.30pm. Don't forget that if you are a season ticket holder you can travel to this match for free! You must exchange the voucher you received with your season ticket at the ticket office – terms and conditions apply.

Match tickets will be available until 4.00pm on Friday 23rd March from the Rhinos Ticket Office. To book either or both tickets and travel, please call the Ticket Office Hotline on 0871 423 13 15 (calls are charged at 10p per minute – calls from mobiles may vary) or book online at www.therhinos.co.uk/buytickets

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St Helens 46 Leeds Rhinos 6

25th March 2012

By Leeds Rhinos

The Champions were blown away by a St Helens whirlwind on their first visit to Langtree Park as Saints returned to form in style.

Leeds Rhinos made their first ever trip to Langtree Park to face St Helens in a Grand Final re-match with both teams coming into the game with contrasting form.

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St Helens lost to Bradford the previous weekend which led to Head Coach Royce Simmons leaving the club and Player Performance Manager Mike Rush took charge of a team that included a large number of the players he nurtured through the Saints Academy.

Leeds were without Danny McGuire due to a hamstring injury, Ryan Bailey through suspension and Brent Webb through illness. That meant that young teenage star Stevie Ward was drafted in for his debut off the bench.

The Rhinos team all sported red hair in support of the Sport Relief charity for the game and you can show your support for them by visiting www.justgiving.com/sportreliefrhinos and remember to tick the box to gift aid your donation for extra cash to be donated to Sport Relief without costing you an extra penny.

The Rhinos looked to have made a good start when St Helens knocked the ball on from the kick off however referee Phil Bentham awarded Saints a penalty and the home side took no time in taking control of the fixture.

They opened the scoring after three minutes when the returning James Roby put a perfectly weighted kick to the corner and Ade Gardner came at it with pace to out leap Ryan Hall and touch the ball down.

Saints were clearly fired up after a traumatic week at the club and a poor run of form and they gave their fans every more reasons to be cheerful about the future when they doubled their lead after seven minutes. Lee Smith had been dragged back in goal to force the Rhinos to drop out. On the next set, Kylie Leuluai did brilliantly to stop Gary Wheeler on the line but Lomax ran at the prop again in the next tackle and go between him and Chris Clarkson to score. He converted both tries to make it 12-0.

Leeds were struggling to get any meaningful possession and were guilty of times of trying to hard to strike a counter punch against the home side. Their task was made even harder when Gary Wheeler went in for a third home try after 11 minutes. Saints were in a clinical mood and looked as if they could score at will with offloads all going to hand and supporting players backing up every break.

The Rhinos finally got some territory after that third score and there were a number of good drives from the forwards however Leeds looked short of ideas in the vital areas without the influence of Webb and McGuire.
St Helens had a try disallowed for James Roby by video referee Ian Smith after the hooker put the ball down on the head of Zak Hardaker, who bravely got in the way to stop a certain try.

Lomax went in for his second try after a great place of team play from Saints after 21 minutes. An offload from Roby got them going before Paul Wellens and Tony Puletua combined to put Lomax in for the try. He converted his own score to make it 24-0.

Leeds’ best chance of the half came with five minutes to go until half time when Watkins and Jones-Bishop combined well to put the winger away down the touchline. However, the chance came to nothing when Rob Burrow’s grubber kick ran dead.

The visitors needed to score first if there was going to be any chance of a fightback unfortunately it was Saints who struck after the restart. Smith was trapped in goal after the ball failed to run dead and from the next set Paul Wellens threw a dummy close to the line and went through a gap to score. Lomax converted to make it 30-0 after 44 minutes.

The Champions had a try disallowed for Jones-Bishop just short of the hour mark when the video referee judged Kallum Watkins had knocked on when he tipped Sinfield’s pass on to the winger. As the video referee can not adjudged on forward passes this can have been the only explanation.

Leeds did finally get off the mark with a try from Zak Hardaker after a fine break by Ryan Hall in midfield. Sinfield added the conversion to make it 30-6 but the result was far beyond Leeds.

Saints contined to build pressure and they got their reward with three more tries in the final twelve minutes. The first came for Lance Hohaia after Sinfield attempted a short goal line drop out. The did not go ten metres and from the ensuing penalty the New Zealander crossed.

Ade Gardner then went in for a second try after he finished off a flowing move to score in the corner before Wheeler also grabbed a brace as Saints worked the numbers with quick hands and the winger went straight through a gap to score. Lomax converted two of the three to make the final score 48-6.

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