Flashback: Five Top Super League Meetings vs St Helens
As the Coral Challenge Cup winning Rhinos return to Super League action this Friday night against St Helens, let’s take a look back at some of our favourite ‘on the road’ clashes against the ‘Red V’.
1998 – St Helens 18 Leeds Rhinos 31
The Rhinos’ first win over St Helens came in 1998, when Graham Murray’s side continued their unbeaten start to the new Super League season. Left edge partners Francis Cummins and Brad Godden opened the scoring for the Rhinos early on before Andy Hay, who had been sent to the sin bin, made up for his ten minutes on the sidelines with a try. The Leeds second rower couldn’t be stopped in the second half, grabbing a second try, while new signing Daryl Powell scored his second score of the season as the Rhinos cruised to a 31-18 win.
2000 – St Helens 20 Leeds Rhinos 42
Leeds recorded their biggest win at Knowsley Road in 2000 in one of the Rhinos’ best performances of the campaign. Iestyn Harris was instrumental for Dean Bell’s side, recording two tries and eight goals, while Karl Pratt continued his try scoring run, crossing the whitewash twice. Andy Hay, Keith Senior and Francis Cummins also got on the scoreboard as the Rhinos took away a 42-20 result against the eventual Super League Champions.
2008 – St Helens 14 Leeds Rhinos 10
In the first meeting since Leeds had claimed Grand Final glory against St Helens at Old Trafford, the Rhinos inflicted more pain on the Saints with a 14-10 win at Knowsley Road in in 2008. Ali Lauitiiti and Luke Burgess crossed the try line for Leeds but it was the kicking display from Kevin Sinfield that stole the show; the skipper’s territorial kicking proving too difficult for the home side to overcome.
2015 – St Helens 16 Leeds Rhinos 41
Winger Ash Handley burst onto the scene in 2015 and produced a man of the match performance against the Saints at the Totally Wicked Stadium. An interception try in the opening minutes got the young winger his first of the evening. It soon followed by a second for Handley, thanks to good work from Joel Moon, before Zak Hardaker and Danny McGuire extended the Leeds advantage. The Rhinos finished off a brilliant first half by getting Handley his third; the winger taking a brilliant cross field kick from Liam Sutcliffe to plant the ball down and take Leeds into half time with a 28-6 lead. Sutcliffe grabbed a try of his own in the second half and Moon rounded off the scoring as Leeds stayed top of the table.
2018 – St Helens 20 Leeds Rhinos 28
The Rhinos made it back to back wins in the League by defeating St Helens in 2018. Having beaten Hull FC at Emerald Headingley the week before, Leeds had high hopes heading into their clash with Justin Holbrook’s side and came away victorious; winger Handley scoring twice while Richie Myler also crossed for his first try in Leeds colours.