Game by Numbers: St Helens

The Challenge Cup Champions are back in Betfred Super League action this Friday night against St Helens as part of Super League’s Black History Month round. Prior to kick off, take a look at some of the big stats and facts relating to this fixture…

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Leeds got their biggest win on the road against St Helens in 2000. It was one of the best performances by Dean Lance's side during the season as skipper Iestyn Harris led from the front, scoring two tries and kicking eight goals in the 42-20 result.

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St Helens' number 16 Kyle Amor is the only player out of both Leeds and St Helens' 21 man squads to have played for both clubs. Signing for Leeds from Whitehaven in 2010, the prop made three substitute appearances for the Rhinos before moving to Wakefield. Later joining Saints in 2013, Amor has made 157 Super League appearances for the Red V.

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This will be the 186th meeting between Leeds and St Helens in history. Overall, the 'Red V' have the better record, winning 92 games while the men in blue and amber have only picked up 88 victories (52 of them have come at Emerald Headingley).

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A combined 58 points were scored in the first meeting between St Helens and Leeds in 1996. The match would be won by Saints 42-16, thanks to two tries by Derek McVey and three goals from Steve Prescott, while forwards Barrie McDermott, Gary Mercer and future Saints player Nick Fozzard crossed the try line for Leeds.

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Richie Myler is only four points away from scoring 500 Super League points. Having scored 44 points for his first club Salford, Myler scored the majority of his points during his five years at Warrington Wolves (279). He has also registered 88 points for Catalans and currently stands at 85 for the Rhinos.

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St Helens has the superior winning record against Leeds on home soil, winning 19 out of 29 Super League matches. A highlight was the 2006 season when Daniel Anderson's side beat the Rhinos three times at Knowsley Road, helping Saints to lift the League Leaders' Shield and eventually the Grand Final.

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Ryan Hall is the leading try scorer for Leeds against St Helens, touching down 14 times during his Leeds career. Since debuting in 2007, the serial try scorer notably scored two of his tries at Old Trafford in the 2008 and 2001 Grand Finals.

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Former half back Sean Long has scored the most points out of any St Helens player against Leeds. Scoring most of his points from the kicking tee, Long had his best game against the Rhinos in a 62-18 win in 1999, scoring two tries and kicking seven goals in front of a home crowd.

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St Helens have won the last five meetings against the Rhinos both at home and away. Following Leeds' 28-20 win at the Totally Wicked Stadium, Saints went onto win at Emerald Headingley by one point in 2018 and went unbeaten against the Rhinos on their way to lifting the Super League trophy in 2019.

#1

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Referee Liam Moore will officiate this fixture for the first time tonight. It will be the second consecutive week that he has refereed the Rhinos too, having been the man in the middle for the Coral Challenge Cup Final last weekend.