Opposition Overview: St Helens

Picture by Jack Wray/Super League Europe/via SWpix.com - 06/03/2021 - Super League Season 2021 Pre Season Location Video Shoot and Stills Photography Portraits. St Helens - Augnatius Paasi

Leeds Rhinos and St Helens meet in the penultimate match of the regular 2021 Betfred Super League season this Friday at the Totally Wicked Stadium, kick off 7:45pm.

The road to Old Trafford is drawing closer and despite losing out to Catalans Dragons in golden point extra time at the Dacia Magic Weekend, St Helens have already sealed their place in the top six, whereas the Rhinos ideally need two wins from their final two games to fully ensure their play offs place.

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2021 so far..

Defeat to Catalans Dragons at the Dacia Magic Weekend saw St Helens lose out on lifting the League Leaders’ Shield in Newcastle.

The current Challenge Cup winners are still favourites to replicate Leeds’ three Grand Final wins in consecutive seasons if they can retaining their Super League crown in 2021. This is largely due to Saints only losing 14 Super League games over the last four years, under Justin Holbrook and then Kristian Woolf.

In 2021, Catalans have proved Woolf’s major nemesis, dating back to the two sides’ first meeting in round seven. Both sides had won their first six games of the new season convincingly but in Perpignan, the Dragons took a 20-6 lead and did enough to weather a St Helens fightback and blot the visitor’s perfect record. A win over Hull FC for the Red V was followed by a second defeat of the season to Warrington but five consecutive wins kept Woolf’s side in the picture for the League Leaders’ Shield passed the halfway point, especially after they avenged their loss to Catalans by beating Steve McNamara’s side 34-12 at the Totally Wicked Stadium.

Picture by Ed Sykes/SWpix.com – 04/09/2021 – Rugby League – Dacia Magic Weekend 2021 – St Helens v Catalans Dragons – St. James’s Park, Newcastle, England – St Helens’ Tommy Makinson in action with Catalans Dragons’ Julian Bousquet and Samisoni Langi

Castleford became the third different team to beat Saints in a 20-10 win for Daryl Powell’s side, who took revenge for their defeat to Woolf’s side in the Challenge Cup Final, but results against Wigan, Leigh and Warrington saw St Helens seal their play off place for the post season, even with games against Leeds and Salford Red Devils coming up over the next two weeks.

2021 Squad

Last Four Results

Key Player

Picture by Paul Currie/SWpix.com – 28/05/2021 – Rugby League – Betfred Super League Round 8 – St Helens v Hull FC – Totally Wicked Stadium, St Helens, England – St Helens’ Jack Welsby celebrates scoring his hat trick try

An OurLeague man of the match performance from young gun Jack Welsby wasn’t enough to get his side the win over Catalans at the Dacia Magic Weekend but the half back continues his rise in 2021 as one of the best young players in the competition.

Welsby debuted in 2018, following an impressive spell in the club’s academy, but started to become a regular under Kristian Woolf in 2020, a season in which he scored the winning try to win the Grand Final. Welsby hasn’t taken his foot off the gas in 2021 and leads the club in tries scored (12) and is only behind Jonny Lomax and Lachlan Coote in assists, mainly due to his move into the centres at times this season. That move has also allowed him to show off his offload game (22 this season which is the most by a Saints player). He was back in the halves against the Dragons, along with fellow youngster Lewis Dodd, and both were comfortable against the League Leaders’ Shield winners.

The Captain

After many questioned whether this would be his last season in Rugby League, St Helens captain and stalwart James Roby announced he would be running out for another year in 2022.

The hooker has helped St Helens through one of the the club’s most successful periods since his debut at 18 years old in 2004. He was a part of Saints’ historic 2006 squad that won the treble and in 2007 he also helped Daniel Anderson’s side to the Grand Final (Roby scoring a try in the 33-6 defeat to Leeds) and lifted the Man of Steel award as he lit up Super League. Roby would face the Rhinos again in both the 2008, 2009 and 2011 Grand Finals, when he took over from Kieron Cunningham as the club’s starting hooker.

Picture by Ed Sykes/SWpix.com – 20/08/2021 – Rugby League – Betfred Super League Round 20 – Wigan Warriors v St Helens – DW Stadium, Wigan, England – St Helens’ James Roby celebrates after the game

Over the last few years, Roby has been at the heart of St Helens’ trophy success under Justin Holbrook and Kristian Woolf. Being named Harry Sunderland Man of the Match in the Grand Final in 2020 was just the edge of the hooker’s achievements, as he has won a further two League Leaders’ Shields, a Challenge Cup and two Grand Finals since 2018.

Returning Faces

Only one player out of both the current Leeds and St Helens squads has played for both clubs. Prop Kyle Amor signed for Leeds from Whitehaven in 2010 and made three substitute appearances for the Rhinos that season before moving to Wakefield Trinity, where he made 74 Super League appearances. In 2013, he signed for Saints and helped them win the Super League trophy after only one year. He has also came off the bench in the last two Grand Finals (2019 and 2020), adding two more Grand Final rings to his collection, and celebrated 250 Super League appearances against Leigh Centurions at the end of April.

Last Game vs Leeds at the Totally Wicked Stadium

A youthful Leeds Rhinos side continued to showcase the upcoming talent at the club despite suffering a 40-8 against the League Leaders St Helens at the Totally Wicked Stadium. Following their trip to Wembley, head coach Richard Agar reintroduced a number of Leeds’ young talent back into the matchday squad but the eventual Grand Final winners proved too strong by producing an emphatic 40-8 result against the Rhinos; Cam Smith and Liam Tindall scoring the tries for the visitors.

Tickets and More Information

Picture by Allan McKenzie/SWpix.com – 29/10/2020 – Rugby League – Betfred Super League – Leeds Rhinos v Wakefield Trinity – The Totally Wicked Stadium, Langtree Park, St Helens, England – A general view (GV) of Leeds playing Wakefield behind closed doors at St Helens’s Totally Wicked Stadium.

Tickets for our away trip to St Helens can be purchased over the phone on 0371 423 1315 (Monday to Friday 10:30am – 3:30pm) or online at tickets.therhinos.co.uk.
*Please be aware that the ticket office at Emerald Headingley Stadium is not open on non-match days.

Ticket Prices

 East Stand – Standing behind the posts  North Stand – Reserved Seating along one side of the pitch  
Senior (aged 65+)£16£19
Young Adult (aged 19 to 21)£16£19
Youth (aged 17 to 18)£13£15.50
Juniors (aged 5 to 16)£10£10
Junior Members*£5£5
Junior Under 5s**FREEFree

*Junior Season ticket holders no longer receive the away games as part of the benefit but can purchase a junior ticket at £5 before matchday. Customer number is require at point of sale. These cannot be done on the day on the turnstiles at St. Helens, however, they can be done via the St. Helens ticket office on match night.

**Under 5’s and Companion’s tickets are unavailable online and must be ordered via Leeds Rhinos Ticket Office.7

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