History to be made as Rhinos face Saints in semi finals
Picture by Allan McKenzie/SWpix.com - 20/09/2013 - Rugby League - Super League Plsyoff's - Leeds Rhinos v St Helens - Headingley Carnegie Stadium, Leeds, England - Danny Mcguire celebrates a try which was subsequently disallowed.
Friday night will see either Leeds Rhinos or St Helens book their place in the 2021 Grand Final, as the Kristian Woolf and Richard Agar’s sides go head to head at the Totally Wicked Stadium, kick off 7:45pm. Throughout the history of Super League, both sides have been the most successful at reaching and winning at Old Trafford, featuring eight times in the play offs with four wins each.
Ahead of the game, we have dug into the archives for you to look back at our previous meetings with the red v in the play offs in years gone by.
1998 – Leeds Rhinos 44 St Helens 16
Leeds and St Helens first met in the play offs with a place in the inaugural Grand Final at stake, and it was the Rhinos that came out victorious at Headingley.
Francis Cummins led the way for the home side as he recorded his second hat trick of the season, while his opposite winger Leroy Rivett also grabbed a brace. Australian imports Brad Godden and Marc Glanville all but secured Leeds’ place at Old Trafford as the visitors’ only response came from Apollo Perelini, Paul Newlove, Damien Smith and Anthony Sullivan
1999 – St Helens 38 Leeds Rhinos 14
St Helens took revenge on Leeds for knocking the red v out of the play offs the year before by thrashing Graham Murray’s side on home soil.
Iestyn Harris and Lee Jackson aided the Rhinos to 14 points on the night but the eventual Grand Final winners forced Leeds into the elimination play offs by scoring 38 points, courtesy of Paul Newlove, Chris Smith and Anthony Sullivan who all scored two tries each.
2001 – St Helens 38 Leeds Rhinos 30
The Rhinos had beaten St Helens only a few weeks before away from home but in the first round of the 2001 play off series, the side that had won the last two Grand Final titles managed to hold on to knock Leeds out.
Daryl Powell’s side were only two points adrift at half time, following tries from Francis Cummins, Rob Burrow and Matt Diskin, but Mark Calderwood and Keith Senior’s tries in the second half were cancelled out by Steve Hall and former Rhino Kevin Iro at the Saints secured a clash with Wigan in the final eliminator.
2005 – St Helens 16 Leeds Rhinos 19
The reigning Grand Final champions Leeds booked their second consecutive appearance at Old Trafford in 2005 with a 19-16 win over St Helens.
The visitors took a 12-0 lead to the break, thanks to tries from Danny McGuire and Danny Ward, and bettered their scoreline on 51 minutes when Ali Lauitiiti picked up Jon Wilkin’s kick to run 90 metres and score under the posts. Kevin Sinfield’s drop goal all but sealed the win for Leeds, despite a fightback from Saints that saw Jamie Lyon score a double and Ian Hardman also cross the whitewash.
2007 – St Helens 10 Leeds Rhinos 8
An epic battle at Knowsley Road in 2007 saw the reigning champions St Helens edge Tony Smith’s Leeds side to book their place back at Old Trafford.
Saints had lost twice to Leeds throughout the regular season campaign and the Rhinos hit the front foot after six minutes as Lee Smith intercepted a pass from Jon Wilkin to run the length of the field. Leon Pryce’s try ten minutes later got the home side back in the match before Kevin Sinfield and Matty Smith exchanged penalty goals to keep the game locked at 8-8. The deciding factor of the match came 17 minutes from full time when Jamie Peacock was penalised for a high tackle on Nick Fozzard and Matty Smith kicked the penalty to make the score 10-8 and eventually send Saints to Old Trafford.
2008 – St Helens 38 Leeds Rhinos 10
In a repeat of the 2007 Grand Final, Leeds and Saints met in the first round of the play offs in 2008 and this time, the home side walked away as comfortable winners.
After being pipped to the League Leaders’ Shield by St Helens by one point, the Rhinos couldn’t stop the Saints wave at Knowsley Road as James Roby and Jon Wilkin led the scoring with two tries each to seal a place in the Grand Final for Daniel Anderson’s side. Gareth Ellis and Danny McGuire scored the tries for Leeds, who would get their revenge at Old Trafford a month later.
2013 – Leeds Rhinos 11 St Helens 10
Leeds Rhinos booked their place in the Grand Final Qualification game against Wigan Warriors after an epic 11-10 win over St Helens at Headingley.
Kallum Watkins opened the scoring in the only try of the first half to give Leeds the lead but a hectic second half saw the game go down to the wire. Joel Moon’s try added to the Rhinos’ scoreline but a brace from Saints second rower Willie Manu brought the score to 10-10 with minutes remaining. As the visitors attempted a 40/20 that backfired, Leeds went on the attack and as the clock wound down, Danny McGuire slotted a drop goal to edge Leeds into the next round of the play offs.
2015 – Leeds Rhinos 20 St Helens 13
Leeds and St Helens last met in the Super League semi finals in 2015 and on that night, the Rhinos took a step closer to winning the treble as they overcame Keiron Cunningham’s side 20-13 at Emerald Headingley.
Despite going eight points down, with James Roby scoring the opening try of the game, Leeds bounced back with a try from Zak Hardaker and penalty goal from Kevin Sinfield. Mark Percival’s try on sixty minutes looked to have sealed Saints’ place back at Old Trafford until Ryan Hall and Kallum Watkins sealed the result for Brian McDermott’s side.
Leeds Rhinos fans have already snapped up over 1,000 tickets for this Friday’s massive Betfred Super League semi final at the Totally Wicked Stadium against reigning Champions St Helens, kick off 7.45pm.
Tickets went on sale following Hull KR’s win over Warrington Wolves last Friday and already over 1,000 tickets have been sold and two coaches are already fully booked with more still available.
Leeds Rhinos 2021 Season Members, 2021 Flexi Members and 2021 Supporter Members can also save £5 on their own ticket when purchased before midnight the day before the game. This will automatically discount in the basket page when ordering through Leeds Rhinos.
You can secure your place by purchasing your tickets and travel in one of the following ways:
OnlineTickets are available 24/7 at tickets.therhinos.co.uk
Over the PhoneYou can contact Leeds Rhinos Ticket Office on 0371 423 1315 during the following opening hours:Saturday 25th September, 9:30am to 12:30pmMonday 27th to Thursday 30th September, 10:30am to 3:30pmFriday 1st October, 10:30am to 3pm
Please note, Leeds Rhinos Ticket Office at Emerald Headingley Stadium will not be open for ticket sales. Fans who have pre-purchased tickets can collect during opening hours.
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