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Leeds Rhinos v St Helens, Friday 15th June, kick off 7.45pm

9th June 2018

By Phil Daly

Leeds Rhinos welcome current league leaders St Helens to Emerald Headingley next Friday night for one of the highlights of the Super League calendar.

The game will also form part of the State of Mind Round take over in the Betfred Super League.

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This year’s theme is Offload, which links to the men’s mental fitness and wellbeing project run by Rugby League Cares in partnership with State of Mind and the club foundations at Super League clubs.

Offload helps challenge how the sporting world tackles issues such as depression and anxiety, and consists of a 10 week “season offixtures” helping men to build their own mental fitness while having fun in a relaxed atmosphere and develop coping strategies to challenge difficult situations and learn how to recognise when people close to them may need their support.

The round kicks off with two of the clubs involved in the delivery of the Offload programme, Salford Red Devils and Widnes Vikings, facing each other in front of the Sky Sports TV cameras at the AJ Bell Stadium on Thursday June 14.

Dr.Phil Cooper MBE, co-founder and trustee of State of Mind, said: “The State of Mind -Offload’ round is coming to Super League for the eighth season and this has allowed many people to improve their mental fitness and has saved numerous lives. We would like to thank our partners The Rugby Football League, Rugby League Cares, Big Lottery and Oddballs and all the Super League Clubs for their support.

“In rugby league offloading is not an easy skill to master, but time it right and you can achieve sensational results and score some fantastic tries. Offloading in life is not an easy skill to master, but when under pressure, if you time it right you can achieve great results and prevent a problem building or getting worse.

“By offloading and telling others about your problem or concern you can relieve the pressure, start solving the problem and build a winning mindset.”

Emma Goldsmith, Offload Programme Manager at Rugby League Cares, said: “‘Many men across the Sport are now starting to talk to their mates and ‘Offload’ their issues when times get tough. State of Mind and the Offload programme are here to help men do that and give them practical support in a fun, friendly environment, when they need to a mate in their corner.”

The other games in the State of Mind Betfred Super League round see Leeds host St Helens and Huddersfield against Catalans on Friday June 15, Hull’s home game with Wigan on Saturday June 16 and Warrington’s trip to Wakefield and Castleford’s game against Hull KR on Sunday June 17.

As always, there will be plenty of State of Mind activity at the games during the round.

The ManVan, a unique travelling interactive exhibition that tackles men’s health issues, will also be present at the games at Salford, Hull and Castleford during the State of Mind round.

Driven in partnership between the Movember Foundation and Rugby League Cares, the ManVan which made its rugby league debut at the Dacia Magic Weekend in Newcastle.

Tickets for all sides of the ground are available now with limited seats available as part of our Buy Back scheme. Go to tickets.therhinos.co.uk now to get yours.

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Leeds Rhinos 22 St Helens 23

15th June 2018

By Phil Daly

A last gasp drop goal from Danny Richardson denied the Rhinos a famous win over St Helens with twelve first team players missing for the hosts.

St Helens thought they had taken an early lead when Jonny Lomax made the most of an offload from Regan Grace out wide on the last tackle. The full back ducked back inside and went through a gap to get the ball down. However, video referee Phil Bentham spotted an obstruction that created the hole and the score was chalked off.

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Leeds made the most of the let off and scored in the next set. Matt Parcell had looked lively early on and it was the hooker who created the try as he raced through a gap before timing his pass to Tom Briscoe perfectly for the winger to race in and score next to the posts from 15 metres out. Liam Sutcliffe add the conversion to give his side a 6-0 lead after 14 minutes.

The home side had to produce some strong defence after that to keep Saints out with youngsters Harry Newman and Cameron Smith in particular having to muscle up as the visitors tested them. Eventually the pressure was made to tell when Ben Barba, in typical style stepped back inside the defence and raced over to score.  Danny Richardson added the conversion to level the score after 24 minutes.

The visitors then went in front after 32 minutes when Mark Percival got around the outside of the defender before passing back inside for Jonny Lomax to score. Richardson missed the conversion attempt and his side held the 10-6 lead until the break.

Leeds looked to play with renewed confidence at the start of the second half as they looked to keep the ball alive and ask questions of the visitors. Eventaully they found a way through the Saints defence as Liam Sutcliffe’s grubber kick was picked up by Briscoe, who forced his way over in the corner. Sutcliffe missed the conversion attempt but the sides were now level at 10-10.

St Helen re-took the lead as Percival went over on the South Stand side as Saints worked the short side to create an opening. Richardson added the conversion to put his side back in front 16-10.

The Rhinos responded once again and after a long spell of pressure levelled the game when Mitch Garbutt powered his way over from close range following an excellent run from dummy half by Brad Dwyer. Sutcliffe added the conversion and then knocked over a penalty at the second opportunity to give his side an 18-16 lead with 17 minutes to go.

Things got even better for the Rhinos when Brett Ferres made and finished a superb try. He kicked on the last for Ash Handley to collect and the centre passed back inside for Ferres to score. Sutcliffe pulled his conversion attempt wide but his side now led 22-16.

However, Saints were not done yet and when Percival managed to run across the face of the Rhinos defence before passing to Morgan to score in the corner. Richardson added the conversion from wide out to level the game with four minutes to play.

Then the heart break came as Richardson slotted over the drop goal to inflict the Rhinos fourth one point loss of the season.

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