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6th October 2019 | KO 13:00 | Totally Wicked Stadium | Women's Super League Semi Final

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St Helens v Leeds Rhinos, Grand Final semi final

Leeds Rhinos travel to the Totally Wicked Stadium on Sunday to face St Helens with both teams just eighty minutes away from next Friday’s Grand Final at the same venue. The game is a repeat of this season’s Coral Challenge Cup semi final, which the Rhinos won 16-10 thanks to an incredible score by Caitlin Beevers. However, Saints gained revenge a week later at Emerald Headingley with a convincing 30-12 victory. The set up for Sunday’s game could not be better with the other meeting this season ending in a 20-20 draw.

Both teams come into the game in good form. The Rhinos nilled Wigan last weekend in the final game of the regulate season whilst Saints securing an impressive win over League Leaders’ Shield winners Castleford Tigers as part of an undefeated run of eight games. Saints are aiming to reach the Grand Final for the first time whilst the Rhinos are hoping to get back to the Grand Final after last year’s loss to Wigan in the season finale.

Tickets for Sunday’s are priced at £3 for Adults, £1 for U16s and kick off is scheduled for 1pm at The Totally Wicked Stadium. The winner of Saints vs Leeds and Castleford vs Wigan will play in the Women’s Super League Grand Final back at our very own Totally Wicked Stadium on Friday 11th October at 7:30pm.

The Rhinos are boosted by the return of Fran Goldthorp after missing the Wigan game through injury and include Telegraph Woman of Steel nominee Courtney Hill as skipper.

Looking ahead to the fixture, Rhinos captain Courtney Hill said: “It’s been a very even match up with St Helens across the year, with one win a piece and the last ending in a draw. It’s a tug of war and no doubt it will be exactly the same on Sunday, but we are preparing well as always and have every confidence in the girls that we can get a job done, 40 minutes at a time. I’m looking forward to it and the girls are excited for it.”

The full squad is:

1. Caitlin Beevers (Sponsored by SYSTECH IT SOLUTIONS)

4. Char Booth (Sponsored by YF FURNITURE)

5. Madison Laverick (Sponsored by SMR Architects)

6. Hanna Butcher (Sponsored by MEDICAL NEGLIGENCE TEAM)

7. Courtney Hill (Sponsored by YES WASTE)

8. Danika Priim (Sponsored by Booth Installations)

10. Dannielle Anderson (Sponsored by Age Partnership)

11. Aimee Staveley (Sponsored by UNSHAKEABLE SALT)

13. Amy Johnson (Sponsored by Eric Johnson of Northwich Ltd)

14. Tasha Gaines (Sponsored by UNSHAKEABLE SALT)

15. Sophie Nuttall (Sponsored by AV Auto Locksmiths)

16. Chloe Kerrigan (Sponsored by U.S.S UNDERWOOD SECURITY SOLUTIONS)

17. Shannon Lacey (Sponsored by West One Solutions)

19. Elle Frain (Sponsored by RIVA HOMES)

22. Ellie Oldroyd (Sponsored by LEEDS TRINITY UNIVERSITY)

24. Fran Goldthorp (Sponsored by Pickup Services)

27. Keara Bennett

29. Lori Halloran

30. Abby Eatock

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Date – Sunday 6th October Venue – Totally Wicked Stadium (St Helens, WA9 3AL) Ticket Prices – Adults – £3, juniors (u16) £1  – pay on the day only (no advance ticket sales available) Programmes – None Viewing areas – South stand (All unallocated seating) Parking – All cars should park in the main car park. Food and Drink – There will be refreshments and serviced bar onsite for fans to purchase food and drink (in south concourse) Dogs – Guide Dogs are allowed at the venue, please be a responsible owner

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St Helens Women 14 Leeds Rhinos Women 18

By Matthew Wright

The Rhinos would leave it late to secure their sport in the Grand Final against a strong and resilient St Helens side.

St Helens would open the scoring inside five minutes, the home side attacking the Leeds right edge and creating numbers through Faye Gaskin to put centre Paige Travis in to the corner. Gaskin unable to convert the try.

Leeds would come close to striking back ten minutes later, Courtney Hill opting to turn the defence with an early kick, Chloe Kerrigan the first to the Saints fullback, pinning her behind her own line. From the resulting set Leeds would edge closer and closer to line before Char Booth exploded through the defence and into the in-goal area, the referee deeming the second rower to be held up.

The Rhinos would lose one of their star forwards, Shannon Lacey, to a nasty head clash in the middle of the first half subsequently forcing her from the field and ruling her out of the remainder of the contest.

St Helens grabbed their second try of the game through winger Leah Burke. Paige Travis making the break down the Leeds right edge before drawing in Beevers and releasing Burke, Eatock quickly in attendance but the Saints’ winger just able to squeeze into the corner. Gaskin unable to convert in a similar position to her first.

Back to back penalties forced the Rhinos to defend their line at close quarters once more, this time Zoe Harris dummying her way through the line and going under the sticks despite Beevers’ best efforts to deny her, Gaskin on hand to convert and put the home side 14-0 up.

The Rhinos struck back through Abby Eatock with five minutes of the first half remaining, Bennett pivoting at dummy half switching the play to Hill to put Eatock through a hole close the line to stretch and out score. Hill unable to convert leaving it 14-4 at halftime.

The Rhinos came out firing in the second half and it wouldn’t take long for Leeds to cross. Woman of Steel nominee Courtney Hill from twenty five metres out went jinking away from a would be tackler and stepping past the fullback to score towards the left edge, Hill unable to convert leaving the score 14-8.

Leeds had pried their way back into this game and soon they would be within touching distance of the home side. Courtney Hill pumping a kick into the left corner, Abbie Eatock contesting the kick and forcing Avenell to knock the ball on, Char Booth the fastest to react to the loose ball and tip toeing into the corner. Hill unable to convert from the right wing, the score 14-12.

Ill discipline would see the Rhinos level the score with eight minutes left to play. Courtney Hill releasing the ball but hit late just 15 metres from the Saints line. Hill tying the game up at 14-14.

The Rhinos booked their place in the Grand Final with the last play of the game, Courtney Hill and Hanna Butcher the creators, Abby Eatock the finisher. Hill chipping over the top on the fourth tackle and regathering but dragged down, Hill releasing the ball on her way down to Butcher, Butcher then releasing Abby Eatock into the corner to score her second of the afternoon, Hill unable to convert from the right touchline and the game finishing up 18-14 in favour of the Rhinos.