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9th August 2020 | KO 18:30 | Emerald Headingley | Betfred Super League

Leeds Rhinos 0 St Helens 48

Leeds Rhinos endured a tough night at Emerald Headingley against reigning Betfred Super League Champions St Helens as they found themselves trailing 24-0 at half time.

The visitors ran in four more tries after the break to inflict the third highest ever losing margin on Leeds in the club’s history, nilling the Rhinos at home for the first time in the Super League era and for the first time since March 1992.

St Helens had opened the scoring after eight minutes. Saints made the most of a chance after Luke Gale had his clearing kick blocked. At the end of the next set, a short pass to James Graham saw the England skipper power his way over from close range. Lachlan Coote added the conversion.

Leeds forced a repeat set after that with some controlled play but it was not long before Saints doubled their advantage and this time it was Graham’s fellow international and club team mate Alex Walmsley who got over, bumping off the attempted tackle by Matt Prior before going over. Coote was on target again to make it 12-0 after 16 minutes.

Once again the home side came back looking to cut the deficit and went closest when Luke Briscoe tried to get around the defence before offloading back inside but the touch judge spotted a foot in touch and the chance was gone.

Saints were in clinical mood and they crossed for a third try after 28 minutes when Tommy Makinson was given space out wide to score. Coote was on target from the touchline.

Leeds had a good spell in the Saints quarter as the half drew to a close with a repeat set and then a penalty for a high tackle on Adam Cuthbertson but Cameron Smith was stopped just short of the line.

To rub salt into the wound, Saints then finished with a flourish when Regan Grace picked up a ball near his own and raced over 80 metres to score. Coote added the conversion with the last kick of the first half to give his side a 24-0 lead at the break.

At half time, Rhys Evans came on for his Leeds Rhinos debut replacing Alex Mellor. Leeds looked to play more rugby after the break and create a chance for Ash Handley before Rhyse Martin nearly put Luke Briscoe away from close range soon after.

However, Saints managed to grab a fifth try with Grace scoring his second in the corner. Coote added the conversion.

Grace completed his hat trick with another long range effort despite the best efforts of Harry Newman and Ash Handley to chase him down.

The Rhinos did not throw in the towel, as shown with a short drop out that Newman caught before putting Luke Briscoe away but they were unable to strike the killer blow on a frustrating night.

Instead Saints turned the screw with Walmsley breaking through midfield before passing back inside to Theo Fages to score between the posts. Coote’s conversion made it 42-0.

The final blow came in the final seconds when Bentley offloaded to Coote as he was ankle tap tackled by Brad Dwyer and the Great Britain international went over to add a try to his eight goals on the night and complete the 48-0 rout.

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Leeds Rhinos endured a tough night at Emerald Headingley against reigning Betfred Super League Champions St Helens as they found themselves trailing 24-0 at half time.

The visitors ran in four more tries after the break to inflict the third highest ever losing margin on Leeds in the club’s history, nilling the Rhinos at home for the first time in the Super League era and for the first time since March 1992.

St Helens had opened the scoring after eight minutes. Saints made the most of a chance after Luke Gale had his clearing kick blocked. At the end of the next set, a short pass to James Graham saw the England skipper power his way over from close range. Lachlan Coote added the conversion.

Leeds forced a repeat set after that with some controlled play but it was not long before Saints doubled their advantage and this time it was Graham’s fellow international and club team mate Alex Walmsley who got over, bumping off the attempted tackle by Matt Prior before going over. Coote was on target again to make it 12-0 after 16 minutes.

Once again the home side came back looking to cut the deficit and went closest when Luke Briscoe tried to get around the defence before offloading back inside but the touch judge spotted a foot in touch and the chance was gone.

Saints were in clinical mood and they crossed for a third try after 28 minutes when Tommy Makinson was given space out wide to score. Coote was on target from the touchline.

Leeds had a good spell in the Saints quarter as the half drew to a close with a repeat set and then a penalty for a high tackle on Adam Cuthbertson but Cameron Smith was stopped just short of the line.

To rub salt into the wound, Saints then finished with a flourish when Regan Grace picked up a ball near his own and raced over 80 metres to score. Coote added the conversion with the last kick of the first half to give his side a 24-0 lead at the break.

At half time, Rhys Evans came on for his Leeds Rhinos debut replacing Alex Mellor. Leeds looked to play more rugby after the break and create a chance for Ash Handley before Rhyse Martin nearly put Luke Briscoe away from close range soon after.

However, Saints managed to grab a fifth try with Grace scoring his second in the corner. Coote added the conversion.

Grace completed his hat trick with another long range effort despite the best efforts of Harry Newman and Ash Handley to chase him down.

The Rhinos did not throw in the towel, as shown with a short drop out that Newman caught before putting Luke Briscoe away but they were unable to strike the killer blow on a frustrating night.

Instead Saints turned the screw with Walmsley breaking through midfield before passing back inside to Theo Fages to score between the posts. Coote’s conversion made it 42-0.

The final blow came in the final seconds when Bentley offloaded to Coote as he was ankle tap tackled by Brad Dwyer and the Great Britain international went over to add a try to his eight goals on the night and complete the 48-0 rout.

Player Performance

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Tom Briscoe0000000
Callum McLelland0000000
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Matt Prior0000000
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Rhyse Martin0000000
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Interchanges
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Adam Cuthbertson0000000
Kruise Leeming0000000
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Interchanges
Stats Key
  • TR: Tries
  • RD: Red Cards
  • GL: Goals
  • I+: Interchange On
  • DG: Drop Goals
  • I-: Interchange Off
  • YC: Yellow Cards