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

Season So Far

Metres Gained

15,884

Tackles Made
3,710
Missed Tackles
387
Penalties Conceded

75

Total Carries

2,089

Total Passes

2,530

Clean Breaks

85

Errors

159

Top Try Scorer
Ash Handley

12

Top Passer
Brad Dwyer

682

Top Metre Maker

2,125

Ash Handley
Top Tackler

419

Matt Prior

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 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.

Team Performance

Metres Gained
Leeds Rhinos

1248

St Helens

1732

Carries
Leeds Rhinos

179

St Helens

201

Passes
Leeds Rhinos St Helens

243

224

Tackles
Leeds Rhinos St Helens

376

336

Missed Tackles

Leeds Rhinos

42

St Helens

28

Clean Breaks

Leeds Rhinos

4

St Helens

9

Attacking Kicks

14

13

Dummy Half Metres

112

96

Forty Twenty

0

0

Goals

0

8

Penalties Conceded

7

6

Tries

0

8

Player Performance

PlayerTTATCMTMITBATCMAGCBDREFTGMGOFP
Ash Handley0080471201567.820000000
Luke Briscoe0060122131209.200200000
Harry Newman0071330141057.510000011
Alex Sutcliffe002542009525.800200000
Tom Briscoe003101013947.202000000
Callum McLelland0015223511595.410100000
Luke Gale0012230412605.000400001
Ava Seumanufagai0030911010737.300100000
Brad Dwyer002144004389.503100000
Matt Prior004063409606.700100023
Alex Mellor0013111011797.200000001
Rhyse Martin0035842115785.200300020
Cameron Smith0052771014815.800000010
Interchanges
Kruise Leeming00401642155010.004100000
Adam Cuthbertson0038101108465.800000011
Mikolaj Oledzki001972007608.600000000
Rhys Evans001220004379.201000000
PlayerTTATCMTMITBATCMAGCBDREFTGMGOFP
Lachlan Coote12501247324.600008000
Thomas Makinson10301411919210.121100020
Kevin Naiqama00222500141148.101300010
Matthew Costello0020420010686.801200001
Regan Grace30300901825214.030100000
Jonathan Lomax012211119556.100000001
Theo Fages11200147111079.710000000
Alex Walmsley111960602020510.211000000
James Roby0131701077811.103000001
James Graham10175020171076.300100020
Zeb Taia00296400201326.600300030
James Bentley01531534015906.020100002
Morgan Knowles001032003155.000000000
Interchanges
Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook002762307608.600200000
Matthew Lees002444309859.400000000
Kyle Amor00182020121169.700200021
Aaron Smith001312103248.003100000
Stats Key
  • T: Tries
  • TA: Try Assists
  • TC: Tackles
  • MT: Marker Tackles
  • MIT: Missed Tackles
  • TB: Tackle Busts
  • AT: Attacking Kicks
  • C: Carries
  • M: Metres
  • AG: Average Gain
  • CB: Clean Break
  • DR: Run From Dummy Half
  • E: Errors
  • FT: Forty Twenty
  • G: Goals
  • MG: Missed Goals
  • OF: Offload
  • P: Penalties
  • YC: Yellow Card
  • RC: Red Card