• Leeds Rhinos
  • 18 - 10

  • St Helens
  • Leeds Rhinos
  • HT 8 - 8
  • St Helens
10th October 2009 | KO 18:00 | Old Trafford | Super League

Leeds Rhinos 18 St Helens 10

Leeds made history at Old Trafford with a historic third Championship in a row with a 18-10 win over St Helens.

The Rhinos return to Old Trafford looking to make it three in a row against a St Helens side battle hardened from a local derby win over Wigan the previous week.

Brian McClennan included Ali Lauitiiti and Brent Webb in his side after the former missed the semi final through illness and the latter limbed from the win over Catalans Dragons eight days earlier.

Jamie Peacock was aiming to win an incredible sixth Grand Final of his career with Bradford and Leeds but opposite him was his one time team mate Leon Pryce who was playing in his ninth Grand Final.

The Rhinos received the kick off from St Helens and worked the ball well down field through the forwards. However, after Burrow had kicked ahead Brent Webb was penalised for a high tackle on Francis Meli. Steve Ganson soon made the penalty count 2-0 when Leeds were penalised for offside at the first tackle from the tap restart. The Rhinos showed their mettle though and defended well to keep Saints out with Webb taking a high ball under pressure.

Leeds had their best chance after seven minutes when Ryan Hall was awarded a penalty for holding down in the tackle. Sinfield kicked down field and from the ensuing move Webb broke clear but his pass to Ryan Hall was adjudged to have gone forward and the opportunity was gone.

Both teams produced some great defence to make their mark on the game however it was St Helens who finally broke the deadlock after 13 minutes. Jon Wilkin’s through kick richocheted off the boot of Kevin Sinfield and Kyle Eastmond narrowly beat Scott Donald to the bouncing ball to go over for the try. Eastmond converted his own try to make it 6-0.

Leeds had a great opportunity to hit back after 25 minutes when Sinfield produced a wonderful 40:20 kick to give Leeds possession 10 metres from the Saints line. It looked as if Ryan Bailey had got his first try of the season when Long lost control of a towering bomb under pressure from Webb but referee Ganson said Webb had unfairly challenged Long.

Salt was rubbed into the wound a minute later when Eastmond extended his side’s lead with a penalty after Senior was penalised for blocking the St Helens runner when Long kicked ahead. 

However, it was not long before the Rhinos did get their next try and it was a great solo effort by Matt Diskin. The man who won the Harry Sunderland award in 2004, used all his power and strength to hold off three would be tacklers and reach out and score. Video ref Bentham took a short period to confirm the score. Sinfield’s conversion attempt hit the post and rebounded out to leave the score 8-4 after 29 minutes.

The Rhinos have been denied a try for Ryan Bailey after referee Steve Ganson ruled that Brent Webb had taken Sean Long out in the air.

The Rhinos did not let their heads drop though and with three minutes remaining in the half Lee Smith levelled the game, McGuire had put in a testing grubber kick that Meli tried to knock dead in goal however he did not give it enough power and Smith pounced on the loose ball to score. Sinfield pulled his conversion wide so the scores were locked at 8-8 at half time.

Leeds got a perfect start to the second half when Saints allowed the kick off to run into touch and Leeds had head and feed at the scrum. After several attempts for the line, Sinfield opted for a drop goal to give his side the lead after 42 minutes.

However, the League Leaders had a lucky escape four minutes later when video referee Bentham denied Ade Gardner a try when replays showed he had hit the corner post before grounding the ball. Webb was penalised though for sliding in with his knees on Gardner and Leeds had to withstand another set on their own line, which they did when Fa’asavalu knocked on.

The Rhinos were producing some immense defence both on the St Helens line to pen them down field and also on their own line to keep Mick Potter’s side out. One such tackle came after 56 minutes when Webb and McGuire combined to stop Eastmond in the corner.

However, Saints did take the lead just before the hour mark when referee Ganson seemed to harshly penalise Rob Burrow for a high tackle on Sean Long 20 metres from the Leeds line. Eastmond had no problem with the kick to make it 10-9 to Saints.  

Both teams deserved an enormous amount of credit for the sheer punishment they were putting their bodies through at the end of a long hard season. The use of the bench was proving crucial and the introduction of Luke Burgess gave the Rhinos fresh impetus and he released McGuire to get the Rhinos moving forward. A kick from Burrow got the Rhinos down field before Gidley’s rushed pass to Gardner went forward and gave the Rhinos a scrum under the shadow of the posts. The Rhinos looked for a crucial try however they had to settle for a penalty when Keiron Cunningham interfered with Kylie Leuluai. Sinfield’s kick giving his side the narrowest of leads after 64 minutes.

Saints looked to have scored their second try when Eastmond went over in the corner. However, replays showed that Webb had made a stunning last ditch tackle to deny the youngster and force him into the corner post.

The Rhinos needed a break and it came with seven minutes remaining. Having gained possession from a knock on by Meli ten metres from his own line, they turned up the pressure. A reverse kick by McGuire bounced off Pryce and Smith was quickest to react to collect the ball and go over for the try. That was the cue for wild scenes of celebration however Steve Ganson referred the decision upstairs. Replays showed the distance between Smith’s standing foot and McGuire’s kicking boot was tiny however it was enough to convince Phil Bentham to award the try. Sinfield added the conversion to make it 17-10.

The game was wrapped up with a minute to go when Rob Burrow slotted over a drop goal to make sure and hand the Rhinos an incredible third Championship in a row.

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Leeds made history at Old Trafford with a historic third Championship in a row with a 18-10 win over St Helens.

The Rhinos return to Old Trafford looking to make it three in a row against a St Helens side battle hardened from a local derby win over Wigan the previous week.

Brian McClennan included Ali Lauitiiti and Brent Webb in his side after the former missed the semi final through illness and the latter limbed from the win over Catalans Dragons eight days earlier.

Jamie Peacock was aiming to win an incredible sixth Grand Final of his career with Bradford and Leeds but opposite him was his one time team mate Leon Pryce who was playing in his ninth Grand Final.

The Rhinos received the kick off from St Helens and worked the ball well down field through the forwards. However, after Burrow had kicked ahead Brent Webb was penalised for a high tackle on Francis Meli. Steve Ganson soon made the penalty count 2-0 when Leeds were penalised for offside at the first tackle from the tap restart. The Rhinos showed their mettle though and defended well to keep Saints out with Webb taking a high ball under pressure.

Leeds had their best chance after seven minutes when Ryan Hall was awarded a penalty for holding down in the tackle. Sinfield kicked down field and from the ensuing move Webb broke clear but his pass to Ryan Hall was adjudged to have gone forward and the opportunity was gone.

Both teams produced some great defence to make their mark on the game however it was St Helens who finally broke the deadlock after 13 minutes. Jon Wilkin’s through kick richocheted off the boot of Kevin Sinfield and Kyle Eastmond narrowly beat Scott Donald to the bouncing ball to go over for the try. Eastmond converted his own try to make it 6-0.

Leeds had a great opportunity to hit back after 25 minutes when Sinfield produced a wonderful 40:20 kick to give Leeds possession 10 metres from the Saints line. It looked as if Ryan Bailey had got his first try of the season when Long lost control of a towering bomb under pressure from Webb but referee Ganson said Webb had unfairly challenged Long.

Salt was rubbed into the wound a minute later when Eastmond extended his side’s lead with a penalty after Senior was penalised for blocking the St Helens runner when Long kicked ahead. 

However, it was not long before the Rhinos did get their next try and it was a great solo effort by Matt Diskin. The man who won the Harry Sunderland award in 2004, used all his power and strength to hold off three would be tacklers and reach out and score. Video ref Bentham took a short period to confirm the score. Sinfield’s conversion attempt hit the post and rebounded out to leave the score 8-4 after 29 minutes.

The Rhinos have been denied a try for Ryan Bailey after referee Steve Ganson ruled that Brent Webb had taken Sean Long out in the air.

The Rhinos did not let their heads drop though and with three minutes remaining in the half Lee Smith levelled the game, McGuire had put in a testing grubber kick that Meli tried to knock dead in goal however he did not give it enough power and Smith pounced on the loose ball to score. Sinfield pulled his conversion wide so the scores were locked at 8-8 at half time.

Leeds got a perfect start to the second half when Saints allowed the kick off to run into touch and Leeds had head and feed at the scrum. After several attempts for the line, Sinfield opted for a drop goal to give his side the lead after 42 minutes.

However, the League Leaders had a lucky escape four minutes later when video referee Bentham denied Ade Gardner a try when replays showed he had hit the corner post before grounding the ball. Webb was penalised though for sliding in with his knees on Gardner and Leeds had to withstand another set on their own line, which they did when Fa’asavalu knocked on.

The Rhinos were producing some immense defence both on the St Helens line to pen them down field and also on their own line to keep Mick Potter’s side out. One such tackle came after 56 minutes when Webb and McGuire combined to stop Eastmond in the corner.

However, Saints did take the lead just before the hour mark when referee Ganson seemed to harshly penalise Rob Burrow for a high tackle on Sean Long 20 metres from the Leeds line. Eastmond had no problem with the kick to make it 10-9 to Saints.  

Both teams deserved an enormous amount of credit for the sheer punishment they were putting their bodies through at the end of a long hard season. The use of the bench was proving crucial and the introduction of Luke Burgess gave the Rhinos fresh impetus and he released McGuire to get the Rhinos moving forward. A kick from Burrow got the Rhinos down field before Gidley’s rushed pass to Gardner went forward and gave the Rhinos a scrum under the shadow of the posts. The Rhinos looked for a crucial try however they had to settle for a penalty when Keiron Cunningham interfered with Kylie Leuluai. Sinfield’s kick giving his side the narrowest of leads after 64 minutes.

Saints looked to have scored their second try when Eastmond went over in the corner. However, replays showed that Webb had made a stunning last ditch tackle to deny the youngster and force him into the corner post.

The Rhinos needed a break and it came with seven minutes remaining. Having gained possession from a knock on by Meli ten metres from his own line, they turned up the pressure. A reverse kick by McGuire bounced off Pryce and Smith was quickest to react to collect the ball and go over for the try. That was the cue for wild scenes of celebration however Steve Ganson referred the decision upstairs. Replays showed the distance between Smith’s standing foot and McGuire’s kicking boot was tiny however it was enough to convince Phil Bentham to award the try. Sinfield added the conversion to make it 17-10.

The game was wrapped up with a minute to go when Rob Burrow slotted over a drop goal to make sure and hand the Rhinos an incredible third Championship in a row.

Team Performance

Goals

1

1

Tries

3

1

Player Performance

PlayerTRGLDGYCRCI+I-
Brent Webb0000000
Scott Donald0000000
Lee Smith2000000
Keith Senior0000000
Ryan Hall0000000
Danny McGuire0000000
Rob Burrow MBE0010000
Kylie Leuluai0000000
Matt Diskin1000000
Jamie Peacock MBE0000000
Jamie Jones-Buchanan0000000
Carl Ablett0000000
Kevin Sinfield MBE0110000
Interchanges
Ryan Bailey0000000
Luke Burgess0000000
Ian Kirke0000000
Ali Lauitiiti0000000
PlayerTRGLDGYCRCI+I-
Paul Wellens0000000
Ade Gardner0000000
Matt Gidley0000000
Kyle Eastmond1100000
Francis Meli0000000
Leon Pryce0000000
Sean Long0000000
James Graham0000000
Keiron Cunningham0000000
Tony Puletua0000000
Jon Wilkin0000000
Lee Gilmour0000000
Chris Flannery0000000
Interchanges
James Roby0000000
Bryn Hargreaves0000000
Paul Clough0000000
Maurie Fa'asavalu0000000
Stats Key
  • TR: Tries
  • RD: Red Cards
  • GL: Goals
  • I+: Interchange On
  • DG: Drop Goals
  • I-: Interchange Off
  • YC: Yellow Cards