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Leeds Rhinos 20 St Helens 13

Leeds Rhinos are heading back to Old Trafford after an epic victory over St Helens at Headingley Carnegie.

Leeds Rhinos and St Helens have never failed to deliver classic play off encounters down the years and, with Wigan already booked in at Old Trafford, this clash was set up brilliantly to be another chapter in this fascinating tale.
 
As if a place in the Grand Final wasn’t enough, the games was given extra significance by the fact it would be Kevin Sinfield, Jamie Peacock and Kylie Leuluai’s final Super League appearance at Headingley Carnegie.
 
Leeds thought they had been gifted a perfect start to the game when Jordan Turner knocked on the kick off however his team mates dug him out of a hole with a strong first defensive set to deny the Rhinos.
 
Saints then punished a spilled ball by Kallum Watkins in the tackle when James Roby shrugged off three attempted tacklers and spun his way to the line for the opening try of the game after six minutes. Luke Walsh added the conversion.
 
Leeds nearly hit back when Joel Moon broke clear from inside his own half. The ball eventually found Tom Briscoe and the winger backed himself to score in the corner but Adam Swifts challenge was enough to dislodge the ball from Briscoe’s outstretched arm and the try went begging.
 
McGuire made a crucial interception to deny Saints a second try when Makinson broke down the South Stand touchline however Saints did increase the lead through a Walsh penalty however Leeds were not getting more into the ascendency as their kicking game from McGuire, Sinfield and Burrow penned the visitors near their line.
 
The position for the Rhinos first try came after a high shot by Atelea Vea on Rob Burrow. Leeds worked their way towards the line before Hardaker cut a great line to break through and slide along the wet surface and score his 99th career try. Sinfield added the conversion to bring his side back to within two points after 21 minutes.
 
Ten minutes later the scores were level when Saints were penalised for interference as Watkins looked to get a quick play the ball. Sinfield immediately pointed to the posts and levelled the game.
 
Leeds had a great chance to cross for a second try after another fine break by Moon but once again Saints goal line defence was very impressive.
 
The visitors then edged into a half time lead when Walsh slotted over a drop goal with the final kick of the half to make it 8-9 at the break. 

The second half was an epic tussle. St Helens struck first when Jon Wilkin reacted quickest when Ryan Hall had the ball pinched in a one on one tackle and set up Mark Percival for a try in the corner. Crucially Walsh missed the conversion and Leeds still had a chance of hitting back. 

Carl Ablett had a try disallowed despite referee Hicks giving the score on the field as both video refs saw enough in the replay to suggest the forward had not got the ball down. 

It looked like Saints may survive with some incredible defence and commitment to cause but finally Leeds found a way through with Ryan Hall touching down some how under a mass of bodies. Sinfield kicked the conversion to give his side the narrowest of leads at 14-13 with ten tense minutes to go. 

In the final minute, Saints threw everything at Leeds and fittingly Player of the Season Kallum Watkins picked up the loose ball and raced in to score. Kevin Sinfield kicked the conversion with his last game as a Leeds Rhinos player in Super League to make the final score 20-13 and send his team to Old Trafford. 
 

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Leeds Rhinos are heading back to Old Trafford after an epic victory over St Helens at Headingley Carnegie.

Leeds Rhinos and St Helens have never failed to deliver classic play off encounters down the years and, with Wigan already booked in at Old Trafford, this clash was set up brilliantly to be another chapter in this fascinating tale.
 
As if a place in the Grand Final wasn’t enough, the games was given extra significance by the fact it would be Kevin Sinfield, Jamie Peacock and Kylie Leuluai’s final Super League appearance at Headingley Carnegie.
 
Leeds thought they had been gifted a perfect start to the game when Jordan Turner knocked on the kick off however his team mates dug him out of a hole with a strong first defensive set to deny the Rhinos.
 
Saints then punished a spilled ball by Kallum Watkins in the tackle when James Roby shrugged off three attempted tacklers and spun his way to the line for the opening try of the game after six minutes. Luke Walsh added the conversion.
 
Leeds nearly hit back when Joel Moon broke clear from inside his own half. The ball eventually found Tom Briscoe and the winger backed himself to score in the corner but Adam Swifts challenge was enough to dislodge the ball from Briscoe’s outstretched arm and the try went begging.
 
McGuire made a crucial interception to deny Saints a second try when Makinson broke down the South Stand touchline however Saints did increase the lead through a Walsh penalty however Leeds were not getting more into the ascendency as their kicking game from McGuire, Sinfield and Burrow penned the visitors near their line.
 
The position for the Rhinos first try came after a high shot by Atelea Vea on Rob Burrow. Leeds worked their way towards the line before Hardaker cut a great line to break through and slide along the wet surface and score his 99th career try. Sinfield added the conversion to bring his side back to within two points after 21 minutes.
 
Ten minutes later the scores were level when Saints were penalised for interference as Watkins looked to get a quick play the ball. Sinfield immediately pointed to the posts and levelled the game.
 
Leeds had a great chance to cross for a second try after another fine break by Moon but once again Saints goal line defence was very impressive.
 
The visitors then edged into a half time lead when Walsh slotted over a drop goal with the final kick of the half to make it 8-9 at the break. 

The second half was an epic tussle. St Helens struck first when Jon Wilkin reacted quickest when Ryan Hall had the ball pinched in a one on one tackle and set up Mark Percival for a try in the corner. Crucially Walsh missed the conversion and Leeds still had a chance of hitting back. 

Carl Ablett had a try disallowed despite referee Hicks giving the score on the field as both video refs saw enough in the replay to suggest the forward had not got the ball down. 

It looked like Saints may survive with some incredible defence and commitment to cause but finally Leeds found a way through with Ryan Hall touching down some how under a mass of bodies. Sinfield kicked the conversion to give his side the narrowest of leads at 14-13 with ten tense minutes to go. 

In the final minute, Saints threw everything at Leeds and fittingly Player of the Season Kallum Watkins picked up the loose ball and raced in to score. Kevin Sinfield kicked the conversion with his last game as a Leeds Rhinos player in Super League to make the final score 20-13 and send his team to Old Trafford.