• St Helens
  • 40 - 06

  • Leeds Rhinos
  • St Helens
  • HT 28 - 06
  • Leeds Rhinos
10th September 2021 | KO 19:45 | Totally Wicked Stadium | Betfred Super League

St Helens 40 Leeds Rhinos 6

14 Brad Dwyer. SL.Rd24.St.Helens v Rhinos. Fri10thSept2021. © MATTHEW MERRICK PHOTOGRAPHY

It was a disappointing evening as a young Leeds Rhinos side were beaten 40-6 by St Helens at the Totally Wicked Stadium.

For the penultimate match of the regular Super League season, Richard Agar recalled some his young talent to the Rhinos’ ranks. Sam Walters and Jarrod O’Connor made their return to the squad for the first time since Leeds’ win over Huddersfield at Emerald Headingley – the duo replacing James Donaldson and Morgan Gannon – while Tom Holroyd partnered Matt Prior at prop. Rob Lui remained sidelined through injury so Kruise Leeming rotated into the halves alongside Richie Myler too. On the bench, Corey Johnson made his first appearance for the club since September 2019 and Alex Sutcliffe also returned to the seventeen man squad for the first time since round four against Hull KR.

The home side dominated the first half and got out to a 28-0 lead quickly. Having stopped Leeds on their own 40 metre line in their first set, Saints went on the attack and forced a repeat set as Jack Welsby’s kick was kicked behind by Jack Broadbent. Spreading the ball wide, Lewis Dodd and Lachlan Coote moved the ball quickly for Regan Grace, who cut back inside and beat Luke Briscoe to get the ball down. The decision was handed to the video referee, who gave the try the green light.

Leeds tried to work their way back into the game and after Lewis Dodd’s high kick earned the visitors a repeat set, some quick hands almost opened up space for the Rhinos down the edge. Leeming was too keen out of dummy half though and his pass wide for Dwyer was forward.

Jack Welsby added St Helens’ second of the game just shy of the 20 minute mark to put a dagger in Leeds’ side. After almost putting Joe Batchelor through a gap to score – Broadbent producing a try saver to stop the second rower – the half back found himself in space and stepped out of challenges from Tom Briscoe, Broadbent and Richie Myler to score.

The floodgates were open for the home side as Morgan Knowles, Tommy Makinson and Alex Walmsley added further tries. Knowles managed to burrow through the Leeds defence from short range and straight from kick off, Walmsley took advantage of weak tackling from the Rhinos to break away downfield before offloading for Makinson to finish under the posts.

Walmsley earned his own try too as half time loomed. As the Rhinos tried to work the ball when they finally had possession, a kick by Myler was hit too hard by the half back and it floated over the sideline to gift the home side the ball within striking range. Moving towards the uprights, Dodd and Batchelor keep the ball moving and eventually feed Walmsley, who crashes over Brad Dwyer to score. Coote added the extra’s for all three.

Leeds would get one back before the break though as Brad Dwyer took his try tally to ten for the season. In the build up, Leeming fed Handley a great ball over the top for the winger to make a half break down the edge. On the fifth tackle, Broadbent’s high kick wasn’t dealt with by Grace, who dropped it 20 metres from his try line. With their first real attacking opportunity, Thompson came close from a flat pass before Dwyer spotted a gap out behind the eager St Helens markers to score. Rhyse Martin converted to make the half time score 28-6.

 

St Helens opened the second half with a try but couldn’t settle into the rhythm that had seen them score so many points in the first half. Sione Mata’utia reacted quickest to a Lewis Dodd kick to take Saints to 34-6 but Leeds steadied the ship and had a couple of opportunities themselves; Myler releasing Luke Briscoe with a ball over the top but he was swarmed by Percival and Joel Thompson before he could get close.

As the game came into it’s final stages, Leeds came again after Luke Briscoe was hit high by Knowles. Off the back of a half break again by Handley, the winger spun the ball wide to Martin but the Papua New Guinean international’s pass for Briscoe didn’t give the winger enough room and he was forced into touch.

As St Helens moved back into their attacking shape, Martin was penalised for a high shot on Walmsley just as Welsby, who had exited the field for a HIA, returned to the action. It didn’t take the half back long to settle into the match as he set up Knowles for Saints’ final try; the Welsh international bouncing out of the tackle of Tom Briscoe and Broadbent to finish the scoring at the Totally Wicked Stadium. Coote added the conversion to make the final score 40-6.

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14 Brad Dwyer. SL.Rd24.St.Helens v Rhinos. Fri10thSept2021. © MATTHEW MERRICK PHOTOGRAPHY

It was a disappointing evening as a young Leeds Rhinos side were beaten 40-6 by St Helens at the Totally Wicked Stadium.

For the penultimate match of the regular Super League season, Richard Agar recalled some his young talent to the Rhinos’ ranks. Sam Walters and Jarrod O’Connor made their return to the squad for the first time since Leeds’ win over Huddersfield at Emerald Headingley – the duo replacing James Donaldson and Morgan Gannon – while Tom Holroyd partnered Matt Prior at prop. Rob Lui remained sidelined through injury so Kruise Leeming rotated into the halves alongside Richie Myler too. On the bench, Corey Johnson made his first appearance for the club since September 2019 and Alex Sutcliffe also returned to the seventeen man squad for the first time since round four against Hull KR.

The home side dominated the first half and got out to a 28-0 lead quickly. Having stopped Leeds on their own 40 metre line in their first set, Saints went on the attack and forced a repeat set as Jack Welsby’s kick was kicked behind by Jack Broadbent. Spreading the ball wide, Lewis Dodd and Lachlan Coote moved the ball quickly for Regan Grace, who cut back inside and beat Luke Briscoe to get the ball down. The decision was handed to the video referee, who gave the try the green light.

Leeds tried to work their way back into the game and after Lewis Dodd’s high kick earned the visitors a repeat set, some quick hands almost opened up space for the Rhinos down the edge. Leeming was too keen out of dummy half though and his pass wide for Dwyer was forward.

Jack Welsby added St Helens’ second of the game just shy of the 20 minute mark to put a dagger in Leeds’ side. After almost putting Joe Batchelor through a gap to score – Broadbent producing a try saver to stop the second rower – the half back found himself in space and stepped out of challenges from Tom Briscoe, Broadbent and Richie Myler to score.

The floodgates were open for the home side as Morgan Knowles, Tommy Makinson and Alex Walmsley added further tries. Knowles managed to burrow through the Leeds defence from short range and straight from kick off, Walmsley took advantage of weak tackling from the Rhinos to break away downfield before offloading for Makinson to finish under the posts.

Walmsley earned his own try too as half time loomed. As the Rhinos tried to work the ball when they finally had possession, a kick by Myler was hit too hard by the half back and it floated over the sideline to gift the home side the ball within striking range. Moving towards the uprights, Dodd and Batchelor keep the ball moving and eventually feed Walmsley, who crashes over Brad Dwyer to score. Coote added the extra’s for all three.

Leeds would get one back before the break though as Brad Dwyer took his try tally to ten for the season. In the build up, Leeming fed Handley a great ball over the top for the winger to make a half break down the edge. On the fifth tackle, Broadbent’s high kick wasn’t dealt with by Grace, who dropped it 20 metres from his try line. With their first real attacking opportunity, Thompson came close from a flat pass before Dwyer spotted a gap out behind the eager St Helens markers to score. Rhyse Martin converted to make the half time score 28-6.

 

St Helens opened the second half with a try but couldn’t settle into the rhythm that had seen them score so many points in the first half. Sione Mata’utia reacted quickest to a Lewis Dodd kick to take Saints to 34-6 but Leeds steadied the ship and had a couple of opportunities themselves; Myler releasing Luke Briscoe with a ball over the top but he was swarmed by Percival and Joel Thompson before he could get close.

As the game came into it’s final stages, Leeds came again after Luke Briscoe was hit high by Knowles. Off the back of a half break again by Handley, the winger spun the ball wide to Martin but the Papua New Guinean international’s pass for Briscoe didn’t give the winger enough room and he was forced into touch.

As St Helens moved back into their attacking shape, Martin was penalised for a high shot on Walmsley just as Welsby, who had exited the field for a HIA, returned to the action. It didn’t take the half back long to settle into the match as he set up Knowles for Saints’ final try; the Welsh international bouncing out of the tackle of Tom Briscoe and Broadbent to finish the scoring at the Totally Wicked Stadium. Coote added the conversion to make the final score 40-6.

Team Performance

Goals

6

1

Tries

7

1

Player Performance

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Luke Briscoe0000000
Harry Newman0000000
Tom Briscoe0000000
Ash Handley0000000
Kruise Leeming0000000
Richie Myler0000000
Tom Holroyd0000000
Brad Dwyer1000000
Matt Prior0000000
Sam Walters0000000
Rhyse Martin0100000
Jarrod O'Connor0000000
Interchanges
Cameron Smith0000000
Alex Sutcliffe0000000
Bodene Thompson0000000
Corey Johnson0000000
PlayerTRGLDGYCRCI+I-
Lachlan Coote0600000
Tommy Makinson1000000
Kevin Naiqama0000000
Mark Percival0000000
Regan Grace1000000
Jack Welsby1000000
Lewis Dodd0000000
Alex Walmsley1000000
James Roby0000000
Matty Lees0000000
Sione Mata'utia1000000
Joe Batchelor0000000
Morgan Knowles2000000
Interchanges
Joel Thompson0000000
Kyle Amor0000000
Aaron Smith0000000
Jake Wingfield0000000
Stats Key
  • TR: Tries
  • RD: Red Cards
  • GL: Goals
  • I+: Interchange On
  • DG: Drop Goals
  • I-: Interchange Off
  • YC: Yellow Cards