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  • Leeds Rhinos
28th March 2014 | KO 20:00 | Langtree Park | Super League

St Helens 14 Leeds Rhinos 10

The Rhinos lost out to a last minute try from Tommy Makinson at Langtree Park as their unbeaten start to the season came to an end.

The Rhinos were without Paul Aiton (illness), Mitch Achurch (head injury) and Joel Moon (hamstring) and recalled Chris Clarkson to the bench having initially missed out on the 19 man squad.

Despite St Helens being short of a number key players through injury or suspension Leeds knew to expect a tough challenge from the home side in front of a bumper crowd. Leeds looked to put Saints under pressure and forced them to drop out twice consecutive sets with some clever kicking from Sinfield and McGuire but they were unable to make the most of the possession after Ryan Hall was adjudged to have given a forward pass to Stevie Ward.

Saints had their own chances with giant prop Mose Masoe going close as he barged his way towards the line and James Roby was always dangerous from dummy half. The home side, following heavy rain before kick off, were happy to kick down field and force Leeds to attack from deep but Hardaker, Hall and Tom Briscoe were more than a match.

The Rhinos did hit the front after 18 minutes and it was Danny McGuire who finally did the damage, supporting a break before racing through to score between the posts and register his 250th career try. Fittingly, Kevin Sinfield’s conversion was also a landmark occasion as it was his 3,500th point for the club.

St Helens hit back after 24 minutes when Anthony Walker capitalised on some quick thinking by Roby to spot a gap near the posts and he put the prop over for the try. Tommy Makinson had the simple job of converting and levelling the score.

Both teams had chances after that but it was the defence that proved most eye catching with Ian Kirke and Sia Soliola the leading candidates for both sides.

The second half was a more open affair with team’s creating chances and the video referee being put to full use. Leeds took the lead after 56 minutes through a Sinfield penalty after Saints were caught offside on their own line and the Rhinos then had a try disallowed for McGuire when he spilled the ball stretching out for the line.

Saints thought they had scored when they touched down outwide but the replays showed a knock on by Walker in the build up and Leeds had a let off. However, the home side did take the lead soon after. Once again video referee Phil Bentham had the final decision. Replays suggested an obstruction by Soliola but it was not deemed to be sufficient and Makinson was awarded the try. He missed the touchline conversion attempt but his side were 10-8 in front.

Sinfield then levelled the game with ten minutes to go when Leeds got a penalty for ball stealing in the tackle and he could have put his side in front but saw his drop goal attempt slide wide with four minutes to go.

That set up a grandstand finish and it was Saints who took the points in the final minute. Leeds had defended their line from one set but with the last play of the game, Hohaia chipped over the top, Lomax collected and kicked to the corner for Makinson to touch down. He missed the conversion but Saints had secure the win, 14-10.

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The Rhinos lost out to a last minute try from Tommy Makinson at Langtree Park as their unbeaten start to the season came to an end.

The Rhinos were without Paul Aiton (illness), Mitch Achurch (head injury) and Joel Moon (hamstring) and recalled Chris Clarkson to the bench having initially missed out on the 19 man squad.

Despite St Helens being short of a number key players through injury or suspension Leeds knew to expect a tough challenge from the home side in front of a bumper crowd. Leeds looked to put Saints under pressure and forced them to drop out twice consecutive sets with some clever kicking from Sinfield and McGuire but they were unable to make the most of the possession after Ryan Hall was adjudged to have given a forward pass to Stevie Ward.

Saints had their own chances with giant prop Mose Masoe going close as he barged his way towards the line and James Roby was always dangerous from dummy half. The home side, following heavy rain before kick off, were happy to kick down field and force Leeds to attack from deep but Hardaker, Hall and Tom Briscoe were more than a match.

The Rhinos did hit the front after 18 minutes and it was Danny McGuire who finally did the damage, supporting a break before racing through to score between the posts and register his 250th career try. Fittingly, Kevin Sinfield’s conversion was also a landmark occasion as it was his 3,500th point for the club.

St Helens hit back after 24 minutes when Anthony Walker capitalised on some quick thinking by Roby to spot a gap near the posts and he put the prop over for the try. Tommy Makinson had the simple job of converting and levelling the score.

Both teams had chances after that but it was the defence that proved most eye catching with Ian Kirke and Sia Soliola the leading candidates for both sides.

The second half was a more open affair with team’s creating chances and the video referee being put to full use. Leeds took the lead after 56 minutes through a Sinfield penalty after Saints were caught offside on their own line and the Rhinos then had a try disallowed for McGuire when he spilled the ball stretching out for the line.

Saints thought they had scored when they touched down outwide but the replays showed a knock on by Walker in the build up and Leeds had a let off. However, the home side did take the lead soon after. Once again video referee Phil Bentham had the final decision. Replays suggested an obstruction by Soliola but it was not deemed to be sufficient and Makinson was awarded the try. He missed the touchline conversion attempt but his side were 10-8 in front.

Sinfield then levelled the game with ten minutes to go when Leeds got a penalty for ball stealing in the tackle and he could have put his side in front but saw his drop goal attempt slide wide with four minutes to go.

That set up a grandstand finish and it was Saints who took the points in the final minute. Leeds had defended their line from one set but with the last play of the game, Hohaia chipped over the top, Lomax collected and kicked to the corner for Makinson to touch down. He missed the conversion but Saints had secure the win, 14-10.

Team Performance

Goals

1

1

Tries

3

1

Player Performance

PlayerTRGLDGYCRCI+I-
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Tom Briscoe0000000
Kallum Watkins0000000
Stevie Ward0000000
Ryan Hall0000000
Danny McGuire1000000
Kevin Sinfield MBE0100000
Kylie Leuluai0000000
Rob Burrow MBE0000000
Jamie Peacock MBE0000000
Jamie Jones-Buchanan0000000
Carl Ablett0000000
Brett Delaney0000000
Interchanges
Ben Jones-Bishop0000000
Ian Kirke0000000
Chris Clarkson0000000
Brad Singleton0000000

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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