• St Helens
  • 27 - 22

  • Leeds Rhinos
  • St Helens
  • HT 10 - 22
  • Leeds Rhinos
22nd February 2019 | KO 19:45 | Totally Wicked Stadium | Betfred Super League

St Helens 27 Leeds Rhinos 22

Regan Grace grabs for Tom Briscoe's ankle. St Helens v Leeds Rhinos. Totally Wicked Stadium. BeFred SuperLeague. 22 February 2019. Picture Bruce Rollinson

The Rhinos suffered a 27-22 loss at St Helens after the home side fought back from 22-10 down at the interval and the visitors were denied a late try for Tui Lolohea when the officials adjudged the half back was held up.

Typically of this famous tussle, the game started at a furious pace with Saints showing the benefits of a week off the previous weekend as they penned the Rhinos inside their own half for the first ten minutes of the game.

The home side opened the scoring after six minutes when Konrad Hurrell lost control of the ball after fielding a low kick by Saints on the last tackle. Theo Fages picked up and darted for the line as Leeds desperately scrambled back. The on field decision by referee Robert Hicks was a try and the video referee Chris Kendall agreed with that call judging Fages momentum had taken him over the line after initially grounding the ball short of the line.

Saints extended their lead through Jonny Lomax soon after following a long range break by Regan Grace. Again there was a slice of good fortune as referee Hicks adjudged Nate Peteru had knocked the ball down into Lomax’s path. Mark Percival added the conversion to the latter try to give the home side a well deserved 10-0 lead on the balance of territory and possession.

However, the Rhinos finally gained some possession in the Saints half following a mesmeric kick off by Jack Walker that had Percival back peddling and eventually he could only spill the ball over the touchline. The Rhinos moved the ball across the field before Walker drew the last man and put Kallum Watkins over for the try. Tui Lolohea added the conversion to cut the gap to 10-6 after 13 minutes.

Saints had a try disallowed for a ball steal on Tom Briscoe soon after before Leeds took the lead through a rampaging run by Konrad Hurrell following a fine break by Briscoe down the opposite touchline. Lolohea matched his first effort with a superb conversion from the opposite touchline to give his side a 12-10 lead.

The Rhinos then had tries for Hurrell and Handley disallowed as referee Hicks adjudged forward last passes but the Rhinos did add to their score following good work by Brad Dwyer. The ball was moved to the left and Hurrell put Handley over for his eleventh try in eight appearances against Saints. Lolohea was unable to add the conversion but the Rhinos had their tails up now leading 16-10.

It got even better for Dave Furner’s side when Mikolaj Oledzki stretched behind himself to collect Dwyer’s pass and then power his way over the line. Lolohea added the conversion to give his side a 22-10 lead at the interval.

Saints were always going to come out fired up after the break and they cut the gap after just five minutes when Alex Walmsley ran a reverse run to take the pass from James Roby near the line to power his over from short range. Percival added the conversion to cut the gap even further.

Walmsley then crossed for a second try as he proved too strong for the Rhinos to stop, taking three tacklers over the line with him. Percival was off target with the conversion so Leeds maintained their slender 20-22 lead.

Saints opted to kick a penalty through Coote to try and level the game but he put it wide. However, the home side did take the lead with 16 minutes to go with Luke Thompson shrugged off three attempted tackles to go over. Coote added the conversion to give his side a 26-22 lead.

The game turned with ten minutes to go when Tui Lolohea was denied a try when the video referee agreed with the on field decision from referee Hicks when the half back slid over the line.

Saints had a try disallowed soon after for obstruction but they sealed the result in the final minute when Roby slotted over a drop goal to make the final score 27-22.

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Regan Grace grabs for Tom Briscoe's ankle. St Helens v Leeds Rhinos. Totally Wicked Stadium. BeFred SuperLeague. 22 February 2019. Picture Bruce Rollinson

The Rhinos suffered a 27-22 loss at St Helens after the home side fought back from 22-10 down at the interval and the visitors were denied a late try for Tui Lolohea when the officials adjudged the half back was held up.

Typically of this famous tussle, the game started at a furious pace with Saints showing the benefits of a week off the previous weekend as they penned the Rhinos inside their own half for the first ten minutes of the game.

The home side opened the scoring after six minutes when Konrad Hurrell lost control of the ball after fielding a low kick by Saints on the last tackle. Theo Fages picked up and darted for the line as Leeds desperately scrambled back. The on field decision by referee Robert Hicks was a try and the video referee Chris Kendall agreed with that call judging Fages momentum had taken him over the line after initially grounding the ball short of the line.

Saints extended their lead through Jonny Lomax soon after following a long range break by Regan Grace. Again there was a slice of good fortune as referee Hicks adjudged Nate Peteru had knocked the ball down into Lomax’s path. Mark Percival added the conversion to the latter try to give the home side a well deserved 10-0 lead on the balance of territory and possession.

However, the Rhinos finally gained some possession in the Saints half following a mesmeric kick off by Jack Walker that had Percival back peddling and eventually he could only spill the ball over the touchline. The Rhinos moved the ball across the field before Walker drew the last man and put Kallum Watkins over for the try. Tui Lolohea added the conversion to cut the gap to 10-6 after 13 minutes.

Saints had a try disallowed for a ball steal on Tom Briscoe soon after before Leeds took the lead through a rampaging run by Konrad Hurrell following a fine break by Briscoe down the opposite touchline. Lolohea matched his first effort with a superb conversion from the opposite touchline to give his side a 12-10 lead.

The Rhinos then had tries for Hurrell and Handley disallowed as referee Hicks adjudged forward last passes but the Rhinos did add to their score following good work by Brad Dwyer. The ball was moved to the left and Hurrell put Handley over for his eleventh try in eight appearances against Saints. Lolohea was unable to add the conversion but the Rhinos had their tails up now leading 16-10.

It got even better for Dave Furner’s side when Mikolaj Oledzki stretched behind himself to collect Dwyer’s pass and then power his way over the line. Lolohea added the conversion to give his side a 22-10 lead at the interval.

Saints were always going to come out fired up after the break and they cut the gap after just five minutes when Alex Walmsley ran a reverse run to take the pass from James Roby near the line to power his over from short range. Percival added the conversion to cut the gap even further.

Walmsley then crossed for a second try as he proved too strong for the Rhinos to stop, taking three tacklers over the line with him. Percival was off target with the conversion so Leeds maintained their slender 20-22 lead.

Saints opted to kick a penalty through Coote to try and level the game but he put it wide. However, the home side did take the lead with 16 minutes to go with Luke Thompson shrugged off three attempted tackles to go over. Coote added the conversion to give his side a 26-22 lead.

The game turned with ten minutes to go when Tui Lolohea was denied a try when the video referee agreed with the on field decision from referee Hicks when the half back slid over the line.

Saints had a try disallowed soon after for obstruction but they sealed the result in the final minute when Roby slotted over a drop goal to make the final score 27-22.

Team Performance

Goals

0

3

Tries

0

4

Player Performance

PlayerTRGLDGYCRCI+I-
Jack Walker0000000
Tom Briscoe0000000
Kallum Watkins1000000
Konrad Hurrell1000000
Ash Handley1000000
Tuimoala Lolohea0300000
Richie Myler0000000
Nathaniel Peteru0000000
Brad Dwyer0000000
Trent Merrin0000000
Brett Ferres0000000
Liam Sutcliffe0000000
Stevie Ward0000000
Interchanges
Adam Cuthbertson0000000
Brad Singleton0000000
Mikolaj Oledzki1000000
Cameron Smith0000000
PlayerTRGLDGYCRCI+I-
Interchanges
Stats Key
  • TR: Tries
  • RD: Red Cards
  • GL: Goals
  • I+: Interchange On
  • DG: Drop Goals
  • I-: Interchange Off
  • YC: Yellow Cards