• St Helens
  • 36 - 10

  • Leeds Rhinos
  • St Helens
  • HT 34 - 06
  • Leeds Rhinos
21st June 2019 | KO 19:45 | Totally Wicked Stadium | Betfred Super League

St Helens 36 Leeds Rhinos 10

Brad Dwyer scores a try during the Super League clash between St Helens and Leeds Rhinos.

A try in each half from Brad Dwyer and Luke Briscoe were not enough for Leeds as they lost 36-10 to the Betfred Super League leaders at the Totally Wicked Stadium.

St Helens came out fired up and they opened the scoring at the end of the first set of the game when Jack Walker, on his return to the side, lost the flight of the high kick in the low evening sun. The ball bounced off the full back’s shoulder straight into the path of Kevin Naiqama and he had the simple job of going over between the posts. Lachlan Coote added the conversion to give his side a 6-0 lead after 90 seconds.

The home side doubled their lead in the next set as Jonny Lomax evaded an attempted tackle by Brad Dwyer before finding Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook in support to score. Coote was on target again to make it 12-0.

Leeds managed to stem the flow of points after that and finally gained possession to gain territory in the Saints half. Eventually they managed to turn pressure into points. The try came from an error by Coote as he spilled Liam Sutcliffe’s high kick. Leeds had a couple of half chances before Dwyer shot out from dummy half and stretched out to score between the posts. Sutcliffe added the conversion to half Saints lead after 17 minutes.

However, three minutes later Coote made amends for his error as he cut the perfect line to take a short pass near the Rhinos line and proved too powerful to stop from close range for the Rhinos.  He converted his own try to give his side an 18-6 lead.

Coote had another try ruled out by referee Ben Thaler for a forward last pass by Naiqama and the Rhinos looked like they had limited the damage at the break to just two scores only for England international Tommy Makinson to acrobatically dive over in the corner with the final play of the first half. The video referee confirmed he had stayed in play and the score was awarded. Coote added the touchline conversion to make it 24-6 at the break and leave the Rhinos with a mountain to climb.

Leeds needed to score the first points of the second half to give them any hope of staging a fight back and they did just that when Konrad Hurrell bumped off an attempted tackle and then offload to Luke Briscoe to score in the corner. Sutcliffe was unable to add the conversion from the touchline but the gap was now 24-10 with 33 minutes still to play.

The Rhinos produced some strong defence to keep Saints out after that, particularly Makinson who looked certain to score a carbon copy try from his first half effort only for the visitors to marshall their line well and see out the danger.

Leeds had a couple of half chances, the most notably when Saints allowed a Sutcliffe high kick to bounce. Hurrell charged up field and got to the kick first before batting it back towards his own line but instead to bouncing to a team mate, Theo Fages was there for Saints to snuff out the danger.

Referee Ben Thaler had to call both captain’s in for a stern talking to after a coming together. It followed a challenge on Harry Newman by Lomax that Leeds felt was high but the officials were happy with.

Thankfully that was enough to cool tempers however Leeds were reduced to 12 men in the final ten minutes of the game when James Donaldson was sin binned for knocking a pass down in an offside position as Saints went for a try.

The home side made the most of their numerical advantage to run in two late tries to increase the final score line. McCarthy-Scarsbrook went over from close range before James Bentley went over from dummy half having took his side up field with a break from inside their own territory. Coote converted both tries to make the final score 36-10.

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Brad Dwyer scores a try during the Super League clash between St Helens and Leeds Rhinos.

A try in each half from Brad Dwyer and Luke Briscoe were not enough for Leeds as they lost 36-10 to the Betfred Super League leaders at the Totally Wicked Stadium.

St Helens came out fired up and they opened the scoring at the end of the first set of the game when Jack Walker, on his return to the side, lost the flight of the high kick in the low evening sun. The ball bounced off the full back’s shoulder straight into the path of Kevin Naiqama and he had the simple job of going over between the posts. Lachlan Coote added the conversion to give his side a 6-0 lead after 90 seconds.

The home side doubled their lead in the next set as Jonny Lomax evaded an attempted tackle by Brad Dwyer before finding Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook in support to score. Coote was on target again to make it 12-0.

Leeds managed to stem the flow of points after that and finally gained possession to gain territory in the Saints half. Eventually they managed to turn pressure into points. The try came from an error by Coote as he spilled Liam Sutcliffe’s high kick. Leeds had a couple of half chances before Dwyer shot out from dummy half and stretched out to score between the posts. Sutcliffe added the conversion to half Saints lead after 17 minutes.

However, three minutes later Coote made amends for his error as he cut the perfect line to take a short pass near the Rhinos line and proved too powerful to stop from close range for the Rhinos.  He converted his own try to give his side an 18-6 lead.

Coote had another try ruled out by referee Ben Thaler for a forward last pass by Naiqama and the Rhinos looked like they had limited the damage at the break to just two scores only for England international Tommy Makinson to acrobatically dive over in the corner with the final play of the first half. The video referee confirmed he had stayed in play and the score was awarded. Coote added the touchline conversion to make it 24-6 at the break and leave the Rhinos with a mountain to climb.

Leeds needed to score the first points of the second half to give them any hope of staging a fight back and they did just that when Konrad Hurrell bumped off an attempted tackle and then offload to Luke Briscoe to score in the corner. Sutcliffe was unable to add the conversion from the touchline but the gap was now 24-10 with 33 minutes still to play.

The Rhinos produced some strong defence to keep Saints out after that, particularly Makinson who looked certain to score a carbon copy try from his first half effort only for the visitors to marshall their line well and see out the danger.

Leeds had a couple of half chances, the most notably when Saints allowed a Sutcliffe high kick to bounce. Hurrell charged up field and got to the kick first before batting it back towards his own line but instead to bouncing to a team mate, Theo Fages was there for Saints to snuff out the danger.

Referee Ben Thaler had to call both captain’s in for a stern talking to after a coming together. It followed a challenge on Harry Newman by Lomax that Leeds felt was high but the officials were happy with.

Thankfully that was enough to cool tempers however Leeds were reduced to 12 men in the final ten minutes of the game when James Donaldson was sin binned for knocking a pass down in an offside position as Saints went for a try.

The home side made the most of their numerical advantage to run in two late tries to increase the final score line. McCarthy-Scarsbrook went over from close range before James Bentley went over from dummy half having took his side up field with a break from inside their own territory. Coote converted both tries to make the final score 36-10.

Team Performance

Goals

0

1

Tries

0

2

Player Performance

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Tom Briscoe0000000
Harry Newman0000000
Konrad Hurrell0000000
Luke Briscoe1000000
Liam Sutcliffe0100000
Richie Myler0000000
Ava Seumanufagai0000000
Brad Dwyer1000000
Brad Singleton0000000
Brett Ferres0000000
Kallum Watkins0000000
Trent Merrin0000000
Interchanges
Matt Parcell0000000
Adam Cuthbertson0000000
James Donaldson0001000
Mikolaj Oledzki0000000
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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