• St Helens
  • 36 - 08

  • Leeds Rhinos
  • St Helens
  • HT 14 - 04
  • Leeds Rhinos
1st October 2021 | KO 19:45 | Totally Wicked Stadium | Super League Play Off

St Helens 36 Leeds Rhinos 8

SL.Play Off. Saints v Rhinos. FriOct1st2021. © MATTHEW MERRICK PHOTOGRAPHY

Leeds Rhinos’ season came to an end at the Totally Wicked Stadium as the Rhinos were defeated 36-8 by St Helens in the Betfred Super League semi finals.

Tries from Richie Myler and Luke Briscoe only dented Saints’ scoreline as the reigning Super League champions walked away with the result in the second half with 22 points, courtesy of Regan Grace and Mark Percival, who scored braces.

Richard Agar made some tweaks to his side that beat Wigan Warriors a week ago, with Bodene Thompson being replaced in the starting lineup by James Donaldson and Mikolaj Oledzki also started alongside Matt Prior, after coming off the bench against the Warriors.

Harry Newman had Leeds’ first chance of the game after almost latching onto a Rob Lui kick for the in goal area but he was inches away from grounding the ball under pressure from Lachlan Coote. The home side then turned the tables to dominate possession, despite the Rhinos’ positive start. Jonny Lomax got lucky as his kick came back off the post pads and nearly sat up for Joe Batchelor but Richie Myler cleaned up inches away from his own tryline. It was a sign of what was to come though as Regan Grace opened the scoring minutes later; the winger finishing off a move between Lomax and Coote to beat Newman to the try line.

Saints had a roll on against Leeds’ forward pack and Alex Walmsley, who had dominated the last meeting between the two sides earlier in the season, made a break that resulted in the prop earning his side a penalty from Matt Prior. Although Leeds managed to defend the repeat set well – Mikolaj Oledzki managing to fall on a James Roby grubber before Sione Mata’utia can make an attempt to score – the Rhinos let Saints have another chance to attack as Lui’s kick for the sidelines is kept in play by Coote. Ten metres out, referee Chris Kendall accused Rhyse Martin of interfering with Mata’utia and Coote chose to take the penalty goal to make the score 6-0.

The Rhinos tried to steady the ship with a spell of possession in Saints’ half but as they tried the powerplay across the field, Prior dropped Martin’s pass and Makinson collected. The winger was influential in helping the home side into an eight point lead as his break from the backfield enabled St Helens to roll the tiring Leeds pack. As the ball moved right, Kevin Naiqama was caught high by Tom Briscoe, who was subsequently sin binned by the referee. Coote elected once again to take the penalty goal and converted.

James Roby extended the home side’s lead on 23 minutes to put clear breathing space between the two sides. An offside penalty and set restart given away by Leeds was perfect for the home side, who also had the extra man advantage. Once again Walmsley was at the heart of Saints’ attack as the prop provided an offload for Roby, who beat Prior, Lui and Myler to get over on his 440th Super League appearance and make the score 14-0.

The tables turned back in Leeds’ favour for the remainder of the half as Saints’ second rower Mata’utia was sent to the sin bin for a head high tackle on Luke Briscoe that was similar to the shot that saw Tom Briscoe sent off the field for ten minutes. Newman tried his luck again down the left edge as quick passes between Lui and Myler gave the centre some room to work, but his kick downfield for himself was too strong and St Helens took away a seven tackle set. Agnatius Paasi then lost the ball close to his own try line to let the Rhinos go for the try line again but once again, Agar’s side lacked the finishing touches to get over the whitewash.

With minutes to go in the half, Leeds finally got on the scoreboard against the run of play. The introduction of Jack Welsby was hurting the Rhinos down the middle but after Dodd’s kick was returned well by Newman, Leeds sensed an opportunity with a further penalty for offside. Off the back of that, a great sliding play by the Rhinos caught the home side out and Myler went over in the corner. The decision was handed up to the video referee but was given the green light, closing the gap to 14-4 at half time.

 

Both sides were back up to thirteen for the start of the second half but St Helens were not troubled by the Rhinos as they sealed their place back at Old Trafford.

Donaldson was sin binned only five minutes into the second period as he tackled Coote high and that made the mountain a steep climb for the visitors as Mark Percival got his first try of the game, barrelling over after a short pass from Mata’utia.

Much like in the first half, once Saints got rolling in attack, they were hard to stop. Paasi and Welsby were both coming off the bench with vigour but even when the home side made errors, Leeds failed to make them pay. On the other hand, when Luke Briscoe knocked on playing the ball, St Helens opened Leeds up as Naiqama took a quick pass from Coote to slice through and score on the hour mark to take the home side into a 20 point lead.

Leeds showed resolve to grab their second try of the game after Martin got the Rhinos the ball back after his restart bounced out. Four consecutive sets followed before finally, after Morgan Knowles was sin binned on 67 minutes, Lui and Myler used the space left by the forward to put Luke Briscoe over in the corner.

With ten minutes to go, Leeds’ luck began to run out, as they needed three converted tries to win. The hopes of a comeback were quashed though as Percival and Grace both scored their second tries of the game inside the last eight minutes. Coote converted both tries to make the final score 36-8 and end Leeds’ season.

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SL.Play Off. Saints v Rhinos. FriOct1st2021. © MATTHEW MERRICK PHOTOGRAPHY

Leeds Rhinos’ season came to an end at the Totally Wicked Stadium as the Rhinos were defeated 36-8 by St Helens in the Betfred Super League semi finals.

Tries from Richie Myler and Luke Briscoe only dented Saints’ scoreline as the reigning Super League champions walked away with the result in the second half with 22 points, courtesy of Regan Grace and Mark Percival, who scored braces.

Richard Agar made some tweaks to his side that beat Wigan Warriors a week ago, with Bodene Thompson being replaced in the starting lineup by James Donaldson and Mikolaj Oledzki also started alongside Matt Prior, after coming off the bench against the Warriors.

Harry Newman had Leeds’ first chance of the game after almost latching onto a Rob Lui kick for the in goal area but he was inches away from grounding the ball under pressure from Lachlan Coote. The home side then turned the tables to dominate possession, despite the Rhinos’ positive start. Jonny Lomax got lucky as his kick came back off the post pads and nearly sat up for Joe Batchelor but Richie Myler cleaned up inches away from his own tryline. It was a sign of what was to come though as Regan Grace opened the scoring minutes later; the winger finishing off a move between Lomax and Coote to beat Newman to the try line.

Saints had a roll on against Leeds’ forward pack and Alex Walmsley, who had dominated the last meeting between the two sides earlier in the season, made a break that resulted in the prop earning his side a penalty from Matt Prior. Although Leeds managed to defend the repeat set well – Mikolaj Oledzki managing to fall on a James Roby grubber before Sione Mata’utia can make an attempt to score – the Rhinos let Saints have another chance to attack as Lui’s kick for the sidelines is kept in play by Coote. Ten metres out, referee Chris Kendall accused Rhyse Martin of interfering with Mata’utia and Coote chose to take the penalty goal to make the score 6-0.

The Rhinos tried to steady the ship with a spell of possession in Saints’ half but as they tried the powerplay across the field, Prior dropped Martin’s pass and Makinson collected. The winger was influential in helping the home side into an eight point lead as his break from the backfield enabled St Helens to roll the tiring Leeds pack. As the ball moved right, Kevin Naiqama was caught high by Tom Briscoe, who was subsequently sin binned by the referee. Coote elected once again to take the penalty goal and converted.

James Roby extended the home side’s lead on 23 minutes to put clear breathing space between the two sides. An offside penalty and set restart given away by Leeds was perfect for the home side, who also had the extra man advantage. Once again Walmsley was at the heart of Saints’ attack as the prop provided an offload for Roby, who beat Prior, Lui and Myler to get over on his 440th Super League appearance and make the score 14-0.

The tables turned back in Leeds’ favour for the remainder of the half as Saints’ second rower Mata’utia was sent to the sin bin for a head high tackle on Luke Briscoe that was similar to the shot that saw Tom Briscoe sent off the field for ten minutes. Newman tried his luck again down the left edge as quick passes between Lui and Myler gave the centre some room to work, but his kick downfield for himself was too strong and St Helens took away a seven tackle set. Agnatius Paasi then lost the ball close to his own try line to let the Rhinos go for the try line again but once again, Agar’s side lacked the finishing touches to get over the whitewash.

With minutes to go in the half, Leeds finally got on the scoreboard against the run of play. The introduction of Jack Welsby was hurting the Rhinos down the middle but after Dodd’s kick was returned well by Newman, Leeds sensed an opportunity with a further penalty for offside. Off the back of that, a great sliding play by the Rhinos caught the home side out and Myler went over in the corner. The decision was handed up to the video referee but was given the green light, closing the gap to 14-4 at half time.

 

Both sides were back up to thirteen for the start of the second half but St Helens were not troubled by the Rhinos as they sealed their place back at Old Trafford.

Donaldson was sin binned only five minutes into the second period as he tackled Coote high and that made the mountain a steep climb for the visitors as Mark Percival got his first try of the game, barrelling over after a short pass from Mata’utia.

Much like in the first half, once Saints got rolling in attack, they were hard to stop. Paasi and Welsby were both coming off the bench with vigour but even when the home side made errors, Leeds failed to make them pay. On the other hand, when Luke Briscoe knocked on playing the ball, St Helens opened Leeds up as Naiqama took a quick pass from Coote to slice through and score on the hour mark to take the home side into a 20 point lead.

Leeds showed resolve to grab their second try of the game after Martin got the Rhinos the ball back after his restart bounced out. Four consecutive sets followed before finally, after Morgan Knowles was sin binned on 67 minutes, Lui and Myler used the space left by the forward to put Luke Briscoe over in the corner.

With ten minutes to go, Leeds’ luck began to run out, as they needed three converted tries to win. The hopes of a comeback were quashed though as Percival and Grace both scored their second tries of the game inside the last eight minutes. Coote converted both tries to make the final score 36-8 and end Leeds’ season.

Team Performance

Goals

6

0

Tries

6

2

Player Performance

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Luke Briscoe1000000
Harry Newman0000000
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Ash Handley0000000
Robert Lui0000000
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Mikolaj Oledzki0000000
Brad Dwyer0000000
Matt Prior0000000
James Donaldson0001000
Rhyse Martin0000000
Zane Tetevano0000000
Interchanges
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Cameron Smith0000000
Tom Holroyd0000000
Bodene Thompson0000000
PlayerTRGLDGYCRCI+I-
Lachlan Coote0600000
Tommy Makinson0000000
Kevin Naiqama1000000
Mark Percival2000000
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Alex Walmsley0000000
James Roby1000000
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Joe Batchelor0000000
Morgan Knowles0001000
Interchanges
Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook0000000
Kyle Amor0000000
Agnatius Paasi0000000
Jack Welsby0000000
Stats Key
  • TR: Tries
  • RD: Red Cards
  • GL: Goals
  • I+: Interchange On
  • DG: Drop Goals
  • I-: Interchange Off
  • YC: Yellow Cards