• St Helens
  • 40 - 8

  • Leeds Rhinos
  • St Helens
  • HT 0 - 0
  • Leeds Rhinos
23rd October 2020 | KO 19:45 | Totally Wicked Stadium | Super League

Season So Far

Metres Gained

25,329

Tackles Made
6,295
Missed Tackles
623
Penalties Conceded

109

Total Carries

3,345

Total Passes

4,042

Clean Breaks

133

Errors

277

Top Try Scorer
Ash Handley

18

Top Passer
Brad Dwyer

942

Top Metre Maker

3,123

Ash Handley
Top Tackler

537

Cameron Smith

St Helens 40 Leeds Rhinos 8

Picture by Allan McKenzie/SWpix.com - 23/10/2020 - Rugby League - Betfred Super League - St Helens v Leeds Rhinos - The Totally Wicked Stadium, Langtree Park, St Helens, England - Leeds's Sam Walters is tackled by St Helens's Matty Lees & Jonny Lomax.

A youthful Leeds Rhinos side continued to showcase the upcoming talent at the club despite suffering a 40-8 against the League Leaders St Helens at the Totally Wicked Stadium.

Following their trip to Wembley and with seven games in 16 days, head coach Richard Agar reintroduced a number of Leeds’ young talent back into the matchday squad. Jack Broadbent, Liam Tindall, Sam Walters, Callum McLelland and Jarrod O’Connor were given a chance to shine after positive performances against Warrington and Catalans earlier in the season, while Mikolaj Oledzki, Alex Sutcliffe, Brad Dwyer and James Donaldson, who were part of Saturday’s Cup win, retained their places.

When the two sides met at Emerald Headinglety after Super League restarted in August, St Helens took away a 48-0 win and the League Leaders made it difficult for the Rhinos on home soil, restricting Leeds’ territory and using their attacking threats across the field. 19 year old Josh Simm got the Saints scoring underway early on after Zeb Taia was able to pull in Leeds’ left side defence and offload the ball for the young centre to streak away and beat Jack Walker to the try line.

A break by James Roby looked ominous once again for the Rhinos but the boot of Callum McLelland saved Leeds from defending repeat sets. The young Rhinos had to survive more pressure in their own half but a crusher tackle from Alex Walmsley on Alex Sutcliffe saw the St Helens prop receive a yellow card and ten minutes on the sideline, relieving Leeds of having to defend their line. It didn’t halt the home side’s progress though; Roby catching Cameron Smith napping to go through the Leeds line and pass away for Taia to touch down for a try of his own. Five minutes later, the mountain got higher for Leeds to climb; Simm outmuscling McLelland to get the ball over the line for Saints’ third try in 20 minutes. Coote missed the latter as the home side took a 16-0 lead.

As the half continued to go in favour of the home side, the Rhinos were forced to continue  to defend repeat sets when Jonny Lomax’s pass for Tommy Makinson was touched by Luke Briscoe before it went over the side. Even though it looked like the home side would convert their chance, the young Rhinos stayed strong and forced Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook to drop the ball and McLelland’s attacking kick on the fifth tackle was better than the last, pinning St Helens back on their own 30 metre line.

Despite Leeds’ best efforts, man of the Match Simm rounded off the first half with his hat trick try; the centre being picked out by Lachlan Coote with a long pass over the top of Liam Tindall’s head after a break by Regan Grace. Coote was accurate with the boot as the home side went into half time with a 22-0 advantage.

 

The Rhinos started the second period by turning the pressure on the home side. Grace dropped a high bomb early on, placing Leeds on Saints’ try line, but after captain Brad Dwyer and McLelland came close; a grubber kick for the in goal area was wrapped up by Lomax. Moments later, Kevin Naiqama’s offload for James Bentley went over the sideline, giving Leeds another set of six, and at the end of the set another clever grubber kick by McLelland caught Grace out and the winger was bundled over the sideline. On their third set, a well timed pass from the Leeds half back released Smith to cross the tryline from short range, despite Lomax’s best efforts. After the video referee had confirmed the try, Smith couldn’t convert his own effort but the Rhinos were on the scoreboard.

Kristian Woolf’s side tried to respond minutes after conceding but a strong tackle from Holroyd on McCarthy-Scarsbrook forced the Saints substitute to pass forward to Coote. The decisions kept falling in favour of the Rhinos as Saints were judged to be holding Luke Briscoe down by referee Liam Moore but the final tackle saw McLelland’s kick gathered by Roby. The half back continued his aggressive kicking on Leeds’ next set, slotting the ball beautifully over the sideline just by the corner flag.

For all of Leeds’ efforts, St Helens showed why they were the League Leaders, scoring back to back tries just after the hour mark. Moving the ball swiftly across the line for Matty Lee’s, the prop found Theo Fages supporting him on the inside to put the Frenchman over to score the first before a break down the sideline by Makinson found his centre partner Naiqama in support to stretch Saints’ advantage to 34-4.

It was a memorable night for Leeds’ academy product Liam Tindall, who managed to get over the try line for his first Super League try in blue and amber. Back to back penalties helped the Rhinos down the field and a nice move right opened up space for McLelland to provide Sam Walters with a flat pass. St Helens were unable to wrap the ball up in the tackle and the Leeds second rower wasn’t greedy, passing the ball wide for his academy team mate Tindall to get in the corner.

The League Leaders finished the game with one last hurrah though; substitute Aaron Smith connecting with Theo Fages to slice through the defence before the half back returned the favour for the hooker to score under the posts. Coote slotted his sixth of the night as the Saints kept their grip on the top of the league.

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Picture by Allan McKenzie/SWpix.com - 23/10/2020 - Rugby League - Betfred Super League - St Helens v Leeds Rhinos - The Totally Wicked Stadium, Langtree Park, St Helens, England - Leeds's Sam Walters is tackled by St Helens's Matty Lees & Jonny Lomax.

A youthful Leeds Rhinos side continued to showcase the upcoming talent at the club despite suffering a 40-8 against the League Leaders St Helens at the Totally Wicked Stadium.

Following their trip to Wembley and with seven games in 16 days, head coach Richard Agar reintroduced a number of Leeds’ young talent back into the matchday squad. Jack Broadbent, Liam Tindall, Sam Walters, Callum McLelland and Jarrod O’Connor were given a chance to shine after positive performances against Warrington and Catalans earlier in the season, while Mikolaj Oledzki, Alex Sutcliffe, Brad Dwyer and James Donaldson, who were part of Saturday’s Cup win, retained their places.

When the two sides met at Emerald Headinglety after Super League restarted in August, St Helens took away a 48-0 win and the League Leaders made it difficult for the Rhinos on home soil, restricting Leeds’ territory and using their attacking threats across the field. 19 year old Josh Simm got the Saints scoring underway early on after Zeb Taia was able to pull in Leeds’ left side defence and offload the ball for the young centre to streak away and beat Jack Walker to the try line.

A break by James Roby looked ominous once again for the Rhinos but the boot of Callum McLelland saved Leeds from defending repeat sets. The young Rhinos had to survive more pressure in their own half but a crusher tackle from Alex Walmsley on Alex Sutcliffe saw the St Helens prop receive a yellow card and ten minutes on the sideline, relieving Leeds of having to defend their line. It didn’t halt the home side’s progress though; Roby catching Cameron Smith napping to go through the Leeds line and pass away for Taia to touch down for a try of his own. Five minutes later, the mountain got higher for Leeds to climb; Simm outmuscling McLelland to get the ball over the line for Saints’ third try in 20 minutes. Coote missed the latter as the home side took a 16-0 lead.

As the half continued to go in favour of the home side, the Rhinos were forced to continue  to defend repeat sets when Jonny Lomax’s pass for Tommy Makinson was touched by Luke Briscoe before it went over the side. Even though it looked like the home side would convert their chance, the young Rhinos stayed strong and forced Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook to drop the ball and McLelland’s attacking kick on the fifth tackle was better than the last, pinning St Helens back on their own 30 metre line.

Despite Leeds’ best efforts, man of the Match Simm rounded off the first half with his hat trick try; the centre being picked out by Lachlan Coote with a long pass over the top of Liam Tindall’s head after a break by Regan Grace. Coote was accurate with the boot as the home side went into half time with a 22-0 advantage.

 

The Rhinos started the second period by turning the pressure on the home side. Grace dropped a high bomb early on, placing Leeds on Saints’ try line, but after captain Brad Dwyer and McLelland came close; a grubber kick for the in goal area was wrapped up by Lomax. Moments later, Kevin Naiqama’s offload for James Bentley went over the sideline, giving Leeds another set of six, and at the end of the set another clever grubber kick by McLelland caught Grace out and the winger was bundled over the sideline. On their third set, a well timed pass from the Leeds half back released Smith to cross the tryline from short range, despite Lomax’s best efforts. After the video referee had confirmed the try, Smith couldn’t convert his own effort but the Rhinos were on the scoreboard.

Kristian Woolf’s side tried to respond minutes after conceding but a strong tackle from Holroyd on McCarthy-Scarsbrook forced the Saints substitute to pass forward to Coote. The decisions kept falling in favour of the Rhinos as Saints were judged to be holding Luke Briscoe down by referee Liam Moore but the final tackle saw McLelland’s kick gathered by Roby. The half back continued his aggressive kicking on Leeds’ next set, slotting the ball beautifully over the sideline just by the corner flag.

For all of Leeds’ efforts, St Helens showed why they were the League Leaders, scoring back to back tries just after the hour mark. Moving the ball swiftly across the line for Matty Lee’s, the prop found Theo Fages supporting him on the inside to put the Frenchman over to score the first before a break down the sideline by Makinson found his centre partner Naiqama in support to stretch Saints’ advantage to 34-4.

It was a memorable night for Leeds’ academy product Liam Tindall, who managed to get over the try line for his first Super League try in blue and amber. Back to back penalties helped the Rhinos down the field and a nice move right opened up space for McLelland to provide Sam Walters with a flat pass. St Helens were unable to wrap the ball up in the tackle and the Leeds second rower wasn’t greedy, passing the ball wide for his academy team mate Tindall to get in the corner.

The League Leaders finished the game with one last hurrah though; substitute Aaron Smith connecting with Theo Fages to slice through the defence before the half back returned the favour for the hooker to score under the posts. Coote slotted his sixth of the night as the Saints kept their grip on the top of the league.

Team Performance

Metres Gained
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Carries
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Passes
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Tackles
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Missed Tackles

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Clean Breaks

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Attacking Kicks

Dummy Half Metres

Forty Twenty

Goals

Penalties Conceded

Tries

Player Performance

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Stats Key
  • T: Tries
  • TA: Try Assists
  • TC: Tackles
  • MT: Marker Tackles
  • MIT: Missed Tackles
  • TB: Tackle Busts
  • AT: Attacking Kicks
  • C: Carries
  • M: Metres
  • AG: Average Gain
  • CB: Clean Break
  • DR: Run From Dummy Half
  • E: Errors
  • FT: Forty Twenty
  • G: Goals
  • MG: Missed Goals
  • OF: Offload
  • P: Penalties
  • YC: Yellow Card
  • RC: Red Card