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St Helens 62 Leeds Rhinos 18

The result of this game was largely expected as the Rhinos fielded a weakened side after the memorable triumph at Wembley just a few short days before.

The administrators of the game, who felt that Saints deserved to have a nine day break before the game as opposed to the couple of days that Leeds had will hopefully think again next season.
With the influential Iestyn Harris only on the bench and four of the Wembley heroes missing it was always going to be a struggle against the form team in Super League and the home team got off to a flier.
Tries from Sullivan who was fed by Newlove, the big centre himself, and Sean Long early on were a signal of the massive score to come, but Leeds responded well to the early onslaught with a couple of tries of their own.
Darren Fleary followed up a long kick that was poorly defended by the home team and Francis Cummins scored in a similar fashion to bring the Rhinos to a respectable 16-12.
However, when Brad Godden found himself harshly in the sin bin for interfering at the play-of-the-ball the game was effectively over.

 

Joynt, Sculthorpe and Stewart all took advantage of the centre's departure and the Rhinos were left licking their wounds at half time 30-12.
Saints with the scent of victory already in their nostrils began to force the pace in the second half and by then, even the never-say-die Rhinos pack had decided that the day was lost as more scores poured in with Saints happy to gain revenge for their defeat in the Challenge Cup earlier in the season.
Andy Hay grabbed a try in the second period that was scant consolation for a real hammering at the hands of a side who the Rhinos could well meet at Old Trafford later in the year.
The result was a crushing blow, however it was not entirely unexpected and Graham Murray may have well saved some of his key players for the more realistic target of beating Wakefield

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St Helens 62 Leeds Rhinos 18

The result of this game was largely expected as the Rhinos fielded a weakened side after the memorable triumph at Wembley just a few short days before.

The administrators of the game, who felt that Saints deserved to have a nine day break before the game as opposed to the couple of days that Leeds had will hopefully think again next season.
With the influential Iestyn Harris only on the bench and four of the Wembley heroes missing it was always going to be a struggle against the form team in Super League and the home team got off to a flier.
Tries from Sullivan who was fed by Newlove, the big centre himself, and Sean Long early on were a signal of the massive score to come, but Leeds responded well to the early onslaught with a couple of tries of their own.
Darren Fleary followed up a long kick that was poorly defended by the home team and Francis Cummins scored in a similar fashion to bring the Rhinos to a respectable 16-12.
However, when Brad Godden found himself harshly in the sin bin for interfering at the play-of-the-ball the game was effectively over.

 

Joynt, Sculthorpe and Stewart all took advantage of the centre's departure and the Rhinos were left licking their wounds at half time 30-12.
Saints with the scent of victory already in their nostrils began to force the pace in the second half and by then, even the never-say-die Rhinos pack had decided that the day was lost as more scores poured in with Saints happy to gain revenge for their defeat in the Challenge Cup earlier in the season.
Andy Hay grabbed a try in the second period that was scant consolation for a real hammering at the hands of a side who the Rhinos could well meet at Old Trafford later in the year.
The result was a crushing blow, however it was not entirely unexpected and Graham Murray may have well saved some of his key players for the more realistic target of beating Wakefield