Rhinos Spoil Saints Perfect Record

The match opened with a fitting tribute to a legend of the game,Geoff Pimblett, with a minutes applause.

Saints would start high tempo,forcing a goal line drop out in just their third attacking set of the game,a Ben Barbs grubber collected in goal by Ashton Golding, Saints unable to turn possession into points.

A grapple tackle on the Rhinos fullback would leave him in need of treatment and march Leeds upheld, Walker replacing the injured Golding after just 5 minutes of play, the Rhinos forcing a drop out from the attacking set.

Just shy of the ten minute mark Leeds would hit the front foot,Anthony Mullally smashing his way through from 5 metres out next to the posts, Watkins converting to make it 6-0.

A Saints handling error would give the Rhinos possession followed by a penalty would once more put Leeds in good field position, a Joel Moon grabber almost dropped on  by Leeds but Saints would mop up but a penalty would relieve Saints close to the line.

Leeds would cough up possession from a loose pass, Saints springing into action and star player, Ben Barba would force his way over out on the left from a sliding line move, Richardson converting to level the score at 6-6.

The Rhinos worries almost intensified after a late shot on Jack Walker would leave him down, however, he was able to run it off after on field treatment. Richie Myler would opt for a 40/20, instead finding touch on the full to put Saints in striking distance.

An intelligent cross field kick saw Makinson fly through the air and collect the kick,losing the ball in the process of grounding it, the try ruled out by the video ref, Saints refusing to ease on the pressure.

Saints forcing a goal line drop out from a bobbling grubber, from the repeat set the Rhinos would concede a penalty, Richardson converting the penalty to push Saints out in front 8-6.

Then arguably a contender for try of the season from Adam Swift, Swift beating Hall in the air, offloading to Richardson who would flick the ball back inside for Makinson who on his way to ground flicked the pass back to Swift to ground in the corner, Richardson unable to convert, 12-6 after 30 minutes.

5 minutes from half time the Rhinos would pour through a gap, Moon for Briscoe, Briscoe drawing Barba and tipping on for Richie Myler to the left of the posts, Watkins levelling the score at 12-12, that's how the half would finish up, an inaccurate reflection of Saints dominance in the game.

The second half was an arm wrestle straight from the first whistle, both teams trading; penalties, chances and errors, Saints pulling ahead through a penalty goal after 54 minutes. Leeds would earn a penalty of their own for holding down, Watkins levelling just 2 minutes after Saints had took the lead.

St Helens would give Leeds yet more field position from the kick off, the ball stripped by Tony,6 more tackles for the Rhinos, from the repeat set Ash Handley would be the fastest to react to a bouncing ball from a kick seeing him slide into the left corner,Watkins unable to convert, 16-12 to Leeds with 20 minutes to play.

Leeds would split Saints from the kick off, a combination of good defending and poor decision making would see Leeds bomb a certain try. Just minutes later Leeds would lose captain Kallum Watkins to a HIA after a nasty head knock.

A sliding line move would see Joel Moon get loose and grabber through, after a scramble amongst a mix of legs, Ash Hadley would once more be the fastest to react and dive on the ball, Myler missing from the sideline leaving the score 22-14.

With 9 minutes to play Regan Grace would break down the wing and set in Ben Barba to set up a grandstand finish, Richardson closing the gap to 2 points with the conversion 22-20 to the Rhinos.

A Zeb Taia handling error 30 metres from his line would put Saints on the back foot, two tackles later Matt Parcell caught the markers napping and would wrestle his way over, Myler would convert to give the Rhinos an 8 point lead with 5 minutes to play.

Saints were refusing to lay down, Makinson going close before a last ditch Cameron Smith try saver would keep him out, however they were unable to register and Leeds ran out 28-20 winners.



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