St Helens vs Leeds Rhinos Super League Round 6 Preview

Saints put on another convincing performance last week, two young English stars, Danny Richardson and Mark Percival, ripping their opposition to shreds. The Rhinos just edged out Hull FC but could've very easily have lost the game after being kept scoreless for the last quarter and conceding two late tries.

Leeds and St Helens faced off three times last year, the Rhinos enjoying the majority share of the wins 2-1, all three fixtures were decided by just two points, the win Saints picked up was at home, a place in which Leeds have failed to come away with points since 17th of April 2015, one thing is for sure, these two sides when they meet never provide a dull game.

St Helens are without metre making machine Alex Walmsley after he was escorted from the field last week with a neck injury, Jon Wilkin fills his spot in the Saints 19 man squad after recovering from a head injury. Two changes to the Rhinos this week, prop Mitch Garbutt has been ruled out with a knee injury, and Brad Dwyer returns to the squad after missing last week's fixture against Hull.
St Helens - Jonny Lomax, Tommy Makinson, Ryan Morgan, Mark Percival, Adam Swift, Theo Fages, Matty Smith, James Roby, Kyle Amor, Zeb Taia, Jon Wilkin, Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, Luke Douglas, Luke Thompson, Dom Peyroux, Danny Richardson, Regan Grace, Matty Lees, Ben Barba.

Leeds Rhinos - Ashton Golding, Tom Briscoe, Kallum Watkins, Ryan Hall, Joel Moon, Richie Myler, Matt Parcell, Brad Singleton, Jamie Jones-Buchanan, Carl Ablett, Brad Dwyer, Brett Delaney, Anthony Mullally Ash Handley, Jack Ormonroyd, Jack Walker, Cameron Smith, Mikolaj Oledzki, Josh Walters.

I struggle to see Leeds being the team to derail the Saints perfect record, if both sides play like they did last week, expect to see St Helens open up a sizeable margin over the Rhinos in the last 20 minutes. Many critics have referred to Saints as a 1 man team and many teams have employed tactics to keep the one man, Ben Barba, quiet for 80 minutes, so it was great to see Danny Richardson put on an attacking masterclass, I predict another massive performance from him again this week. I'm giving this game in favour of Saints, traditionally these are very tight games so I am going with a margin of 6-12 points in favour of St Helens.


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