Leeds Rhinos  8
St. Helens  18
DATE
COMPETITION
VENUEATTENDANCE(HT)
15th Mar 2024
Super League
AWAY
15284
(HT:8:6)

2 - Jonathan Bennison
AGE AT TIME OF MATCH

TRIES
1
WINNING HONOURS
2022 SLGF

3 - Konrad Hurrell
AGE AT TIME OF MATCH

WINNING HONOURS
2022 SLGF 2023 WCC

4 - Matt Whitley
AGE AT TIME OF MATCH

5 - Waqa Blake
AGE AT TIME OF MATCH

TRIES
1

7 - Lewis Dodd
AGE AT TIME OF MATCH

WINNING HONOURS
2021 SLGF 2023 WCC

9 - Daryl Clark
AGE AT TIME OF MATCH

11 - Sione Matautia
AGE AT TIME OF MATCH

WINNING HONOURS
2021 SLGF 2022 SLGF 2023 WCC

12 - Joe Batchelor
AGE AT TIME OF MATCH

WINNING HONOURS
2021 RLCCF 2021 SLGF 2022 SLGF

14 - Moses Mbye
AGE AT TIME OF MATCH

TRIES
1

15 - James Bell
AGE AT TIME OF MATCH

WINNING HONOURS
2023 WCC

16 - Jake Wingfield
AGE AT TIME OF MATCH

WINNING HONOURS
2022 SLGF 2023 WCC

17 - George Delaney
AGE AT TIME OF MATCH


Age in brackets is at time of match - Total average age for this team is 0 - ** non-playing sub




MATCH VIDEO

MATCH REPORT


MATCH REPORT : Saints lost winger Tommy Makinson to injury during the warmup, with Joe Batchelor moved into the starting 13, after initially being named on the bench. George Delaney took his spot on the bench. Leeds has a great chance early on. Lachie Miller threw a cut-out pass to the Leeds right edge, Harry Newman raced down the wing but a great last ditch tackle by Lewis Dodd, assisted by Matt Whitley, held him up inches short of the line. The video referee was called upon ten minutes in. Leeds again had an overlap down their right edge, Brodie Croft found Luis Roberts who cut inside and powered his way over from close range. The on-field decision of try quickly backed up by the video referee. Rhyse Martin converted, 6-0. Saints’ first chance came midway through the first half. A Leeds knock on allowed the Red V the chance to start their set in the opposition half for the first time in the contest. Matty Lees broke through early in the tackle count but was tackled by Miller close to the line. Saints unable to break through with the remaining tackles, with Alex Walmsley held up short on the last. The Rhinos then had a chance to gain a two-score lead. The returning Batchelor wrestled the ball away from Miller illegally, Martin took a shot at goal and converted, 8-0.

Another video referee call was needed with six minutes of the half to go. Deep in Leeds territory, Saints went back down the short-side on the last tackle as Dodd kicked high, Whitley contested for it and forced an error, Moses Mbye picking up the loose ball and finding Waqa Blake, who dove over in the corner for his first points in Saints colours. Jonny Lomax converted well from the left touchline, 8-6 we trailed. Saints ended the half in control. A turnover on the last tackle gave Saints the ball in Leeds territory for the last minute of the first 40. Welsby’s kick a few tackles into the set was pushed out by Miller, as Saints trailed 8-6 at AMT Headingley Stadium at the break.

Saints spent the opening ten minutes of the second half camped on the Rhinos line. First the ball went to ground on the last tackle underneath the sticks, before we got held up inches short of the line on the last tackle in the following set, as we looked to keep the ball alive down our right edge. The Red V took the lead in the 57th minute. On the last, again on the Saints line, it was shifted through the hands from left to right and ended with Lomax throwing a great cut-out pass to Jon Bennison on the wing, who dove over in the corner. Lomax’s kick from the right touchline bounced in off the post, 8-12. Another soon followed. Leeds kicked the restart out on the full, Saints marched downfield and Moses Mbye spotted a gap from dummy half and took full advantage to score under the sticks. Lomax converted from in front of the sticks, 8-18. Leeds looked to hit back, as they got ball in good field position for the first time in the second half. Unfortunately for them, Justin Sangare was unable to collect Cameron Smith’s pass underneath the sticks. Another chance quickly followed, but Newman fumbled the ball as he looked to cut inside from the right edge. That was the final action of the contest, as a strong second 40 minutes from the visitors was enough for the two points at AMT Headingley Stadium.

Thanks to the Saints Media Centre for their excellent report.







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