Leeds Rhinos 0 St Helens 26: Saints add to Rhinos’ woes at Headingley Yorkshire News

It was the Rhinos’ fifth defeat in as many games at Headingley this year, making it the worst start to the season at home in Leeds history.

For the third consecutive game at home, the Rhinos failed to score in the first half but, unlike the drubbing of Hull and Castleford Tigers, they were still in the game at half-time, trailing by eight, all those points came in the opening . 19 minutes

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Leeds were still in contact until the 55th minute, but an interception attempt turned the tide and Saints scored again in the next set to secure the result.

Muizz Mustapha is in the hands of Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook and Agnatius Paasi. Photo Bruce Rollinson

With Castleford beating Toulouse Olympique, the Rhinos have dropped one place to second from bottom in the Betfred Super League, but last night’s performance gave them something to build on ahead of their next game, at home to Huddersfield Giants in 12 days’ time.

The effort was certainly there and despite conceding five tries Leeds defended well for the most part but their attack let them down although the Saints defense was very strong.

Leeds didn’t have a standout individual, but captain Kruise Leeming had a great opportunity and Morgan Gannon played well off the bench, with some individuals raising their level in recent games, failing to get the job done.

It was the second time in three seasons that the Saints had shut down Leeds at home and had no possession in the visitors’ half until the 19th minute, by which time they were trailing 8-0.

Tommy Makinson on his way to scoring the third try for St Helens. Photo Bruce Rollinson

Rhinos regularly ran the ball in the last tackle, but he tried a few things. Late in the half, Austin kicked from the base of a midway scrum for Tindall to chase down, but Jonny Lomax read right and came back to clear the danger.

Earlier, Leeming made it a terrific 40-20, but Austin’s forward pass to Cameron Smith squandered that opportunity.

The closest Rhinos got was when Leeming almost pulled away from the performance, halfway into the last one, but was briefly knocked down.

After all of the Saints’ territory and possession early on, Rhinos did well to stay in the game at halftime.

Ash Handley escapes from Jonny Lomax. Photo Bruce Rollinson

Konrad Hurrell, playing against his former club for the first time, grabbed the first of a pass from James Roby at the base of a scrum, quickly overcoming Jack Broadbent’s missed tackle, after Ash Handley struck trying to intercept Jack Welsby. .

Leeming held Roby over the Rhinos line, following an error by Tindall, then Handley picked up a fumble and ran 80 yards, but the whistle had already blown for a Broadbent knockout, making a tackle on Lomax.

High tackles from Sutcliffe and James Bentley on Lomax kept the pressure on and, in the final inning, Tommy Makinson dived into the corner from a Welsby pass.

Early in the second half, Jon Bennion dropped a high shot from Sutcliffe near the Saints line, but on the first play of the resulting set, Tindall was dragged into touch by a pass from Jack Walker, who would have been better off taking the ball. rig

Moments later, Makinson spilled another kick from Sutcliffe and, after six again and a penalty, Walker cut up Sutcliffe’s pass, but the touchdown was ruled out for obstruction. That was the decisive moment.

The Saints weren’t exactly rocking but they were forced to dig deep but, not for the first time this season, Leeds released the pressure with an error; Sutcliffe threw a blind pass behind his back a few yards away and Makinson intercepted to go all the way down the field for a try that Mark Percival converted.

Then, in the next set, Lewis Dodd finished off an outstanding move involving Percival and Bennison. Percival added a second goal and in the blink of an eye Leeds had gone from threatening to get back into the game to losing by 20 and getting out of it.

Lomax scored a brilliant solo try, beating the defence, with nine minutes remaining, Pecival added the extras to complete the score.

Muizz Mustapha was called up for the first time this season and came off the bench for the final 16 minutes.

Leeds: Walker, Handley, Broadbent, Briscoe, Tindall, Austin, Sutcliffe, Oledzki, Leeming, Prior, Bentley, Martin, Smith. Substitutes: O’Connor, Gannon, Donaldson, Mustafa.

Saint Helena: Welsby, Makinson, Hurrell, Percival, Bennison, Lomax, Dodd, Pa’asi, Roby, McCarthy-Scarsbrook, Batchelor, Sironen, Knowles. Substitutes: Lussick, Wingfield, Norman, Royle.

Referee: James Child (RFL).

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This notice was published: 2022-04-01 22:36:00

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