Super League: Brace for Ryan Hall as Leeds Rhinos beat St Helens
Last Updated: 02/03/13 7:24am
Ryan Hall: Scored two tries for Leeds
Leeds bounced back from last week's World Club Challenge defeat by Melbourne Storm with a 20-12 victory at St Helens.
It was the Rhinos' first win at Saints since 2008 as they built on solid defence and dominance up front in a relatively comfortable victory over potential Grand Final rivals.
Saints have still not won at Langtree Park this season and their night got off to the worst possible start as Jordan Turner fired the opening kick-off out on the full.
Moments later Saints were offside defending their line and Kevin Sinfield knocked over his 40th successive successful kick at goal.
But St Helens hit back on eight minutes after Jamie Jones-Buchanan was penalised for interference, setting up the field position for Jonny Lomax to make use of the runners outside him to glide over and score, although Gary Wheeler missed the conversion.
Leeds were clearly expecting a tight game, evidenced by the decision to take two more points after Saints again infringed close to their line.
Four minutes later Leeds hit the front as Jones-Buchanan's offload enabled Sinfield and Danny McGuire to combine to put Ryan Hall in at the corner, although Sinfield finally missed a kick at goal - his streak ending at 41.
Ian Kirke and Kylie Leuluai both knocked on when looking certain to score from close range but Leuluai made amends on the hour as Hall collected McGuire's high kick and passed inside one-handed for the Kiwi to crash over under pressure. Sinfield inevitably stretched the lead to 14-4.
Three minutes later the Rhinos had opened up a winning margin, as a jinking run from Rob Burrow set Joel Moon away, whose clever sidestep and offload gave Hall his second try. Cue Sinfield; 20-4.
Saints rallied in the last 10 minutes as good work from debutant Mark Percival twice created scores in the left corner for Francis Meli.
But Turner missed both conversion attempts as Saints could not get to within the one score that might have set Leeds nerves jangling.
Ultimately the kicking was the difference, with both sides crossing for three tries but the ever-reliable Leeds skipper landing four from five to see his side home.
First Utility Super League
Sun 26th Jul
Huddersfield Giants34 - 24Wakefield Wildcats
Leeds Rhinos36 - 22Catalans Dragons
Widnes Vikings21 - 20Salford Red Devils
Castleford Tigers6 - 44Warrington Wolves
Thu 6th Aug - Super 8's
Wigan WarriorsvsHuddersfield Giants
Fri 7th Aug - Super 8's
Castleford Tigers0 - 0Hull FC
Leeds RhinosvsWarrington Wolves
Sat 8th Aug - Super 8's
Catalans DragonsvsSt Helens
Thu 13th Aug - Super 8's
Castleford TigersvsWarrington Wolves
Fri 14th Aug - Super 8's
Huddersfield Giants0 - 0Catalans Dragons
Leeds RhinosvsWigan Warriors
St Helens0 - 0Hull FC
Thu 20th Aug - Super 8's
St HelensvsHuddersfield Giants
Fri 21st Aug - Super 8's
Hull FC0 - 0Leeds Rhinos
Warrington WolvesvsWigan Warriors
Sat 22nd Aug - Super 8's
Catalans DragonsvsCastleford Tigers
Thu 3rd Sep - Super 8's
Huddersfield GiantsvsCastleford Tigers
Fri 4th Sep - Super 8's
Leeds RhinosvsSt Helens
Sat 5th Sep - Super 8's
Wigan Warriors0 - 0Catalans Dragons
Sun 6th Sep - Super 8's
Warrington Wolves0 - 0Hull FC
Thu 10th Sep - Super 8's
Castleford TigersvsSt Helens
Fri 11th Sep - Super 8's
Wigan WarriorsvsHull FC
Sat 12th Sep - Super 8's
Catalans DragonsvsLeeds Rhinos
Sun 13th Sep - Super 8's
Huddersfield Giants0 - 0Warrington Wolves
Thu 17th Sep - Super 8's
Leeds RhinosvsCastleford Tigers
Fri 18th Sep - Super 8's
Hull FC0 - 0Huddersfield Giants
St HelensvsWigan Warriors
Sat 19th Sep - Super 8's
Warrington Wolves0 - 0Catalans Dragons
Fri 25th Sep - Super 8's
Huddersfield Giants0 - 0Leeds Rhinos
Hull FC0 - 0Catalans Dragons
St Helens0 - 0Warrington Wolves
Wigan Warriors0 - 0Castleford Tigers
Super League 2013, round five
Jamie Heaslip insists he is enjoying being captain of Ireland despite the added pressure and responsibility.
Rod Studd and Stevo look at the all the headlines from the past seven days in rugby league. This week, they are joined by Chris Irvine and Danny Lockwood.
Round five saw the end of Huddersfield's perfect record and the first coaching casualty of the season.
- Craig 'keeping feet on ground'
- Anderson: We were embarrassing
- Last-gasp Tuson denies Tigers
- Bulls cut Giants down to size
- Rovers roll past Wolves
- Frayssinous still frustrated
- Betts plays down injury fears
- Bittersweet win for Vikings
- Dragons singe unlucky Cats
- Brown: It will get better
- Veivers: Wrong decisions made
- Broncos run wild at Salford
- Giants v Bulls: Teams
- Tigers v Warriors: Teams
- Week off 'energises' Vikings
- Vikings v Hull FC: Teams
- Dragons v Wildcats: Teams
- Fiddes' Cent
- Saints v Rhinos: Teams
- City Reds v Broncos: Teams
- Vikings boosted by Brown