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Final spot thrills Anderson
Saints coach praises defending
I'm really happy with our boys, our defence hasn't been that good for a very long time - it shows what a champion team this is. Ive got goose bumps about how good a game that was and how excited I am right now.
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St Helens coach Daniel Anderson was impressed by his side's defensive performance after they booked their Grand Final place with a 10-8 success against Leeds Rhinos on Friday evening.
Leon Pryce's first-half try and three Matty Smith goals proved enough for the defending champions to overcome a spirited effort by the Rhinos at Knowsley Road.
Saints were forced to repel constant pressure in the final 15 minutes to prevent the Rhinos turning their plentiful supply of possession into points.
"It was a very courageous performance from both teams," Anderson told Sky Sports afterwards.
"It was a fantastic game, credit to the opposition who I thought were great.
"We hung in there and took our opportunities tonight and I'm absolutely rapped for the boys.
"They had that period in the second-half when they were absolutely all over us and we just hung in there
"I'm really happy with our boys, our defence hasn't been that good for a very long time - it shows what a champion team this is.
"Ive got goose bumps about how good a game that was and how excited I am right now."
Prop Nick Fozzard exemplified Saints' performance with a tireless display that earned him the man-of-the-match award.
"Leeds came here and got stuck in, they really gave it to us from the start," said Fozzard.
"We are just delighted to take the win tonight. We're through to the final and just one step away from something really special."
St Helens now have two weeks to prepare for the Grand Final at Old Trafford on October 13, when they could face a return match against Leeds.
The Rhinos entertain the winner of Saturday's elimination semi-final between Hull FC and Wigan Warriors on October 5 for the right to face Saints.
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|9||Hull K R||3||2|
|10||Salford Red Devils||3||2|
|First Utility Super League|
|Thursday 5th March|
|20:00||Hull FC vs Leeds Rhinos|
|Friday 6th March|
|20:00||Wakefield Wildcats vs St Helens|
|20:00||Huddersfield Giants vs Widnes Vikings|
|20:00||Castleford Tigers vs Wigan Warriors|
|Saturday 7th March|
|15:30||Catalans Dragons vs Salford Red Devils|
|Sunday 8th March|
|15:00||Warrington Wolves vs Hull K R|
|Thursday 12th March|
|20:00||Huddersfield vs Castleford|
|Friday 13th March|
|20:00||Warrington vs Leeds|
|20:00||Wigan vs Hull|
|20:00||Widnes Vikings vs St Helens|
|First Utility Super League|
|Sunday 1st March|
|Widnes Vikings 58 - 16 Wakefield Wildcats|
|Hull K R 22 - 20 Wigan Warriors|
|Saturday 28th February|
|Salford Red Devils 32 - 28 Hull FC|
|Catalans Dragons 38 - 18 Warrington Wolves|
|Friday 27th February|
|St Helens 21 - 14 Castleford Tigers|
|Thursday 26th February|
|Leeds Rhinos 28 - 24 Huddersfield Giants|
|Sunday 15th February|
|Wakefield 44 - 24 Hull K R|
|Saturday 14th February|
|Catalans Dragons 13 - 12 Castleford|
|Friday 13th February|
|Hull 6 - 7 Warrington|
|Leeds 38 - 6 Widnes|
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