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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||24||21|
|10||Salford Red Devils||24||19|
|13||Bradford Bulls *||24||8|
|Thursday 28th August|
|20:00||Warrington vs Huddersfield|
|Friday 29th August|
|20:00||Widnes vs Wigan|
|20:00||Hull vs Hull K R|
|20:00||Leeds vs St Helens|
|Saturday 30th August|
|18:00||Catalan Dragons vs London Broncos|
|Sunday 31st August|
|15:00||Wakefield vs Salford|
|15:30||Castleford vs Bradford|
|Thursday 4th September|
|20:00||St Helens vs Warrington|
|Friday 5th September|
|20:00||Wigan vs Leeds|
|Sunday 7th September|
|15:00||Salford vs London Broncos|
|Sunday 17th August|
|Bradford 34 - 28 Hull|
|London Broncos 40 - 36 Leeds|
|Huddersfield 28 - 14 Widnes|
|Friday 15th August|
|St Helens 40 - 16 Wakefield|
|Salford 34 - 22 Catalan Dragons|
|Warrington 48 - 10 Castleford|
|Thursday 14th August|
|Hull K R 14 - 14 Wigan|
|Sunday 3rd August|
|Castleford 64 - 18 London Broncos|
|Widnes 28 - 10 Hull K R|
|Wakefield 18 - 36 Huddersfield|
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