Home team Score Away Team

Leeds

  • Moon, Watkins,
    Goals: Sinfield,
    Drop goals: McGuire,
11 - 10

St Helens

  • Manu (2),
    Goals: Turner,
  • Super League
  • Preliminary Semi-Final
  • 20th Sep 2013
  • Expected to be shown on Sky Sports 1 and Sky Sports HD1
  • KO 20:00
  • Att: 12,189

Super League play-offs: Brian McDermott gives credit to St Helens after Leeds win

Last updated: 23rd September 2013   Subscribe to RSS Feed

Super League play-offs: Brian McDermott gives credit to St Helens after Leeds win

Brian McDermott: Thought play-off clash against St Helens was an 'epic'

Related links

News

Preview

Report

Video

Teams

Also see

Leeds coach Brian McDermott heaped praise on a beaten St Helens side after the Rhinos prevailed in "an epic game" at Headingley.

The defending Super League champions are 80 minutes away from a sixth Grand Final appearance in seven years after a late Danny McGuire drop goal secured a 11-10 win in a nail-biting contest.

The hosts went 10-0 up but were later forced into some desperate defence as St Helens, inspired by Jon Wilkin and Jonny Lomax, stormed back into the contest and threatened to dump McDermott's side out.

"We had a lot of pressure near their tryline for the majority of the first half and it would have been nice to convert some of that," McDermott said.

"But I can't speak highly enough of St Helens. I feel humble that we've won it, although I don't feel lucky. I thought it was a cracking advert for our game and a cracking advert for the play-offs.

"It was such an epic game, with both teams throwing everything at each other. St Helens didn't leave anything in their tank and we had to be very good."

Decision

After completing the line-up for the last four, the champions now wait for Sunday's Club Call announcement by Warrington to discover their semi-final opponents.

McDermott added: "I'm not bothered who we play. We know we're in the next round and we're pumped about that."

St Helens' second defeat in nine matches ended hopes of a Grand Final appearance in Nathan Brown's first season at the helm but the Australian coach was proud of his side's efforts.

"Obviously when you lose, the season is over and it's very disappointing but I'm really proud of our guys," Brown said.

"You couldn't fault the effort from both sides. It was what proper semi-final football is all about. The commitment and effort from both teams was super."

Brown defended his team's decision not to kick for goal when they received a penalty on halfway with the scores locked at 10-10 late on.

He said: "Jonny Lomax couldn't kick because of his hamstring injury. Going for touch was the safest option for us at the time."

Sky Bet Odds:

Click Here for Your Free Bet

Super League Table

Super League Table - July 25 2014
Pos Team P Pts
1 St Helens 22 34
2 Leeds Rhinos 22 32
3 Wigan Warriors 21 30
4 Castleford Tigers 22 30
5 Warrington Wolves 21 28
6 Huddersfield Giants 21 26
7 Catalan Dragons 21 23
8 Widnes Vikings 22 21
9 Hull K R 21 18
10 Salford Red Devils 22 17
11 Wakefield Wildcats 21 17
12 Hull FC 22 16
13 Bradford Bulls * 21 2
14 London Broncos 21 0
Forthcoming Super League Fixtures
TimeFixture
Super League
Saturday 26th July
15:00London Broncos vs Hull K R
Sunday 27th July
15:00Bradford vs Wigan
15:00Warrington vs Wakefield
15:00Huddersfield vs Catalan Dragons
Thursday 31st July
20:00Wigan vs Salford
Friday 1st August
20:00Hull vs St Helens
20:00Catalan Dragons vs Warrington
20:00Leeds vs Bradford
Sunday 3rd August
15:00Widnes vs Hull K R
15:00Wakefield vs Huddersfield

Experts & Blogs

Stevo

Stevo

Read the thoughts and opinions of Stevo with skysports.com