Saints Reserves beat Leeds Rhinos Reserves 32-10 at the Totally Wicked Stadium to make it three wins from three on Saturday!
Saints got off to a strong start with tries from James Bell and Jon Bennison in quick succession. The build-up of pressure in the opening 20 minutes allowed Saints to ask some questions of the Rhinos defence. A short ball from Ellis Archer found James Bell to go underneath the sticks, then a James Bell break led to Jon Bennison supporting to give Saints a two try advantage. Archer converting both tries. 12-0.
As the battle continued, Leeds responded with a William Gatus try in the corner. Sinfield converting from the touchline.
Then, in the dying few minutes of the first half, Bennison found a gap from the scrum which lead to Josh Simm going over for his first try of the afternoon. Archer unsuccessful.
After half time, both sides came out firing with some relentless end to end rugby and excellent goal line defence.
The 60th minute mark saw Jumah Sambou pick up a loose ball close to the Leeds line. Sambou grubbered through, chases his own kick and put the ball down in the corner. Archer converted.
Another two tries came in quick succession for Saints with Reece Sumner going over and Simm scoring his second of the afternoon. Repeat sets resulted in Archer finding Simm through a cut out pass to the corner. Archer converted.
However, Leeds did not stop battling until the final hooter as Bailey Aldridge was able to go over for nothing more than a consolation try. Sinfield unsuccessful with the conversion.
Overall, a strong performance from Saints Reserves to maintain their 100% winning start!
FT: 🔴⚪ Saints Reserves 32 – 10 Leeds Rhinos Reserves 🦏
Three second half tries and some very strong defence means Saints Reserves go three from three! 😁
— St.Helens R.F.C. (@Saints1890) March 5, 2022
Saints Reserves Team: Jon Bennison, Jumah Sambou, Ben Davies, Josh Simm, Daniel Hill, Daniel Moss, Ellis Archer, Lewis Baxter, Taylor Pemberton, Jake Wingfield, Reece Sumner, Sam Royle, James Bell.
Interchanges: Jake Burns, Ellis Keppel, George Delaney, Alfie Sinclair.
Tries: James Bell, Jon Bennison, Josh Simm (x2), Jumah Sambou, Reece Sumner.
Conversions: Ellis Archer 4/6
Leeds Rhinos Reserves Team: Alfie Edgell, William Gatus, Max Simpson, Jack Broadbent, Mackenzie Turner, Jack Sinfield, Kai Morgan, Joseph Hird, Corey Johnson, Matthew Stableford, Daniel Salkeld, Oliver Field, Loui Mcconnell.
Interchanges: Bailey Aldridge, Joseph Gibbons, Mekhi Bridgeman-Reaney, Nathan Snee.
Tries: William Gatus, Bailey Aldridge.
Conversions: Jack Sinfield 1/2