Ahead of Saturday night's Semi-Final at the Totally Wicked Stadium, view our match preview down below!
The two sides met at the Totally Wicked Stadium earlier on this month, with the Rhinos coming from behind to win 22-34. The result also meant Saints still haven’t beaten the Rhinos at home since 2018, a record the hosts will need to correct come Saturday.
Saints could welcome Luci McColm, Lucie Sams and Phoebe Hook back from injury this week. Whilst the likes of Alyx Bridge and Danielle McGifford will be looking to get back into the 17, after missing out in recent weeks.
16 members of the 21 that featured against the Rhinos in the Betfred Women’s Challenge Cup Final in August are available for selection on Saturday. However, Saints will be without Zoe Harris, who is out injured, and Chantelle Crowl who is on tour with the Canada Ravens. Leah Burke is also absent, after suffering an ACL injury in June. Meg Bragg is also out, after suffering an ACL injury in 2022.
Saints have won six of their last ten meetings with the Rhinos, but as already noted, haven’t beaten them at home since a 20-14 victory over the Yorkshire side on the 20th May 2018. That will need to change if Saints want to re-claim the trophy back from the reigning Betfred Women’s Super League Champions.
Matty Smith previewed the game earlier on this week
🗣 Matty Smith looks ahead to Saturday’s Semi-Final against @leedsrhinos
As the boss says, your support has been fantastic! We know you’ll back us as we bid to reach the Grand Final!
— St.Helens Women (@saints1890women) September 22, 2023
Last ten results between the Saints and Rhinos:
St Helens 22, Leeds 34 (BWSL, 3/9/23)
Leeds 8, St Helens 22 (BWCCF, 12/8/23)
Leeds 18, St Helens 38 (BWSL, 26/5/23)
St Helens 6, Leeds 14 (BWSL, 4/9/22)
Leeds 22, St Helens 30 (BWSL, 7/8/22)
St Helens 18, Leeds 20 (BWSL, 23/6/22)
Leeds 8, St Helens 18 (BWCCF, 7/5/22)
Leeds 0, St Helens 28 (BWSL, 10/10/21)
Leeds 12, St Helens 20 (BWCCSF, 22/5/21)
St Helens 14, Leeds 18 (BWSL, 6/10/19)
Saints’ BWSL results in 2023:
York Valkyrie (A) – L 26-6 (At LNER Community Stadium)
Leeds Rhinos (A) – W 18-38 (At Headingley Stadium)
Wigan Warriors (H) – W 26-4 (At the Totally Wicked Stadium)
Huddersfield Giants (H) – W 66-0 (At the Totally Wicked Stadium)
Warrington Wolves (A) – W 6-60 (At the Halliwell Jones Stadium)
York Valkyrie (H) – L 8-18 (At the Totally Wicked Stadium)
Wigan Warriors (A) – W 4-12 (At Robin Park Arena)
Huddersfield Giants (A) – W 0-68 (At Huddersfield Laund Hill)
Leeds Rhinos (H) – L 22-34 (At the Totally Wicked Stadium)
Warrington Wolves (H) – W 56-6 (At the Totally Wicked Stadium)
Leeds’ BWSL results in 2023:
York Valkyrie (H) – L 12-34 (At Headingley Stadium)
Huddersfield Giants (A) – W 0-80 (At the John Smith’s Stadium)
St Helens (H) – L 18-38 (At Headingley Stadium)
Warrington Wolves (A) – W 0-88 (At Victoria Park)
Wigan Warriors (A) – W 0-52 (At Robin Park Arena)
York Valkyrie (A) – D 12-12 (At LNER Community Stadium)
Huddersfield Giants (H) – L 16-20 (At Headingley Stadium)
Warrington Wolves (H) – W 58-10 (At Headingley Stadium)
St Helens (A) – W 22-34 (At the Totally Wicked Stadium)
Wigan Warriors (H) – W 24-0 (At Headingley Stadium)
The BWSL Standings
The sides finished second and third respectively over the ten games played this season, setting up this big matchup in the Semi-Finals once again. The Rhinos defeated the Red V last season, to end Saints’ hopes of retaining the Women’s Super League trophy, having completed the historic treble in 2021.
You can still purchase tickets for the game online here
Tickets will also be available to purchase on the gate at the normal cost. £5 adults, £3 concessions and £2 juniors. Please be aware though, that we will only be accepting card payments on the turnstiles.
St Helens Women’ s 21-woman squad
- Rebecca Rotheram, 2. Luci McColm, 3. Eboni Partington, 4. Naomi Williams, 7. Faye Gaskin, 8. Shona Hoyle, 9. Tara Jones, 11. Paige Travis, 12. Emily Rudge, 13. Jodie Cunningham, 14. Vicky Whitfield, 15. Lucie Sams, 16. Darcy Stott, 17. Pip Birchall, 18. Alyx Bridge, 19. Katie Mottershead, 21. Amy Taylor, 25. Danielle McGifford, 28. Phoebe Hook, 29. Erin Stott, 30. Georgia Sutherland.
Leeds Rhinos’ 21-woman squad
2. Sophie Robinson, 3. Caitlin Beevers, 4. Hanna Butcher, 5. Sophie Nuttall, 8. Zoe Hornby, 9. Keara Bennett, 11. Amy Hardcastle, 12.Bethan Dainton, 15. Jasmine Cudjoe, 16. Beth Lockwood, 18. Izzy Northrop, 19. Elle Frain, 20. Tara Moxon, 22. Kaiya Glynn, 24. Jenna Greening, 26. Caitlin Casey, 28. Lucy Murray, 31. Ruby Enright, 32. Bella Sykes.