Strong defensive performance sees Women beat Leeds

Saints Women beat Leeds Rhinos 12-6 in a preview of the upcoming Betfred Women's Challenge Cup Final in two weeks!

Saints took the lead 24 minutes in. A penalty in front of the sticks saw the hosts opt to take two points, Faye Gaskin converting to give Saints a 2-0 lead.

The first try followed 34 minutes in. Gaskin threw a great show and go to break through the Leeds line, she then palmed off Liv Whitehead to score next to the sticks. She added another two points with the conversion, 8-0 Saints led.

There was still time for more points before the break. Another high shot saw Saints opt for two again, Gaskin added two more points to our tally, as Saints led 10-0 at the break.

Leeds replied 55 minutes in. Keara Bennett spotted a gap from dummy half and made the most of it to narrow the deficit. Her conversion attempt bounced off both posts before going over, 10-6.

With eight minutes to go, Saints were awarded a penalty in front of the posts. Gaskin slotted over another two points to give Saints a six-point lead.

The Rhinos tried to break a stubborn Saints defence late on but Saints held firm, as they beat the Rhinos at the Totally Wicked Stadium for the first time since 2018 with a hard fought 12-6 victory!

Match Summary

Saints Team: Beri Salihi, Phoebe Hook, Erin Stott, Luci McColm, Leah Burke, Zoe Harris, Faye Gaskin, Vicky Whitfield, Tara Jones, Chantelle Crowl, Paige Travis, Emily Rudge, Jodie Cunningham.

Interchanges: Naomi Williams, Darcy Stott, Pip Birchall, Katie Mottershead.

18th Player: Georgia Sutherland.

Tries: Faye Gaskin (34)

Conversions: Faye Gaskin (1 from 1)

Penalties: Faye Gaskin (3 from 3)

Leeds Rhinos Team: Liv Whitehead, Evie Cousins, Amy Hardcastle, Caitlin Beevers, Sophie Robinson, Hanna Butcher, Caitlin Casey, Grace Field, Keara Bennett, Izzy Northrop, Bella Sykes, Lucy Murray, Ella Donnelly.

Interchanges: Zoe Hornby, Tara Moxon, Beth Lockwood, Jenna Greening.

18th Player: Elyshia Watson.

Tries: Keara Bennett (55)

Conversions: Keara Bennett (1 from 1)

HT: 10-0

FT: 12-6

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