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SAINTS’ FIRST HALF DISPLAY DOES THE DAMAGE IN WIN OVER RHINOS

Four first half converted tries did the damage as the Saints defeated a dogged Leeds Rhinos by 36 points to 10 at the Totally Wicked Stadium on Friday night.

Two early tries from Kevin Naiqama and Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook put Saints in control in the opening minutes before Brad Dwyer pulled a try back for the visitors. Saints went in twice more through Lachlan Coote and a spectacular try from Tommy Makinson capped off an impressive first half.

Leeds started the second half the better going over through Luke Briscoe which reduced the deficit to 24-10, but Saints dug in and scored two late tries through LMS’ second and young James Bentley with Coote kicking all six goals in a 36-10 victory.

Saints got off to the perfect start in the opening minute off the match as a high bomb from Coote was fumbled by Jack Walker and the on rushing Naiqama picked up the loose ball to score. Coote added the extras.

The second try came shortly after the first as Lomax threw the dummy and broke the defensive line before feeding LMS who touched down under the posts. Coote again on the mark to add the extras giving Saints a 12-0 lead within five minutes.

Leeds pulled a try back through Dwyer as the hooker crashed his way over from close range after a quick play of the ball caught Saints off guard. Liam Sutcliffe added the two reducing the deficit to 12-6.

Saints hit back instantly, as a knock on from Konrad Hurell put Saints in prime position. A flowing move out to the left resulted in Coote taking Lomax’s past then skipping past two Leeds defenders to score.

The half ended with a Makinson special as Lomax found the flying winger with a cut out pass and the winger finished in spectacular fashion in the corner. Coote added the two off the touchline sending the teams in at the break at 24-6.

Leeds started the second half the better of the two teams and turned the pressure into points as Hurrell found Briscoe with the offload and the winger pushed off the recovering Saints defenders to score. Sutcliffe unable to add the extras.

In the following 20 minutes both defenses stood firm as the big hits increased the intensity on the field and the atmosphere inside the Totally Wicked Stadium.

It took until five minutes from the end for Saints to get their first points of the second half and it was LMS who took a short ball from Fages and carried four Leeds defenders over the line with him before touching down for his second and Saints fifth try of the game.

Bentley put the icing on the cake as he picks the ball up from dummy half and scoots over from close range. Coote added the two and in the process maintained his 100% goal kicking on the night giving Saints a 36-10 victory.

Match Summary

Saints

Starting 13: Coote, Makinson, Naiqama, Percival, Grace, Lomax, Fages, Walmsley, Smith, Thompson, Taia, Peyroux, LMS.

Interchanges: Amor, Lees, Bentley, Ashworth.

Tries: Naiqama (1), LMS (5,75), Coote (20), Makinson (39), Bentley (79).

Goals: Coote (6 from 6)

Leeds Rhinos

Starting 13: Walker, Briscoe, Newman, Hurrell, Briscoe, Sutcliffe, Myler, Seumanufagai, Dwyer, Singleton, Ferres, Watkins, Merrin.

Interchanges: Parcell,Donaldson, Oledzki,Cuthbertson

Tries: Dwyer (16), Briscoe (46).

Goals: Suitcliffe (1 from 2)

HT: 24-6
FT: 36-10

REF: B. Thaler

ATT: 11,848

Leeds Rhinos Line up

1Jack Walker
2Tom Briscoe
3Harry Newman
4Konrad Hurrell
5Luke Briscoe
6Liam Sutcliffe
7Richie Myler
8Ava Seumanufagai
9Brad Dwyer
10Brad Singleton
11Brett Ferres
12Kallum Watkins
13Trent Merrin
14Matt Parcell
15James Donaldson
16Mikolaj Oledzki
17Adam Cuthbertson

Last updated 15 Aug 19 21:37:57

FT: 🔴⚪ SAINTS 36-10 RHINOS 🦏

It was our first half performance that did the damage, but a late second try from LMS and an even later try from Bentley secures a hard fought win for the Saints!

79'
Goal
Lachlan Coote for Saints

Cooooooooote with his sixth kick from six!

🔴⚪ SAINTS 36-10 RHINOS 🦏

79'
Try
James Bentley for Saints

Bentos gets in on the act as he scoots over from dummy half after a drive from Big Al! That, will, be, that!

🔴⚪ SAINTS 34-10 RHINOS 🦏

77'
Goal
Lachlan Coote for Saints

Cooooooooote brilliantly kicks the two from the right side!

🔴⚪ SAINTS 30-10 RHINOS 🦏

75'
Try
Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook for Saints

LOUIEEEEE! LMS gets his second as he powers his way over from Fages’ short pass! Get in!!

🔴⚪ SAINTS 28-10 RHINOS 🦏

73'

A huge, powerful run from that man Big Al through four Leeds defenders opens up space, but Peyroux’s offload fails to find a Saints man.

🔴⚪ SAINTS 24-10 RHINOS 🦏

📸 @engywalmsley on the charge!!!! 🔴⚪

66'

Both sides have exchanged sets in a competitive second half, but the Rhinos have just been penalised for a forward pass and Saints have a chance to extend our lead!

🔴⚪ SAINTS 24-10 RHINOS 🦏

61'

Amor wins a Saints penalty as he his held down when trying to get to his feet following Sutcliffe’s miss-placed pass. The crowd again find their voice!!!

🔴⚪ SAINTS 24-10 RHINOS 🦏

59'

There is a ‘coming together’ in the Saints half as tensions run high!

🔴⚪ SAINTS 24-10 RHINOS 🦏

57'

Taia is off holding his arm as James Bentley comes on in his place.

🔴⚪ SAINTS 24-10 RHINOS 🦏

📸 Can this man come up with something special to open up this Leeds defence in the second half?

54'

The second half is a tight affair thus far, but the West stand are on their feet after Matty Lees crunches into a Leeds player in the tackle. COYS! 🔴⚪

🔴⚪ SAINTS 24-10 RHINOS 🦏

47'

Sutcliffe misses the touchline conversion.

🔴⚪ SAINTS 24-10 RHINOS 🦏

46'
Try
Luke Briscoe for Leeds Rhinos

And they do through the winger Luke Briscoe who powers his way over in the corner.

🔴⚪ SAINTS 24-10 RHINOS 🦏

45'

The Rhinos win two successive penalties in front of the Saints line as our visitors look to get the first score of the second half…

🔴⚪ SAINTS 24-6 RHINOS 🦏

41'

We off and away again here in the second half as Kyle Amor comes on for Dom Peyroux at the break! COYS! 🔴⚪

🔴⚪ SAINTS 24-6 RHINOS 🦏

HT: 🔴⚪ SAINTS 24-6 RHINOS 🦏

We lead at the break after tries from Naiqama, LMS, Coote and Makinson!

40'
Goal
Lachlan Coote for Saints

Cooooooote nails the touchline conversion as the hooter sounds!!!

🔴⚪ SAINTS 24-6 RHINOS

40'
Try
Tommy Makinson for Saints

A Tommy Mak special to end the half! Lomax’s cut-out pass finds Makinson out wide and he flings himself to the line, just about staying in the field of play to score in the corner!

🔴⚪ SAINTS 22-6 RHINOS

39'

Taia intercepts a Leeds pass and runs 30 meters before being brought down. The play results in Naiqama’s pass to Coooote being called forward by referee Ben Thaler.

🔴⚪ SAINTS 18-6 RHINOS 🦏

37'

The ball is played from right to left, but Lomax’s pass can’t find the arms of Makinson and Leeds survive.

🔴⚪ SAINTS 18-6 RHINOS 🦏

35'

Both sides have exchanged sets, but Naiqama has just stolen the ball off Hurrell one-on-one in the tackle before Regan Grace wins a penalty for Saints.

🔴⚪ SAINTS 18-6 RHINOS 🦏

30'

Aaron Smith forces the lively Dwyer to knock on after the Rhinos had won a penalty in the Saints 20 before we then win a penalty as Leeds are caught offside.

🔴⚪ SAINTS 18-6 RHINOS 🦏

📸 LMS celebrates Kev’s opener in typical Louie style…!

21'
Goal
Lachlan Coote for Saints

Coooooote adds the two to his try and we extend our lead once again.

🔴⚪ Saints 18-6 Rhinos 🦏

20'
Try
Lachlan Coote for Saints

Cooooooooooote makes up for his earlier error as he takes Lomax’s inside ball to skip past two Rhinos defenders to score!

🔴⚪ Saints 16-6 Rhinos 🦏

18'

Big Al forces Konrad Hurrell to knock on early in the Rhinos set and Saints have a chance to extend our lead here….

🔴⚪ Saints 12-6 Rhinos 🦏

17'
Goal
Liam Sutcliffe for Leeds Rhinos

Sutcliffe adds the extras from in front of the sticks and it’s game on.

🔴⚪ Saints 12-6 Rhinos 🦏

16'
Try
Brad Dwyer for Leeds Rhinos

Brad Dwyer throws the dummy and goes over from the play the ball and the Rhinos are back in it.

🔴⚪ Saints 12-4 Rhinos 🦏

15'

Jinxed. Coooote has just fumbled the Leeds high bomb and the Rhinos have the scrum in the Saints half with a chance to respond.

🔴⚪ Saints 12-0 Rhinos 🦏

13'

The Rhinos again pressing on the Saints line, but a Brad Dwyer grubber is pounced upon by Cooooote who some how rolls his way out of the in-goal before Saints win a penalty for offside.

🔴⚪ Saints 12-0 Rhinos 🦏

8'

Trent Merrin knocks on when Leeds looked threatening in Saints’ half.

🔴⚪ Saints 12-0 Rhinos 🦏

6'
Goal
Lachlan Coote for Saints

Cooooooote adds the two from under the posts and we are off to a flyer!

🔴⚪ Saints 12-0 Rhinos 🦏

5'
Try
Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook for Saints

LMS!! Lomax throws the dummy and skips past the Leeds defence before feeding Louie on his inside and the big man, playing at loose forward today, scores easily under the sticks!

🔴⚪ Saints 10-0 Rhinos 🦏

2'
Goal
Lachlan Coote for Saints

Cooooooooooooote does the rest!

🔴⚪ Saints 6-0 Rhinos 🦏

2'
Try
Kevin Naiqama for Saints

WHAT A START! Coooote’s high bomb is dropped by Jack Walker under the bright sunshine and Kev Naiqama picks up the loose ball and strolls under the sticks!

🔴⚪ Saints 4-0 Rhinos 🦏

We are off and underway here at the Totally Wicked Stadium! COYS! 🔴⚪

🔴⚪ Saints 0-0 Rhinos 🦏

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