Saints have secured second place and a week off in the Betfred Super League playoffs after beating Leeds 40-6 at the Totally Wicked Stadium on Friday evening with Alex Walmsley the stand-out Man of the Match.

It was a quick start for the Saints. Three minutes in we forced a drop out and from our repeat set we grabbed the first try of the game as Regan Grace weaved his way inside off the left wing to score. After a video referee review the try was confirmed. Lachlan Coote added the extras from the left touchline, 6-0 we led.

The man in-form then extended our lead. Lewis Dodd was tackled but managed to sneak an offload to James Roby, he then found Jack Welsby who escaped another tackle before sprinting to score to the right of the sticks. Coote missed the conversion, we led 10-0.

A third Saints try followed three minutes later. We opted to go down the short side and Morgan Knowles powered his way over from close range to score his second in as many weeks after a Walmsley break. Coote added the extras to make it 16-0.

A fourth try followed two minutes later. A massive break down the middle from Man of the Match Walmsley saw him find Tommy Makinson on his outside and he sprinted almost half the length of the pitch to score under the sticks. Coote added the extras, 22-0.

Another try followed for the Saints just before the break. We kept the ball alive on the Leeds line and Walmlsey forced his way over from close range which topped off a great 33 minute stint for our number eight. Coote added the extras, 28-0.

Leeds then grabbed their first try of the evening as Brad Dwyer scored from dummy half on the Saints line. Rhyse Martin converted the try to make it 28-6. That is how it remained at the break as Saints looked on course to cement second spot ahead of the playoffs.

Saints’ dominance continued five minutes into the second half. Dodd with a grubber kick through the Leeds defence and Sione Mata’utia won the race to score his third try in his last two games. Coote added the extras, 34-6.

Unfortunately for the Saints though, shortly after his try, Mata’utia was forced off with an ankle injury.

After a long spell afterward with no score for either side, Knowles grabbed his second try of the game in the 74th minute. Saints once again opted to go down the short side on the right and Welsby found Knowles who went over from close range. Coote added the two, 40-6 to the Saints.

That was to be the final points of the game as Saints responded to last week’s defeat against Catalans Dragons to seal second place in the Betfred Super League table and with it a home semi-final in the playoffs!

Saints Team: Lachlan Coote, Tommy Makinson, Kevin Naiqama, Mark Percival, Regan Grace, Jack Welsby, Lewis Dodd, Alex Walmsley, James Roby, Matty Lees, Sione Mata’utia, Joe Batchelor, Morgan Knowles.

Interchanges: Joel Thompson, Kyle Amor, Aaron Smith, Jake Wingfield.

Tries: Regan Grace (3), Jack Welsby (17), Morgan Knowles (20, 74), Tommy Makinson (23), Alex Walmsley (33), Sione Mata’utia (45)

Conversions: Lachlan Coote (6 from 7)

Leeds Rhinos Team: Jack Broadbent, Ash Handley, Tom Briscoe, Harry Newman, Luke Briscoe, Kruise Leeming, Richie Myler, Tom Holroyd, Brad Dwyer, Matt Prior, Rhyse Martin, Sam Walters, Jarrod O’Connor.

Interchanges: Cameron Smith, Alex Sutcliffe, Bodene Thompson, Corey Johnson.

Tries: Brad Dwyer (36)

Conversions: Rhyse Martin (1 from 1)

HT: 28-6

FT: 40-6

Attendance: 12,568

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Saints Line up

1 Lachlan Coote
2 Tommy Makinson
3 Kevin Naiqama
4 Mark Percival
5 Regan Grace
1 Jack Welsby
7 Lewis Dodd
8 Alex Walmsley
James Roby
10 Matty Lees
11 Sione Mata’utia
12 Joe Batchelor
13 Morgan Knowles
11 Joel Thompson
18 Kyle Amor
19 Aaron Smith
18 Jake Wingfield

Leeds Rhinos Line up

1Jack Broadbent
2Luke Briscoe
3Harry Newman
4Tom Briscoe
5Ash Handley
6Kruise Leeming
7Richie Myler
8Tom Holroyd
9Brad Dwyer
10Matt Prior
11Sam Walters
12Rhyse Martin
13Jarrod O’Connor
14Cameron Smith
15Alex Sutcliffe
16Bodene Thompson
17Corey Johnson

Last updated 10 Sep 21 21:34:34


FT: 😇 Saints 40-6 Rhinos 🦏

Second place and a Home Semi-Final in the playoffs secured! 👊



The Rhinos break away and surely have to score, but the Saints are ON IT tonight as we chase back in numbers and force the knock on!

😇 Saints 40-6 Rhinos 🦏


Wingfield breaks through and so nearly feeds the supporting Dodd, but a Leeds man gets a hand to it and they survive.

😇 Saints 40-6 Rhinos 🦏

Lachlan Coote for Saints

Cooooooote adds the two and the 40 points are up!

😇 Saints 40-6 Rhinos 🦏

Morgan Knowles for Saints

MORGZZZZZ! Knowles has his second as he latches onto a Welsby short ball to go over! Credit must go to Big Al again though who gave us the field position with another barnstorming run!

😇 Saints 38-6 Rhinos 🦏


The Rhinos work the ball to our left, but Grace again defends well, forcing Briscoe into touch. 10 to go.

😇 Saints 34-6 Rhinos 🦏


Percival has taken a nasty bang to the head and will go off for a head assessment. Knowles is on in his place.

😇 Saints 34-6 Rhinos 🦏

Keep working hard, lads!


Rhinos win a set restart, but Saints defend it well as Briscoe is held short of the line. Welsby is off for a head injury assessment. Smith on in his place.

😇 Saints 34-6 Rhinos 🦏


The Rhinos come forward as a grubber is kicked through, but Grace is there to save Saints and palm the ball dead. Time to defend again…

😇 Saints 34-6 Rhinos 🦏


Morgan Knowles makes way for Matty Lees as Makinson wins a penalty for a high shot.

😇 Saints 34-6 Rhinos 🦏


Minutes after his try, Mata’utia is sadly helped off the field with what looks like an ankle injury. Joel Thompson is on in his place.

😇 Saints 34-6 Rhinos 🦏

Lachlan Coote for Saints

Coooooooote converts the try!

😇 Saints 34-6 Rhinos 🦏

Sione Mata'utia for Saints

SIONEEEEEEEEE! The ball is worked to the left and Dodd’s grubber is pounced upon by Sione Mata’utia who touches down just in time!!

😇 Saints 32-6 Rhinos 🦏


We are back underway! COYS!

😇 Saints 28-6 Rhinos 🦏


HT: 😇 Saints 28-6 Rhinos 🦏

An impressive first half from the Saints means we lead at the break after tries from Grace, Welsby, Knowles, Makinson and the impressive Walmsley.


Rhyse Martin for Leeds Rhinos

Martin adds the two as we approach the break.

😇 Saints 28-6 Rhinos 🦏

Brad Dwyer for Leeds Rhinos

Dwyer goes over from dummy half.

😇 Saints 28-4 Rhinos 🦏


The Rhinos have a chance to hit back as Grace drops a high ball. A set of six to defend in our own 20.

😇 Saints 28-0 Rhinos 🦏

Lachlan Coote for Saints

Coooooooote adds the two and the lead is 28! Big Al takes a breather and Jake Wingfield is on!

😇 Saints 28-0 Rhinos 🦏

Alex Walmsley for Saints

BIG AL! The big man gets a try his first half performance deserves!! @engywalmsley 👊

😇 Saints 26-0 Rhinos 🦏

Lachlan Coote for Saints

Cooooooote adds the extras as Kyle Amor is on for Matty Lees.

😇 Saints 22-0 Rhinos 🦏

Tommy Makinson for Saints

T MAKKKKK! We are in again and it’s that man again BIG @engywalmsley who breaks through again, runs half the length of the field and feeds the supporting @tommymak21 who goes over!

😇 Saints 20-0 Rhinos 🦏

Lachlan Coote for Saints

Cooooooooote makes no mistake this time to extend our lead…

😇 Saints 16-0 Rhinos 🦏

Morgan Knowles for Saints

YOU ARE GOLD! Roby feeds @morgsknowles with a quick play the ball and just like last weekend, he spins in the tackle to go over!

😇 Saints 14-0 Rhinos 🦏


BIG AL powers his way through the Rhinos defence to set us up for another big chance, but the kick through is knocked dead and we will come again…

😇 Saints 10-0 Rhinos 🦏


Cooote this time misses the kick, but the lead is 10.

😇 Saints 10-0 Rhinos 🦏

Jack Welsby for Saints

SUPER JACK, SUPER JACK! That man beats off the challenge of three Rhinos defenders who can’t bring him down and our no.18 goes over for our second of the night!

😇 Saints 10-0 Rhinos 🦏


Leeds keep the ball alive and work it to the right, but Myler’s pass is forward and we have it back.

😇 Saints 6-0 Rhinos 🦏

🗣️ “There’s only One Rob Burrow” rings around the Totally Wicked Stadium. A lovely touch to a great man. 💙

Lachlan Coote for Saints

Coooooooooote adds the two and it’s the perfect start!

😇 Saints 6-0 Rhinos 🦏

Regan Grace for Saints

REEEEEGZ! The ball is moved out to the wing and Grace cuts inside three Rhinos defenders to score!! It goes upstairs, but it’s given!

😇 Saints 4-0 Rhinos 🦏


The ball is moved into the hands of Jack Welsby and his grubber through is kicked dead. We come again…

😇 Saints 0-0 Rhinos 🦏


Saints force the turnover after a good defensive set. We come forward on half way…

😇 Saints 0-0 Rhinos 🦏


We are off and underway! COYS!

😇 Saints 0-0 Rhinos 🦏


The boys are out in their #ThankYouNHS shirts as we get ready for kick off! 💙

Joel Thompson is back in the squad this evening!

We were delighted to welcome youngsters from our Learning Disability teams onto the pitch to enjoy a memorable evening of their own! 🙌

Here is confirmation of Leeds Rhinos’ team too…

Head over to our social media to hear from the boss ahead of tonight’s game!

This is how we line up this evening!

Your Saints will be warming up in special t-shirts paying thanks to the #NHS 💙

We will also have 3,000 NHS staff in our East Stand this evening after the Club donated tickets! 🎟️

As well as our Learning Disability Rugby League team, our Community Foundation have sold a number of tickets to local community Clubs who will be here supporting the Saints this evening!

Make sure you also have a read of our digital matchday programme before today’s game. It includes an interview with our newest signing from the NRL – Curtis Sironen! Scan the QR code or visit our homepage.

The pitch is in great condition as we get set to welcome a bumper crowd this evening!

Head over to our news section to read all about today’s game. We have tons going on pre-match including a Live Band and an LDRL game before kick off!

Today we have given away 3000 tickets to local NHS staff as a thank you for everything they have done during the past 2 years.

It’s GAMEDAY as we welcome Leeds Rhinos to the Totally Wicked Stadium in our final regular season home game of the season.

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