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Saints have returned to the summit of the Betfred Super League table, with a 26-0 victory over the Leeds Rhinos on Friday evening in West Yorkshire on James Roby’s 500th Club appearance.

It did not take long for the visitors to take a fifth minute lead. After forcing a Leeds error on their own goal-line, Saints had a scrum ten metres out, from it we threw it right which allowed former Rhino Konrad Hurrell to round a defender and score. James Roby grabbing an assist on his 500th Saints appearance. Tommy Makinson was unable to convert, 4-0 Saints led.

Saints’ second try came shortly after. We were awarded consecutive penalties on the Rhinos line and after running both, the ball ended with Jack Welsby throwing a great cut-out pass for Makinson on the right wing and he finished well in the corner. He was unable to convert his own try, 8-0 and that is how it stayed until the break.

 

The first big chance of the second half came for the Rhinos as Jack Walker made a break near the Saints line, but the referee ruled an obstruction as the Leeds fullback crossed the try-line.

More Rhinos pressure, but Saints defence held firm as it has most of this season.

Saints made them pay for not taking their chances. The hosts had the ball of the Saints line, Liam Sutcliffe tried to improvise with a pass but Makinson rushed out to make the interception before rushing the length of the pitch for his second of the night. Mark Percival took over kicking duties and converted to make it 14-0.

We grabbed our second try in as many minutes seconds later. A great move from the Saints from right to left saw Percival made a break down the left-hand side, he then found Jon Bennison with a lovely ‘back-door’ pass and the youngster showed great composure to find Lewis Dodd who strolled underneath the sticks. Percival converted, 20-0.

Saints’ defence continued to stand firm and we were rewarded with our fifth try of the evening nine minutes from time. Off the back of a big break downfield from Bennison again, the excellent Jonny Lomax tried a chip and chase and successfully grabbed the ball un-opposed to score to the left of the sticks. Percival once again added the extras, 26-0.

Saints returned home with an impressive win, on James Roby’s big night.

Match Summary

Leeds Rhinos Team:Β Jack Walker, Ash Handley, Jack Broadbent, Tom Briscoe, Liam Tindall, Blake Austin, Liam Sutcliffe, Nikolai Oledzki, Kruise Leeming, Matt Prior, Rhyse Martin, James Bentley, Cameron Smith.

Interchanges:Β Jarrod O’Connor, Morgan Gannon, Muizz Mustapha, James Donaldson.

Tries:Β 

Conversions:Β 

Saints Team:Β Jack Welsby, Tommy Makinson, Konrad Hurrell, Mark Percival, Jon Bennison, Jonny Lomax, Lewis Dodd, Agnatius Paasi, James Roby, Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, Joe Batchelor, Curtis Sironen, Morgan Knowles.

Interchanges:Β Joey Lussick, Jake Wingfield, Dan Norman, Sam Royle.

Tries:Β Konrad Hurrell (5), Tommy Makinson (16, 56), Lewis Dodd (58), Jonny Lomax (71)

Conversions:Β Tommy Makinson (0 from 2), Mark Percival (3 from 3)

HT:Β 0-8

FT:Β 0-26

Leeds Rhinos Line up

1Jack Walker
2Liam Tindall
3Tom Briscoe
4Jack Broadbent
5Ash Handley
6Blake Austin
7Liam Sutcliffe
8Mikolaj Oledzki
9Kruise Leeming
10Matt Prior
11James Bentley
12Rhyse Martin
13Cameron Smith
14Morgan Gannon
15Muizz Mustapha
16Jarrod O’Connor
17James Donaldson

Last updated 23 Jun 22 22:03:05

80'

FT: 🦏 Leeds 0-26 Saints πŸ”΄βšͺ

An impressive two points in Leeds!

#COYS

78'

Again the Saints defence is a class above as we see out another Rhinos set.

🦏 Leeds 0-26 Saints πŸ”΄βšͺ

73'
Goal
Mark Percival for Saints

Percival kicks us further ahead…James Roby makes way as Sam Royle comes on!

🦏 Leeds 0-26 Saints πŸ”΄βšͺ

71'
Try
Jonny Lomax for Saints

JONNYYYYYYYYYYYY! Absolute class from Lomax who delicately kicks over the top, and gets on the end of it to score! A shout out to young Bennison who started the attack with a great burst!

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68'

The Rhinos continue to come forward, but again Saints defence stands firm!

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T MAK with his second!

60'
Goal
Mark Percival for Saints

Percy adds the two from right in front!

🦏 Leeds 0-20 Saints πŸ”΄βšͺ

59'
Try
Lewis Dodd for Saints

DODDYYYY! A great break down the left from Percival results in young Bennison feeding an inch perfect ball back in his inside to the supporting Dodd who goes over! What a try!

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58'

Lussick is on at hooker with the main man James Roby now playing at loose forward after Knowles has made way…

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58'
Goal
Mark Percival for Saints

Percival this time does slot over the two!

🦏 Leeds 0-14 Saints πŸ”΄βšͺ

56'
Try
Tommy Makinson for Saints

T MAKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKK! He picks up a loose ball and runs the length of the field to score his second! GET IN!

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55'

Another Rhinos penalty. More defending to do…

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53'

Sironen bursts through the Rhinos line but his pass to Makinson is blocked and the Rhinos have it back – end to end!

🦏 Leeds 0-8 Saints πŸ”΄βšͺ

52'

A Welsby kick over the top results in Sironen and Batchelor trapping the Rhinos in their own goal…We will come again!

🦏 Leeds 0-8 Saints πŸ”΄βšͺ

51'

Walker thinks he has scored, but the referee calls obstruction.

🦏 Leeds 0-8 Saints πŸ”΄βšͺ

49'

Leeds win back to back penalties and we are still working hard to keep them out!

🦏 Leeds 0-8 Saints πŸ”΄βšͺ

46'

YES LADDDDS!!! A combination of Percival and Batchelor force the Rhinos man in touch!!

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45'

Bennison drops a high Rhinos bomb. Time to defend, boys!

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44'

Former Saint James Bentley is down and goes off for a head assessment…

🦏 Leeds 0-8 Saints πŸ”΄βšͺ

41'

We are back underway at Headingley – Come on you Saints!

🦏 Leeds 0-8 Saints πŸ”΄βšͺ

40'

HT: 🦏 Leeds 0-8 Saints πŸ”΄βšͺ

We lead at the break!

#COYS

39'

We come forward again, but Welsby’s pass is cut-out by a Rhinos defender, before on the restart his pass to Makinson is wayward with the line begging!

🦏 Leeds 0-8 Saints πŸ”΄βšͺ

35'

AGAIN our defence comes good as Leeming is trapped on the last!

🦏 Leeds 0-8 Saints πŸ”΄βšͺ

34'

Another good set of defensive work from Saints keeps the Rhinos scoreless, but they get it back on the last after the ball comes off a Saints hand…

🦏 Leeds 0-8 Saints πŸ”΄βšͺ

Super Jack!

32'

A stop in play after a crunching tackle from Morgan Knowles and that gives time for big Dan Norman to come onto the field as LMS takes a breather…

🦏 Leeds 0-8 Saints πŸ”΄βšͺ

31'

Austin’s pass is knocked on and we have it back!

🦏 Leeds 0-8 Saints πŸ”΄βšͺ

30'

Leeming kicks a 40-20 for the Rhinos. Time to defend…

🦏 Leeds 0-8 Saints πŸ”΄βšͺ

27'

Iggy Paasi has made way for Jake Wingfield…Go get em’ Wingy!

🦏 Leeds 0-8 Saints πŸ”΄βšͺ

Flying Tommy!

24'

YES LADS! Another brilliant defensive set from Saints keeps Rhinos out on our own line and we get it back!

🦏 Leeds 0-8 Saints πŸ”΄βšͺ

23'

More great defence from Saints looks to have kept the Rhinos out, but Sironen catches Smith high and Leeds will come again…

🦏 Leeds 0-8 Saints πŸ”΄βšͺ

21'

Great scrambling defence from Saints keeps the Rhinos out, but on the restart, Hurrell knocks on…Time to defend boys!

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19'

The Rhinos attack down our right and force a goal-line drop out…

🦏 Leeds 0-8 Saints πŸ”΄βšͺ

17'

Again Makinson’s kick just drifts wide, but we lead by 8!

🦏 Leeds 0-8 Saints πŸ”΄βšͺ

16'
Try
Tommy Makinson for Saints

T MAKKKKKK! Our pressure tells as the ball is moved to the right and Welsby finds Makinson with a cut-out pass and he acrobatically scores in the corner in typical Tommy fashion! GET IN!

🦏 Leeds 0-8 Saints πŸ”΄βšͺ

YES KONI!

14'

Bentley catches Lomax this time and we get another penalty in the Rhinos 10. We come again….

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14'

Saints win a penalty after Lomax is caught high by Sutcliffe. We will tap and come again!

🦏 Leeds 0-4 Saints πŸ”΄βšͺ

11'

Handley picks up a loose ball and runs the length of the field to touch down, but the referee pulls it back for a knock on after seeing the ball strike a Rhinos hand…

🦏 Leeds 0-4 Saints πŸ”΄βšͺ

9'

ROBY goes for it from dummy half on his big night, but he is held up…We will come again and force a goal-line drop out!

🦏 Leeds 0-4 Saints πŸ”΄βšͺ

8'

The high kick goes up and Walker drops the ball. Referee James Childs says no knock on, but we get it back after another Rhinos error…

🦏 Leeds 0-4 Saints πŸ”΄βšͺ

6'

Makinson’s kick from the right, just drifts wide…

🦏 Leeds 0-4 Saints πŸ”΄βšͺ

5'
Try
Konrad Hurrell for Saints

KONIIIIIII! Straight from the scrum, Roby finds Hurrell and he goes over against his former club! πŸ‘€

🦏 Leeds 0-4 Saints πŸ”΄βšͺ

4'

CHANCE! The ball is moved to our right through the hands of Dodd and Lomax, but Welsby’s pass can’t find Makinson as a Rhinos hand is in there and we have the scrum…

🦏 Leeds 0-0 Saints πŸ”΄βšͺ

3'

Both sides exchange sets early, before Saints win the penalty for offside. Saints kick for touch and we have a set in the Rhinos half!

🦏 Leeds 0-0 Saints πŸ”΄βšͺ

1'

Off and underway at Headingley! πŸ”΄βšͺ

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Let’s go boys! Kick off is next!

The man of the moment…

Getting ready to go!

Head over to our social media to hear a pre-match word from the boss!

A start for young Jon Bennison on the wing!

Ready to pull the famous Red Vee on for the 500th game!

Legend.

Jon Bennison gets a start on the wing. Walmsley doesn’t make it so Paasi is in from the off. Morgan Knowles is back!

As expected James Roby will lead us out on his πŸ“πŸŽπŸŽπ­π‘ Saints appearance!

Team news is up at 6:30 πŸ‘€

πŸ‘‹ Hello from Headingley!

James was also surprised to find his family waiting for him too! A lovely touch and one the Roby family will always remember!

James was this week presented with a special β€˜500’ shirt in tribute to him. The three men presenting? Billy Benyon, Kel Coslett and Eric Chisnall – the only other Saints to make over 500 appearances for the Club.

Tonight also marks another historic landmark for our captain James Roby who is set to make his 500th Saints appearance. What a player!

Check out our match preview story whucu can be accessed on our news section to hear all about tonight’s game.

Hello and welcome to our live match blog from Headingley as Saints travel to face Leeds Rhinos live on Sky Sports. Kick off is at 8pm!

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