St Helens 6-4 Leeds Rhinos

Theo Fages playing for St Helens during the 2016 season.

Report

It wasn’t the kind of game many were expecting, but St Helens picked up the first two points of the new Betfred Super League season with a 6-4 win against Leeds Rhinos.

Defences were on top throughout at the Totally Wicked Stadium as Man of the Match Theo Fages proved to be the difference between the sides with his try early in the second half.

In a scrappy start from both sides, poor discipline gave Leeds most of the early field position and they capitalised on the 20-minute mark thanks to Joel Moon.

The Rhinos centre showed great strength to hold off Saints new signing Ryan Morgan and score in the left-hand corner. Sutcliffe hooked his conversion wide as the visitors’ lead stayed at four points.

Tommy Makinson went close for Saints shortly before half-time but it was a first 40 minutes dominated by penalties and mistakes as the Rhinos went into the break with a 4-0 lead.

After a poor first half performance, St Helens came out all guns blazing and just three minutes in they registered their first points of the new season.

Theo Fages used his pace and footwork to step inside Leeds defenders to go over from 10 metres out. Mark Percival’s conversion gave St Helens the lead for the first time.

Leeds came back though as Kallum Watkins beat Percival for pace, he found Liam Sutcliffe on the inside but Tommy Makinson produced a brilliant try saver to preserve the hosts lead.

The game turned into a rough and tough battle of rugby league which would ultimately stay in the balance until the final seconds of the game.

Eight minutes from time the Rhinos thought they were in as Stevie Ward offloaded to Sutcliffe who went clear, but referee Phil Bentham called the pass forward and that was their last chance gone.

It was a win of attrition for Saints who made plenty of errors and showed ill-discipline at times but Theo Fages, who was the game’s outstanding player, proved to be the match winner.

St Helens

# Player Position Tries Goals Drop Goals Yellow Red Star Man
1Jonny LomaxFull Back000000
2Tommy MakinsonWing000000
3Ryan MorganCentre000000
4Mark PercivalCentre010000
5Adam SwiftWing000000
6Theo FagesStand Off100001
8Alex Walmsley 10Interchange000000
9James Roby 17Interchange000000
10Kyle Amor 8Prop000000
11Joe GreenwoodSecond Row000000
12Jon WilkinLoose Forward000000
14Luke Douglas 18Interchange000000
16Luke Thompson 20Prop000000
17Tommy Lee 9Hooker000000
18Dominique Peyroux 14Second Row000000
20Morgan Knowles 16Interchange000000
24Danny RichardsonScrum Half000000
 Total 110001

Leeds Rhinos

# Player Position Tries Goals Drop Goals Yellow Red Star Man
1Ashton GoldingFull Back000000
2Tom BriscoeWing000000
3Kallum WatkinsCentre000000
4Joel MoonCentre100000
5Ryan HallWing000000
7Rob BurrowScrum Half000000
9Matt ParcellHooker000000
10Adam CuthbertsonLoose Forward000000
11Jamie Jones-Buchanan 18Second Row000000
12Carl Ablett 13Second Row000000
13Stevie Ward 12Interchange000000
14Liam SutcliffeStand Off000000
16Brad Singleton 24Prop000000
17Mitch Garbutt 20Prop000000
18Jimmy Keinhorst 11Interchange000000
20Anthony Mullally 17Interchange000000
24Jordan Baldwinson 16Interchange000000
 Total 100000

Match Details

Date Time Competition Season Match Day
February 9, 2017 8:00 pm Super League 2017 Thursday

Results

Team1st half2nd halfFinal score
St Helens066
Leeds Rhinos404