Sky Sports pundit heaps praise on “best player in the competition”

When St Helens play Leeds Rhinos then you know you’re in for a classic and that is what’s being served up tonight at the Totally Wicked Stadium.

The previous have both been settled by a margin of one point with Leeds getting a famous win at the Totally Wicked in controversial circumstances when they won 25-24 earlier this year.

It was just as close, if not closer, as the second clash at Headingley went to golden point and once again Lewis Dodd came up with a drop goal reminiscent of the one that won Saints the World Club Challenge and ironically it the Leeds victory came by the same scoreline of 13-12.

Now both teams face off tonight with Leeds knowing that a win will push them ever closer to the playoffs, whereas for St Helens a win solidifies their position for playoff rugby league.

Tonight though the sides went in tied at the half which following their two earlier games this season meant that the aggregate score after 200 minutes this season, plus a few in golden point, was 49-49.

Despite that the sides were separated by more in the table with Saints sitting inside the playoffs in fourth, whilst Leeds sat outside in eighth.

Perhaps the difference for that is down to moments of individual brilliance and there’s one man in the St Helens side who has been superb this season, with Sky Sports’ Phil Clarke going even further in his praise.

Jack Welsby danced through to score his second try of the game, which ended up being the game winner for Saints, and it led Clarke to wax lyrical about the man they call Super Jack.

“If he’s not the best player in this competition then I don’t know what I’m watching,” Clarke declared.

“He’s head and shoulders above everybody else for me, in attack and defence. His competitive nature and the skill that he demonstrates.

“His ability to influence a game in the key moments, he accelerates from everyone else, even Ash Handley can’t get close to him.”

That’s the eighth try of the season for Welsby whilst he also leads the league in assists.