In terms of execution and quality, this game maybe didn’t live up to the hype but in terms of entertainment it was must watch TV and even better for those in attendance.
In a Grand Final rematch, St Helens returned the favour after a 25-24 defeat to Leeds earlier this season as a Lewis Dodd drop goal settled matters this time.
It was heart break for Leeds who played valiantly with a makeshift side for much of the game after losing three players to injury in the first half in the shape of Aidan Sezer, Harry Newman and Morgan Gannon.
They led 12-4 at the break but Saints battled back and in golden point, after a red card to James McDonnell and a yellow for Sione Mata’utia, Lewis Dodd nailed a drop goal to settle matters in golden point.
A thrilling game and the atmosphere at Headingley was electric from start to finish but especially when they faced adversity.
It was clear that one St Helens star Alex Walmsley felt the same as he went to applaud the very vocal Leeds fans after the game in a terrific show of sportsmanship.
The Saints prop was outstanding and was key to the win as he marched Leeds down field.