Super League: Brace for Ryan Hall as Leeds Rhinos beat St Helens
Last Updated: 02/03/13 7:24am
Ryan Hall: Scored two tries for Leeds
Leeds bounced back from last week's World Club Challenge defeat by Melbourne Storm with a 20-12 victory at St Helens.
It was the Rhinos' first win at Saints since 2008 as they built on solid defence and dominance up front in a relatively comfortable victory over potential Grand Final rivals.
Saints have still not won at Langtree Park this season and their night got off to the worst possible start as Jordan Turner fired the opening kick-off out on the full.
Moments later Saints were offside defending their line and Kevin Sinfield knocked over his 40th successive successful kick at goal.
But St Helens hit back on eight minutes after Jamie Jones-Buchanan was penalised for interference, setting up the field position for Jonny Lomax to make use of the runners outside him to glide over and score, although Gary Wheeler missed the conversion.
Leeds were clearly expecting a tight game, evidenced by the decision to take two more points after Saints again infringed close to their line.
Four minutes later Leeds hit the front as Jones-Buchanan's offload enabled Sinfield and Danny McGuire to combine to put Ryan Hall in at the corner, although Sinfield finally missed a kick at goal - his streak ending at 41.
Ian Kirke and Kylie Leuluai both knocked on when looking certain to score from close range but Leuluai made amends on the hour as Hall collected McGuire's high kick and passed inside one-handed for the Kiwi to crash over under pressure. Sinfield inevitably stretched the lead to 14-4.
Three minutes later the Rhinos had opened up a winning margin, as a jinking run from Rob Burrow set Joel Moon away, whose clever sidestep and offload gave Hall his second try. Cue Sinfield; 20-4.
Saints rallied in the last 10 minutes as good work from debutant Mark Percival twice created scores in the left corner for Francis Meli.
But Turner missed both conversion attempts as Saints could not get to within the one score that might have set Leeds nerves jangling.
Ultimately the kicking was the difference, with both sides crossing for three tries but the ever-reliable Leeds skipper landing four from five to see his side home.
First Utility Super League
Tue 30th Jun
Hull K R34 - 28Salford Red Devils
Wed 1st Jul
Wakefield Wildcats26 - 16Hull FC
Thu 2nd Jul
Warrington Wolves17 - 6Wigan Warriors
Fri 3rd Jul
Leeds Rhinos46 - 18St Helens
Sun 5th Jul
Huddersfield Giants0 - 0Hull K R
Hull FC0 - 0Wakefield Wildcats
Salford Red Devils0 - 0Catalans Dragons
Castleford Tigers0 - 0Widnes Vikings
Thu 9th Jul
Wigan WarriorsvsLeeds Rhinos
Fri 10th Jul
St HelensvsHuddersfield Giants
Sun 12th Jul
Hull FC0 - 0Castleford Tigers
Salford Red Devils0 - 0Hull K R
Wakefield Wildcats0 - 0Warrington Wolves
Widnes Vikings0 - 0Catalans Dragons
Thu 16th Jul
Warrington WolvesvsSt Helens
Fri 17th Jul
Hull K RvsHull FC
Leeds Rhinos0 - 0Salford Red Devils
Wigan Warriors0 - 0Widnes Vikings
Sat 18th Jul
Catalans DragonsvsHuddersfield Giants
Sun 19th Jul
Wakefield Wildcats0 - 0Castleford Tigers
Thu 23rd Jul
Hull FCvsWigan Warriors
Fri 24th Jul
St Helens0 - 0Hull K R
Sun 26th Jul
Huddersfield Giants0 - 0Wakefield Wildcats
Leeds Rhinos0 - 0Catalans Dragons
Widnes Vikings0 - 0Salford Red Devils
Castleford Tigers0 - 0Warrington Wolves
Super League 2013, round five
Jamie Heaslip insists he is enjoying being captain of Ireland despite the added pressure and responsibility.
Rod Studd and Stevo look at the all the headlines from the past seven days in rugby league. This week, they are joined by Chris Irvine and Danny Lockwood.
Round five saw the end of Huddersfield's perfect record and the first coaching casualty of the season.
- Craig 'keeping feet on ground'
- Anderson: We were embarrassing
- Last-gasp Tuson denies Tigers
- Bulls cut Giants down to size
- Rovers roll past Wolves
- Frayssinous still frustrated
- Betts plays down injury fears
- Bittersweet win for Vikings
- Dragons singe unlucky Cats
- Brown: It will get better
- Veivers: Wrong decisions made
- Broncos run wild at Salford
- Giants v Bulls: Teams
- Tigers v Warriors: Teams
- Week off 'energises' Vikings
- Vikings v Hull FC: Teams
- Dragons v Wildcats: Teams
- Fiddes' Cent
- Saints v Rhinos: Teams
- City Reds v Broncos: Teams
- Vikings boosted by Brown