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
Thu 23rd Apr
Wakefield Wildcats22 - 40Wigan Warriors
Fri 24th Apr
Hull FC4 - 24Huddersfield Giants
Leeds Rhinos10 - 29Warrington Wolves
St Helens34 - 16Widnes Vikings
Sat 25th Apr
Catalans Dragons32 - 24Hull K R
Sun 26th Apr
Salford Red Devils20 - 22Castleford Tigers
Thu 30th Apr
Huddersfield GiantsvsLeeds Rhinos
Fri 1st May
Hull FC0 - 0Salford Red Devils
St Helens0 - 0Wakefield Wildcats
Wigan WarriorsvsHull K R
Sun 3rd May
Warrington Wolves0 - 0Widnes Vikings
Castleford Tigers0 - 0Catalans Dragons
Thu 7th May
Hull K RvsWakefield Wildcats
Fri 8th May
Salford Red DevilsvsHuddersfield Giants
Wigan Warriors0 - 0Castleford Tigers
Sat 9th May
Catalans DragonsvsSt Helens
Sun 10th May
Warrington Wolves0 - 0Hull FC
Widnes Vikings0 - 0Leeds Rhinos
Thu 21st May
Castleford TigersvsHuddersfield Giants
Fri 22nd May
Hull FC0 - 0St Helens
Leeds Rhinos0 - 0Hull K R
Salford Red Devils0 - 0Warrington Wolves
Sat 23rd May
Catalans DragonsvsWigan Warriors
Sun 24th May
Wakefield Wildcats0 - 0Widnes Vikings
Sat 30th May
Salford Red DevilsvsWidnes Vikings
Hull FCvsHull K R
Leeds RhinosvsWigan Warriors
Sun 31st May
Catalans DragonsvsHuddersfield Giants
St HelensvsWarrington Wolves
Castleford TigersvsWakefield Wildcats
Thu 4th Jun
Widnes VikingsvsHull FC
Fri 5th Jun
St Helens0 - 0Salford Red Devils
Sun 7th Jun
Huddersfield Giants0 - 0Wigan Warriors
Hull K R0 - 0Castleford Tigers
Wakefield Wildcats0 - 0Leeds Rhinos
Warrington Wolves0 - 0Catalans Dragons
Thu 11th Jun
Leeds RhinosvsCastleford Tigers
Fri 12th Jun
St HelensvsWigan Warriors
Sat 13th Jun
Catalans DragonsvsHull FC
Sun 14th Jun
Huddersfield Giants0 - 0Warrington Wolves
Hull K R0 - 0Widnes Vikings
Wakefield Wildcats0 - 0Salford Red Devils
Thu 18th Jun
Castleford TigersvsSt Helens
Fri 19th Jun
Wigan Warriors0 - 0Salford Red Devils
Sat 20th Jun
Catalans DragonsvsWakefield Wildcats
Sun 21st Jun
Hull K R0 - 0Warrington Wolves
Leeds Rhinos0 - 0Hull FC
Widnes Vikings0 - 0Huddersfield Giants
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