Prev Game: Super League Fri 12th Sep

prev game - Leeds Rhinos
team 1 score team 2
Hull 24 - 19 Leeds

Next Game: Super League Sat 20th Sep

next game - Leeds Rhinos
team 1 score team 2
Leeds 17:15 Catalans

Super League: St Helens assistant Keiron Cunningham elated after win over Leeds Rhinos

Last Updated: 29/03/14 8:04am

  • Share:

St Helens coach Nathan Brown says he is extremely proud of his side's effort following their win over Leeds.

Sky Bet

    • Retrieving latest Sky Bet odds

St Helens assistant coach Keiron Cunningham claimed his depleted side's 14-10 Super League win over Leeds as one of the best in their recent history after retaining their perfect start to the season.

Saints overcame the absence of seven first-choice players through injury and suspension to condemn the Rhinos to their first defeat of the season.

Winger Tom Makinson grabbed two tries in the last 16 minutes to snatch a seventh consecutive win that maintains the only 100 per cent record in Super League.

"It probably goes down for me as one of the greatest wins," said Cunningham, the club's former captain and hooker, who is now assistant to head coach Nathan Brown.

"It's tough to think back as long as I've been here where we've dug ourselves out of a hole and hung in there.

"It was a great spectacle. It's why you understand it's the greatest game in the world."

Brown blooded the latest forward off the club's production line, 19-year-old Andre Savelio, while Cunningham believes the experience gained by inexperienced quartet Anthony Walker, Joe Greenwood, Luke Thompson and Greg Richards in an injury-ravaged 2013 paid off handsomely.

"We knew last year's pain was going to be worthwhile," he said. "We've built a great squad and the foundations of the club are very secure.

"We've always had a very good youth structure and it's paying off now.

"For those kids to stand up to a great Leeds side and win at the end of the day is fantastic."

At the other end of the age scale, it was a fitting way for 34-year-old Saints skipper Paul Wellens to mark his record-equalling 413th Super League appearance.

"Wello is just a true warrior," Cunningham said. "He's a leader and a role model for these kids."

'Fair result'

Leeds, who were able to bring back rested trio Kevin Sinfield, Jamie Peacock and Tom Briscoe, twice held the lead, courtesy's of Danny McGuire's 250th try of his career and three goals from Sinfield, but, with the scores tied at 10-10, the skipper was wide with a drop goal attempt and it proved crucial.

"I thought Saints deserved their win," said Leeds coach Brian McDermott. "I didn't think there was much in it and I wouldn't have felt ashamed if we had won it. It was a fair result.

"It was a tough game and I thought Saints defended extremely well.

"Momentum is a club thing and they clearly had some momentum. Yes they were missing some people but I just knew the kids they brought in would do a good job."

The Rhinos were without hooker Paul Aiton after he went down with a virus and they lost second-rower Jamie Jones-Buchanan with a torn bicep at half-time.

"We all know Jonesy is a warrior but he bust his bicep in the first 15 minutes and carried on," McDermott said. "Our physio said at half-time if I left him on he it would be a rupture and a six month job so we kept him off for the second half but it was a huge effort."

  • Share:

Related

Super League 2014, round seven

Francis Cummins: battling through tough times at Bradford

Cummins: No excuses

Bradford coach Francis Cummins refused to blame another week of off-field headlines for his side's defeat at Widnes

Paul Anderson: confident in his players

Anderson: Things will turn

Paul Anderson admitted his side only have themselves to blame after blowing a 14-4 lead to lose 33-14 to Warrington.

Josh Hodgson: Two tries in Hull KR win

Robins run Wildcats ragged

Hull KR won successive Super League games for the first time since July with a commanding 44-6 victory over Wakefield.

Related Profiles

Most Popular

Features

Super League Play-offs on Sky

Super League Play-offs on Sky

The Super League crown is up for grabs as the play-offs get underway on Thursday evening

Super League stats

Super League stats

Who has kicked the most goals this season? Which player is penalised the most? Find out here...

Good Week/Bad Week

Good Week/Bad Week

We take a look back at the past seven days and pick out the heroes and zeroes in the sporting world.