Thursday 9th February 2017
KO: 20:00 - Round: 1

6-4 FT

( 0-4 HT )

Attendance: 12,208

Official: P Bentham

Venue: Totally Wicked Stadium

  • St Helens

  • Tries
    Theo Fages,

  • Goals
    Mark Percival,

  • Drop Goals

  • Leeds Rhinos

  • Tries
    Joel Moon,

  • Goals

  • Drop Goals

Official Report / Commentary

St Helens demonstrated their resilience to grind out a 6-4 win over Leeds Rhinos in the opening game of the 2017 Betfred Super League season.

Leeds, who endured a miserable season in 2016, were the better team in the first half and deserved their 4-0 lead through Joel Moon but lost out in a scrappy battle of attrition at the newly-named Totally Wicked Stadium.

St Helens drew level two minutes into the second half when stand-off Theo Fages, their best player, dummied his way over after prop Alex Walmsley had become the third Saints man to be held up over the line and Mark Percival's conversion put his side in front.

The defining moment came on 47 minutes when Leeds' England centre Kallum Watkins split the Saints defence to get Liam Sutcliffe charging for the line only to be denied by a magnificent flying tackle by Tommy Makinson.

  • 43: TRY! scored for St Helens by Theo Fages
  • 43: GOAL! scored for St Helens by Mark Percival
  • 20: TRY! scored for Leeds by Joel Moon
  • Key Performers

    Matt Parcell

    Tackles 35
    Offloads 4

    Stevie Ward

    Tackles 39

    Jon Wilkin

    Tackles 60

    Joe Greenwood

    Tackles 35

    Theo Fages

    Tackles 42

    Adam Swift

    Metres 160

    Luke Douglas

    Tackles 33

    Head to Head

    Tries:

    St Helens 1
    Leeds Rhinos 1

    Goals:

    St Helens 1
    Leeds Rhinos 0

    METRES:

    St Helens 1274
    Leeds Rhinos 1256

    CARRIES:

    St Helens 174
    Leeds Rhinos 209

    TACKLES:

    St Helens 426
    Leeds Rhinos 355

    OFFLOADS:

    St Helens 9
    Leeds Rhinos 18

    PENALTIES:

    St Helens 10
    Leeds Rhinos 6

    BREAKS:

    St Helens 2
    Leeds Rhinos 3

    Full Match Statistics

    Player T TA TK MT MI TB AT C M AG CB DR E FT G MG OF P
    Theo Fages 1 0 42 5 1 1 5 6 34 5.67 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
    James Roby 0 0 29 3 1 1 1 11 104 9.45 0 10 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Luke Thompson 0 0 40 8 3 0 0 15 91 6.07 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0
    Morgan Knowles 0 0 26 5 2 0 0 5 32 6.40 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Jon Wilkin 0 1 60 14 3 0 4 8 38 4.75 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1
    Alex Walmsley 0 0 14 3 4 2 0 17 154 9.06 0 1 0 0 0 0 2 0
    Dominique Peyroux 0 0 25 6 1 1 0 7 52 7.43 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
    Joe Greenwood 0 0 35 2 2 0 0 6 45 7.50 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1
    Kyle Amor 0 0 23 2 4 1 0 16 94 5.88 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 1
    Tommy Lee 0 0 27 2 2 0 0 4 30 7.50 0 2 0 0 0 0 1 0
    Danny Richardson 0 0 23 3 2 2 4 3 14 4.67 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 2
    Luke Douglas 0 0 33 2 1 0 0 8 44 5.50 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 3
    Adam Swift 0 0 6 1 1 1 0 21 160 7.62 0 5 4 0 0 0 0 1
    Ryan Morgan 0 0 10 1 0 1 0 7 55 7.86 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Mark Percival 0 0 26 5 2 2 1 12 77 6.42 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0
    Thomas Makinson 0 0 3 0 1 3 0 23 214 9.30 1 2 2 0 0 0 1 1
    Jonathan Lomax 0 0 4 0 0 0 0 5 36 7.20 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Player T TA TK MT MI TB AT C M AG CB DR E FT G MG OF P
    Joel Moon 1 0 13 2 0 1 1 11 61 5.55 0 3 0 0 0 0 3 0
    Jordan Baldwinson 0 0 8 3 0 0 0 2 16 8.00 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Jimmy Keinhorst 0 0 16 3 1 0 0 3 12 4.00 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1
    Anthony Mullally 0 0 12 2 0 0 0 4 21 5.25 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Brad Singleton 0 0 43 14 2 0 0 13 59 4.54 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3
    Stevie Ward 0 0 39 11 3 0 0 14 69 4.93 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 0
    Carl Ablett 0 1 26 4 0 0 0 13 54 4.15 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
    Adam Cuthbertson 0 0 27 6 1 2 0 17 100 5.88 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 1
    Jamie Jones-Buchanan 0 0 49 14 4 0 0 12 78 6.50 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
    Matt Parcell 0 0 35 1 2 3 0 12 94 7.83 1 9 0 0 0 0 4 0
    Rob Burrow 0 0 5 1 1 2 2 8 60 7.50 0 4 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Mitchell Garbutt 0 0 36 5 0 1 0 21 130 6.19 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Liam Sutcliffe 0 0 16 3 0 5 6 15 102 6.80 0 2 2 0 0 1 2 0
    Ryan Hall 0 0 2 0 0 1 1 13 69 5.31 0 2 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Kallum Watkins 0 0 17 3 1 3 0 17 165 9.71 1 1 2 0 0 0 0 0
    Tom Briscoe 0 0 4 0 0 3 0 14 82 5.86 1 2 0 0 0 0 2 0
    Ash Golding 0 0 7 0 0 9 0 20 84 4.20 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0

    Stats Key

    T: Tries
    TA: Try assists
    TK: Tackles
    MT: Marker tackles
    MI: Missed tackles
    TB: Tackle busts
    AT: Attacking kicks
    C: Carries
    M: Metres
    AG: Av gain
    CB: Clean break
    DR: Run from dummy half
    E: Errors
    FT: Forty twenty
    G: Goals
    MG: Missed goals
    OF: Offload
    P: Penalties