St Helens 27-22 Leeds Rhinos

Friday 22nd February 2019
KO: 19:45 - Round: 3

27-22 FT

HT: 10 22

Official: R Hicks

Venue: Totally Wicked Stadium

  • St Helens

  • Tries
    Theo Fages, Jonny Lomax, Alex Walmsley 2, Luke Thompson,

  • Goals
    Mark Percival 2, Lachlan Coote,

  • Drop Goals
    James Roby,

  • Leeds Rhinos

  • Tries
    Kallum Watkins, Konrad Hurrell, Ash Handley, Mikolaj Oledzki,

  • Goals
    Tuimoala Lolohea 3,

  • Drop Goals

Official Report / Commentary

England prop forwards Alex Walmsley and Luke Thompson powered St Helens to a third-straight win at the start of the Betfred Super League season as they claimed a 27-22 comeback victory at home to Leeds Rhinos.

Leeds looked to have turned the game on its head with a spell of 20 unanswered points to lead 22-10 at half-time but Saints’ front-row pair demonstrated exceptional brute force to score three tries between them to pave the way for the win.

In a gripping finish to a thoroughly-entertaining match, Leeds had a try from Tui Lolohea disallowed seven minutes from the end as Saints hung on to maintain their 100 per cent record.

Saints suffered a major blow within two minutes when star centre Kevin Naiqama went off with a head injury but they celebrated tries from Theo Fages and Jonny Lomax.

Mark Percival added two conversions and Lachlan Coote one following those efforts from Walmsley and Thompson, while James Roby scored a last-minute drop-goal.

In reply, captain Kallum Watkins crossed over for a 12th-minute try before Konrad Hurrell, Ash Handley and Mikolaj Oledzki grabbed one apiece and Lolohea was on target with three goals.

St Helens coach Justin Holbrook said: "Alex was massive. I’m so happy to have him back after seeing how hard he worked. It’s great to see him come good again, he played a massive part in us winning that game tonight.

"It was a typical Saints-Leeds game. I was just happy to win without being great with the ball."

Leeds Dave Furner said: "I thought it was a tremendous effort. I’m very proud of the players. They need to keep their heads up and the fans should be proud of that team.

"We are getting better each week, there were just little lapses, we conceded some soft tries to allow them back in, which is a negative."

  • 79: Goal scored for St Helens by James Roby
  • 63: GOAL! scored for St Helens by Lachlan Coote
  • 62: TRY! scored for St Helens by Luke Thompson
  • 50: TRY! scored for St Helens by Alex Walmsley
  • 45: GOAL! scored for St Helens by Mark Percival
  • 45: TRY! scored for St Helens by Alex Walmsley
  • 37: GOAL! scored for Leeds by Tuimoala Lolohea
  • 36: TRY! scored for Leeds by Mikolaj Oledzki
  • 34: TRY! scored for Leeds by Ash Handley
  • 24: GOAL! scored for Leeds by Tuimoala Lolohea
  • 23: TRY! scored for Leeds by Konrad Hurrell
  • 13: GOAL! scored for Leeds by Tuimoala Lolohea
  • 12: TRY! scored for Leeds by Kallum Watkins
  • 10: GOAL! scored for St Helens by Mark Percival
  • 9: TRY! scored for St Helens by Jonny Lomax
  • 5: TRY! scored for St Helens by Theo Fages
  • Key Performers

    Zeb Taia

    Metres: 156

    Trent Merrin

    Offloads: 4

    Head to Head

    Tries:

    Saints 5
    Rhinos 4

    Goals:

    Saints 3
    Rhinos 3

    METRES:

    Saints 1479
    Rhinos 1172

    CARRIES:

    Saints 177
    Rhinos 215

    TACKLES:

    Saints 351
    Rhinos 295

    OFFLOADS:

    Saints 14
    Rhinos 22

    PENALTIES:

    Saints 3
    Rhinos 3

    BREAKS:

    Saints 6
    Rhinos 8

    Full Match Statistics

    Player T TA TK MT MI TB AT C M AG CB DR E FT G MG OF P
    Zeb Taia 0 0 26 4 4 4 0 18 156 8.67 2 2 2 0 0 0 2 1
    Thomas Makinson 0 0 4 0 3 1 1 16 133 8.31 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Luke Thompson 1 0 34 7 2 5 0 14 133 9.50 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Alex Walmsley 2 0 20 3 0 4 0 16 115 7.19 0 0 2 0 0 0 2 0
    James Roby 0 2 42 9 2 0 0 10 114 11.40 0 9 1 0 0 0 1 0
    Regan Grace 0 0 1 0 3 4 0 9 108 12.00 1 0 2 0 0 0 0 0
    Lachlan Coote 0 0 4 0 0 3 5 13 107 8.23 1 0 2 0 1 1 2 1
    Mark Percival 0 0 9 2 0 8 0 11 105 9.55 1 1 2 0 2 2 2 0
    Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook 0 0 22 3 5 2 0 14 95 6.79 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
    Jonathan Lomax 1 0 15 3 1 4 0 12 90 7.50 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0
    Matthew Lees 0 0 28 8 6 1 0 12 85 7.08 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Dominique Peyroux 0 0 26 3 1 2 0 8 63 7.88 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
    Joseph Paulo 0 1 25 5 3 0 0 6 60 10.00 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
    Kyle Amor 0 0 14 2 0 0 0 6 50 8.33 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Morgan Knowles 0 0 54 14 5 0 0 6 40 6.67 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1
    Theo Fages 1 0 27 2 2 1 3 6 25 4.17 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Kevin Naiqama 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Player T TA TK MT MI TB AT C M AG CB DR E FT G MG OF P
    Konrad Hurrell 1 1 9 0 2 6 0 21 161 7.67 1 0 3 0 0 0 2 0
    Trent Merrin 0 0 27 3 4 0 0 19 121 6.37 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 1
    Adam Cuthbertson 0 0 22 3 1 0 0 16 113 7.06 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 0
    Tom Briscoe 0 0 4 0 1 2 0 14 97 6.93 1 2 1 0 0 0 2 0
    Brad Dwyer 0 1 47 6 7 6 0 12 78 6.50 2 11 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Ash Handley 1 0 2 0 2 2 0 14 75 5.36 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 0
    Jack Walker 0 1 6 1 1 6 0 16 71 4.44 1 3 0 0 0 0 1 0
    Mikolaj Oledzki 1 0 28 6 1 2 0 10 65 6.50 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Brett Ferres 0 1 19 2 2 2 0 17 60 3.53 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 1
    Kallum Watkins 1 0 17 5 1 2 0 14 54 3.86 2 0 1 0 0 0 1 0
    Tuimoala Lolohea 0 0 8 1 5 4 4 16 53 3.31 0 3 2 0 3 1 1 0
    Nathaniel Peteru 0 0 28 7 1 1 0 10 49 4.90 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Richard Myler 0 0 14 0 3 0 7 10 44 4.40 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
    Liam Sutcliffe 0 0 29 6 3 2 0 13 43 3.31 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
    Cameron Smith 0 0 10 0 2 0 0 6 42 7.00 0 2 1 0 0 0 2 0
    Brad Singleton 0 0 16 2 3 1 0 5 41 8.20 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
    Stevie Ward 0 0 9 1 0 1 0 2 5 2.50 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 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