Super League  Monday 20th May 2013  Headingley Carnegie Stadium  Att: 15,998

Squad

Hardaker, Watkins, Moon, Hall, McGuire, Burrow, Leuluai, McShane, Jones-Buchanan, Sinfield, Delaney, Bailey, Kirke, Clarkson, Achurch, Moore, Singleton, Vickery, Sutcliffe.

Squad

Wellens, Gardner, Turner, Soliola, Hohaia, Perry, McCarthy-Scarsbrook, Puletua, Wilkin, Manu, Laffranchi, Jones, Makinson, Ashe, Greenwood, Walmsley, Percival, Thompson, Howarth.

Scorers

TRY SCORERS:

Ryan Bailey

Rob Burrow

Joel Moon

Kallum Watkins

GOAL SCORERS:

Kevin Sinfield

Kevin Sinfield

Kevin Sinfield

Scorers

TRY SCORERS:

Luke Thompson

Tom Makinson

Anthony Laffranchi

Tom Makinson

Iosia Soliola

Louis McCarthy-Scarsbrook

GOAL SCORERS:

Tom Makinson

Tom Makinson

Tom Makinson

Full Report

Match Official: B Thaler

St Helens halted their five-match losing run in sensational style, coming from 16-0 down to topple Super League champions Leeds Rhinos and seal a third consecutive win at Headingley.

Saints looked certain to register their worst run for 34 years after an abject first quarter in which their confidence appeared to be at rock bottom.

But their fortunes were transformed in remarkable fashion. They pulled two tries back in six minutes before half-time and ran in three more in a 10-minute spell early in the second period, two of them by winger Tom Makinson, who finished with 14 points.

Then, after Leeds threatened a late fightback, 18-year-old prop Luke Thompson – playing only his third Super League match – went over for the match-clinching try that lifts Saints back into the top eight and breathes new life into their season.

St Helens were back in action following a 16-day rest as a result of their early exit from the Challenge Cup and looked distinctly rusty in the opening quarter.

The Rhinos, who gave a debut to 18-year-old Liam Sutcliffe, punished handling errors inside their own 20-metre area by Jordan Turner and Thompson to create the position for Kallum Watkins, restored to his customary centre spot, to take Zak Hardaker's pass and open the scoring with his ninth try in the last seven games.

Four minutes later, dangerous centre Joel Moon took Danny McGuire's pass and jinked past Nathan Ashe before stretching out of Jon Wilkin's tackle to touch down.

Saints had second rower Iosia Soliola put on report for what looked to be a shoulder charge on McGuire in the build-up to the try and things got worse for the visitors midway through the first half when Rob Burrow dummied his way over for a soft try.

Sinfield kicked a second goal to make it 16-0 but Saints, having weathered the storm, struck back with two quick tries to claw their way back into the contest.

Both were the result of smart work at dummy half by Stuart Howarth, whose neatly timed passes opened up the Leeds defence to create gaps for Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook and Soliola to stroll through.

Makinson added both conversions to cut the gap to just four points and brought the scores level three minutes into the second half with the try of the match.

Willie Manu started a 70-metre move with a tremendous pass out of the tackle to release Mark Percival and he went on to draw full-back Hardaker before freeing his winger.

Makinson was wide with the goalkick but Saints were in front for the first time four minutes later when Hardaker tried to get the ball back in play to avoid a goal-line drop-out but succeeded only in gifting a try to Saints prop Anthony Laffranchi.

Makinson kicked his third goal and Saints stretched their lead to 26-16 five minutes later when Paul Wellens' grubber kick on the last tackle eluded the unfortunate Hardaker and Makinson pounced for his second try.

The game threatened to take another twist as a charging run by Leeds second rower Jamie Jones-Buchanan set up the position for prop Ryan Bailey to take Burrow's pass from just short of the line to crash over for his side's fourth's try on 58 minutes.

Sinfield's third goal meant there were just four points between the teams and Leeds went close to snatching it when winger Joe Vickery was inches away from gathering McGuire's kick that bounced tantalisingly on the Saints tryline.

But there was no way back for the champions when Wellens put Thompson through a gap and he proved unstoppable from 10 metres out as he scored his second try for the club.

Match Action

  • 73m
    try

    Luke Thompson

    St Helens

  • 66m
    interchange_off

    Brett Delaney

    Leeds

  • 66m
    interchange_on

    Liam Sutcliffe

    Leeds

  • 61m
    goal

    Kevin Sinfield

    Leeds

  • 59m
    try

    Ryan Bailey

    Leeds

  • 52m
    try

    Tom Makinson

    St Helens

  • 49m
    goal

    Tom Makinson

    St Helens

  • 48m
    try

    Anthony Laffranchi

    St Helens

  • 47m
    interchange_off

    Kylie Leuluai

    Leeds

  • 47m
    interchange_on

    Mitch Achurch

    Leeds

  • 44m
    try

    Tom Makinson

    St Helens

  • 34m
    goal

    Tom Makinson

    St Helens

  • 33m
    interchange_on

    Anthony Laffranchi

    St Helens

  • 33m
    interchange_off

    Alex Walmsley

    St Helens

  • 33m
    try

    Iosia Soliola

    St Helens

  • 31m
    interchange_off

    Louis McCarthy-Scarsbrook

    St Helens

  • 31m
    interchange_on

    Josh Jones

    St Helens

  • 28m
    goal

    Tom Makinson

    St Helens

  • 27m
    try

    Louis McCarthy-Scarsbrook

    St Helens

  • 27m
    interchange_off

    Ryan Bailey

    Leeds

  • 27m
    interchange_on

    Richard Moore

    Leeds

  • 23m
    interchange_on

    Alex Walmsley

    St Helens

  • 23m
    goal

    Kevin Sinfield

    Leeds

  • 23m
    interchange_off

    Luke Thompson

    St Helens

  • 22m
    try

    Rob Burrow

    Leeds

  • 19m
    interchange_on

    Ian Kirke

    Leeds

  • 19m
    interchange_off

    Kylie Leuluai

    Leeds

  • 19m
    interchange_on

    Tony Puletua

    St Helens

  • 19m
    interchange_off

    Josh Perry

    St Helens

  • 12m
    goal

    Kevin Sinfield

    Leeds

  • 10m
    try

    Joel Moon

    Leeds

  • 6m
    try

    Kallum Watkins

    Leeds