LiveSaints 14 Leeds 10

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Summary

  • Saints have beaten Leeds without 9 first choice players.
  • Tommy Makinson grabs the winner in a nerve-jangling win.
  • 19 year old Andre Savelio made his debut.

12:49am

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11:26pm

Cunningham: "it is scary how far our back three can go. We have a very good back three coach in Jamahl Lolesi and up to date we have the best back three in the competition.

"They just seem to be getting better and better and improving every week."

11:23pm

Keiron Cunningham paid tribute to the young players who really stepped up to the mark tonight.

He said: "We knew last year's pain was worthwhile.

"We have built a great squad and will continue to do so.

"We have always a good youth structure and we have got some very good people in charge. The pain last year is paying off. For those kids to come out and stand up to a great Leeds side it is fantastic."

10:56pm

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10:55pm

That puts Saints two points clear of Castleford. Sets up that game in a fortnight at Wheldon Road.

10:53pm

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10:21pm

Assistant coach Keiron Cunningham declared: "It will go down for me as one of the greatest wins.

"it is tough to think back how we have dug ourselves out of a bit of a hole and got a win like that.

"It was a great spectacle."

10:11pm

McDermott: They were missing some people but they have some momentum and I knew the players coming in would do a job.

He also revealed the Jamie Jones-Buchanan bust his bicep early on in the game.

10:09pm

Brian McDermott: I thought Saints deserved the win. It was a fair result.

It was a tough game, there were a few drop balls in intense pressure.

I don't feel we have missed massive opportunities, but Saints have defended extremely well.

10:03pm

St Helens Star:

10:03pm

It shows the character running through this class of 2014 - and the depth of the squad.

If Langtree Park really wanted another coming of age party, then this was it tonight.

A super performance from 1-17, from oldest to youngest.

That means they wil bounce into next week's cup tie.

9:54pm

Take a bow Saints!

Take a bow the fans!

That was an amazing, gutsy effort full of belief.

9:53pm

Hohaia chip, gathered by Lomax kicked wide for Makinson to touch down.

Goal missed. 14-10 to Saints.

9:52pm

That is just amazing! Makinson try

9:48pm

First drop goal miss from Sinfield. 5 to play.

9:46pm

Looked like Hall took Makinson in nthe air then, mustnt be having that rule today.

9:45pm

Good kick chase from Lomax kick downfield.

9:43pm

Walker looks like he has broken his nose from here and he is led off the pitch.

9:43pm

Stoppage for a head injury, looks like Anthony Walker down after a tackle on Delaney.

9:41pm

May take us to drop goal territory - and it's yonks since we dropped one. They have Sinfield and McGuire. Shades of last play-offs last year.

9:39pm

Penalty Leeds for ball stealing. Harsh one thaty, and a sickener really after all that hard work. Sinfield levels 10-10.

9:38pm

Dangerous kick there, defused by Makinson but another drop out.

Lomax again getting treatment behind the goal line.

9:37pm

Lomax puts kick out on the full. Still plenty to do here with 13 to play.

9:36pm

Lomax puts kick out on the full. Still plenty to do here with 13 to play.

9:35pm

It's a try! Makinson awarded the score, but misses the conversion.

9:35pm

It's a try! Makinson awarded the score, but misses the conversion.

9:34pm

Roars from the crowd as the video runs on with Makinson touching down.

9:33pm

I don't know what they are looking to find here, but it was a great break from Wellens to put Makinson in at the corner,

9:32pm

Try Makinson gone to video ref.

9:31pm

Good effort chasing that kick, forces Leeds behind the line. Drop out.

9:29pm

Spotted a knock on on half way, a long way to go back. Turnover to Leeds. Sickener that.

9:29pm

Spotted a knock on on half way, a long way to go back. Turnover to Leeds. Sickener that.

9:28pm

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Video ref looking further back in play though.

9:26pm

That looks like a try to Jones to me. If not, we'll have a penalty try and a sin-binning

9:25pm

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And the siege is relieved with a McGuire lost ball in the tackle inches from the try line.

9:24pm

And yet another drop out for Leeds after Lomax fields a grubber and is tackled behind the line.

Crowd still roaring them on, C'mon u Saints.

9:22pm

Few anxious moments here as Jonny Lomax receives treatment behind the goal. Leeds awarded another drop out.

9:18pm

Penalty goal Sinfield Saints 6-8 Leeds.

9:17pm

Now a Leeds penalty - which they are going to kick, to cries of Swing Low Sweet Chariot

9:16pm

But Leeds look like they are beginning to win th earm wrestle. a lot of ball in the Saints half and a couple of repeat sets. Saints under the cosh at the minute.

9:15pm

Saints' tackling so far tonight has been first class, and they hsve fielded the high balls well too. 

9:12pm

Luke Thompson on for Joe Greenwood.

9:11pm

50: Masoe off, Walker on.

9:08pm

Bad knock on from Roby at dummy half - first tackle on Leeds 30 metre. But Saints defending set stoutly.

9:06pm

Good touch-finding kick from Wellens. Nice steady start to the half.

9:00pm

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8:45pm

Standing ovation from the home fans at half time -not seen that for ages. Saints 6-6 Leeds.

A half of character and guts from Saints - and no little craft.

8:43pm

Mose Masoe is getting better as the weeks progress. Good solid runs, committing men to the tackle.

8:42pm

Steve Ganson agrees. No try

8:42pm

Knocks it forward for me.

8:41pm

Video ref for a Hall try decision

8:39pm

Burrow dangerous for Leeds -everytime he has ball he asks questions and makes yards.

8:38pm

And of course there have been some big hits too especially from Soliola and Wellens.

8:37pm

This is some effort so far by Saints - mixing up the kicking game too with Lomax, Roby and Hohaia all doing their share.

8:30pm

Mose Masoe back on for Savelio

8:29pm

Hats off to the crowd tonight. They are really backing this team in the backs to the wall effort.

8:27pm

Makinson goal, 6-6.

8:27pm

Pen Saints. Tapped and from second tackle Roby finds Anthony Walker with a relatively clear run to the line. Try.

8:24pm

But Saints get away with it - kick straight to Soliola and Swift makes immediate amends with a great 40 metre run. 

8:23pm

Bad mistake there - Swift loses ball second tackle clearting the line.

8:21pm

Sinfield goal 0-6.

8:20pm

First try to McGuire - last pass from Ablett

8:19pm

Saints are tackling like demons - a proper good effort.

8:18pm

Savelio coming on  for his debut. Only turned 19 last week, but he's on for Mose Masoe.

8:16pm

Good tackling but another Sinfield kick on the last forces another set - third in a row,

8:15pm

Leeds just cleared their line with a length oif the field move - after being pinned for firts three tackles. Forced a drop out. Looks like Leeds turn for pressure.

8:12pm

Ten minutes in and a war of attrition so far - Saints edging so far.

8:11pm

Leeds fans singing 'if you all hate scousers clap your hands!'

Have they stopped teaching geography in Yorkshire?

8:10pm

Roby's kicking from dummy half could be afeature tonight. Already finding his range.

8:08pm

Bright attacking play from Saints - chip and collect from Lomax but came to nothing.

8:05pm

First attack of the game - high Sinfield kick allowed to bounce but finishes with a kick skidding out.

8:03pm

Eamonn McManus column tonight is a great read. Talks about the Battle of Jutland and quotes Duggie Greenall.

8:00pm

Press box rammed tonight - hopefully that will mean reams of coverage in tomorrow's papers!

7:59pm

 Saints fans seem to be doing their bit and plenty of noise from the West Stand before kick off. Oh When The Saints rinbging out now.

Noise from the opposite end of Rhinos too. Good turnout from Yorkshire for 1 v 2 battle.

7:45pm

St Helens band Stlilia entertaining the crowds. sound good.

7:16pm

With the big Challenge Cup game next week Saints will no doubt be looking for a big performance, no injuries and no more bans from this game. A win would be the bonus given the odds against them tonight.

7:09pm

Young forward Luke Thompson returns. He scored against Leeds in the win at Headingley last May.

7:04pm

Saints have nine first choice members of the team that started the season missing through injury or suspension.

It means a debut for 19 year old Andre Savelio. 

7:00pm

Leeds: Hardaker; Briscoe, Watkins, Ward, Hall;McGuire, Sinfield; Leuluai, Burrow, Peacock, Jones- Buchanan, Ablett, Delaney. subs: Jones-Bishop, Kirke, Clarkson, Singleton.

6:57pm

Saints: Lomax; Makinson, Jones, Dawson, Swift; Hohaia, Wellens; Masoe, Roby, Richards, Flanagan, Soliola, Walker. Subs: Laffranchi, Greenwood, Thompson, Savelio.

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