Leeds Rhinos players will form a guard of honour to applaud 2019 League Leaders' Shield winners St Helens onto Emerald Headingley tonight ahead of the Betfred Super League clash between the two sides.

The two sides kick off Round 26 of the Betfred Super League and the Rhinos have offered the gesture as a mark of respect to Saints, who have secured top spot going into the end of season play offs.

Commenting on the gesture, Leeds Rhinos director of rugby Kevin Sinfield said: “Rugby League is based on respect especially for your teammates, the officials and importantly your opponent.

"For many years, Leeds and St Helens as clubs have maintained a mutual respect for each other both on and off the field.

"With Saints having secured the League Leaders' Shield now we felt it was appropriate to mark the occasion.

"Consistently, they have been the best team so far this season and will be a good test for our side after our recent good results.

“Once the formalities are taken care of, I am sure both sets of players will turn their attentions to what promises to be an exciting contest between two teams with plenty still to prove.”