St Helens beat Leeds Rhinos in round 4 of the Challenge Cup to continue the Rhinos bad form in the competition. In a close hard fought match, Saints went in at the break with a four point lead thanks to tries by Ade Gardner, unconverted and James Roby’s effort converted by Paul Wellens. This after Rhinos had taken the lead with a try by Jamie Jones-Buchanan converted by Kevin Sinfield. The second period and Saints extended their lead thanks to tries by Paul Wellens and Matt Gidley both converted bt Wellens. Leeds came back with tries by Brent Webb and Keith Senior both converted by Sinfield. This possibly made the match appear closer than it was as Saints always had control in this game with the final score of:
Leeds 18-22 St Helens
Tries: Jones-Buchanan, Webb, Senior Goals: Sinfield 3
Tries: Gardner, Roby, Wellens, Gidley Goals: Wellens 3
Webb, Donald, Gibson, Senior, Hall, McGuire, Burrow, Leuluai, Diskin, Peacock, Jones-Buchanan, Ablett, Sinfield, Kirke, Lauitiiti, Lauitiiti, Burgess, Burgess, Buderus.
Replacements: Peacock for Leuluai (49), Lauitiiti for Diskin (32), Buderus for Peacock (32), Buderus for Jones-Buchanan (72), Kirke for Ablett (35), Burgess for Kirke (61), Burgess for Lauitiiti (16), Ablett for Lauitiiti (65), Leuluai for Burgess (35), Kirke for Burgess (73), Diskin for Buderus (52).
Wellens, Gardner, Gidley, Gilmour, Meli, Wilkin, Pryce, Graham, Cunningham, Hargreaves, Hargreaves, Puletua, Puletua, Flannery, Clough, Fa’asavalu, Ashurst, Cayless.
Replacements: Ashurst for Graham (35), Roby for Cunningham (25), Cayless for Hargreaves (23), Fa’asavalu for Hargreaves (72), Cunningham for Puletua (56), Ashurst for Puletua (75), Clough for Flannery (77), Fa’asavalu for Clough (30), Hargreaves for Fa’asavalu (49), Puletua for Ashurst (65), Graham for Cayless (48).
Ref: P Bentham (Warrington).