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SAINTS were handed their second loss of the season as a clinical Leeds won 20-12 at Langtree Park.The home side dominated the Rhinos for long periods but ultimately couldn’t find the killer pass to put their opponents away.Saints were 8-4 down at half time in a tight match with defences on top.Jonny Lomax put his side ahead with a coolly taken score before Ryan Hall scorched down the wing to reply.Kevin Sinfield’s two penalties making the difference.In the second half, Kylie Leuluai broke the deadlock before Hall notched up his second.The excellent Mark Percival lay on a brace for Francis Meli as Saints threatened a comeback but the clock run out.The young centre was making his debut for the Club at the age of 18 whilst Anthony Walker replaced Alex Walmsley at kick off.Tony Puletua moved to loose forward with Josh Jones on the bench.Leeds got the best possible start when they were given two penalties on the bounce and Kevin Sinfield slotted over a two-pointer.Saints nearly replied when James Roby and Tony Puletua linked in good field position but the ball was lost.Seconds later though they were in front. The ball was kept alive and on an angle Lomax stepped his way to the line and showed great strength.Three would be tacklers undone by the full back’s great footwork.Both sides were guilty of handling errors as the game entered its quarter way point and it was a piece of ill-discipline from Saints that allowed Sinfield to equalise.The Rhinos then forged ahead. Saints were outdone on the right hand side and Hall got on the outside of the defence to put them in front.Saints had some pressure on Leeds’ line heading into the final stages but couldn’t find a way past a resolute defence.Likewise, the Rhinos knocked on the door a couple of times but found the home side in no mood to give up more points.Saints went in at the break 8-4 down and could have been further behind within seconds of the second half beginning – but Ian Kirke dropped the ball over the line with a four-pointer begging.Sia Soliola and Puletua lit the fuse with a fantastic run and flipped pass respectively, but handling let Saints down again in good field possession.Percival went on an outstanding run with 25 minutes left but it was Leeds that popped up with the next and crucial score.The video referee was called for to adjudge on a potential Kylie Leuluai try set up by clever hands from Ryan Hall.And although it looked like the forward knocked on the video ref gave the score.Ryan Hall then took Joel Moon’s pass almost immediately to make it 20-4.Saints responded when Puletua and Lomax set Percival free to feed Meli.And moments later Percival cut back inside to send the winger in for his second.Crucially the conversion was missed though and despite Saints late rally, it too little too late.Match Summary:Saints:Tries: Lomax, Meli (2)Goals: Wheeler (0 from 1), Turner (0 from 2)Leeds:Tries: Hall (2), LeuluaiGoals: Sinfield (4 from 5)Penalties:Saints: 4Leeds: 5HT: 4-8FT: 12-20REF: Phil BenthamATT: 12228Teams:Saints:7. Jonny Lomax; 2. Ade Gardner, 3. Jordan Turner, 30. Mark Percival, 5. Francis Meli; 17. Gary Wheeler, 12. Jon Wilkin; 14. Anthony Laffranchi, 9. James Roby, 27: Walker, 4. Sia Soliola, 13. Willie Manu, 11. Tony Puletua.Subs: 10. Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, 16. Paul Clough, 19. Josh Jones, 24. Joe Greenwood.Leeds:3. Kallum Watkins; 25. Joe Vickery, 12. Carl Ablett, 4. Joel Moon, 5. Ryan Hall; 6. Danny McGuire, 13. Kevin Sinfield; 8. Kylie Leuluai, 7. Rob Burrow, 10. Jamie Peacock, 14. Stevie Ward, 15. Brett Delaney, 11. Jamie Jones-Buchanan.Subs: 9. Paul McShane, 17. Ian Kirke, 18. Chris Clarkson, 21. Richard Moore. read more
SAINTS have announced their 19-man squad for Friday’s First Utility Super League clash with Widnes Vikings.Lance Hohaia misses out with injury but Luke Walsh returns.Nathan Brown will choose from:2. Tommy Makinson, 3. Jordan Turner, 4. Josh Jones, 5. Adam Swift, 7. Luke Walsh, 8. Mose Masoe, 9. James Roby, 10. Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, 11. Sia Soliola, 12. Jon Wilkin, 13. Willie Manu, 14. Anthony Laffranchi, 15. Mark Flanagan, 16. Kyle Amor, 17. Paul Wellens, 18. Alex Walmsley, 22. Mark Percival (pictured), 24. Gary Wheeler, 26. Matty Dawson.Denis Betts will choose his Widnes side from:1. Rhys Hanbury, 2. Jack Owens, 3. Cameron Phelps, 4. Stefan Marsh, 5. Patrick Ah Van, 6. Kevin Brown, 7. Joe Mellor, 9. Jon Clarke, 11. Dave Allen, 12. Danny Tickle, 13. Hep Cahill, 14. Chris Dean, 16. Willie Isa, 17. Danny Galea, 18. Paul Johnson, 20. Paddy Flynn, 22. Liam Carberry, 24. Macgraff Leuluai, 25. Alex Gerrard.The game kicks off at 8pm and the referee will be Ben Thaler.Tickets for Friday’s game remain on sale from the Ticket Office at Langtree Park, by calling 01744 455 052 or by logging on here. read more
The Grand Final winning forward made his debut for the club in 2013 and went on to play 73 times, scoring one try.He started his amateur career with Barrow Island and was picked up by Saints in 2011 – going on to win the showpiece at Old Trafford three years later.“It’s always tough when a player who has been through the system at the club leaves for pastures new,” Saints CEO Mike Rush said. “Greg has been here a long time; with me in the Academy and also in the first team set up.“He has always been the utmost professional and, at just 22, has his best years ahead of him.“There has been strong competition for places here this season though and therefore, reluctantly, it made sense to allow him to join Leigh.“We wish him the very best in his future career.”Greg has been on dual registration with Sheffield this season as well as appearing in the Reserves competition. read more
The 32-year-old made his debut in 2004 and has won everything with his hometown club as well as the Steve Prescott Man of Steel award in 2007.He is also a member of the Saints’ exclusive 400 club having appeared in the red vee 409 times and regularly tops the metre and tackles made charts.2019 will be his 16th season with the Saints and he is showing no signs of slowing down.“This was a very easy decision to make,” Head Coach Justin Holbrook said. “As Captain, James is a leader within the group and quite simply one of the best players in Super League.“He is an integral part of the club and the town. His experience, professionalism and leadership are second to none as are the standards he sets week in week out.“I can see him playing for a couple more years yet.”Roby made his Saints debut in March 2004, aged 18, and his inexorable rise saw him represent Great Britain before his 21st birthday.He has since gone to appear 42 times for England and Great Britain and was a standout performer in the 2017 World Cup.“I’m really happy to stay at my hometown club,” Roby said. “Although there is a long way to go this season, everything is going well and I’m looking forward to the rest of the year and next.“I’m proud to have played at the Saints my whole career and I’m really looking forward to the future.” read more