Leeds Rhinos have progressed through to the Super League semi-final after a hard-fought 11-10 win against rivals St Helens.
The Rhinos, who lost their first playoff game to Warrington a week earlier, entered into the home game as underdogs against the high-flying saints who demolished Hull the week before.
The game was a hard-fought contest which either team could have easily won. The Rhinos took the lead in the first half with a score from Kallum Watkins and could have doubled their lead not long after when an ageing Danny McGuire managed to get to the line. The try was turned down by video referee Ben Thaler after it showed McGuire had in fact lost control just prior to touching down.
The game became a wash with dubious refereeing decisions, many of which the south stand-ers felt went against the home side. The second half continued much as the first did, with both teams putting on a great defensive performance.
Rhinos centre Joel Moon managed to break through and put the Rhinos up by 10 after Kevin Sinfield's conversion. Two tries from Willie Manu pulled the Saints level to tie it 10-10 and, with 20 minutes left, the game could have quite easily swung in either team's favour.
With less than five minutes left, McGuire popped up again and nailed a one-point kick to score what would prove to be the winner for the Rhinos almost a year to the day since kicking an almost identical kick against the Catalan Dragons.
The game couldn’t have been any more of a contrast to the match less than 24 hours earlier in which Huddersfield Giants walked through Hull FC 76-18. The Giants showed the dominance that won them the league leaders' shield a few weeks prior.
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