Simm hat-trick helps Saints beat Leeds

Leeds Rhinos looked to consolidate their Coral Challenge Cup Final victory with a win against a strong St Helens side looking to extend their lead at the top of the table.

It took the Saints just two and a half minutes to open the scoring as the ball was shifted to Zeb Taia on the left edge.

The second-rower offloaded to Josh Simm who accelerated away and beat Jack Walker on the inside to score.

In the tenth minute, Alex Walmsley made a dangerous tackle on Alex Sutcliffe, and was sent to the sin-bin.

Despite being a man down, the home side scored a second.

James Roby spotted a gap from the ruck, and pushed through a huge gap.

He was brought down by Walker, but the hooker managed to offload to Taia who slide over to score.

On the 20-minute mark, and back to a full 13, Saints picked up their third.

Theo Fages and Jonny Lomax combined to get the ball to Simm, who stepped inside Liam Tindall, before powering over Callum McLelland to pick up his second of the night.

With four minutes left on the clock, Simm picked up his hat-trick.

Regan Grace made a break, before being brought down by Walker on the 20-metre line.

The ball was played quickly, before it was shifted to Simm on the out left edge, and the centre beat Tindall on the outside to make it 20-0.

Coote converted to make it 22-0 just before the break.

HALF-TIME: St Helens 22-0 Leeds Rhinos

Both sides started the second half with plenty of errors, but it was the Rhinos who seemed to strike first.

In the 52nd minute, Cameron Smith busted through the line from short notice and managed to touch down despite Coote’s best efforts to get himself underneath the forward.

Just before the hour mark, the Saints went close to scoring a great try.

Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook broke on the right edge, and despite the effort from Tom Holroyd managed to get the offload to Coote, but the pass went forward.

Two minutes later, Saints did manage to extend their lead as Matty Lees made a half-break before offloading back inside to Theo Fages who managed to get under the posts to score.

A sixth try came in the very next set as Makinson got around the outside of Jack Broadbent before passing back inside to Kevin Naiqama for an easy score.

Liam Tindall had not had the best of games defensively but got himself on the scoresheet for the first time in the 72nd minute.

McLelland shifted the ball to Ash Walters who pushed through the line and offloaded to the young winger who scored in the corner.

The Champions extended their lead once again as Aaron Smith busted through the line, then passed inside to Fages, who returned the ball to Smith for the try.

FULL-TIME: St Helens 40-8 Leeds Rhinos


St Helens

Coote, Makinson, Naiqama, Simm, Grace, Lomax, Fages, Walmsley, Roby, Lees, Taia, Bentley, Knowles

Interchanges: McCarthy-Scarsbrook, Amor, Smith, Batchelor

Tries: Simm (3), Taia, Fages, Naiqama, Smith

Goals: Coote (6/7)

Sin-Bins: Walmsley

Leeds Rhinos

Walker, Tindall, Evans, Sutcliffe, Briscoe, McLelland, Broadbent, Oledzki, Dwyer, Holroyd, Walters, Thompson, Smith

Interchanges: Hall, Donaldson, O’Connor, Harrison

Tries: Smith, Tindall


Referee: G. Hewer

Touch Judges: J. Vella, A. Martin

Video Referee: T. Grant

Image Source: @CTRLFC (twitter)

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