September 30, 2021 9:50 AM
Ash Wheldon

2021 Super League – St. Helens vs Leeds Rhinos Preview & Prediction

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THE FACTS

When is St. Helens vs Leeds Rhinos taking place? Friday 1st October, 2021 – 19:45 (UK)

Where is St. Helens vs Leeds Rhinos taking place? Totally Wicked Stadium

Where can I get tickets for St. Helens vs Leeds Rhinos? Click here for the official Super League ticket section

What channel is St. Helens vs Leeds Rhinos on? Sky Sports Arena

Where can I stream St. Helens vs Leeds Rhinos? Sky Sports subscribers can stream the match online via the Sky Go app

THE TEAM NEWS

ST. HELENS

  • St. Helens opted to rest a host of their big names for their final game of the regular season with Salford Red Devils and despite suffering defeat in that contest, head coach Kristian Woolf was no doubt content with his decision.
  • Saints are almost at full-strength for this semi-final and will be refreshed after earning the week off last week with their fitness likely to prove crucial in overcoming a Leeds Rhinos side that struggled to cope with their intensity in their most recent meeting.

21-man squad: Coote, Makinson, Naiqama, Percival, Grace, Lomax, Walmsley, Roby, Lees, Thompson, Knowles, Mata’utia, McCarthy-Scarsbrook, Amor, Paasi, Welsby, Smith, Batchelor, Dodd, Wingfield, Davies

LEEDS RHINOS

  • Leeds Rhinos did what was required as they came out on top of a low-scoring affair with Wigan Warriors last week and they did so by keeping their opponents scoreless in the process.
  • Attention now turns to what will be a much tougher assignment against St. Helens and while confidence is flowing amongst the Rhinos squad, they have lost eight consecutive matches in all competitions against Saints.

21-man squad: T. Briscoe, Newman, Hurrell, Handley, Lui, Oledzki, Leeming, Prior, Mellor, Martin, Tetevano, Dwyer, Myler, Smith, Holroyd, Vuniyayawe, Thompson, L. Briscoe, Donaldson, Broadbent, Gannon

THE PREDICTION

St. Helens will look to continue their excellent winning streak against Leeds Rhinos as they bid to secure their spot in the Grand Final. Saints, going in search of a third consecutive Super League title, come into this on the back of a week off having finished second in the table and with Leeds playing out a draining contest with Wigan Warriors last week, the Rhinos will have to be on their guard from the first whistle. Leeds were worthy winners against Wigan but in truth, they were not asked many questions defensively and Saints will pose a very different threat. The defending champions looked formidable when the two teams last met less than a month ago and it is difficult to see the Rhinos reversing that form with a ninth straight win between the teams on the cards for Saints here.

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