Saints maintain unbeaten league run

St Helens maintained their unbeaten Super League run since lockdown with a 40-8 victory over Leeds Rhinos at the Totally Wicked Stadium.

Saints took the lead early on, as Josh Simm managed to step his way through the defence. Lachlan Coote added the conversion for a six-point advantage.

Soon after, Saints were dealt a blow as Alex Walmsley was sent to the sin bin for a crusher tackle.

Whilst down to 12, they doubled their advantage as Zeb Taia finished off a good move to score. Coote scored the conversion.

Just as Saints got back to full strength, they added another, as Simm finished well out wide. Coote was off target with the conversion attempt this time.

Four minutes before half-time, Simm completed his hat-trick as he finished off another good move. Coote was back on target with the boot.

Leeds then got themselves back into it, as Cameron Smith managed to roll himself over onto the try line to score. Smith took the conversion attempt but put it wide.

Saints got their first try of the second half just past the hour after a flat start. Theo Fages supported a break, and got the ball down at the second attempt. Coote converted his fifth goal of the night.

That woke the champions up, as Kevin Naiqama and Tommy Makinson combined to get the latter free on the wing. Makinson then passed back inside to Naiqama for the try. Coote converted for a 30-point lead.

The Rhinos got another one back towards the end, as Liam Tindall slid in in the corner. Smith was again off target with the conversion.

But the final word would go to Saints, as a clever give-and-go between Fages and Aaron Smith resulted in Smith going over. Coote added the conversion to put the champions onto 40 points.

Saints return to action on Monday against Salford Red Devils at Headingley. They then face rivals Wigan Warriors on Friday at the Totally Wicked Stadium.

As for Leeds, they also play Monday against Castleford Tigers, before taking on Wakefield Trinity on Thursday.

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