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Summary

  1. FT: St Helens 16-41 Leeds
  2. Ash Handley runs in first-half hat-trick for Leeds
  3. Hardaker, McGuire, Sutcliffe and Moon also go over for Rhinos
  4. Makinson and Turner (2) for Saints

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By Matt Newsum

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St Helens 16-41 Leeds

Tell you what, I'm shattered.

I feel like I've just run into Jamie Peacock, Kyle Amor, Alex Walmsley AND Adam Cuthberson, and all I've done is tap away on a keyboard.

What a game at times, what attack from Leeds, what a brave fightback from Saints.

'Every minute matters' they say this season, and on that evidence you'd agree.

Don't forget there's loads more rugby league coverage across the BBC Sport website this weekend, from live radio commentaries to match reports.

But for now, after a pulsating game, thanks for joining us and good night.

Handley treble sparks Leeds success

St Helens 16-41 Leeds

Ash Handley and Kallum Watkins
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Been distracted by the cricket? Maybe the football? Perhaps, even the soaps or whatever else you might be watching or doing instead of top-class Super League?

Well,

Steve Marshall's report is the perfect summary of Leeds Rhinos' 41-16 win against St Helens, featuring a hat-trick by Ash Handley (right).

Elsewhere too tonight, Wakefield were too strong for Halifax - ending up 44-16 winners in the weekend's first Challenge Cup fifth round tie.

St Helens 16-41 Leeds

St Helens head coach Keiron Cunningham told Sky Sports: "I'm proud of what we did in the second half. If we had our time again we would want to play that first half again and stand up a little bit more than we did.

"We knew we could score points but we gave ourselves too much to do.

"Leeds were very good, very clinical and we've learned some hard lessons tonight."

St Helens 16-41 Leeds

Leeds head coach Brian McDermott told Sky Sports: "I didn't think we were that far in front at half-time as the scoreline suggested.

"It was a really tough old second half. For the first half we showed how good we could be offensively, and in the second we showed some toughness and determination.

"Saints will be disappointed but I didn't feel they were that far off."

The top of Super League

St Helens 16-41 Leeds

So, here's how the top of Super League looks after this evening's result.

You have to say it must look pretty good to Leeds fans, especially with so much exciting, English talent in that team.

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It's only the start of it...

St Helens 16-41 Leeds

There is a full weekend of Super League and Challenge Cup action to come on BBC Sport, with live radio commentaries, live scores and reports to satisfy your rugby league appetite.

Saturday sees local rivals Leigh Centurions and Salford Red Devils go up against each other in the fifth round of the famous old knock-out competition, while Rochdale host Barrow in League One.

Sunday brings Huddersfield v Catalans and Widnes v Castleford in Super League, in addition to seven big cup ties including Bradford v Hull KR, Sheffield Eagles v Hull FC and amateur side Leigh Miners Rangers v York.

Highlights of the Super League matches and the best of the Challenge Cup action is available on the Super League Show on Monday night, BBC One at 23:25 BST.

St Helens 16-41 Leeds

St Helens captain Jon Wilkin told Sky Sports: "I thought our attention to detail was poor. Leeds executed well in the first half and pretty much took every chance they were given.

"We were disappointed with how we started the game. Luke Walsh made a big difference and we need him on the field.

"It gets me out of the halves which, will solve some of our problems. I'm not a half-back but I'm trying.

"Leeds are as clinical as any side in Super League. Congratulations to them - they were exceptional, but we need to do better."

St Helens 16-41 Leeds

Leeds' hat-trick hero Ash Handley told Sky Sports: "I think the first half of the first half we played really well. In the second we were a bit sloppy but I'm sure we'll work on that in training next week."

Full time

St Helens 16-41 Leeds

Well, well, well.

Leeds have now beaten everyone in the top eight apart from Warrington who they lost to last month - the only loss of the season so far.

The range of attacking options has been backed up by a cast-iron forward pack. It's mouthwatering.

St Helens, shorn of some key footballers such as Jonny Lomax and Paul Wellens, were blown away but showed their quality at times.

Six points they trail Leeds by now at the top of the Super League. The marker has been laid.

TRY (Moon, con Sinfield)

St Helens 16-41 Leeds

Last act of the game ends with another try for Leeds.

Saints prop Alex Walmsley tried to offload in the tackle but the ball fell perfectly for Joel Moon and 'Crazy Legs' sets off for an easy scoot to the line.

Kevin Sinfield with a touch of deja-vu slots the kick and the Rhinos add a touch of gloss to proceedings.

St Helens 16-35 Leeds

Inside the final minute.

St Helens 16-35 Leeds

Adam Cuthbertson held-up, then Kyle Amor is offside and Leeds get a penalty.

Cuthbertson again held-up.

St Helens 16-35 Leeds

St Helens turn-over possession there after a tired set.

Leeds will be happy to eat up the clock here.

St Helens 16-35 Leeds

Kallum Watkins held up by Jordan Turner.

Great defence by Saints after the Leeds star had ripped through.

St Helens 16-35 Leeds

Bit of frustration there by Travis Burns, caught Kallum Watkins as he chased through for St Helens.

Leeds get the penalty and this will be dumped into touch.

St Helens 16-35 Leeds

There must be nothing more annoying than seeing Kevin Sinfield slide a precision kick into touch and peg you back further inside your own half.

St Helens have to start from 10 out, right by their own posts.

St Helens 16-35 Leeds

James Deighton

BBC Radio Leeds commentator

"This is better from Leeds. It looks like they have weathered the storm. That drop-goal could knock the stuffing out of Saints."

DROP-GOAL (Sinfield)

St Helens 16-35 Leeds

Leeds' veteran playmaker Kevin Sinfield showing the ruthlessness to pop over a field goal and push the lead out to four scores.

St Helens 16-34 Leeds

That could be the try that does it.

Leeds it seems know how to keep teams at arms length, despite a battering in this second half from St Helens.

Keiron Cunningham will wonder why his side were so slow out of the blocks.

TRY (Sutcliffe, con Sinfield)

St Helens 16-34 Leeds

Liam Sutcliffe
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Beautiful stepping by Liam Sutcliffe against the grain there, as Saints shifted left, he danced back inside to cross under the sticks.

It all came on the back of some Harlem Globetrotters stuff from the Rhinos forwards, Jamie Peacock and Adam Cuthbertson playing like pivots at times.

Kevin Sinfield clips over. 34-16.

St Helens 16-28 Leeds

Great kick into the corner by Leeds playmaker Danny McGuire.

'Game management' I think they call it.

St Helens 16-28 Leeds

Some brilliant tackles going in here.

Jordan Turner was like a heat-seeking missile as he took down Liam Sutcliffe, while minutes earlier Stevie Ward melted Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook with a real blockbuster.

HIT!

TRY (Turner, con Burns)

St Helens 16-28 Leeds

Game on.

Luke Walsh's chip kick was tapped back by Andre Savelio and the ball popped perfectly to Jordan Turner to spin over and score.

Second try for the former Hull FC man.

Leeds wobbling?

St Helens 10-28 Leeds

Saints switching the point of attack but finding Leeds a formidable wall.

Mose Masoe JUST held up.

St Helens 10-28 Leeds

James Deighton

BBC Radio Leeds commentator

"It has been all Saints in the second half. They are having their best spell of the game."

St Helens 10-28 Leeds

Zak Hardaker fumbles the high kick. Saints deep in the Leeds half again.

St Helens 10-28 Leeds

Saints cough up possession, Leeds cough up possession. No one can quite take advantage.

Both sides trying to stretch the play and force the defensive mistake. Leeds fail to play the ball properly and St Helens regain possession.

St Helens 10-28 Leeds

A few errors creeping in from both sides. It's frantic stuff.

Leeds still three scores ahead but the momentum feels as though it's with Saints.

Rhinos feed the scrum and have possession.

St Helens 10-28 Leeds

The big difference in this half is where Leeds are working their last tackle plays.

In the first half they were peppering the Saints line on the last and forcing them to start deep in their own half.

Right now, they're kicking from inside their own half and that is giving Saints more space on which to return those kicks.

That of course, comes from their own defensive effort.

St Helens 10-28 Leeds

St Helens are playing this one like a Grand Final at the moment. Real intensity. Fans on the edge of their seats.

Jon Wilkin looked to feed Adam Swift on the left but the winger cannot take the ball in and Leeds get a relieving scrum.

St Helens 10-28 Leeds

Unbelievable strength by Jamie Peacock to hold up Jon Wilkin.

Travis Burns wins the penalty. Deep in the Leeds half, Saints attack.

St Helens 10-28 Leeds

Amazing what a try does for your confidence.

Rhinos full-back Zak Hardaker gathered a high kick and then lost it in dangerous territory.

Saints are sensing a try here.

TRY (Turner)

St Helens 10-28 Leeds

Jordan Turner
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Well there's the answer.

Luke Walsh made his own platform with a confident saunter through the Leeds line and stays composed enough to boom the ball to Jordan Turner on the left.

Turner gathered the pass on the bounce and had too much power for Leeds' defence.

First blood in this second half by Saints. Travis Burns missed the kick.

St Helens 6-28 Leeds

Line-speed better from St Helens. The long kick downfield from Rob Burrow bounces out dead and Saints tap on the 20.

St Helens 6-28 Leeds

Luke Walsh is on for St Helens. He has direction, kicking and distribution but does he have the attacking platform?

St Helens 6-28 Leeds

We're back underway.

Will history repeat?

HT: St Helens 6-28 Leeds

Castleford v St Helens
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The half-time score here got my memory buzzing. I was sure I remembered a game in which Saints roared back to win from a heavy half-time deficit.

And then it came to me.

Castleford were 24-6 up at half-time at home to Saints in Super League a little over a year ago, but a second-half fightback saw the visitors snatch a

30-28 win late on.

Will history repeat itself? Stick with us to find out.

Kirke at the double for Trinity

Wakefield 44-16 Halifax

They think it's all over at Belle Vue... it is now as Ian Kirke has gone over twice on his debut for Wakefield to put the result of this fifth round Challenge Cup tie beyond doubt.

Missing the action?

HT: St Helens 6-28 Leeds

Super League Show
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Well never fear. ALL the tries of tonight's humdinger at Langtree Park will be shown in the north of England on Monday night's Super League Show at 23:25 BST - BBC One.

Tanya Arnold and the team will have highlights of all the Super League games and the best of the Challenge Cup action from round five.

If you are unable to catch the Monday night edition, it will be shown at 09:15 BST throughout the country on BBC Two and of course you can see it on the

iPlayer all week.

Wakefield stretch their lead

Wakefield 32-16 Halifax

It looks like Wakefield will be going through to the sixth round of the Challenge Cup.

Further tries from Craig Hall and Danny Washbrook give the Super League side a 16-point lead and put them on course for a first win in nine games.