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Summary

  1. Leeds into final at Wembley on 29 August
  2. Hardaker, Moon, Peacock and Watkins for Leeds
  3. Percival (2) and Savelio cross for St Helens
  4. Saturday 12:45 BST: Warrington Wolves v Hull KR

Live Reporting

By Matt Newsum

All times stated are UK

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FT: Leeds 24-14 St Helens

Jamie Peacock
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"I'll cherish these moments, they'll live with me forever," Jamie Peacock also told BBC Sport after the game which keeps alive his hopes of a Wembley outing in his final season with the Rhinos.

The timeless prop, 37, is bound for a football manager role at Hull KR next season after hanging up his boots.

He and his Leeds team-mates will have eyes on tomorrow's second semi-final between Warrington and Hull KR, and so can you here on the BBC Sport website.

You can watch, listen and read the action here from 12:15 BST.

And with that it is time to say farewell and good night. Until tomorrow...

FT: Leeds 24-14 St Helens

St Helens full-back Adam Quinlan: "Leeds got off to a flyer. We went into half-time confident and with a bit of momentum - we did well to go in only eight points down.

"But then they started the second half the same way that they did the first, and they were probably just too good tonight."

FT: Leeds 24-14 St Helens

Leeds prop Jamie Peacock on his second-half try: "It's all still there in the locker!

"What an effort from the boys. We had to dig really deep and we're at Wembley again. I can't wait."

Ex-England captain Peacock is to retire at the end of the season.

FT: Leeds 24-14 St Helens

Leeds head coach Brian McDermott tells BBC Sport: "That was a tough game. We had a cracking start and got hold of the game.

"There were some really shaky and scary moments in the second half - Saints threw everything at us, and it was a real contest. I think the good start got us the game."

FT: Leeds 24-14 St Helens

Leeds celebrate
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These two teams have served up a cracker but it is Challenge Cup holders Leeds who find themselves heading back to Wembley next month on 29 August.

They just about kept Saints at arms length and can now await the winners of tomorrow's semi-final between Warrington and Hull KR.

It also sets up an emotional final game in the cup for departing duo of Kevin Sinfield and Jamie Peacock who move onto pastures new next season.

For Saints, the focus switches back to the Super 8s and a possible Grand Final return in 2015.

FULL-TIME

Leeds 24-14 St Helens

Leeds are going to Wembley. They've beaten St Helens by 24-14.

Leeds 24-14 St Helens

Jordan Turner knocks on deep inside Leeds territory and the Rhinos can eat up the clock.

Leeds 24-14 St Helens

Leeds fans are singing about their impending Wembley trip. Can St Helens silence them?

Leeds 24-14 St Helens

Leeds have the chance to drill the ball into touch and push away from their own line.

Then Rob Burrow knocks on but time is against St Helens with the scrum inside the last two minutes.

Leeds 24-14 St Helens

St Helens are desperately trying to keep the ball alive in the tackle count. Travis Burns puts the kick up but Saints give away the penalty and Leeds can clear their lines.

Leeds 24-14 St Helens

Leeds turn the ball over as Saints show their desperation.

10 points the lead with less than four minutes to go.

St Helens 24-14 St Helens

Pundits
BBC

If you've enjoyed tonight, why not tune into tomorrow's second semi-final between Warrington Wolves and Hull KR.

We'll also have live television, radio and text coverage on Saturday from 12:15 BST.

Leeds 24-14 St Helens

JJB off the pitch on a stretcher.

Leeds 24-14 St Helens

This is particularly cruel on Jamie Jones-Buchanan, who has had bicep and hamstring lay-offs in recent seasons.

I've worked with him before and he's a gentleman of the game.

Leeds 24-14 St Helens

Jamie Peacock held up, but play is stopped as Jamie Jones-Buchanan is not looking in a good way in back play.

The medical staff are on. He landed awkwardly in a tackle and looks in a lot of pain.

Leeds 24-14 St Helens

St Helens show they're not giving up on this game with a flying move downfield.

You have to feel Leeds have this wrapped up now given their experience of closing out the big games, but don't write Saints off.

Remember Chris Joynt's famous try versus Bradford? Jordan Turner's effort against Warrington earlier this month?

Leeds 24-14 St Helens

Hell of a try from Watkins. Leeds on fire with ball in hand tonight.

Kallum Watkins a strong contender for Man of Steel this season? Maybe that's a conversation for another day... there's still a semi-final to be won by one of these teams.

Leeds 24-14 St Helens

Watkins is such a balanced runner. He saw the defenders were coming across late and just glided inside them.

Jonathan DaviesFormer Great Britain international on BBC Two

TRY (Watkins, con Sinfield)

Leeds 24-14 St Helens

Kallum Watkins
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Great skill from Kallum Watkins to finish but Leeds were sparkling in their build up. They shifted it right and with numbers on the short side, the England centre skips his way across.

Kevin Sinfield clips it between the sticks and that's a 10-point lead with about 12 minutes to play.

Leeds 18-14 St Helens

The volume's ramped up and the atmosphere's ramped up - tremendous.

John KearBatley Bulldogs & Wales coach on BBC Two

Leeds 18-14 St Helens

Great chase from Leeds pins Adam Quinlan back inside his in-goal area.

Saints to drop out.

Leeds 18-14 St Helens

Jamie Peacock
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Jamie Peacock's superb try remains the difference. Leeds four points ahead with 14 minutes to play.

Leeds 18-14 St Helens

Few players in the wars here.

Danny McGuire looks a bit sore.

This game has been so frantic I've barely had to re-reference Jamie Peacock's try. Such beautiful footwork.

Leeds 18-14 St Helens

Mose Masoe takes a whack in a tackle with Adam Cuthbertson. Saints need him, you feel, to keep up this terrific effort.

Leeds 18-14 St Helens

Leeds are beginning to fall off a few tackles, that one on Mose Masoe excluded!

St Helens trying to get quick play the balls and James Roby sends a fine kick into the Leeds 10 to turn them round.

Leeds 18-14 St Helens

Mose Masoe knocks on as St Helens pour forward. A big tackling effort from Leeds.

A scrum means both teams can fill the lungs again. Not for long though, as Kallum Watkins leads the Rhinos' breakout.

Leeds 18-14 St Helens

It's St Helens who have the roll on now and their chase was impressive from that kick on the last.

Joel Moon gathered the loose ball as St Helens pressed to bring Leeds out of trouble.

Leeds 18-14 St Helens

That's opened the game up completely... It's a great cup tie.

John KearBatley Bulldogs & Wales coach on BBC Two

TRY (Percival)

Leeds 18-14 St Helens

Mark Percival
PA

That Rob Burrow error is punished as Saints find their shape, and Andre Savelio is again involved to tee up Mark Percival for his second.

They worked the blindside beautifully with smart hands and Percival touched down. Luke Walsh misses the kick and it's a four-point ball-game.

Game on.

Leeds 18-10 St Helens

Rob Burrow looks rueful as he knocks-on and Saints get a scrum inside the Leeds half.

TRY (Savelio, Walsh con)

Leeds 18-10 St Helens

Having bust his way into Leeds' last 10 metres, Andre Savelio goes one better a couple of tackles later when he brushes the ball onto the goal line for a try.

Ben Thaler went to the video referee, who was satisfied that momentum took the player over rather than a double movement.

Luke Walsh added the extras but the joy is slightly soured by the news that Atelea Vea is off for the rest of the game with knee ligament injury.

Leeds 18-4 St Helens

Josh Jones puts a kick through for Saints and Tom Briscoe has to kick it dead. Goal line drop out by Leeds.

Leeds 18-4 St Helens

St Helens get a penalty 20 metres away from the Leeds sticks. They tap it.

Leeds 18-4 St Helens

Wow. St Helens stretch the play but are unable to find the final pass and Zak Hardaker tries to counter but his pass to Danny McGuire knocks on.

Open football from both sides.

Leeds 18-4 St Helens

Oh my word! Where did that come from?! Jamie Peacock doesn't score tries like that, does he?!

Dave WoodsBBC Two commentator

Jonathan Davies says the sidestep was "Jason Robinson-esque". Not too sure about that, but that was an unbelievable try for a 37-year-old prop to score.

TRY (Peacock, Sinfield con)

Leeds 18-4 St Helens

Dazzling footwork by Jamie Peacock takes him through the St Helens defence and across the stripe.

Kallum Watkins showed similar twinkletoes before Peacock, in his final season with Leeds, danced through the cover.

Kevin Sinfield adds the extras. Normal service resumed for the Rhinos.

Leeds 12-4 St Helens

Zak Hardaker
PA

St Helens finished their last set in their own half, while Leeds finished theirs deep in Saints territory.

That could be the deciding factor here.

Leeds 12-4 St Helens

St Helens get through that first set without drama but immediately find themselves on the defensive after a Joel Moon break.

Leeds take it up to the line but run out of tackles a metre away from the Saints line.

Good set for the Rhinos.

Kick-off

Leeds 12-4 St Helens

We are back under way and St Helens have the ball.

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