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  1. Leeds to face Wigan in Grand Final on 10 October
  2. Leeds Rhinos chasing domestic treble
  3. Roby scored St Helens' opener, Hardaker responded
  4. Walsh drop-goal and Percival try put Saints 13-8 up
  5. Hall and Watkins completed Leeds comeback

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By Phil Cartwright

All times stated are UK

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The countdown begins...

FT: Leeds Rhinos 20-13 St Helens

Leeds celebrate win

That's just about it from me tonight, thanks so much for your company.

Remember, we've got live radio coverage of the Million Pound Game between Wakefield and Bradford on Saturday (14:50 BST kick-off), followed by the NRL Grand Final on Sunday (09:15 BST).

And I'll be back on Saturday, 10 October for live text and radio commentary of the 2015 Super League Grand Final between Wigan Warriors and Leeds Rhinos.

Hope you can join me then. It should be worth waiting for.

History beckons for Leeds Rhinos

FT: Leeds Rhinos 20-13 St Helens

Kallum Watkins

So Leeds Rhinos edge a classic semi-final with St Helens, as late tries from Ryan Hall and Kallum Watkins see them to a 20-13 victory against the 2014 champions at Headingley.

Read Andrew Aloia's match report here.

It means Brian McDermott's side are one win away from completing a domestic treble, a feat that has only been achieved twice in the Super League era.

Kevin Sinfield, Jamie Peacock and Kylie Leuluai - three Rhinos legends - will make their last appearances for the club in a Grand Final.

Missed the game? Watch the highlights...

Super League semi-finals

You can catch up with all of the action from this week's Super League semi-finals in a special highlights show, which will be screened on BBC One at 13:00 BST on Saturday.

Trust me, they're well worth watching.

Player reaction

FT: Leeds Rhinos 20-13 St Helens

St Helens hooker James Roby told Sky Sports: "There was so much at stake and it was a great game. We're disappointed but on the whole it's been a good year for us."

Coach reaction

FT: Leeds Rhinos 20-13 St Helens

St Helens coach Keiron Cunningham told Sky Sports: "Obviously it's disappointing. It was worthy of a final, that game.

"I really feel for my boys, for large points we were the better team. People really hung in there and we fought for each other. I'm proud of every one of those players.

"We were the underdogs and we got within a whisker of getting to Old Trafford."

Player reaction

FT: Leeds Rhinos 20-13 St Helens

Leeds prop Jamie Peacock told Sky Sports: "What a group to play with. We never know when we're beaten or when to quit. It's a pleasure to play with such a tough bunch of blokes.

"Saints are a great side, tenacious and tough, and they should take a lot of heart from that.

"It's the big one next week and anything can happen."

Jamie Peacock

Player reaction

FT: Leeds Rhinos 20-13 St Helens

Leeds captain Kevin Sinfield told Sky Sports: "I thought that was a great advert for the game.

"It's one of the toughest games I've played in. It meant so much to me and the team.

"We know we've got a tough game next week but we'll give it our best."

BreakingFull-time - Leeds Rhinos reach Grand Final

Leeds Rhinos 20-13 St Helens

It will be Leeds Rhinos v Wigan Warriors in the 2015 Grand Final.

TRY (Watkins, goal Sinfield)

Leeds Rhinos 20-13 St Helens

Try for Leeds! Kallum Watkins sends the Rhinos to Old Trafford and keeps the treble dream alive.

St Helens had to gamble, they put all their money on black, and it came up red.

That's Watkins 100th career try. What a time to get it.

Leeds win a thriller.

Leeds Rhinos 14-13 St Helens

Three tackles in, Saints have made about four metres.

Leeds Rhinos 14-13 St Helens

Two minutes left, St Helens with the ball deep in their own half. Now or never.

Leeds Rhinos 14-13 St Helens

St Helens start a set on their own line and make it into the Leeds half. Jon Wilkin fires a pass out wide to Adam Swift on the last tackle, and it's forward.

They've probably only got one more set of six to go.

Leeds Rhinos 14-13 St Helens

Dropped by Atelea Vea! St Helens cough up possession and trudge backwards as they prepare to defend a Leeds scrum on halfway.

Leeds Rhinos 14-13 St Helens

Zak Hardaker can't find a way through a wall of white shirts, and Adam Cuthbertson's grubber kick comes to nothing.

Saints back on the attack. Not too many chances left for them to turn that one-point deficit around.

Leeds Rhinos 14-13 St Helens

A great chase by Danny McGuire puts Mark Percival under pressure and the Saints man spills it out of play for a goal-line drop-out.

Leeds Rhinos 14-13 St Helens

If the scores are level after 80 minutes, we'll go into golden-point extra-time.

Leeds Rhinos 14-13 St Helens

Ten minutes to play. I've no idea how this is going to end. Your guess is as good as mine.

TRY (Hall, goal SInfield)

Leeds Rhinos 14-13 St Helens

This is gripping. Leeds appeal for a try...

Has Ryan Hall got downward pressure on that ball? The video referee says yes!

Credit to Mark Percival, the Saints man almost pulled off a miraculous tackle to deny the Leeds man, but Hall got it down. Just.

Now, can Kevin Sinfield kick the goal? Yes he can! Leeds ahead by a single point.

Leeds Rhinos 8-13 St Helens

Penalty to Leeds five metres out. Another set of six for the Rhinos.

Leeds Rhinos 8-13 St Helens

What a key moment this could be. Out of nothing, Leeds captain Kevin Sinfield kicks a 40-20 and the Rhinos are back on the attack.

Kevin Sinfield

Leeds Rhinos 8-13 St Helens

St Helens fail to get over the line with an attacking set.

It's Jamie Peacock who brings down James Roby on the last tackle. His career will be over in 14 minutes' time, unless the Rhinos can find a way back into this one.

Leeds Rhinos 8-13 St Helens

For all money, St Helens looked as if they were about to crack before that try from Mark Percival.

Their bodies are battered and bruised, but they've defended like champions at Headingley.

Their title defence remains alive.

TRY (Percival)

Leeds Rhinos 8-13 St Helens

Is that the moment or what?! Mark Percival scores for St Helens, who take a giant leap towards Old Trafford.

The video referee deems that Ryan Hall dropped the ball, rather than it being stolen, and Saints profit from it to score through Percival out wide.

He probably wouldn't have been out there if Tommy Makinson hadn't gone off injured.

Luke Walsh's unsuccessful kick from the touchline is crucial - it means Leeds can win with a converted try.

Leeds Rhinos 8-9 St Helens

As Leeds give away a penalty of their own deep in St Helens territory, my mind is being drawn back to 2013 and a play-off tie between these two teams.

It was just like this - mightily close - before Danny McGuire's drop-goal sealed a one-point win.

One feels it's going to be something similar that settles this one tonight.

Is something going to give?

Leeds Rhinos 8-9 St Helens

Ray French

BBC Radio Merseyside

It's absolutely balanced. Both teams are going at it hammer and tongs. Something has got to give shortly.

Leeds Rhinos 8-9 St Helens

Jon Wilkin puts a massive kick in the air and the kick-chase from his St Helens team-mates is very, very lethargic.

Perhaps a signal of the huge effort they've put in so far this evening.

As Leeds bring the ball back, they win a penalty.

Leeds Rhinos 8-9 St Helens

What a break by Kyle Amor for St Helens, out of nowhere!

He has support but goes himself and is tackled close to the try-line by Zak Hardaker.

Leeds escape with a goal-line drop-out, giving Saints another chance to run at the Rhinos. The chance goes begging, though, as Joe Greenwood drops the ball.

A possible match-winner?

Leeds Rhinos 8-9 St Helens

Kallum Watkins
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Leeds centre Kallum Watkins has been one of the stars of the Super League season, and he's nearing a personal milestone.

Can he reach it tonight and send the Rhinos to Old Trafford, keeping alive those treble hopes?

Leeds Rhinos 8-9 St Helens

That's it for St Helens winger Tommy Makinson, he's admitted defeat in his battle with injury.

As Makinson hobbles off, BBC 5 live sports extra commentator Stuart Pyke thinks Mark Percival will be heading out to the wing and Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook will be in the centres alongside Josh Jones.

'Another life for Saints'

Leeds Rhinos 8-9 St Helens

Ray French

BBC Radio Merseyside

Is that a let-off for St Helens or good judgement? It is another life for the Saints.


Leeds Rhinos 8-9 St Helens

St Helens don't make much ground with their set of six and back come Leeds, who think they may have scored through Carl Ablett...

On-field official Robert Hicks signals "try" when referring up to the video referee.

But the video referee disagrees. Two more tackles of the set to go...

And St Helens survive. Wow. What a passage of play.

Leeds Rhinos 8-9 St Helens

St Helens end their set of six with a low kick, which is easily gathered and sent wide to Ryan Hall, who gallops clear - reminiscent of his match-winning try at Huddersfield last week.

Saints full-back Adam Quinlan somehow tracks back to stop the winger.

Leeds huff and puff but they can't blow the Saints wall down, as the visitors defend like champions to keep the Rhinos out.

Leeds Rhinos 8-9 St Helens

A superb kick by St Helens captain Jon Wilkin holds up on the Leeds try-line and gets the Rhinos scrambling back. Zak Hardaker survives once, but not twice, and is tackled in goal.

Leeds have a drop-out. Chance for the visitors.

Leeds Rhinos 8-9 St Helens

Danny McGuire tests out Tommy Makinson with a high kick and the Saints man takes it very, very gingerly. I'll be surprised if he's on the field for too much longer.

Leeds Rhinos 8-9 St Helens

Tommy Makinson is clearly struggling with what looks like an ankle knock. St Helens have no backs in reserve. If he can't continue, not only will he be a huge loss, but also it will leave head coach Keiron Cunningham with some thinking to do.


Leeds Rhinos 8-9 St Helens

St Helens, for whom a limping Tommy Makinson has appeared for the second half, kick us off.

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@BBCSport As a Leeds fan hope we do it for JP, Sinfield and co but nervous as we have missed lots of tackles and Saints look good. #bbcrl

Familiar sight of late, watching @Saints1890 by my lonesome. But cast & crew will be joining soon #beinthatnumber

Familiar sight of late, watching @Saints1890 by my lonesome. But cast & crew will be joining soon #beinthatnumber

Comedian Johnny Vegas is cheering his beloved St Helens on from afar - will he see his side book a Grand Final spot?

Stick with us to find out...

'An end-to-end classic'

HT: Leeds Rhinos 8-9 St Helens

Brian Noble

Former Great Britain coach, BBC 5 live sports extra

Saints started the strongest, I thought they looked really composed and caught Leeds cold. In the middle part of the half, Leeds looked stronger, they pounded Saints’ line, they got over the line, they created opportunities and created kicks and made breaks. It is an end-to-end classic.

Super League Grand Final

Live text and radio commentary on BBC Sport

We're just eight days away from one of the biggest days in the rugby league calendar - Super League's Grand Final at Old Trafford.

Old Trafford

Either Leeds Rhinos or St Helens will face Wigan Warriors, with the winners being crowned Super League champions.

Kick-off is at 18:00 BST on Saturday, 10 October.

We'll bring you live text commentary on the BBC Sport website, starting at 17:00 BST, while BBC Radio 5 live, 5 live sports extra and BBC local radio will also provide coverage.

BBC Two will screen highlights of the Grand Final on Sunday, 11 October at 17:00 BST.

NRL Grand Final

Sunday: Brisbane Broncos v North Queensland Cowboys (09:15 BST)

Johnathan Thurston
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Down under, the Australian rugby league public already know their Grand Finalists for 2015.

Brisbane Broncos face North Queensland Cowboys in Sunday's NRL Grand Final.

Cowboys and Australia half-back Johnathan Thurston won a record fourth Dally M medal - the award given to the NRL's best player - earlier this week. He is hoping to lead his side to their first ever Grand Final success.

BBC 5 live sports extra will join ABC in Australia for live commentary from Sydney at 09:10 BST.