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Matt Newsum

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  1. Post update

    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.

  2. Handley treble sparks Leeds success

    St Helens 16-41 Leeds

    Ash Handley and Kallum Watkins

    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.

  3. Post update

    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."

  4. Post update

    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."

  5. 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.

    Super League
  6. 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.

  7. Post update

    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."

  8. Post update

    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."

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. Post update

    St Helens 16-35 Leeds

    Inside the final minute.

  12. Post update

    St Helens 16-35 Leeds

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

    Cuthbertson again held-up.

  13. Post update

    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.

  14. Post update

    St Helens 16-35 Leeds

    Kallum Watkins held up by Jordan Turner.

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

  15. Post update

    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.

  16. Post update

    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.

  17. Post update

    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."

  18. 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.

  19. Post update

    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.

  20. TRY (Sutcliffe, con Sinfield)

    St Helens 16-34 Leeds

    Liam Sutcliffe

    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.

  21. Post update

    St Helens 16-28 Leeds

    Great kick into the corner by Leeds playmaker Danny McGuire.

    'Game management' I think they call it.

  22. Post update

    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.


  23. 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?

  24. Post update

    St Helens 10-28 Leeds

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

    Mose Masoe JUST held up.

  25. Post update

    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."

  26. Post update

    St Helens 10-28 Leeds

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

  27. Post update

    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.

  28. Post update

    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.

  29. Post update

    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.

  30. Post update

    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.

  31. Post update

    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.

  32. Post update

    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.

  33. TRY (Turner)

    St Helens 10-28 Leeds

    Jordan Turner

    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.

  34. Post update

    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.

  35. Post update

    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?

  36. Post update

    St Helens 6-28 Leeds

    We're back underway.

  37. Will history repeat?

    HT: St Helens 6-28 Leeds

    Castleford v St Helens

    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.

  38. 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.

  39. Missing the action?

    HT: St Helens 6-28 Leeds

    Super League Show

    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.

  40. 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.

  41. Post update

    HT: St Helens 6-28 Leeds

    Well. It's not been a ding-dong battle in the mould of last night's Super League encounter between Wigan and Warrington, but Leeds have been scintillating at times.

    Defensively their line-speed has been aggressive and with the ball they've moved Saints all over the park.

    However we saw that went Saints do get it right, they can strike. Plus they have a genuine quality pivot on the bench in Luke Walsh.

    It's a decent lead but this isn't over.

  42. TRY (Handley)

    St Helens 6-28 Leeds

    Ash Handley

    What a season Ash Handley is having. Hat-trick.

    Kallum Watkins snaffled a loose Travis Burns pass with the home side bearing down on the Leeds line and sprinted up field.

    He was eventually tackled but in the subsequent set Liam Sutcliffe measured the perfect kick to the left for Handley on his own to dot down.

    St Helens have been broken by a rampant Rhinos in that first 40. Sinfield off target with the kick but it's a 22-point lead at the break.

  43. Post update

    St Helens 6-24 Leeds

    St Helens now have a scrum on the Leeds 10. Last minute of the half.

  44. Post update

    St Helens 6-24 Leeds

    Scrum head and feed Saints right before the half-time hooter.

    That try has roused the natives. Saints look invigorated.

  45. TRY (Makinson, con Burns)

    St Helens 6-24 Leeds

    Jon Wilkin put through a gap for St Helens and he pops a kick through for the onrushing Tommy Makinson.

    The full-back gets fingertip and boot to ball simultanously but chases down the loose kick.

    He touches down. Travis Burns converts. Saints are off the mark.

  46. Post update

    St Helens 0-24 Leeds

    Kallum Watkins' pace is causing St Helens problems, as are the slick hands up the middle.

    His kick down the right touchline bounces into touch and while Saints have the scrum, Leeds are again playing in opposition territory.

  47. Trading tries, the sequel

    Wakefield 22-16 Halifax

    Over at Belle Vue, Wakefield and Halifax continue to trade tries.

    No sooner are Fax back in it through Gareth Potts then Chris Riley pulls Wakefield away once more. Six points in it with 27 minutes to play.

  48. Post update

    St Helens 0-24 Leeds

    St Helens are struggling for a specialist full-back at the moment, with no Paul Wellens, Jonny Lomax or Lance Hohaia.

    Tommy Makinson is having to fill in tonight, and hasn't been able to get into the game at the moment.

  49. Post update

    St Helens 0-24 Leeds

    That's better from St Helens.

    Leeds kept their line watertight but Saints at least tried to push the ball wide.

    Adam Swift was wrapped up.

    Rob Burrow on for Leeds now and that is 450 games.

  50. Post update

    St Helens 0-24 Leeds

    I was at Warrington v Wakefield last weekend and that was a tough watch. Totally one-sided.

    I don't for a minute predict this will be an 80-0 blow out but Saints need something. They're floundering.

  51. Post update

    St Helens 0-24 Leeds

    Francis Cummins

    Ex-Bradford coach on BBC Radio Leeds

    "Everything Leeds are doing at the moment they are doing quicker then St Helens. The crowd are trying to get their team going but Leeds are just too quick. Their game is too quick for St Helens at the moment."

  52. TRY (McGuire, con Sinfield)

    St Helens 0-24 Leeds

    Danny McGuire moves on to 248 tries for his career with typical support-play.

    Great break by Carl Ablett from Kevin Sinfield's dummy-half pass, Saints players moved out of his way as they were offside and the England utility took advantage to sprint into space.

    One inside ball to McGuire later and Leeds are in for a fourth try.

    Sinfield lands the kick. Saints are stunned.

  53. Post update

    St Helens 0-18 Leeds

    Just watching Leeds' Kallum Watkins. He puts Riverdance to shame with the number of steps he makes.

    Fantastic player.

    James Roby goes off on a scoot for Saints, but at the moment their passing is all awry.

  54. Post update

    St Helens 0-18 Leeds

    Big Kyle Amor looked to have got away then after the tackle on Leeds' Liam Sutcliffe but the decision goes against him.

    Nothing going right for Saints at the moment.

  55. Post update

    St Helens 0-18 Leeds

    St Helens have some devastating backs but they just haven't had a platform on which to work from.

    Danny McGuire's high kick for Leeds is drawn in by Tommy Makinson but it's again deep in his own half.

    Finally a Travis Burns kick puts the visitors back in their own half, though the Rhinos do have head and feed.

  56. Post update

    St Helens 0-18 Leeds

    St Helens are beginning every set from inside their own 10 metres.

    That saps your reserves.

    Langtree Park is shellshocked.

  57. Post update

    St Helens 0-18 Leeds

    Ray French

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    "It is all Leeds at the moment and Saints are making a lot of mistakes defensively and in attack when they have got the ball. They are running St Helens ragged. They are so quick."

  58. TRY (Hardaker, con Sutcliffe)

    St Helens 0-18 Leeds

    Zak Hardaker

    Repeat tries on the restart, this time down to the broken play running of Liam Sutcliffe.

    Zak Hardaker was just one of three or four options for the Rhinos as Sutcliffe swarmed forward from deep inside his own half, and pushed the ball back infield for the England full-back to touch down.

    Sutcliffe steps up to push the ball between the sticks and it's a three-try lead.

  59. TRY (Handley, con Sutcliffe)

    St Helens 0-12 Leeds

    Take a bow Joel Moon.

    Skipped through a flurry of challenges and flicked a delicious back-door pass to Ash Handley for his second try of the game.

    Liam Sutcliffe clears the posts. 12-0.

    St Helens their own worst enemy though for indiscipline in key areas close to their line.

  60. Post update

    St Helens 0-6 Leeds

    Brett Delaney denied - close to the line! Leeds right on the line.

  61. Post update

    St Helens 0-6 Leeds

    Travis Burns concedes a penalty with a swinging arm to Stevie Ward.

    Leeds look to break.

  62. Post update

    St Helens 0-6 Leeds

    St Helens wingers Matty Fleming and Adam Swift have both made key gathers from chips to the corner.

    It's obviously a weapon Leeds are keen to use.

    Nice breakaway by Mark Flanagan for the Saints, but Swift then drops a pass and the set falters away.

  63. Wildcats lead at the break

    Wakefield 18-10 Halifax

    It's nip and tuck at Belle Vue, but it's Wakefield who lead at the break.

    Ben Heaton's converted try for Halifax levels the scores at 10-10, but in the last minute of the first half Dan Smith goes over for Wakefield, with Craig Hall's conversion and a late penalty ensuring that the Super League side go in with an eight-point lead.

  64. Post update

    St Helens 0-6 Leeds

    Zak Hardaker scampers away for Leeds but Saints get the crucial tackle in and the resulting last tackle play comes to nothing.

    Saints need to shut down the Rhinos forwards, who are playing a delightful offload game at the moment.

  65. Post update

    St Helens 0-6 Leeds

    Warning shot for St Helens as Liam Sutcliffe clips a tantalising kick downfield for Leeds Rhinos and Kallum Watkins just cannot get to it before it bounces dead.

    Saints need to find some field position.

  66. Post update

    St Helens 0-6 Leeds

    Leeds are playing smart rugby, nothing hurried.

    Danny McGuire kicking into good areas and turning St Helens, and as the home side try to clear their lines Jon Wilkin knocks on.

    Scrum in the Saints' half, with Leeds head and feed.

  67. Post update

    St Helens 0-6 Leeds

    Ray French

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    "Saints had a two on one over there. The pass went out and Ash Handley came from nowhere."

  68. TRY (Handley, con Sutcliffe)

    St Helens 0-6 Leeds

    Well that is rugby league for you in a nutshell.

    Saints were threatening the Leeds line with numbers on the right, but as the ball was pushed wide up stepped Ash Handley to streak away on the intercept and touch down.

    No one was touching him, Leeds lead.

  69. Post update

    St Helens 0-0 Leeds

    First cries of "Yorkshire!" from the away support. Decent set by the Rhinos with a long kick, but Saints have space to run into on their first carry.

  70. Post update

    St Helens 0-0 Leeds

    This is one of those Super League games that feels like a main event. It gives you those butterflies.

    The hooter has gone, and we're underway.

  71. Milestones

    St Helens v Leeds (20:00 BST)

    Not far away from kick-off now...

    Perfect time then to give you a few milestones.

    Saints half-back Jon Wilkin can make it a ton of tries if he scores a hat-trick tonight.

    Rob Burrow will make his 450th career appearance when he steps off the bench tonight for the Rhinos.

    Danny McGuire can make it 250 touchdowns if he scores a treble.

  72. Post update

    St Helens v Leeds (20:00 BST)

    There's a big crowd at Langtree Park and the atmosphere is bubbling up nicely as the sides walk out of the tunnel side by side. Kick-off is only moments away.

  73. A choice of commentaries

    St Helens v Leeds (20:00 BST)

    As well as our live text service, we have a choice of listening for you to accompany our coverage tonight.

    Click on the 'live coverage' tab and you can select from commentary from BBC Radio Merseyside or BBC Radio Leeds.

    Both of the commentaries are available on desktop, mobile and tablet.

  74. Leeds: Kallum Watkins returns

    St Helens v Leeds (20:00 BST)

    Kallum Watkins

    Leeds Rhinos are without some big names for tonight's game, including England winger Ryan Hall with a hand injury, but one star welcomed back into the fold is his international team-mate Kallum Watkins.

    The elastic-legged centre has been in great form in 2015, scoring six tries in nine games, including a brace in his last outing against Wakefield on Easter Monday.

    Tonight he plays on the wing with Ashton Golding missing out, while the other big story is captain Kevin Sinfield being left out of the starting XIII, and will feature off the bench.

  75. St Helens: Two changes for Saints

    St Helens v Leeds (20:00 BST)

    Luke Walsh

    It's fair to say Saints' hard-earned 11-8 win against Huddersfield last weekend was anything but a classic, but it did mark the return from a six-month lay-off for playmaker Luke Walsh.

    The former Penrith Panthers half-back dropped a field goal after coming off the bench as Keiron Cunningham's side ended a three-game winning streak, but remains on the bench as Saints keep faith with the pairing of Travis Burns and Jon Wilkin.

    Josh Jones replaces Lance Hohaia, Matty Fleming - the 182nd summer era debutant for the Saints - is in for Matty Dawson after the centre's injury against the Giants on Sunday.

  76. Get involved using #bbcrl

    St Helens v Leeds (20:00 BST)

    So there's the teams. What do you make of them? Anyone else think, like we did in the office, that Luke Walsh might start in the halves for Saints?

    Leeds go into the game four points clear at the top but can the champions close the gap on Brian McDermott's men? Or is this going to be the Rhinos' season?

    Of course, if you're still excited by the return of Sam Tomkins to Super League, we'd love to hear from you too.

    Have your say by using #bbcrl on Twitter.

  77. Trading tries

    Wakefield 10-6 Halifax

    Halifax score.... Scott Murrell's kick caused problems for Jacob Miller and James Saltonstall picks up the pieces.

    Murrell's kick is good, and the Championship side lead. Early claims being staked for an upset.

    But! Alas... Richard Owen gets his second moments later, converted by Craig Hall. Wakefield ahead for the second time.

  78. Confirmed teams

    St Helens v Leeds (20:00 BST)

    St Helens: Makinson; Fleming, Turner, Jones, Swift; Burns, Wilkin; Amor, Roby, Walmsley, McCarthy-Scarsbrook, Flanagan, Thompson.

    Replacements: Walsh, Masoe, Richards, Savelio.

    Leeds: Hardaker; Watkins, Ablett, Moon, Handley; Sutcliffe, McGuire; Cuthbertson, Aiton, Peacock, S. Ward, Delaney, Singleton.

    Replacements: Burrow, Sinfield, Achurch, Yates.

    Referee: Ben Thaler (RFL)

  79. Post update

    St Helens v Leeds (20:00 BST)

    But let's look forward to what we've got coming up this evening. Here's tonight's line-ups as Super League's top two go head to head...

  80. Wakefield on the board

    Wakefield 4-0 Halifax

    Wakefield might have been left pointless by Warrington in their last Super League outing, a forgettable 80-0 loss, but they are in the board against Halifax in the Challenge Cup fifth round inside 11 minutes.

    Winger Richard Owen scored the try, but Craig Hall misses the conversion.

  81. Super League's latest recruit

    Yes, not only did Wigan win, but they announced that Sam Tomkins will be rejoining the club for 2016 as well.

    Warriors have paid New Zealand Warriors "in excess of £200,000" for the full-back, who has signed a four-year contract.

    "It's a great shot in the arm for English rugby league and for Wigan," coach Shaun Wane told BBC Radio Manchester.

    Sam Tomkins
  82. Oh, what a night!

    What a cracker we had served up at the DW Stadium as Wigan secured a 30-20 win over Warrington in a topsy-turvy game.

    Young winger Dom Manfredi was again the Warriors' hero, scoring his second hat-trick in a week, on the night that prop Ben Flower returned from his six-month ban for punching St Helens' Lance Hohaia in last season's Grand Final.

    Wigan celebrate Dom Manfredi's second try

    Oh, and there was some other news as well...

  83. Post update

    We'll take a look at tonight's line-ups shortly. But before we do, let's just look back a little under 24 hours...

  84. The rest of the weekend's action

    With the Challenge Cup occupying the minds of those sides who finished towards the bottom of Super League last season, that means there's only two other top-flight fixtures this weekend.

    Both games are on Sunday, with Huddersfield hosting Catalans Dragons and Castleford making the journey to Cheshire to face Widnes.

  85. The Challenge Cup is back

    Wakefield v Halifax (19:30 BST)

    But it's not all about Saints v Leeds this evening as Super League side Wakefield host Championship outfit Halifax in the Challenge Cup.

    It's the first of this weekend's eight fifth-round fixtures, which include Leigh v Salford, Bradford v Hull KR and Sheffield v Hull FC in the pick of the ties.

    We'll keep you up to date with how events at Belle Vue unfold during the course of the evening.

  86. Familiar foes

    St Helens v Leeds (20:00 BST)

    St Helens and Leeds know all about each other in big games.

    Between 2007 and 2011, the two sides met at Old Trafford in four out of five Grand Finals.

    And the short journey home down the East Lancs Road wasn't an enjoyable one for Saints fans...

    St Helens v Leeds Grand Finals
  87. The form book

    St Helens v Leeds (20:00 BST)

    This top-of-the-table tussle is beautifully poised.

    Leeds have been a model of consistency with nine wins from 10 games and they sit four points clear at the top.

    Their sole defeat was against Warrington, little more than a month ago and away wins at Catalans, Castleford and Salford have followed.

    Saints, meanwhile, flew out of the blocks in 2015, winning their first six games, but lost three on the bounce before a morale-boosting win at Huddersfield last weekend.

    They also won both league meetings between the pair last term, with the Rhinos coming out on top in the Challenge Cup.

  88. Post update

    Recovered from last night's Super League extravaganza?

    I do hope so because tonight promises equally generous helpings of fireworks, intensity and skill.

    Last season's champions St Helens take on this season's league leaders Leeds Rhinos.

    The Rhinos are top scorers in the division; Saints second only to Huddersfield for fewest points conceded.

    It's all set up for a cracker... and you can follow it all here.