Leeds Rhinos are Super League Champions

9 October 2011, 08:44

Leeds Rhinos have been crowned Super League champions for the fourth time in five years - after beating St Helens at Old Trafford.

Leeds Rhinos have been crowned Super League champions for the fourth time in five years - after beating St Helens at Old Trafford.

Leeds took the lead through a dazzling Rob Burrow try, the scrum-half weaving his way through almost the whole of the St Helens' defence to touch down.

The Rhinos led 8-2 at the break but when full-back Brent Webb failed to deal with a kick through, it handed St Helens the advantage, Tommy Makinson just managing to ground the ball before he went out of play.

That sparked St Helens into life and when Michael Shenton brushed aside the would-be tackle of Ryan Hall, it seemed as if the tide had turned the Saints way.

Brent Webb was to make up for the earlier error though as he slide over to bring the Rhinos right back into contention and Kevin Sinfield slotted home a further penalty to bring parity to the score board at 16-16.

It was another piece of Rob Burrow's magic that gave Leeds the lead again, the scrum-half setting up Ryan Hall who crashed over in the corner.

Carl Ablett added another for Brian McDermott's men, spinning out of two tackles to spot the ball down and all but end the tie.

Zak Hardaker rubbed further salt in the wound as he capitalised on a St Helens handling error at the death to make the final score 32-16.

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