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St Helens 6 Tries: Roby Goals: Long (1-2)
Leeds Rhinos 33 Tries: Webb, Lauitiiti, Donald, Smith, Jones-Buchanan Goals: Sinfield (6-7) Drop Goal: Burrow
Harry Sunderland Trophy winner (man of match): Rob Burrow
In a very tight first half, as both teams ripped into each other, the Rhinos edged it 8-6 thanks to a try from Kiwi fullback Brent Webb. Kevin Sinfield added two goals - a scorer in every game this year. Man of Steel James Roby scored the Saints try after finishing off a flowing movement.
St Helens started the stronger in the early stages of the second half, however two quick-fire tries for Leeds proved decisive. Ali Lauitiiti squeezed over in the corner then ex Sea Eagle Scott Donald out paced Great Britain Full-back Paul Wellens to give the Rhinos a comfortable lead.
Lee Smith plucked a kick out of the air to go over and Jamie Jones-Buchanan rounded off the scoring in the last minute, as the Leeds Rhinos won their fifth championship in the clubs history. This was a fitting way to send Coach Tony Smith off in style as he takes over his position as Great Britain coach.
St Helens: P.Wellens, A.Gardner, M.Gidley, W. Talau, F. Meli, L.Pryce, S. Long, N. Fozzard, K. Cunningham, J. Cayless, L. Gilmour, C. Flannery, J. Wilkin, J. Roby, M. Bennett, J. Graham, M. Fa