Ultimate preview: Leeds v St Helens

The Background
First meets second on a sun-kissed night at Headingley which will see the winner take top spot in Super League. Leeds and St Helens both head into the game on the back of wins in the Challenge Cup quarter-final – with the semi-final draw pitting the two sides together in the last four.

The biggest crowd of the year at Leeds will see the Rhinos and the Saints lock horns, with the visitors looking to get revenge for the defeat they suffered at the hands of Leeds at Langtree Park earlier this year.

The Team News
St Helens are likely to continue with Mark Percival at full-back tonight, after the youngster impressed with a 20-point haul against Widnes on Sunday – despite leaving the field for a brief period too. The Saints are unchanged, with Joe Greenwood escaping a ban midweek and new signing Adam Quinlan not yet arrived in the country.

As for the league leaders, they could welcome back a number of key men for the clash – including half-back Danny McGuire from an ankle problem and influential prop Adam Cuthbertson. They both missed the win at Hull FC in the Challenge Cup, but Liam Sutcliffe has undergone surgery and will miss the rest of the season.

Mark Percival will continue at full-back tonight.
Mark Percival will continue at full-back tonight.

The Stats
Leeds’ Kevin Sinfield has scored points in 20 consecutive games against St Helens, a streak which started in the 2008 Super League Grand Final. He last failed to score in the 2008 Qualifying Semi-Final at Knowsley Road, where he missed his one goal attempt in a 38-10 defeat.

Jordan Turner needs three tries to reach a career century of touchdowns. His total of 97 has been scored as follows: 24 for Salford (2006-2009), 34 for Hull FC (2010-2012), 37 for St Helens (2013-2015) and 2 for England Knights (2012).

Kylie Leuluai needs one appearance to reach 250 for Leeds. Leuluai made his Rhinos debut in a 30-26 win against Salford at The Willows on 11 February, 2007.

Last five meetings: St Helens 16, Leeds 41 (SLR11, 17/4/15), Leeds 12, St Helens 13 (SLR25, 29/8/14), Leeds 32, St Helens 12 (CCR5, 26/4/14), St Helens 14, Leeds 10 (SLR7, 28/3/14), Leeds 11, St Helens 10 (SLPSF, 20/9/13)


Super League summary: Leeds won 26 (includes wins in 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2011 Grand Finals; 1998, 2005 and 2013 play-offs), St Helens won 30 (includes wins in 1999, 2001, 2007 and 2008 play-offs
Leeds highest score: 74-16 (H, 2001) (Widest margin: 70-0, H, 2004)
St Helens highest score: 62-18 (H, 1999) (Widest margin: 56-10, H, 2004)