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MATCH RATINGS.

Byline: DAVID BURKE

ST HELENS

PAUL WELLENS 7 Tower of strength in difficult conditions denied Carl Ablett a try before going off injured.

TOMMY MAKINSON 7 Made a try-saving tackle on Ryan Hall and scored an opportunist try to level at 8-8.

MICHAEL SHENTON 7 Topped Saints' tackle count with 16 in first half and scored crucial try before going off with elbow injury.

FRANCIS MELI 6 denied early try by Kevin Sinfield but enjoyed a solid defensive show in midfield.

JAMIE FOSTER 7 Excellent tackle on Brett delaney and nerveless with his goalkicking.

LEE GASKELL 8 Recent form kept out Catalan-bound Leon Pryce. Sent Michael Shenton over for his try in second half.

JONNY LOMAX 7 The Super League Young Player of the Year was probing to find a chink in the Rhinos' armour.

JAMES GRAHAM 7 Hoped for celebration before joining Canterbury Bulldogs and missed when given a breather.

JAMES ROBY 8 Super League's top hooker turned in workaholic display and had try disallowed for knock-on.

TONY PULETUA 6 Aiming for first win in three Finals but at fault for failing to prevent Rob Burrow's opening try.

JON WILKIN 6 Solid tackling show and always eager to link up in attack in Saints stunning fightback.

SOL SOLIOLA 6 Was too eager with a ball steal on danny Buderus to give Kevin Sinfield the Rhinos' first points.

PAUL CLOUGH 5 An unsung hero in the Saints pack all season but his handling error denied James Roby a try.

ST HELENS REPLACEMENTS

Scott Moore 6

Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook 6

Andrew dixon 7

Gary Wheeler 6

ROYCE SIMMONS 7 The Aussie, in his first season, was aiming to steer Saints to first trophy since triumph over Hull.

Leeds Rhinos

BRENT WEBB 7 Veteran scored fifth try in five games to cut gap to 16-14 after allowing Tommy Makinson to touch down.

BEN JONES-BISHOP 5 Too casual from the restart to put his side under pressure and mistake led to Shenton's try.

ZAK HARDAKER 6 Looked comfortable in biggest match of his career.

CARL ABLETT 7 Had won all three of previous Grand Finals and went close to giving Leeds an early lead.

RYAN HALL 6 The Rhinos most potent attacking weapon didn't shirk defensive duties.

KEVIN SINFIELD 8 Skippered a Grand Final side for record sixth time. Stopped Francis Meli firing Saints ahead.

DANNY MCGUIRE 6 Wet conditions didn't suit his attacking game but did his share of work in defence.

KYLIE LEULUAI 6 Late fitness worry but put in several punishing tackles including big hit on James Graham.

DANNY BUDERUS 6 Farewell match for before rejoining Newcastle Knights after missing 2009 final through injury.

JAMIE PEACOCK 6 Produced another typical no-nonsense display as he chased a record-extending seventh Grand Final.

JAMIE JONES-BUCHANAN 6 Never knows when to quit with forceful defensive display.

BRETT DELANEY 6 Another convert from the three quarters and his surging run gave Leeds confidence.

CHRIS CLARKSON 6 Played his part in a relentless display by the Rhinos pack which gave Saints plenty of problems.

LEEDS REPLACEMENTS

Rob Burrow 9

Ryan Bailey 6

Ian Kirke 6

Ali Lauitiiti 6

BRIAN MCDERMOTT 7 Big Mac has endured an up-and-down first season but his side went into the final full of confidence.

REFEREE: PHIL BENTHAM 6

Calm, cool and collected in his first Grand Final in charge and wisely went to video ref Ben Thaler for Tommy Makinson's try.
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Publication:Sunday Mirror (London, England)
Date:Oct 9, 2011
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