Wilkin: Leeds defeat was ugly

Kallum Watkins is held by James Roby
Kallum Watkins is held by James Roby

Saints may not have been asleep as long as Rip Van Winkle - but they dozed off long enough to allow two points to slip through their grasp in a bizarre and almost unfathomable Super League clash against Leeds Rhinos at Headingley.

Initially suffering a nightmare when rocked by a three-try broadside in the opening stages they stormed back to post an 18-16 lead, only to be caught day dreaming again on the stroke of half-time and from then onwards never looking likely to overturn the deficit.

Anthony Mullally is held by the Saints defence

Anthony Mullally is held by the Saints defence

Saints were their own worst enemy - and the same could be said for defending champions Leeds.

Both defences resembled a leaky colander and a 30-18 scoreline in favour of the hosts reflected this in what was an error-strewn 80 minutes and yet, ironically, able to produce one or two exciting moments.

Saints' skipper Jon Wilkin, however, was far from enthralled by the team performance.

He said: “I thought we were absolutely terrible tonight. Our composure with the ball in the second half was poor and we took some stupid options.

“We started poorly and expended a lot of energy catching up and this eventually told on us.”

Wilkin added: “Neither side was great on the night but all credit to Leeds, who haven't been playing well this season, for grinding out a result in what was an ugly sort of game.”

Just as worrying for Saints is that their next two games are against Wigan at Langtree Park on Good Friday followed by the short trip to Widnes on Easter Monday. - and points are far from guaranteed if they can't improve on Friday night's display.